Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung and Sparkasse Spree-Neiße honor the life work of the painter Dieter Zimmermann / “Bilderbuch Zimmermann” is to present the artist’s lifetime / double exhibition planned from December 2
Cottbus (MB). Sparkasse Spree-Nyse and Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung have selected a project of national importance which they would like to support together. At the Sparkasse Spree-Nyse headquarters on Breitscheidplatz, Ralf Braun, member of the Sparkasse board of directors, handed over the authorization to finance “Bilderbuch Zimmermann”, a publication on the occasion of the 80th birthday of painter Dieter Zimmermann as part of a double exhibition. It was with great pleasure that Jörg Sperling, president of the Association for the Promotion of Culture and Art. V. by accepting the grant.
“Dieter Zimmermann is an outstanding painter whom we value very much,” emphasizes Sparkasse board member Ralf Braun. “His wonderful works are part of our collection and enrich our company headquarters with their power and charisma. That is why we are pleased to be able to honor him on the occasion of his 80th birthday with a comprehensive publication for his great work in life ”.
For over 50 years, the artist Dieter Zimmermann has been creating an extremely diverse artistic creation that encourages the viewer to interpret things in an ironic, thoughtful way. Dieter Zimmermann’s pictorial stories turn out to be multi-layered, versatile and multicellular for all who want to look at his work and enter his artistic universe.
After studying painting at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, he came to Lusatia in 1973 and developed his characteristic form of the comic history of the painting here. Dealing with the cultural peculiarities of the Wends and Sorbs, the landscape of the Spreewald and the interventions of lignite mining, Zimmermann has always looked at world theater and contemporary historical phenomena and transformed them symbolically in his multi-faceted work. Incidentally, this resulted in a kind of extraordinary chronicle of Lower Lusatia, well received far beyond the borders of the Spreewald even before reunification.
The extraordinary work of the regional artist will be honored with generous support from the Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung together with Sparkasse Spree-Neiße. As part of an extensive double exhibition from December 3 this year. by February 26, 2023, the Kunsthalle Lausitz and the MA / RIE / MIX 23 gallery will publish a “picture book”, which for the first time will adequately present Dieter Zimmermann’s work of the whole life. A proper overview of the exhibition and the artist’s work is to be the contributions of Dieter Zimmermann’s longtime comrades, such as Herbert Schirmer and Jörg Sperling: “We want to create a colorful book in which the artist’s work becomes clear,” reports Jörg Sperling, President of the Association for the Promotion of Culture and Art V. Heiko Straehler-Pohl, curator and owner of the Kunsthalle Lausitz gallery, is involved in both projects and adds: “Thanks to the savings bank, we are now fully operational and the book is expected to be published in less than two months.” Like the exhibitions, the “picture book” will be an independent work. Coordinated, it can also be understood as a book accompanying a double exhibition, but it goes far beyond the works shown there and gives a complete picture of the artist’s work.
The double exhibition will feature works from the artist’s large series, but most of all, many new ones will appear. The focus will be on drawings and works on paper in the premises of the traditional former gallery Haus 23, founded in 1989, today MA / RIE / MIX 23 on Marienstraße. In the old canvas factory on Wilhelm-Külz-Strasse, transformed by the Kunsthalle Lausitz into an exhibition space and thus open to the public for the first time, works on canvas and reverse painting on glass will be displayed. The canvas factory, built around 1899, offers over 600 square meters of exhibition space on three floors.
Commitment of Sparkasse Spree-Neisse
For Sparkasse Spree-Nysa, the promotion of art and culture is the basis of social involvement. As a local financial institution, it supports numerous exhibitions in the region. Thanks to the open and richly designed business space, it offers artists a forum for presenting their artistic work. Sparkasse Spree-Nyse is one of the largest collectors of regional art. It proudly presents nearly 800 works by local artists in its main office and six directorates with 40 branches. Numerous paintings and sculptures permanently and extensively document the artistic differentiation between the Spree and the Neisse. “Save, strengthen, inspire.”
The Ostdeutsche Sparkassenstiftung has been promoting art, culture and monument protection since 1996. The foundation is a joint venture of all savings banks belonging to the Association of East German Savings Banks (OSV) in Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. A total of 2,371 projects were funded, accompanied and implemented together with 43 OSV savings banks. More than € 106 million has been earmarked for this purpose in income from assets, regional earmarked income from PS Lottery savings and additional project-related donations from savings banks and their subsidiaries. In Brandenburg alone, a total of around EUR 23 million has been allocated to 591 projects. The savings bank is one of the largest non-governmental sponsors of culture in Germany.
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