ZOLPER’s “DAME”-SCULPTURE – A MUST PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES

Zolper, Dame-sculpture for public spaces. Hamburg

The "Dame"-sculpture - a metaphor for love and respect 

For women's rights and for better social interaction

Heinz Zolper once again drew attention to the importance of holistic social life. He gave a clear rejection to dominance outside of a factually and ethically responsible context. Authoritarian claims to power and, in the near future, mechanisms of oppression may have no place in an enlightened world. It is an anachronism, which, however, makes it very clear how bad things are in terms of education and societies and groups.

The artist Heinz Zolper (* 1949) has been pursuing these goals for nearly half a century. And he has created an adaptable metaphor for his discourse: the so-called “Dame” portrait - which he wants to put more in the public eye as a symbol that is visible from afar. When Zolper hopes for love and demands respect, he trusts nothing more than on a process in the word's true meaning. 'Re-looking' as a literal translation of the Latin respectio refers to the repeated consideration and thorough assessment of a new impression in order to avoid the limited and superficiality of the first glance. Only a constant questioning of our own actions and our immediate perspectives can lead to the recognition of the rights of the other. Only thus can effect respect for the other and our environment. However, where love and respect are lacking or not given enough attention, everyone ultimately loses, regardless of the supposed position of power. That's the reason why Zolper's "Dame" is not just a multifaceted sign of the demanded respect for women, but a reminder and monument for the incompleteness of people and for social interaction. The artist, whose painterly work has accompanied the Winter Foundation for many years, wants his "Dame" sculptures  to be understood as a memorial in public space to inspire and motivate us for our daily life. (pm)

References:
Magic of painting / or / what it is like to be yourself, monograph, 2019, ArtForum Editions
Cain - Principle of the Evil, 2019, ArtForum Editions
Zolper, women's cult, feminism and gender discussion, catalogue Dettmer art projects, ArtForum Editions

DOCUMENTA ARCHIVE KASSEL

Documenta Archive in Kassel presents portrait designs from the series of artists by Heinz Günter Mebusch (1952 -2001) by Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell, Meret Oppenheim, Gerhard Richter and many other important artists of the 20th century who had participate at Documenta. Mebusch further developed the subjective photography of his teacher Otto Steinert (1915-1978) and established a new view on art.
Mebusch was well-known to over 200 artists of his time and he realized a conceptual work in which the question “what is art” started on a new level in confrontation between him, his portrayed artist and his art and the viewer. Among his portraits are images of  John Armleder, Olle Baertling, Lajos Barta, Thomas Bayerle, Joseph Beuys, Guillaume Bijl, Anna Blume, Bernhard Johannes Blume, Peter Boemmels, Alighiero Boetti, Christian Boltanski,  Fernando Botero, Joe Brockerhoff, Michael Buthe, James Lee Byars, Abraham David Christian, Paul Citroen, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Enzo Cucchi, Walter Dahn,  Manfred Deix, Jiri Dokoupil,  Irmel und Felix Droese, Achim Duchow, Ulrich Erben, Eva und Adele, Erró, Günter Fruhtrunk, Ernst Fuchs, Klaus Fussmann, Winfried Gaul, Ruprecht Geiger, Jochen Gerz, K.O. Götz, Kuno Gonschior, Gotthard Graubner,  Al Hansen, Keith Haring, Hans Hartung,  Bernhard Heiliger, Jean Hélion, Georg Herold,  Kali Higashiyama, Chin Hisao,  Karl-Horst Hödicke, Gerd Hoehme, Dennis Hopper, Dorothy Iannone, Jörg Immendorf,  Michael Jansen, Alan Jones,  Martin Kippenberger, Jürgen Klauke,  Edwad Kienholz, Chris Kohlhöfer, Jannis Kounellis, Nikos Kouroussis, Theo Lambertin, Maria Lassnig,  Loriot, Urs Luethi, Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Gerhard Marcks,  Brice Marden, André Masson, Stephen McKenna, Willi Maywald, Bruce McLean, Georg Meistermann, Annette und Jean Messagier, Meuser, Georg Muche, Harald Naegeli,  Hermann Nietsch, Marcel Odenbach, Markus Oehlen, Valentin Oman, Meret Oppenheim, C.O. Paeffgen, Nam Jun Paik, A.R. Penck,  Karl Pfahler, Anne und Patrick Poirier, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter, Mimmo Rotella,  Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Jan Schoonhoven, H.A. Schult, Emil Schumacher, Fritz Schwegler, Richard Serra, Willi Sitte, Katharina Sieverding,  Jesús Rafael Soto, Klaus Staeck, Franz Staehler, Walter Stöhrer, Kumi Sugai,  Norbert Tadeusz, Antoni Tapiès, Heinz Zolper.

The Work of Heinz-Günter Mebusch is administrated and supervised by Artforum Culture Foundation I The Mebusch Estate.

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Jannis Kounellis

On 16th February 2017 our friend, the Greek artist Jannis Kounellis,
one of the leading figures of the Arte Povera movement,
passed away in 
Rome’s Villa Mafalda hospital.


Born in Piraeus, Greece in 1936, the artist moved to Rome at the age of 20 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts and
considered the Eternal City his adopted home, where he continued to live and work. But he still had his roots in Greece and was connected very deep with his homeland. We honor him and keep him in good memory. Farewell!

Selected press review:
The New York Times, Febr. 21, 2017

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John Constantin Brancusi Moore

Our friend, the English artist and photographer John Constantin Brancusi Moore (* 1934), died in his home near Paris in November 2016.  they created him as a ‘child of art’. He inherited his father in the passion for photography and art-technology. Never recognised officially by the titan born at Hobita, Gorj County, Moore lived in France with the still living memory of the times passing by. As a very close friend of Alain Bernadain he worked e.g. for and inspired the famous cabaret Crazy Horse.

See more about Moore on Global Galleries

Wolfgang Siemens

Wolfgang Siemens, a great neo expressionist artist, we have accompanied for several years, died in February 2016.

Scion of the famous Siemens-family, he studied with Friedrich Vordemberge and Karl Marx at the Kölner Werkschulen, where he had lectured later on himself. He got widely known by exhibitions at the Kölner Josef-Haubrich Kunsthalle, and further solo exhibitions in NYC, Paris, Morocco. In 1986 he had destroyed his paintings to start again in 1990 with new painting. A comprehensive insight into his work and his life conveys the monograph (en/de):  Safiriou, Siemens – Der Maler/ The Painter, Cologne 2000.

Links

Wikipedia

Vera Isler-Leiner

ArtExpert - Vera Isler-Leiner

The object maker and photographer Vera Isler-Leiner (* 1931) joined us for many years as a friend and inspiring artist. She was an absolutly impressive and extraordinary person. Born in Berlin of Jewish origin and survivor of the mass murder of the Nazis, she was at home in Switzerland, but lived and worked as well in Nice and New York. Characteristic for Isler's multi-facetted oeuvre are self-contained artistic and thematic creative phases. Between 1978 and 1984 she dealt extensively with objects and Reliefs on the subject of genetics and genetic research. Later she moved to photography. At the center of Vera Isler's photographic work has been portrait photography since the 1990s, which brought her international recognition. Inspired by Heinz-Günter Mebusch, she developed her own style, creating large-scale portraits of famous artists consistently in their own environment. At the age, she rejuvenated anothermvery fresh group of works with video and stills: Bits + Pieces, where she set people of the infamous 42nd Street in New York a monument before it was cleaned on the orders of the former mayor, Rudolph Giuliani.

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