Berlin-DIEresidenz 2020

La Perruque and Elisabeth Sonneck, last year’s participants in the exchange programme, will be showing their works created in Berlin and Die in the Museum Lounge from 23 September 2021.

The exhibition “Berlin-DIEresidenz 2020” opens on 22 September 2021 at 7 pm and provides an insight into the Berlin-DIEresidenz exchange programme until 7 November.

Since 2018, there has been a cooperation between Lichtenberg Studios and DIEresidenz, a house located near Die, France, where curator Conny Becker lives with her family. The house is only a 10-minute bike ride from Die and yet is completely secluded in the “dark” forest. A granny flat and a studio are available for the respective residents.

During their research, Lucie Chaumont and Nadine Allibert (La Perruque) found a questionnaire about the return of the fox to the city, which listed rules of conduct for dealing with this animal. They chose the most ambivalent questions and then placed them in public spaces on grids and fences demarcating allotments, waste land or passageways. How do you behave when you come across something foreign? Strange in relation to one’s garden, one’s property, one’s land? The artists question boundaries and realise that you can’t stop life, be it human or viral.

Elisabeth Sonneck‘s painting is dominated by gesture and the eternal recreation of colour tones. In this, she differs from the gestural abstraction of Abstract Expressionism or Informel, as her gesture is not expressive, but controlled-conceptual. Like the American painter Agnes Martin, Sonneck combines colour field painting with geometric abstraction, following clear rules. In the final work, the rhythmic colour lines usually run vertically, rarely horizontally. The size of the painting also hardly varies, as the artist adapts her picture format to her arm span and brush width.

September, 2021