Starting point for face art – face future is the exhibition of German expressionists Ernst Barlach and Käthe Kollwitz in Minsk, Kiev and St. Petersburg. 50 sculptural works, including monumental ones such as the “Güstrow Memorial” and the “Beggar” by Ernst Barlach, as well as 160 drawings and graphic works give a large summary of their artistic efforts. The exhibition is accompanied by a historical text and photo chronology, which explains the work of the artists in historical context from 1867 to 1945.
Today the time of both artists, the time in which so many changes were made for our lives, lies in distant future. What do we associate with this exhibition? Which ideas of the both artists are relevant for us? Are we even concerned with ideal values, the meaning of human existence, or are we only striving for wealth and consumption? What about the perspectives of sustainability and peace in our world? Against the background of such questions, we do not want to leave artists’ works in the past, but connect them with our lives today.
face art – face future is conceived as a creative think-tank alongside the exhibition Barlach-Kollwitz. Artists and art mediators from Hamburg, Minsk, Kiev and St. Petersburg work together with young art lovers to create contemporary multimedia and communicative bridges between art and society.
The overall project was designed as a dialogue venture by the Ernst Barlach Gesellschaft Hamburg for Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. By this project Ernst Barlach Society continues working on international cultural exchange.