Was du nicht siehst | Group Show

online until April 26th, 2021

St. Marienkirche
Oberkirchplatz 1, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder)

Exhibition on behalf of Sparkasse Märkisch-Oderland in cooperation with Kulturland Brandenburg 2021
Idea and organisation by Anke Zeisler
Realized by kunst projekte e.V.

Horst Bartnig | Ernst Baumeister | Marta Djourina | Dieter Goltzsche | Daniel Grüttner | Christine Hielscher | Mona Höke | Karla INGARTAN Woisnitza | Natascha Mann | Regina Nieke | Helmut Senf | Henry Stöcker | Strawalde | Erika Stürmer-Alex | Songwen Sun-von Berg | Michael Voll | Robert Weber

After the dictatorship and the end of the war in 1945, the visual arts in Germany divided into two and took very different courses. The regained freedom longed for a new beginning and sense of permanence, which did not last in either the West or the East. On the one hand, abstract art was favoured as the epitome of freedom and was still considered superior to figuration until the 1970s in order to differentiate itself from the formal languages of National Socialism and Communism. In the other part of Germany, the development went in the opposite direction. Max Schwimmer wrote in 1946 that one can really feel how uninhibitedly the talents are using their new freedom and how comfortable they are with it … But soon, official art policies in the East demanded figure and objectivity. Those who painted abstract pictures now encountered difficulties and were of-ten prevented from showing their works in public. Nevertheless, there were some who stuck to their artistic will and even managed to showcase their abstract works in exhibitions. These included Horst Bartnig, Dieter Goltzsche, Helmut Senf and Erika Stürmer-Alex. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, artistic freedom returned, art-ists went out into the world and, the world sent artists like Marta Djourina from Sofia or Songwen Sun-von Berg from Shanghai to Berlin and Brandenburg.

The exhibition follows the themed year of Kulturland Brandenburg 2020. War and Peace – 1945 and the consequences. However, it is not designed to be illustration of recent history, but remains with its subject, the visual arts. Why abstract art? These works are considered by many to be incomprehensible. It strives for a selection of works that can be interpreted by any-one. Its title, what you don’t see, is bor-rowed from an old children’s game that begins with the line I see something … And thus, the sensuous ping-pong game between two viewers can begin in front of a possibly puzzling picture.

A book, including pictures of everyone involved, an essay by Friedrich Dieckmann “Von der Freiheit”, an explana-tion of the idea and much more accompanies the show. The project, by arts as-sociation kunst projekte e.v. is funded by the city of Frankfurt (Oder), the state of Brandenburg and the Sparkassen Märk-isch-Oderland and the Foundation of the Oder-Spree.

Text by Anke Zeisler