The Salongalerie „Die Möwe“ focuses particulary on artists of the so called Lost Generation. Because of historical events of the 20th century the creations of painters, graphic artists and sculptors largely fell into oblivion. A large number of those artists belonged to the legendary Sturm Kreis around Herwarth Walden, to the 1918 founded November Group, and to the Bauhaus. In the 1920s and 1930s, they were distinguished artists and ranked among Germany’s avant-garde. But during the Nazi regime they were banned from taking part in exhibitions, their works were regarded as “degenerate” and removed from museums.
After 1945, the once condemned artists returned to their style of classical modern art or were inspired by developments in international art. In the GDR, however, Socialist Realism set the tone. Those who did not serve that line of style had almost no chance to play a role in public art business.
In order to increase the presence of those forgotten artists in art trade, Claudia Wall started “Die Möwe” in the spring of 2014. The salon presents those artists’ lives and œuvres at exhibition-related salon soirées. The gallery’s name reminds of the artists’ club “Die Möwe”, founded in 1946 in East Berlin, a favourite meeting place of artists and intellectuals.
Moreover, in selected exhibitions, the gallery establishes links to the presence. The artists presented here draw their inspiration from the avant-garde of the early 20th century, especially from the expressionism.