Elvira Bach & Ingrid Honneth | Meine Schwester und ich
duration: March 2nd – March 22nd 2023
Opening on Wednesday March 1st 2023 from 6 to 9 PM.
The artists will be present on opening day.
Both artists were members of the “Neue Wilden” in the 1980s and have always been convincing with their expressive works. Their artistic approach differs greatly from each other, but both understand in their own unique way to depict important cognitive processes always with a touch of humor qualitatively and aesthetically high quality.
From 1967 to 1970 ELVIRA BACH studied at the Staatliche Glasfachschule in Hadamar. She then moved to Berlin and studied painting at the Berlin University of the Arts from 1972 to 1979, most recently as a master student of the informal painter Hann Trier; at the same time as Rainer Fetting, Salomé and Helmut Middendorf, who studied with Karl Horst Hödicke. A scholarship took Elvira Bach to the Dominican Republic. In 1982 she was invited to documenta 7 in Kassel. This was her breakthrough, national and international exhibitions followed. She counts among the great, important women of 20th century art.
For Elvira Bach, painting is part of life as a matter of course, because she defines her position as a woman, mother and human being in society through her artistic work. One of her early paintings from 1978 is titled “Always Me,” and she has always remained true to this theme. Is this a coincidence or a twist of fate – for Elvira Bach has been confronted and connected with an artistic counterpart from birth through her twin sister.
INGRID HONNETH deals in her art with everyday objects of life. She transports them into oversized forms and thereby makes them appear both fantastic and threatening. Seemingly banal, familiar things come close to the viewer through their enlargement and are thus removed from their actual function, their practicality. By isolating them from their actual, familiar context, the artist creates entirely new levels of meaning. For example, disproportionate pins, screws or brushes are created.
Influenced by her studies and long work as a stage designer, her sculptural arrangements create a whimsical world reminiscent of theatrical productions. Ingrid Honneth uses a wide variety of materials, such as bronze, cardboard, fabric or wool, some of which are painted over with acrylic paint. Since 1988, her works have been shown throughout Germany in a wide variety of solo and group exhibitions, including in Berlin, Frankfurt am Main and Düsseldorf. In 2011 she was awarded the 1st prize of the Skulpturenpark Mörfelden-Walldorf.
This high-caliber exhibition will show a combination of expressive painting and space-consuming objects and installations, which will remain in the viewer’s memory for a long time.