Yvette Mutumba in conversation with Lisa Hörstmann and Monica Juneja
Embedded historically in the respective social conditions, the collection of the Nationalgalerie also has its limitations. Thus, the collection contains mainly works created in Germany and by men. To provide a critical impetus addressing these gaps, works by international women artists have been included via loans, among them the painter Irma Stern. Her expressionist work stands between cultures, because she spent her childhood and youth alternately in South Africa and Germany. In the 1910s Stern studied art in Berlin and Weimar, cultivated a close friendship with Max Pechstein and became a member of the Novembergruppe. In 1920 she returned to Cape Town, where she lived until her death. In the course of her further work development, the initially exoticistic and transfigured style of her paintings gave way to a far more realistic image of Africa as a cultural landscape threatened by civilization and colonialism. Stern's innovation consisted in particular in the fact that she, as a white artist, respectfully put her black models into the picture. The question of which intercultural dialogues Stern's work opens up will be discussed by art historians Lisa Hörstmann, research assistant at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Monica Juneja, professor of Global Art History at the University of Heidelberg, and Yvette Mutumba, curator at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts.
The events will take place as part of a lecture series from September 2022 to June 2023, on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. Unless otherwise noted, the events will be held in German.
Afterwards, the exhibition can be visited until 10 pm.
Participation in the lecture and admission to the exhibition are free of charge.
Online booking required.
The event series is made possible by the Ferdinand-Möller-Stiftung, Berlin.