our exhibition named Aus drei Zyklen a small selection of paintings
is on show, which has already been published in the catalogue of
the touring exhibition named New Empire and, additionally, there
are etchings collected to 70 prints each in the portfolios called
Ödland and Metropolis. Besides, our catalogue shows paintings,
which have never been published before - some of Maxim Kantors
works of art dating back from his earliest creative period and other
works which have been produced during this recent year 2005 only.
Kantor produced 4 lino-cuts of which the original prints are included
in all catalogues. Even the poster has been printed from these plates
as an original graphic work of art.
does it come that our old and experienced gallery, which has been
founded as early as 1920 and started to specialise on German Expressionist
Art and the Art of the Twenties, shows works of art by the young
artist, Maxim Kantor, who was born in Moscow in 1957?
exhibition is the high-water mark of a long story. The beginning
of this story is to be found in my friendship to Eva-Maria Lüpfert,
who, up to her early death, had quite a prestigious gallery in Isernhagen
near Hannover. Very soon after Henri Nannen had discovered Kantor
she started to exhibit the works of art by Kantor and his friends.
On November 4, 1991, she visited Berlin on account of the vernissage
of the second Kantor exhibition at the Eva Poll gallery.I attended
the opening together with Eva-Maria Lüpfert and met Maxim for
the first time when sitting together for quite a while in an Italian
restaurant being Mrs. Polls invitation.
following morning Eva-Maria and Maxim visited our gallery. Maxim
was very enthusiastic about the large number of Expressionist art,
the works by the artists belonging to the artist group BRUECKE (Bridge)
as well as the socially committed works of art by Otto Dix and George
Grosz. I, for my part, was very touched by his art which is very
close to Expressionism and expresses his critical attitude towards
like this - an intense and personal relationship has developed.
Once Maxim asked for paper to draw my portrait insisting it should
be as big as possible.
the same time I drew a small portrait of him - as kind of an exchange,
so to speak. His drawing is to be seen at our exhibition for the
first time. Since then we have a friendly relationship. For some
years now Maxim has uttered the wish to show an exhibition at our
gallery. I refused to do so concerning the circumstance that until
recently Maxim had a long and very good relationship to the Eva
Poll gallery. But as things are sometimes a subject to change this
former relationship broke up and we complied with Maxim Kantors
wish. We really do appreciate to show his very impressive exhibition.
Moreover, we are happy all the more because we also intend to celebrate
a special jubilee: 50 years ago, my wife and I took the opportunity
to revive the gallery with our first exhibition in Berlin-Tempelhof.
works of art dont meet the fashions of the present spirit.
All the more they do justice to the problems of today. Kantors
works deal with current problems, abuse and crime. They arent
pleasant decorations but uncomfortable accusations of society.Especially
with regard to his graphic works of art we recognise a direct connection
which leads from Goyas Desastres de la Guerra, over to the
etchings Der Krieg by Otto Dix and then to the cycles Ödland
and Metropolis. And, this connection is not only obvious when one
takes a close view of the topics but also of the quality itself.
September 2005 Florian