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pictures of a cosmopolitan and grande dame of the Hamburg art scene (1901-1980)+++

The exhibition is dedicated to the artist and draftsman Lore Kegel. She was one of the first women to study at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1919 to 1922. She later lived in Hamburg and, as an emancipated woman, made a name for herself primarily as an art dealer and collector of non-European art, especially African art. This passion inspired her deeply in her own work as a painter and poet.


The style of her paintings is Expressionist and sometimes Cubist or Futurist, and it reflects the spirit of the diverse approaches to artistic and social renewal that emerged at the beginning of the 20th century.

From her encounters with non-European cultures, Lore Kegel drew an amazing variety of themes, which she captured with vivid colors and an experienced, dynamic hand. Her flair for the forces of the irrational, magical and fantastic becomes particularly clear in her abstract depictions of natural and architectural motifs and in her depiction of masks from indigenous peoples.

In cooperation with the Hamburg collector couple Silke and Tim Tobeler, the gallery is presenting an extensive bundle of drawings and lithographs by Lore Kegel, who administer the artist's estate.