Here, Ascher depicts the Bajazzo in his otherness, misunderstood and suffering, struggling for life and in existential loneliness. The first (left) work portrays the clown with sad and downcast eyes; the second (right) work presents a profile in which both the eyes and the mouth are wide open: in dismay or in challenging self-assertion? Or is he merely crying out and up toward the silent heavens?
This fall, we continue our free monthly zoom series “Fight or Flight. stories of artists under repression,” with exciting content:
September 2, 2020
Aya Soika, Berlin: The difficult case of painter Emil Nolde (1867-1956)
September 16, 2020
Sabine Rollberg, Freiburg: Dance under the Swastika: Mary Wigman and Gyp Schlicht
October 7, 2020
Anne Sibylle Schwetter, Osnabrück: Painting as an Act of Resistance. The artist Felix Nussbaum
November 4, 2020
Rosa von der Schulenburg, Berlin: The artist John Heartfield
December 3, 2020
Lynette Roth, Cambridge (US): TBA
The series is generously funded by Allianz Partners.
Recordings of previous events about Hedda Sterne (Sarah Eckhart, Richmond and Shaina Larrivee, New York), Hans Hofmann (Karen Wilkin, New York) and Lea Grundig (Eckhart Gillen, Berlin) can be accessed HERE.
The next talk, on September 2, is about “The difficult case of painter Emil Nolde (1867-1956).”
The important German Expressionist painter Emil Nolde was one of the most prominent victims of the Nazis’ art politics, but he was also a fanatical Nazi and an ardent anti-Semite. This was not known until last year’s hotly debated exhibition “Emil Nolde: A German Legend – The Artist in the Nazi Era” in Berlin. After World War II, Nolde dramatized his victimhood, white-washed his biography and locked away revealing documents. These documents remained hidden from the public until a leadership change at the Nolde Foundation. Aya Soika and Bernhard Fulda, co-curators of the exhibition, were among the first scholars granted access to these revealing documents.
Please register for this event HERE.