"Alles Wasser" The SØR Rusche Collection and selected artists

Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Germany

25. 05. 2012 - 13. 07. 2012

Leiko Ikemura, Painting 1994

Artists: Johannes Albers, Tom Anholt, Jonas Burgert, Tilo Baumgärtel, Beza, Ina Bierstedt, Irene Bisang, Fritz Bornstück, Peter Böhnisch, Gustave Courbet, Jan Coelenbier, Dag, Julius Deutschbauer, Roger Eberhard, Marcel van Eeden, Marcus Eek, Marcel Eichner, Leonard Forslund, Thorlief Griess-Nega, Amelie Grözinger, Jim Harris, Uwe Henneken, Leiko Ikemura, Calr Irmer, Søren Jensen, Friederike Jokisch, Eske Kath, Wouter Knijff, Clemens Krauss, Peter Krauskopf, Andrei Loginov, Adrian Lohmüller, Kai Luther, Rory Macbeth, Dieter Hammel, Bjørn Melhus, Matthias Meyer, Klaes Molenaer, Cornelis Pieterse Mooy, Pieter Mulier, Ulrik Møller, Lars Nørgard, Julia Oschatz, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Catalina Pabon, Bonaventura Peeters, Jan Porcellis, Ulf Puder, Nicola Samori, Steve Schepens, Martin Schepers, Moritz Schleime, Sebastiaan Schlicher, Norbert Schwontkowski, Emanuel Seitz, Aernout Smit, Lu Song, Abraham Sorck, Abraham Susenier, Lusy Teasdale, Leif Trenkler, Shonah Trescott, Werner Tübke, Justus De Verwer, Simon Jacobsz de Vlieger, Alexander Ernst Voigt, Herbert Volkmann, Tian Tian Wang, Christian Weihrauch, Claes Claesz, Wou

Curated by:
Philip Grözinger & Collection SØR Rusche Oelde/Berlin

Water is the basis for all life. Precisely because it is such an existential element, it has fascinated humans for thousands of years and has provided considerable sustenance for mythology, poetry, music and the visual arts. The human body consists primarily of water and 70 % of the earth’s surface is covered by water - oceans seas, lakes and rivers. It is the ambivalence that we associate with the sea - on the one hand calmness, great distances and freedom, on the other uncontrollable forces, unfathomable depths and a mysterious aura - that polarises the imagination and the pioneering spirit of man. Only in Christianity does God rule the waters. Moses can divide it, Jesus is able to walk on it and the church instrumentalises it as a symbolic tool of faith for baptism.

When the power of the church and the aristocracy began to fade in the 17th century and the commissions for portraits and religious painting began to wane, artists began to turn to genre painting and discover water as a subject. Significantly, a number of seascapes were painted by 17th century Dutch masters. Up to this day, water plays an important role as a motif for artists. Its primordial violence is erratic, sinking luxury cruise liners like the Titanic, destroying entire coasts with Tsunamis and pulling people to their death. This bizarre violence sparks the imagination. Portraying the element water is not just a technical challenge, but remains a concern and a need of artists then and now.

The exhibition ALLES WASSER in the Galerie Mikael Andersen is dedicated entirely to this classical subject. The exhibition is curated by the artist Philip Grözinger, who, in cooperation with Dr. Dr. Thomas Rusche, has placed selected positions of masters of the 17th century from the SØR Rusche Collection Oelde/Berlin.

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