November 17, 2018 – February 2, 2020

Artists from the GDR

Works from the Museum Barberini Collection
One focus of the Museum Barberini’s collection is on paintings by artists from the former East Germany. Over the course of one year, we will be presenting four themes in our Barberini Collection series. All works from this part of the collection will be on display in the fall of 2019. The themes are Aspects of Painting (beginning October 17, 2018), Modern History Painting (beginning March 9, 2019), Melancholy and Painting (beginning October 26, 2019), and Landscapes (beginning October 26, 2019).

Aspects of Painting

The first display, Aspects of Painting, is devoted to works from the 1980s. In two galleries, it presents four artists for whom painting served as a means of introspection and self-reflection: Hartwig Ebersbach (*1940), Günter Firit (1947–2010), Stefan Plenkers (*1945), and Erika Stürmer-Alex (*1938). In their search for their own artistic means of expression, these artists broadened their painting style to include an expressive, often enigmatic dimension that was independent of official doctrine.

The videos were created in the course of the exhibition Behind the Mask (2017).

A visit with Erika Stürmer-Alex

Erika Stürmer-Alex, born 1938 in Wriezen
Erika Stürmer-Alex worked in painting, print graphics, sculptures, and installations. She founded a community in Lietzen, Brandenburg, where artists could meet for creative experiments. She studied painting, graphic design, and art in architecture from 1958 to 1963 at the Berlin Weißensee Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, where her teachers were Herbert Behrens-Hangeler and Kurt Robbel. She began organizing plein air sessions at her community in 1982, and was also politically active. She founded Endmoräne, an association of female artists, in 1991.

 

Erika Stürmer-Alex, born 1938 in Wriezen
Erika Stürmer-Alex worked in painting, print graphics, sculptures, and installations. She founded a community in Lietzen, Brandenburg, where artists could meet for creative experiments. She studied painting, graphic design, and art in architecture from 1958 to 1963 at the Berlin Weißensee Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, where her teachers were Herbert Behrens-Hangeler and Kurt Robbel. She began organizing plein air sessions at her community in 1982, and was also politically active. She founded Endmoräne, an association of female artists, in 1991.

 

A visit with Hartwig Ebersbach

Hartwig Ebersbach, born 1940 in Zwickau
Hartwig Ebersbach, who began studying under Bernhard Heisig at the Leipzig College of Graphic Art and Book Illustration in 1959, created radically subjective art in his expressive oeuvre, goes so far as to split his artistic identity and take on an alter ego which he called Kaspar. From 1979 to 1983, he headed a course in experimental art at the Leipzig College of Graphic Art and Book Illustration, and was a member of the art group 37.2, which was devoted to experiments involving philosophy, psychology, cyberkinetics, and performance.

 

Hartwig Ebersbach, born 1940 in Zwickau
Hartwig Ebersbach, who began studying under Bernhard Heisig at the Leipzig College of Graphic Art and Book Illustration in 1959, created radically subjective art in his expressive oeuvre, goes so far as to split his artistic identity and take on an alter ego which he called Kaspar. From 1979 to 1983, he headed a course in experimental art at the Leipzig College of Graphic Art and Book Illustration, and was a member of the art group 37.2, which was devoted to experiments involving philosophy, psychology, cyberkinetics, and performance.