5 March – 10 September 2017

Fritz Overbeck and Hermine Overbeck-Rohte

The Worpswede Artist Couple on Sylt and Föhr

The stays that Fritz Overbeck (1869 ̶ 1909) and Hermine Overbeck-Rohte (1869 ̶ 1937) spent working on Sylt and Föhr introduced an aesthetic shift into their work. Dissatisfied with developments at the Worpswede artists’ colony, they discovered a new world of motifs for themselves on the islands between 1903 and 1912: the sea, its breakers and the dune-filled landscapes with Friesian houses embedded among them. Linked with a lightening of their palettes, both of them found their way to a spontaneous and fresh artistic expression in the open air.

Because Overbeck-Rohte became seriously ill with tuberculosis, the couple never had the privilege of travelling together: Overbeck worked on Sylt three times (1903, 1904 and 1907); after her recovery Overbeck-Rohte journeyed to Föhr in 1910/11 and Sylt in 1912. The works they created on the islands were among the highlights of both their oeuvres.

For the first time the works created on Sylt and Föhr are presented side by side in an extensive exhibition comprising around 70 pieces. It was developed in cooperation with the Overbeck-Museum, Bremen. A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

 

5 March – 18 June 2017

In Skagen’s Light

From PS Krøyer to Joakim Eskildsen

Beginning in the 1870s an artists’ colony that attracted international attention, even beyond Denmark’s borders, developed in the little fishing village of Skagen, where two seas meet at the north-eastern tip of the country. The special quality of the light, the light-coloured and extensive sandy beach and the high dunes along a coast seen as remarkably pristine as well as the hard life of the people there fascinated Danish artists and also painters from Norway, Sweden and Germany. All of them had previously explored the most modern artistic developments in Paris – open-air painting and Impressionism – and now, painting outdoors, they made their way to their own distinctive forms of expression and individual motifs related to the Skagen landscape and everyday life there.

The main protagonists include PS Krøyer and Marie Krøyer, Michael Ancher and Anna Ancher, Viggo Johannsen, Laurits Tuxen, Oscar Björck, Frits Thaulow, Carl Locher and Christian Krogh. With its collection the Museum Kunst der Westküste possesses what are presumably the largest holdings in any museum outside Denmark. For the first time in the museum’s history this exhibition shows all of these works together – presented in keeping with the salon hanging practised by the Skagen painters themselves.

Three international contemporary artists, namely, Joakim Eskildsen (DEN), Ulrik Møller (DEN) and Birgit Fischötter (GER), have been selected to expand the show: they demonstrate that an artistic occupation with the place and theme of “Skagen” is still relevant in the 21st century. The Skagen artists’ works and world of motifs are reinterpreted in various ways in the media of photography and painting.

 

 

5 March – 18 June 2017

Shift and Striptease

Herbert Dombrowski’s Hamburg

The black-and-white works of the Hamburg photographer Herbert Dombrowski (1917 ̶ 2010) offer a subtle and captivating look at everyday life in the Hamburg districts of Altona and St Pauli in the 1950s. They provide glimpses of a period situated between the repression of experiences in the Third Reich and the beginnings of the economic miracle.

Shot at the “right” (for Dombrowski always unique) moment, the photographs capture life after the deprivation of the war years – on the wharves, at the fish market, on the Reeperbahn, in the dance halls and also at the more or less mondaine world of the horse races. During the Nazi period Dombrowski was hunted after for anti-Semitic reasons, went into hiding and was incarcerated. He lost everything in the war – except his Leica camera. After 1945 he began to work with it as a professional photographer. For Dombrowski, in his work, “every picture had to tell a story or represent a quiet drama”.

He also documented the “old” Hamburg-Altona, which would fall victim to the wrecking ball. Seen from the outside, the milieu in the narrow streets among these working-class lodgings seems so picturesque – its image defined by pavements where chickens range freely and children play. The building society “Neue Heimat” wanted this town to disappear, to be replaced by a new and modern Altona.

The exhibition unites a selection of c.50 photographs by Dombrowski. It was developed in collaboration with the Galerie Hilaneh von Kories, Berlin

 

 

25 June 2017 – 7 January 2018

Pure Nature Art

Natural Materials in Contemporary Art

Nature is subject to a permanent process of becoming and passing away. It enchants us with its seemingly inexhaustible diversity of forms and colours. As a part of that nature which has been accepted as the “master teacher” since antiquity, people stand in an extremely close relationship to it. We continuously investigate the laws on which it is based. In the early 1960s natural materials made their way into exhibition spaces by themselves becoming a focus of attention and no longer serving as an “image” of a landscape. Conversely, art also moved outdoors, into nature.

Six international artists have been selected for the exhibition. Over 20 installations, objects, wall pieces and sculptures made of materials like shells, feathers, thorns, leaves, cork, horsehair, wood or rose petals draw attention to the beauty, lightness and fragility of the materials found in nature. However, they also point to the fascinatingly systematic structure and formative power inherent to nature.

