Christa Dichgans: Kein Stillleben

Cat. Kestnergesellschaft Hannover

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Christina Végh
texts (German/English) by Chris Dercon, Martin Engler, Eva Meyer-Hermann, forword by Christina Végh and Milan Ther
112 p with 80 coloured illustrations
320 x 235 mm, hardcover

ISBN 978-3-86442-235-5

29,80 €

Christa Dichgans – Female German Pop

Plastic toys piled up in a kid’s room, an inflatable animal as a swim ring, Batman and mountains of sausage – these are motifs that define paintings by Christa Dichgans (born 1940 in Berlin). The artist, known in particular for her early work of the 1960s, has recently received much attention in relation to her participation in various national and international group exhibitions. She is without doubt among the most important players in Pop Art. For over five decades she has been examining the relationship between man and object, always against the background of mass consumerism, which has changed considerably over time: instead of quality and quantity, the emphasis now is on increasingly intangible attributions that are apparent in the symbolic content of goods and, correlatively, consumers' brand awareness. Accordingly, Christa Dichgans’ motifs are also reminiscent of ‘vanitas’ still lifes that refer to an ever-shortening half-life of the world of things of an accelerated culture.

Kestnergesellschaft Hanover, 26/1–8/5/2018