'The red action and the membrane' by Katja Meirowsky at Es Baluard

Formed in the modern spirit of the arts, Katja Meirowsky was an artist who, based on the imprint of the avant-garde, looked for ways to get out of modernity without falling into nostalgia or languages of the past

Katja Meirowsky, Formentera, Es Calò, 1974. © de l’obra, Katja Meirowsky, 2024. Fotografia: cortesia col·lecció Marianne i Reinhard Lippeck, Potsdam
'The red action and the membrane' by Katja Meirowsky at Es Baluard
bonart palm - 31/05/24

Es Baluard Museu d'Art Contemporani de Palma presents L'acció roja i la membrana, an exhibition by Katja Meirowsky (Straussdorf, 1920 - Potsdam, 2012) that offers a critical look at the work and life of an exceptional artist but scarcely studied and known.

Curated by Bartomeu Marí and Imma Prieto, the exhibition presents a selection of paintings, drawings and collages made between the 1940s and 2000s that reflect a life marked by the tragedy of the Holocaust, the war and its overcoming, from the his education in Berlin to his life in Ibiza, a rural and non-industrialized environment, far from the metropolis.

'The red action and the membrane' by Katja Meirowsky at Es Baluard Bartomeu Marí i Imma Prieto, comissaris de l'exposició; i David Barro, director d'Es Baluard.

A painting student in Berlin, during the Nazi period he was a member of the Rote Kapelle [Red Orchestra], an organization of resistance to fascism and assistance to Jews who had to flee the regime. In 1949 he founded, together with other artists, the artists' cabaret Die Badewanne [The bathtub], a center for multidisciplinary experimentation that united painting, literature, dance, theater and music and which inspired by surrealist literature and modern art persecuted and censored by the Nazis for its reinterpretation and adaptation to the reality of the moment.

In 1953 she settled in Ibiza, being the only woman in the Ibiza 59 Group. It was on the island where she developed most of her work. His painting is built by elimination, by distillation of forms generated from the will to escape from the rigor of cubism, to depart from the liquid condition of surrealist space and expressionist egoisms, tachism or the informalism that dominated the art market since the post-war period. Meirowsky advances his work along the path of abstraction, but almost always with delicate balances between the presentation of proto-theatrical spaces (we find stages, curtains...) and the nature that surrounds him, without forgetting the imprint of humans on the land and the landscapes, the culture and its vestiges.

The exhibition can be visited until August 25, 2024.


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