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Elvira Bach

01.11.2013 – 30.03.2014

Elvira Bach is one of the most successful contemporary German artists and an icon of the national and international scene. With her unmistakable and powerful pictures of women, the artist has been fascinating for thirty years now. Starting in November, the kunsthalle messmer will present around 60 works of painting and sculpture as part of an extensive cross-section.

Born in 1951 in Taunus, Elvira Bach studied in the 1970s at the Hochschule der Künste in West Berlin together with the so-called “Junge Wilden” around Reiner Fetting, Helmut Middendorf and “Salomé”. 1982 saw her international breakthrough with her participation in documenta 7 in Kassel.

Her mostly large-format paintings, which are characterized by a gripping painting gesture and an intense coloration, have a unique recognition value and attract the viewer until today magically.

At the centre of her impulsive painting is the theme of woman. Her portraits of women reflect the different facets of her life. The similarity of the pictures with her own person is unmistakable. Her works embody the artist’s unrestrained will to live and at the same time reflect all levels of humanity from passion and happiness to suffering, grief, fear and loneliness.

The artist believes that man – whether woman or man – with his faith, love and hope will always be the measure of all things: Elvira Bach’s work will thus remain topical in the future.

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