|| UPCOMING EXHIBITION ||
Finally! Enrique Martínez Celaya’s new group of works – inspired by the venerated Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) – has arrived at the gallery and we are excited to share another glimpse of this surprising and utterly compelling new cycle.
While at first glance the differences between these two artists could hardly be greater, on closer inspection, a delicate thread – spun from themes of loss and healing – connects the two oeuvres. Whereas Kollwitz’s works circled around the human devastation brought about by war and the loss of her own son in particular, Celaya’s images often oscillate between a sense of belonging and exile, which is rooted in his experience as a migrant.
“Kiss of Air” is testament to Martínez Celaya’s deeply felt kinship with Kollwitz, transmuting her intimate study “Abschied” (Farewell) into a universal metaphor for tenderness and shelter.
Enrique Martínez Celaya: Kiss of Air, 2020, Oil and wax on canvas, 129.5 × 144.8 cm
Käthe Kollwitz: Abschied, 1909/10, Pencil, black chalk on paper, 63.3 × 47.8 cm, The Fritsch Collection, Berlin
Exhibition: Enrique Martínez Celaya/Käthe Kollwitz – Von den ersten und den letzten Dingen, 6 February – 10 April 2021
Image: (1) © The artist, (2) Courtesy The Fritsch Collection, Berlin
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