A photographer among musicians
Linda McCartney – The Sixties and more
19.01.2020 bis 03.05.2020
When the American Linda Eastman began taking photographs in the mid-1960s she immediately came into contact with the rock 'n' roll scene. A press invitation opened the doors to a Rolling Stones promotion party on the SS Sea Panther on the Hudson River for her. This is where her unusual career began. “It was the time when Jimi Hendrix came into my apartment out of the blue, covered in snow, and I had dinner with Jim Morrison in Chinatown. I once bought peanut butter with Janis Joplin for a midnight feast and another time I took the subway through the city with Jackson Browne.” She also made acquaintances the Beatles and her later husband Paul.
In the form of photos from the sixties the exhibition vividly shows powerful moments from this intense musical era. Her work is complemented by her Roadworks and experimental Sun Prints.
An independent display of record covers with their special designs also offers an additional insight into the era of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.
Simon Schwartz – Geschichtsbilder. Comics & Graphic Novels
In cooperation with Angermuseum, Erfurt
29.09.2019 bis 19.01.2020
Hamburg illustrator Simon Schwartz became known to wider circles with his debut publication drüben! (“The Other Side of the Wall”), the autobiographical story of his parents' departure from the GDR. In a tightly-knit narrative of touching images he tells of both the emotional and practical problems of such a journey, which do not stop at breaks in his own family. Partly depicted from the perspective of the child, a difficult and life-impacting decision is described in a highly sensitive way. Schwartz has in the meantime created an extensive and broad oeuvre which in this exhibition is presented in its various facets.
The exhibition illuminates how Schwartz has become one of the most important graphic illustrators and authors of his generation. Stories with a historical background such as the extensive graphic novels Packeis (“First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson”) and IKON are as much a part of his repertoire as narrations on a single page, as typified in the collections of the volumes Vita Obscura and Das Parlament. Extensive research always accompanies his work, and his GESCHICHTSBILDER (“Historical images”) are told not only in haunting language but above all in striking images. Schwartz is masterly in the discipline of page tectonics and finds precisely the right layout for all of his biographies.
The exhibition, created in cooperation with Angermuseum in Erfurt, the birthplace of Simon Schwartz, once again presents a renowned German comic strip artist in the LUDWIGGALERIE.
The exhibition is supported by the Friends of the LUDWIGGALERIE. WDR 3 is the cultural partner.
Lines and areas - Presentation of new entries
17.11.2019 bis 19.01.2020
With Walter Dohmen, the LUDWIGGALERIE presents one of the most important German artists in the field of graphic arts.
Thanks to the support of the Lions Club Oberhausen-Glückauf and an extremely generous donation by the artist, a collection of almost 50 works has been incorporated into the Oberhausen art collection.
The selection ranges from early works from the 1970s, such as the girl with plait and bow, to current works. Various graphic techniques are represented: from relief printing such as woodcuts to lithographic flat printing to gravure printing of copper engravings and the various etching techniques of etching and aquatint.
Dohmen, who wrote a textbook on lithography in 1982 and one on gravure printing in 1986, is regarded as an expert on complicated graphic techniques. His experiments with resistant inks lead to painterly results. His sheets, made using the Chine Collé process, in which a very thin Asian paper (usually made from the fibres of the mulberry tree) is used, bring unusual colours to the works, as in the case of the woman with brushwood. Gold leaf can also be a combination material. Even the usually rather small format of the graphic is abandoned by him, as shown in the six-series of the crouchers.
Dohmen updates the copperplate engraving, a gravure printing process that culminated in the 15th and 16th centuries with artists such as Martin Schongauer and Albrecht Dürer. With astonishing softness and movement, he digs the metal chip out of the copper plate with a burin and gives depictions a suppleness not previously known in this process.