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At least since 2004, the municipality of Solnhofen has had a close relationship with the Berlin graphic artist Hans Joachim Zeidler. In that year, the artist donated 138 lithographs to the town. Today, the Solnhofen Museum owns Zeidler's complete lithographic life's work. Now, from September 3 to November 6, the Solnhofen Museum is hosting an exhibition that shows Zeidler in the company of his 13 colleagues from the Berlin Malerpoeten.
The occasion is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the independent artist group "Berliner Malerpoeten" by the Lithuanian-born Berlin poet and graphic artist Aldona Gustas in 1972. She gathered thirteen painters and draftsmen who wrote poetry around her under the name "Berliner Malerpoeten". In addition to Aldona Gustas, the group included regionally and also internationally celebrated artists and literary figures: Günter Bruno Fuchs, Günter Grass, Roger Loewig, Artur Märchen, Christoph Meckel, Kurt Mühlenhaupt, Karl Oppermann, Oskar Pastior, Robert Wolfgang Schnell, Wolfdietrich Schnurre, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Joachim Uhlmann, Hans-Joachim Zeidler.
Aldona Gustas, the only woman, was the head, curator and manager of the group. She organized exhibitions for the Malerpoeten in the 1980s and edited several anthologies for them. In 2014, she once again co-curated an exhibition for the group at Browse Gallery in Kreuzberg.
The Berlin Malerpoeten are undoubtedly a flowering of postwar West Berlin culture and owe their existence, Gustas says, "to the insularity of West Berlin at the time." However, there is no scheme for the interplay of image and word in the work of the individual artists. The artistic spectrum of the group is broad and multi-layered. The exhibition with about 30 paintings and literary works offers a nice opportunity to discover or re-encounter this complexity of the Berlin painter-poets.
Exhibition Opening: 3.9.2022, 11 am
Duration: 3.9. - 6.11.2022
Opening times: Mo - So, 9 am - 5 pm
Location: Bürgermeister-Müller-Museum, Bahnhofstr. 8, 91807 Solnhofen