Walter Womacka (1925–2010) is still considered one of the most important artists of the German post-war period. As a painter, graphic artist, professor and head of the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art, Womacka had a decisive influence on the art of the GDR.
Printmaking always played an important role in Walter Womacka's artistic work. As a means of dissemination, it played a crucial role in making his art accessible and affordable to many. The graphic works also offered Womacka a wide playground for delicate etudes, formal and color experiments or variations of his most frequently chosen motifs such as bulls, roosters and pigeons.
The exhibition presents Womacka's prints in dialogue with works by well-known East German artists. Womacka's GDR artist colleagues Feliks Büttner, Fritz Cremer, Harald Metzkes and Otto Niemeyer-Holstein, with whom Womacka also shared his love for the island of Usedom, in whose rural idyll they both found a welcome refuge from the big city. Works by Bernhard Heisig, representative of the Leipzig School, and A. R. Penck, the rebel who moved to West Germany in 1980, complement the different positions in this exhibition.
Walter Womacka and East German art
Opening: Friday, December 1st, 2023, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Exhibition: December 2nd, 2023 to February 4th, 2024
Winter holidays (gallery closed): December 24th, 2023 - January 8th, 2024