Friday, 4 April 2014

Review of Ida Kerkovius: “Meine Welt ist die Farbe” (“My world is colour”) at Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, Germany

Ida Kerkovius: “Meine Welt ist die Farbe” (“My world is colour”)
Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, Germany
2 February – 27 April 2014

Listed alongside Gabriele Münter (1877-1962), Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), Marianne von Werefkin (1860-1938) and Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907) as one of the most significant German women artists in the first half of the 20th century, Ida Kerkovius (b1879 in Riga, d1970 in Stuttgart) nevertheless remains less well known. Why, I cannot say, for in her lifetime, Kerkovius was a big success, honoured with various awards and titles, including the Federal Cross of Merit, a professorship and honorary membership of various academies and guilds. Ten exhibitions were dedicated to her in the Kunstkabinett, Frankfurt, between 1948 and 1983 alone, and she was commissioned to produce stained glass for the social services department, the Landesgewerbemuseum and the town hall in her adopted city of Stuttgart, as well as for the university clinic chapel in Tübingen.

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