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⤷ PiB Guide Nº55 JULY/AUG 2024

Solo Exhibition

»Untrodden Paths.
Painting, Drawing, Photography.«

Herta Müller

Curated by Dr. Christiane Stahl, director of the Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung

The Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung has until now concentrated on the mediums of photography and film. With the exhibition of Herta Müller’s work the spectrum of media is being opened up to include painting for the first time, thereby expanding the dialogue with Alfred Ehrhardt’s work. It is a little-known fact that Ehrhardt was a Dessau Bauhaus-influenced painter and art teacher before becoming a photographer and filmmaker following his dismissal by the Nazis from his teaching duties at the Landeskunstschule in Hamburg.

Painter Herta Müller (b. 1955) lives and works in Berlin and near Loro Ciuffena in the Tuscan mountains. Her house is surrounded by nature, whose elements she studies extensively. Fascinated by the hues of the Mediterranean light, she pays special attention to the watery reflections of the Ciuffena, a mountain river.

For her observations, she makes use of countless photographic “notes” taken on location over the years. These do not represent artistic works but are employed by the artist like tools, as memory aids. Photography translates three-dimensional natural details into two-dimensional lines, surfaces, and empty spaces, offering more direct pictorial solutions than a drawing made by hand, which always conveys a degree of interpretation.

Herta Müller’s works hint at their origins in the vocabulary of natural forms, but their abstract lines, surfaces, and empty spaces function more like messages of signs and symbols. There is an implicit correspondence to what has been seen and experienced, without explicitly adhering to the representational. Her works are “an expression of a transcendent gaze that understands how to elevate spiritually what surrounds us, revealing the entire wealth of the world in a single line.” (Eugen Blume)

Traum nach dem Sommer, 2015, Öl auf Leinwand, 150 × 160 cm © Herta Müller / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Illuminated Details, 2018, Öl auf Leinwand, 160 × 150 cm © Herta Müller / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Käuzchensteig, 1998, S/W-Fotografie, 29,7 × 21 cm © Herta Müller / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Vier Ebenen, 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 80 × 100 cm © Herta Müller / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
11.4.18, 2018, Mischtechnik auf Papier, 27,5 × 31,5 cm © Herta Müller / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Herta Müller, Massa del Canto, 2014, Öl auf Leinwand, 220 x 200 cm © Herta Müller / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
4.4.00, 2000, Mischtechnik auf Leinwand, 55 × 50 cm © Herta Müller / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022

Significantly, the artist does not work from nature. In the studio, both in Italy and in Berlin, she draws from her actual experiences in nature, returning to that paradise from which the spirit expelled us. The artist’s many years of visual experiences, in addition to the hearing, smelling, and feeling of a nature experienced with all the senses bubble up from her paintings. Her depictions of nature give one the sensation of hearing the gentle gurgling of the water and feeling its cooling effect.

For Herta Müller, the motivation behind her aesthetic exploration of nature is encapsulated in John Berger’s analysis: “All the languages of art have been developed as an attempt to transform the instantaneous into the permanent. Art supposes that beauty in not an exception – is not in despite of –but is the basis for an order.”

Herta Müller’s longstanding collaboration with Galerie Georg Nothelfer and her guest professorship at the UdK have brought her to the attention of art audiences.

Framework program

All events will be held in German. All events are by reservation, in accordance with official Coronavirus requirements. Please register for each event in advance via e-mail.

Friday, April 29, 2022, 7 – 9 pm
Opening Reception
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Thursday, May 12, 2022, 6 pm
Exhibition tour
with Herta Müller and Dr. Christiane Stahl, director Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung.
Details

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 7 pm
Book presentation & slide show
by Dr. Stefanie Dufhues. „Fotografie konstruierter Sichtbarkeit: Bildpraxis der Mikrofotografie von den ersten Versuchen bis ins 20. Jahrhundert“.
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Sunday, June 12, 2022, 2 pm
Artist talk
with Eugen Blume, curator and art critic, former head of Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin.
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Sunday, July 17, 2022, 4 pm
Exhibition tour
with Herta Müller and Dr. Christiane Stahl, director Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung.
Details

Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung / Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation Berlin

Apr 30 — July 17, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, Apr 29, 7 – 9 pm
+ Framework program: please see above

Auguststraße 75, 10117 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11 am – 6 pm

Admission free | Barrier-free access

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