Friday, February 1, 2013

Minotaur in Berlin

An email this morning from the Greek Cultural Foundation of Berlin (die Griechische Kulturstiftung Berlin) announces an exhibition of sculptures by Bärbel Dieckmann called "Die Rückkehr des Minotaurs" (the Return of the Minotaur). The overview reminds us why the Minotaur remains a functional motif for artists and thinkers.

(I translate:) "Sculptor Bärbel Dieckmann has engaged herself in her work with the ancient theme of the Minotaur. The Minotaur theme springs from Greek mythology and is an important element of  European cultural background. The Minotaur is half bull and half man. He embodies a being that feels at home neither in the one body nor in the other. This makes the Minotaur the prototypical Outsider who wrestles with himself and seeks for his own identity.
"In her sculptures Bärbel Dieckmann expresses this conflict with particular method and manner. She provokes the beholder of her art to take a stand, for she lends a range of differing views to her Minotaur variations. We acknowledge in her figures the triumphant gestures and pride as well as grief and diffidence, but also vulnerability and grace. In these contrasts humane existence puts on its universality.
"Without doubt, Bärbel Dieckmann through her works has presented a powerful approach to contemporary dimensions of experience. Especially in her power of commonly dangerous forms and simultaneously globally militant expressions. Similar to great works by Goya and Picasso, the artistic works by Bärbel Dieckmann inspire immeasurable revulsion, which is judged through humanity, but also the persistent striving for beauty and harmony."

The Return of the Minotaur will run through 28 April 2013 at the Museum Neukölln (12359 Berlin) and admission is free (Tue - Sun 10 to 6)


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