Divine-exhibition now to be seen
Temple of women
new series of women in ritual trance
Mystery of Rome
Photos show the hidden secret of the divine.
room light-installations of transfer art on acrylic glass
old masters la Verità, Bernini
how through time the secret of the power of women is kept in the arts
Preview: 8.12. from 6 pm
Vernissage: 9.12. from 6 pm
Exhibition opening hours:
The exhibition DIVINE with new works by Berlin artist Susanne Rikus takes us into a sacred space. Her current art reflects the divinity in man and invites us to reconnect with it.
Susanne Rikus artistically brings archetypes of the female primal force to light and makes us aware of their highly topical relevance.
Photographic works - in the first part of the exhibition - show female figures that the artist noticed while roaming the city of Rome and which she intuitively captured in snapshots:
Women striding through a strong incidence of light into a church, the concentrated telephone conversation of a young woman on the street, Bernini's naked, almost enraptured allegory of "Truth, Daughter of Time" in the Galleria Borghese. The connecting lines from ancient to contemporary Rome are embodied in the photographs by figures of triumphant goddesses and allegories that hover like guardians high above the rooftops of the city and are usually not even noticed. Susanne Rikus thus impressively demonstrates the presence of the feminine in the city of Rome between heaven and earth.
These motives are complemented by photographs of female figures from antiquity that the artist captured in Greece and in the collection of antiquities at the Altes Museum in Berlin. Three of these, a caryatid, a dancer and a figure of the goddess Aphrodite, are transformed into three free-standing, backlit spatial works using the transfer technique she developed. She processes and abstracts each photograph until the essence becomes visible and emerges from the acrylic glass background to meet us in life-size: Grace and dignity, but also lustful ectasy, strength and lightness can be recognized and felt through the women's bodies. Susanne Rikus wants to remind visitors to the exhibition of this feminine, forward-looking power, to share and celebrate it with them.
Dreamy and at the same time in clear, fresh colors, she shows the theme in four, partly large-format acrylic paintings of the series, "Temple of Women", where cult bearers or priestesses dancing, praying and playing music move cheerfully and completely freely in their sacred space. Susanne Rikus paints them intuitively and rather suggestively in order to keep spaces open. The title alludes not only to the cult space outside, but also to the female body as a temple in which the Divine® resides. She further abstracts this in archaic symbols of gender and birth in the triad "Song of Creation" Expressively and with powerful colors, the artist gives expression to this aspect of female creative power.
Susanne Rikus brings all angles of this major theme to the fore with a multiple 3D-printed object in the exhibition - initially as a model - which she designed as a prototype: a throne for women, a dignified seat of the feminine in opening, expansive and lively, yet simple and harmonious forms, which she calls "Diva". The artist, who is also an architect, deliberately built it according to the dimensions of the temple. Here, ancient tradition is beautifully linked with the present and becomes a beacon of hope for a future as we dream and wish for it.
Dr. Ingrid Gardill, art historian, November 2023
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Art Gallery Susanne Rikus
Oranienburger Straße 32