* 20 June 1891 in Berlin, † 18 July 1984 ebena
paintress and graphic artist
Margarete Kubicka, a representative of expressive cubism, always understood her artistic work as a political activity. Together with her German-Polish husband, the painter Stanislaw Kubicki, she co-founded the Polish Expressionist group BUNT in 1918 and published prints and poems in Pfemfert's journal "Die Aktion”. In 1922, the artist couple is among the organisers of the "International Exhibition of Revolutionary Artists" in Berlin. The following year Margarete Kubicka joined the "Group of Progressive Artists". This Marxist-oriented artists' association, founded in 1920, was one of the most important artistic-political movements on the Rhine during the Weimar Republic, together with the Cologne Dada Movement and the “Young Rhineland”. The painter took part in an exhibition of the group in Moscow in 1926 and in Chicago in 1930.
After 1933, Margarete Kubicka took an active part in the struggle against the Nazi regime. After the war she found a new formal language in her artistic work. Her colourful watercolour series tell - often with allegorical and mythological references - of the crisis experienced by mankind. The large-format paintings from the series "Man Conquers the Earth" and "Past, Controversial, Emerging Religions" are representative of this.
The artist has received numerous tributes. The “Neue Berliner Kunstverein” (1976) and the “Berlinische Galerie” (1992), among others, have dedicated exhibitions to her life and work. In 2017, a bridge in Berlin-Neukölln has been named after the artist; in 2020, the library in Berlin-Britz received her name.