In addition to examining, collecting and arranging what they find as well as creating new forms and contexts, these artists are concerned above all with a respectful assimilation of that which is produced by nature.

Their works provide surprising and thought-provoking impulses for tracing the highly complex relationship between art and nature.

A catalogue is being published to accompany the exhibition.

The participating artists are Bethan Huws (GBR), Christiane Löhr (GER), Alastair Mackie (GB), David Nash (GBR), Regine Ramseier (SUI) and Herman de Vries (NED).

 

25 June 2017 – 7 January 2018

Homage to the Simple Life

The Dutch Realist Jopie Huisman (1922 ̶ 2000)

The artistic work of the Friesian painter Jopie Huisman (1922 ̶ 2000) will be presented for the first time outside of the Netherlands. His realistic, stirring paintings and drawings are testaments to the simple life. Also a dealer in old textiles and scrap metal, Huisman was an autodidact who had already become a legend prior to his death. He achieved great fame in the Netherlands. In his home town of Workum there is a museum devoted specifically to him.

He saw his images of shoes, rags or dolls as portraits, so to speak, of fellow people: he wished to assert their dignity their being worthy of depiction. In this way he created an homage to the simple life of the Friesians, their landscape and culture.

At the same time, these works– which often direct attention to the absurdities of human coexistence – certainly touch on existential questions and are invested with a message that speaks of compassion as something universally and timelessly human. What do we recognise in his images today as something known, familiar to us?

The exhibition presents works from the Jopie Huisman Museum, Workum, and from a Swiss private collection. It was developed in cooperation with the Jopie Huisman Museum, Workum (NED). The show is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue (German, English, Dutch and Friesian).

 

17 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

Reload!

Traditional Attire. Art. Fashion.

In our fast-paced, globalised world many people set out in search of their roots. In some places, including the North Friesian islands, the feeling of knowing where one comes from goes hand in hand with wearing the traditional attire that once indicated regional and social belonging. Taking 19th-century paintings and works on paper from the collection of the Museum Kunst der Westküste as its starting point, this exhibition uses international loans to establish a connection with contemporary art and current fashion design. Synonymous with a sense of attachment to where one comes from, with identification and with preserving traditions, the subject of traditional attire seems captivating in numerous ways, particularly at the present. It is also thematised in extremely diverse artistic media, sometimes in an ironic or critical vein. There are additionally impressive examples from the area of fashion design: these show how today’s designers interpret traditional attire and reinvent it both as haute couture and for everyday life.

Exhibited 19th- and 20th-century artists (primarily works from the Museum Kunst der Westküste’s own collection): Jan Arndt Boetius, Christian Ludwig Bokelmann, Otto Heinrich Engel, Johan Julius Exner, Hans Peter Feddersen, Erik Henningsen, Carl Ludwig Jessen, Christian Carl Magnussen, Johan Gudmann Rohde, Caroline Stelzner and August Wilckens

Participating contemporary artists: Catharina Bond (AUT), Nico Dams (GER), Charles Fréger (FRA), Sabine Dehnel (GER), Sandra Heinz (GER), Hendrik Kerstens (NED), Anja Luithle (GER), NOH NEE (GER), Annette Schröter (GER), Trine Søndergaard (DEN; Sammlung Kunst der Westküste), Mila Teshaieva (GER; Sammlung Kunst der Westküste) as well as graduates of the Hochschule Hannover’s (GER) course in fashion design and photography.


 

 

Fritz_Overbeck_Kliff_bei_Kampen_1907_txdam1420_fd121b.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joakim_Eskildsen__Skagen_IVX_2008_Fotografie_txdam1416_15a2b9.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gypsum_Duchess_txdam1424_30a30e.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David_Nash_Cork_Dome_2014_Kork_Courtesy_Galerie_Scheffel_Kuenstler_02.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y_Burdet-6865_02.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hendrik_kerstnes_Bag_November_2007_diasec_txdam1419_86666c.jpg

 

 

2017 EXHIBITION 

 

5 March – 10 September 2017                 

Fritz Overbeck and Hermine Overbeck-Rohte

The Worpswede Artist Couple on Sylt and Föhr

        

5 March – 18 June 2017

In Skagen’s Light

From PS Krøyer to Joakim Eskildsen            

 

5 March – 18 June 2017

Shift and Striptease

Herbert Dombrowski’s Hamburg

 

25 June 2017 – 7 January 2018

Pure Nature Art

Natural Materials in Contemporary Art              


25 June 2017 – 7 January 2018

Homage to the Simple Life

The Dutch Realist Jopie Huisman (1922 ̶ 2000)

 

17 September 2017 – 7 January 2018

Reload!

Traditional Attire. Art. Fashion.