15. December 2017 – 25. February 2018 

SELF-PORTRAITS – TREMEZZA VON BRENTANO
On the occasion of the artist’s 75th birthday

Tremezza von Brentano, like hardly any other contemporary artist, has created an artistic body of work that has been inspired by an intensive engagement with art history as well as by topical images from the media. It is above all in her self-portraits that the artist’s keen interest in topical issues is expressed in a very personal fashion.

On the occasion of the artist’s 75th birthday, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne will devote a retrospective to Tremezza von Brentano featuring works from the 1970s to the present.

»Nobody before us
has examined art history, history and art
like Tremezza von Brentano –
critically, analytically and at the same time
with great respect.«
(Marianne Pitzen, 1988)

Against the tide

Tremezza von Brentano, born in 1942 in Innsbruck, is among the most important representatives of realistic painting in Germany. Soon after her studies in Mannheim, Stuttgart and in the American cities of Austin and Seattle, she abandoned abstract painting, which at that time dominated the art scene, and developed her own, figurative style. From 1972 she worked in her own studio in Cologne and her angular, sometimes even austere manner of painting quickly became the unmistakable hallmark of her pictorial language.

The artist still creates uncompromisingly precise depictions of people using bold, realistic contour lines and a powerful,   expressive colourfulness. 
 

A chronicler of our times
 
 
For more than four decades, Tremezza von Brentano has been inspired in her work by the masterpieces of at history as well as by everyday experience and social phenomena. In her paintings she blends pictorial references from the past and present to create allegories of our times. It is above all in her self-portraits that she reveals the dichotomy of artistic realism and experienced reality.
All her life Brentano has been greatly impressed by Käthe Kollwitz.
Although there are no connections from the point of view of artistic realization, there is still an affinity: both self-portraits reflect in an exemplary way the artist’s inner examination of herself on the one hand and of topical events on the other, of changing circumstances and her own mortality. Yet, while the draughtswoman expresses the gist by focussing on her physiognomy, the painter places her self-portrait with its stoically concentrated facial features into a constantly changing, visually rich narrative context. This makes Tremezza von Brentano an artistic chronicler of our times.


On the occasion of the artist’s 75th birthday

In the year that celebrates both the 150th anniversary of Käthe Kollwitz’ birth and the 75th birthday of Tremezza von Brentano, the Käthe Kollwitz Museum in Cologne will devote a retrospective of the artist, featuring more than 30 works selected by Brentano herself – self-portraits from a period of 40 years which visualise not only her artistic development, but also her journey through life.



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OPENING TIMES AND ADMISSION

Opening Times 
Tue-Fri: 10am to 6pm // Sat, Sun, public holidays: 11am to 6pm

Closed on monday,
as well as on Christmas and New Year
(24., 25., 26. Dec., 31. Dec., 1. Jan.)
also on Carneval (8. – 13. Feb. 2018)


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Admission

€ 5,00 // red. € 2,00

Guided group visits
For Adults: € 60,00
Weekend, public holidays: € 70,00
For Pupils / Students: € 20,00


For more informations:
museum@kollwitz.de
+49 (0) 221 / 227 2602

HOW TO FIND US 


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Credits

Tremezza von Brentano,
Große und kleine Welt, 2017,
Öl auf Leinwand, 70x75 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
 
Tremezza von Brentano,
Atelier, 2017,
Öl auf Leinwand, 120x100 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
 
Tremezza von Brentano,
Mit Fisch und Peter, 1998,
Öl auf Leinwand, 125x90 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Tremezza von Brentano,
Engel nach El Greco aus einem Verkündigungsbild, 2016,
Öl auf Leinwand, 75x75 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017