Ulrike Nattermüller – Reappear – Cologne
Opening on the 8th of September, the Cologne based Galerie Bene Taschen presents the second solo exhibition by the german artist Ulrike Nattermüller (*1955, Wuppertal/ Germany).
The independent position that Ulrike Nattermüller has developed in her paintings since the 80s is reflected in the „Reappear“ show in the nine pictures, which were created between 2006 and 2017.
The space is illuminated by Nattermüller’s painting. The images radiate a brightness that occupies the space for themselves. Each picture sucks the viewer into himself – into his own story, which is to be explored. Figurative meets abstract painting. In part, the two elements combine in one image and leave much interpretation open to the observer, as in the image „Mnemosyne“. The title of the picture also provokes thought. „Mnemosyne“ means „memory“. Mnemosyne is a figure of Greek mythology as well as a river in the underworld whose water, in contrast to the Lethe, does not obliterate, but brings omniscience. What does the artist want us to say? This must be explored – not only in this picture – in all of the paintings in the exhibition.
Since the 1970s, Ulrike Nattermüller has been working in the media: photography, text, fabric, sculpture and painting, exhibited by the following institutions: Museum Folkwang, Essen; Düsseldorf Art Museum, Municipal Art Museum Bonn, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, Municipal Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, „Aperto“ Venice Biennale.