Annette & Erasmus Schröter
08/03 — 21/05/2018
The joint exhibition of Annette and Erasmus Schröter shows selected groups of works from the extensive oeuvre of the Leipzig artists, both of whom studied at the local Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst. In the exhibition both the relationships and overlap as well as the respective independence of the artistic positions are apparent.
The painter Annette Schröter (*1956 ) will be represented at the exhibition by a large-format painting cycle Frauen in Tracht and the Spaziergang im Schnee group of works, inspired by the Swiss author Robert Walser. A selection of her voluminous papercuts will also be displayed, transporting both unattained sociopolitical utopias and urban proliferation as well as trivial set pieces of our quotidian culture. The contemporary reinterpretation of the old medium of paper cutting is lent key impulses by Annette Schröter here.
The human portrait forms the focal point of interest of Erasmus Schröter (* 1956) in this exhibition. Large-format, staged photographs in both black and white and colour of female subjects in the urban setting and pictures of their male counterparts can be seen alongside works depicting young followers of Wave Gothic culture.
The overlaps in the works of the couple are most apparent in the jointly-created series ‘Hasenland’. Using staged, analogue black and white photography and bizarre costumes they expressly refer, in an ironic, succinct manner, to special places, but also to the outsider role of the artist in society.
The exhibition combines these work cycles with objects from the ambitious collections that Annette and Erasmus Schröter have compiled over the course of many years, and which are closely linked to their artistic output and biography. Amongst other things, these include an extensive ‘genuine photo postcard collection’, primarily depicting architectural and ideological aspects of daily life in the GDR, and the collection of patterned, boldly-coloured trays from Thuringia (manufactured from 1912 – 1989). The principle of the collection within a collection permeates the exhibition and highlights various dimensions, such as the relationship between artist and collective, original and reproduction, individual and society, history and utopia.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (German/English) with text contributions from Andreas Höll, Uwe Kolbe, Katja Lange-Müller, Kai Uwe Schierz and Wolfgang Ullrich.
'Montevideo‘ is a co-operation with Stadtgalerie Kiel (09.06 - 02.09.2018)
Opening: 07.03.2018, 6 pm