Unmistakable in both its delicacy and colour intensity – the work of Emil Nolde, born in 1867 in Northern Germany, is undoubtedly one of the most influential and significant of German Expressionism.
Galerie Utermann is delighted to present outstanding watercolours and paintings by the artist in cooperation with Grisebach Zurich on the occasion of Zurich Art Weekend. For Emil Nolde, it marks a return to the Swiss mountains that fascinated him so much – he had already spent a few years as a young drawing teacher at the Museum of Industry and Trade in St. Gallen in 1892. His passion for untouched nature and overwhelming mountain landscapes was to have a lasting influence on his oeuvre.
Norbert Kricke's works can be so many things: monumental, but at the same time filigree, expansive, but at the same time restrained, reduced and yet present. Kricke himself defined his art thus: "I don't want a real space and no real movement (mobile), I want to represent movement. I seek to give form to the unity of space and time." He succeeded in this with his sculptures made of steel wires and tubes, with which he wrote art history. But you can also see this examination in his drawings: the lines do not seem to be stopped by the paper boundary, they seem to go beyond it and find themselves again in new lines in other drawings or also in Kricke's sculptures.
We are pleased to present an extensive retrospective on the occasion of Norbert Kricke's 100th birthday. The exhibition, which was created in close collaboration with Kricke's estate, features 21 sculptures as well as a large body of drawings from all creative periods. The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalog with a text contribution by Florian Illies.
"For over 25 years I have been firmly convinced that Schumacher is the outstanding figure in German art of his generation, indeed beyond that generation, because since around 1960, when he was already almost 50 years old, there has been an unheard-of increase in his work."
What the legendary director of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Professor Werner Schmalenbach, wrote back in 1992 has lost none of its significance today. We are therefore delighted to be able to present an extensive exhibition to this important artist in collaboration with the estate. More than 40 works, including 13 paintings alone, will be on display in our Dortmund gallery. There will also be a comprehensive publication, with a text contribution by the director of the Franz Marc Museum in Kochel, Dr. Cathrin Klingsöhr-Leroy.
The sculptures by Abraham David Christian are immediately present. They stand before you as surprising self-evident things. They are simple, show no artistic signature in the conventional sense. Their forms seem catchy. In the exhibition Eisen, we present for the first time the sculptor's new series of works created in 2020.
On the occasion of the exhibition, a catalogue will be published with a text contribution by Dr. Roland Mönig, the director of the von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal.
Emil Nolde and Christian Rohlfs are among the most important representatives of German Expressionism and have been part of Galerie Utermann's programme for over 50 years. As early as 1972, the first large solo exhibition of the artist's work was shown in collaboration with Helene Rohlfs.
Both artists are united by the fact that they have remained self-sufficient and independent in their style and visual language. The aim of this juxtaposition is to show to what extent the two painters are similar, but also in what ways they differ. Of course, they were each familiar with the other's work, even if they only met briefly through the mediation of the important collector Karl Ernst Osthaus in Hagen.
Our special thanks go to the Seebüll Ada and Emil Nolde Foundation and its director Dr Christian Ring. Without his generous support, this exhibition project would not have been possible. We would also like to thank Dr Mario Andreas von Lüttichau for his scholarly comments. As a former curator of the collection of the Folkwang Museum in Essen, he is very familiar with the works of both artists.
For the first time, Galerie Utermann is presenting works by the artist Angela Glajcar in a solo exhibition. Born in Mainz in 1970, she began her studies at the Academy of Arts in Nuremberg at the age of 21. She received her first prize at the age of 28 - the workshop prize of the Erich Hauser Art Foundation. She received various teaching assignments from 2002 onwards, including at the University of Dortmund in 2004. She has been honoured with solo exhibitions in national and international museums - currently at the Powerlong Museum in Shanghai.
The art historian Michael Hübli put it aptly in 2010: "Angela Glajcar is a sculptor: she tears and perforates paper. The soft is the hard, and the soft is monumental."
In our exhibition we show works on paper that have been created over the past ten years: Works ranging from room-filling dimensions to smaller formats.
1919-2019. 100 years ago, the Bauhaus art school was founded by architect Walter Gropius. An anniversary that provides the occasion for an artists' dialogue.
Lyonel Feininger was one of the first masters Gropius brought to the Bauhaus in 1919, where he was form master of the print shop until 1925. In 1924, he joined forces with Alexej Jawlensky, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky to form the exhibition group "Die Blauen Vier" in Weimar. In addition to exhibition projects in the Weimar environment, the group also exhibited in the USA and their works found their way into international collections - an essential aspect for the reception after the Second World War.