KATJA MEIROWSKY. Back to the City

The title of our new exhibition "Katja Meirowsky - Back to the City" refers to the artist's series of charcoal drawings of the same name from 1947 and to her return to Berlin twice: in 1945 from Polish exile and in 2000 from her almost five-decade stay on the island of Ibiza.
 
The multi-talented artist Katja Meirowsky (1920-2012) - whose centres of life were Berlin and Ibiza - created an extensive oeuvre of paintings, wrote poetic texts and had acting talent. Thus, in 1949, in the spirit of optimism of the post-war years, she was one of the founding and ensemble members of the legendary Berlin artists' cabaret "Die Badewanne", in which her close friends, the sculptor Waldemar Grzimek and the painter Werner Heldt, as well as Jeanne Mammen, Alexander Camaro and Heinz Trökes also took part.
 
As early as 1951, Werner Heldt emphasised the artist's special position among the women painters and draughtsmen in Germany. He emphasised the outstanding compositions of her paintings and their special colouring. Since her exhibitions in 1945 and 1949 in the Berlin galleries Rosen and Bremer, her works have been presented in many international exhibitions, among others in Basel, Madrid, Florence, Stockholm, London, Chicago and New York.
 
Sculptures by Waldemar Grzimek (1918-1984), one of the most important sculptors of the post-war period, complement Katja Meirowsky's paintings in our exhibition. With his work, Grzimek continued the great tradition of the figurative Berlin school of sculpture and enriched it with pioneering ideas.
 
We cordially invite you to the opening on Friday, 2 September, at 6 pm. The musicologist Manuel Trökes, son of Heinz and Renée Trökes, close friends and companions of Katja Meirowsky, will give the laudatory speech.

Katja Meirowsky | Walk with Corki (left) and Woman with Guitar (right) | 2000 | mixed media and pastel
Katja Meirowsky | Walk with Corki (left) and Woman with Guitar (right) | 2000 | mixed media and pastel

KATJA MEIROWSKY (1920-2012)

Following her artistic talent, Katja Meirowsky began studying painting in Berlin in 1939. Because of her Jewish origins, the National Socialists forbade her to continue her studies in 1942. In the same year, she fled to Poland. In 1945, Katja Meirowsky returned to Berlin, belonged to the circle of avant-garde artists in the city and participated successfully in national and international exhibitions.

After her political and artistic experiences in the post-war period, the painter chose Ibiza as her new centre of life in 1953. On the island, a fascinating world of new motifs and inspirations opened up to her. Her artist friend Waldemar Grzimek visited her on the island several times. Together with Hans Laabs and Heinz Trökes, her friends since their time in the cabaret "Die Badewanne", Katja Meirowsky was the only woman member of the "Grupo Ibiza 59", which united artists of different nationalities on the island.

Impressions and experiences from her two worlds of life, Berlin and Ibiza, shape her art in a unique way. Katja Meirowsky did not follow artistic trends so much as she drew on her personal feelings. In her works, the inner and outer worlds are interwoven. Despite a muted colourfulness, the paintings have an underlying luminosity, oscillating between dream and landscape elements, crystalline forms and floating objects, whereby the boundary between representationalism and abstraction is fluid.