March 24 - April 29
We look forward to welcoming you and your friends to the vernissage on Thursday March 23 from 7pm-9pm. On this occasion Dr. Elke-Vera Kotowski will give a brief introduction to the works by Lotte Laserstein.
“I will devote my life to art”
Lotte Laserstein decided she wanted to become an artist already when she was a child.
LOTTE LASERSTEIN (1898-1993) - PAINTER OF THE "LOST GENERATION"
The artist, born in 1898 in Prussian Holland, had her artistic breakthrough in Berlin during the interwar years and was forced to go into exile in Sweden in 1937 because of her Jewish roots. She lived and worked in Sweden until her death in 1993 and never returned to Germany. Her artistic work was forgotten in Germany after the end of the war in 1945 and was only rediscovered in 2003 with an exhibition at the Verborgenes Museum in Berlin.
LOTTE LASERSTEIN AND THE BERLIN YEARS UP TO 1937
After studying at the Akademische Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin in the class of Erich Wolfsfeld, her career began at the latest in 1931 with her first solo exhibition at the Gurlitt Gallery, Berlin and her participation in the Great Berlin Art Exhibition at the Belvue Palace. From 1933, the National Socialists made her work increasingly difficult due to her Jewish origins and later made it impossible. In 1937 she emigrated to Sweden, where she lived until her death.
In 2003, her work was comprehensively presented to the public for the first time at the Verborgenes Museum (Berlin). Under the title "Lotte Laserstein. Von Angesicht zu Angesicht" (Face to Face), museum exhibitions in Frankfurt and Berlin followed in 2018/19 in cooperation with the Städel Museum and the Berlinische Galerie.