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Leiko Ikemura und Meisterschüler

"Wir Magier"

Ocotber 13th - November 17th 2017
Opening reception: October 12th, 6pm

Artists: Sabine Banovic, Fritz Bornstück, Mariechen Danz, Lea Gilloire, Lennart Grau, Leiko Ikemura, Rona Kobel, Kevin Kopacka, Robert Lanz, Elke Marhöfer, Helena Petersen, Christian Pilz, Achim Riethmann, Zurab Sheqelashvili, Michael Wutz

Leiko Ikemura is said to be one of the most important artists of our time with international reputation. Since the 1980s she has been an integral part of prestigious biennials and exhibition projects in famous museums and art institutions. Her work is represented in various public collections such as Center Pompidou, Basel Art Museum, Museum Kunst Palast Düsseldorf and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. For more than 20 years Leiko Ikemura has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin. In October, the artist arrives in Hamburg for a joint exhibition project with a selection of her master students from the past years of teaching. In her curated group exhibition "Wir Magier"( “We Magicians”), works by her and her former students are shown. In her work as an artist, Leiko Ikemura takes up both parts of western art history and the formal language of Japanese culture. She plays with asymmetries and ambiguities, emphasizing aspects of the mystery and the transformation. Her motifs seem to result out of the power of imagination. Her work always moves between the poles of rational control and spontaneous inspiration. The result of such a tense relationship is unlimited space, utopian landscapes and imaginary human images that conclude in a magical aura.


The magic plays a central role in the selected works of the 14 artists as well. Thus the title "Wir Margier" is to be understood as a programmatic announcement: objects, motifs and figures disappear and change, so that in the process of dissolution something completely new can emerge. Other positions always point to the source of the imagination by creating a special magical atmosphere and mysterious energy body. At the same time "Wir Magier" refers to the roles of the artists involved. So to be precise the exhibition should have been called "we artists", but perhaps they are the true magicians of our time? With the power of creative work they are able to create images and atmospheres, which can touch the viewer emotionally and in some way enchant him. Similar to the aspirations of alchemists the artists also modify everyday materials and trivial objects so that they get a new, valuable content and seem to develop an unfathomable life of their own. Because as the magic tries to resist any attempts of explaning factual science, the essence and meaning of art can’t be clearly defined as well.