Vision Afrika. Turn of the Fire
The Städtisches Museum Braunschweig presents the expressive Africa cycle of the internationally known artist Ruth Baumgarte from 24th March until 7th July 2019. Earlier exhibitions of the Africa cycle were on display at the Ludwig Museum Koblenz (2017/18) and the Marble Palace of the Ludwig Museum at the State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg (2018).
At the opening of the exhibition, a reading with the well-known actress Hannelore Hoger took place. Furthermore, Dr. Peter Joch (Director of the Städtisches Museum Braunschweig) and Alexander Baumgarte (Chairman of the Art Foundation Ruth Baumgarte) gave a thematic introduction to the exhibition. A high-quality, hard-copy publication was released.
Ruth Baumgarte's Journeys to Africa
From the 1980s onwards, the artist travelled to Africa more than 40 times over a period of 20 years, visiting mostly South and East African states including Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, and South Africa. During this time, she developed her unique, expressive style of painting. Layers of imagery push themselves together, creating distinct, sometimes apocalyptic visions. Her works, however, always mirrored the artist’s strong empathy towards the population and inhabitants of the countries she visited. Colour-intensive depictions of the people and landscapes she encountered are witnesses to her inner solidarity with the African continent. Simultaneously, she experienced and confronted herself with the social and societal upheavals shaking the continent at that time.