In our Elysée gallery, contemporary figurative painting from northern Germany has been exhibited and promoted in a changing programme of exhibitions since 1985. After as many as 140 exhibitions, patron and collector Christa Block has created a greatly respected forum for the promotion of art in Hamburg and beyond. The gallery presents a convincing range of stylistic and thematic positions and thus pays tribute to the important traditions of realism in northern Germany in the 20th and 21st centuries.
The “Oil Paintings in Trowel Technique” exhibition by Stefan Dobritz and Peter Witt is the 150th exhibition at the Elysée’s gallery!
Sunbeams spectacularly pierce the dense grey cloud cover, hitting the steep cliffs by the calm sea. At the same time, the round arches of the Alster arcades in Hamburg shine in their familiar white, and are reflected in the nearby Alsterfleet waterway. These are just a few of the motifs of contemporary northern German representational painting that gallerist Christa Block is showing at her 150th exhibition in the Gallery in the Elysée. With the works of Stefan Dobritz and Peter Witt, she is displaying precisely the type of painting in the realist tradition that she has successfully been exhibiting and promoting since 1985. Stefan Dobritz and Peter Witt, who jointly run a gallery on the island of Sylt and who manage studios in Hamburg and Lübeck, are firmly rooted in northern Germany.
They learned their special painting technique, the “trowelling technique in oil”, in the 1980s from Jürgen Runge, a pupil of Kokoschka. The thick application of paint (impasto) always gives their paintings a “feel” of their own, a “third dimension”. Both artists are particularly fascinated by outdoor painting, “au plein air”, the experiencing and capturing of light, shadow and weather conditions on the canvas. This combination of the trowelling technique with an almost three-dimensionality and impressionist style makes these works of art appear especially vivid.
The exhibition will be open every day until Thursday, 7 November 2019.
The exhibition “Zwei Malerinnen unterwegs” (“Two Painters on the Road”) opens at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 November 2019, when art historian Dr. Friederike Weimar will be giving an introductory talk. The artists, Susanne Wind and Angela Zander-Reinert, will also guide you through their exhibition at the “Kunst & Cocktail” at 6:00 pm on 6 and 10 January 2020. You can register at firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission costs €10. Subsequently, we will be showing works by the students of Professor Christian Hahn of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.
At the onset of dusk, the last warm rays of sunshine fall on the rows of houses in Hamburg. The observer of this street scene experiences a special kind of peace through the absence of people. On the cloud-covered Vistula Lagoon, the red evening glow competes with the cool sea breeze from the Baltic. The painter alludes to the historical significance of the location with an energetic style. Susanne Wind and Angela Zander-Reinert are natives of Hamburg and they still run their studios in and around that city. Whether they are in town or out in the countryside, the two painters are deeply immersed in their environment. They grant the viewer an intense experience of discovery through their different approaches, their abstraction and attention to detail, as well as their use of colour – both realistic and estranging.
The exhibition will be open daily until Thursday, 16 January 2020.
The “Elysée Prize for Painting” to promote young talent from the region is endowed with €10,000 and has already been awarded 11 times to students at north German universities. An independent jury consisting of artists, art historians and cultural journalists decides on the winner of the award. At the award ceremony, all the works submitted are shown at an exhibition in the Galerie in the Elysée.
After the Elysée Prize exhibitions, the works of the prize winners are purchased and included in the Block Collection. They are shown permanently in the corridors on the fifth floor of the Grand Elysée Hamburg and can be viewed there. A summary of earlier Elysée winners can also be found here.