Leiko Ikemura. Witty Witches

Exhibition view in the large studio, Georg Kolbe Museum, Leiko Ikemura © Leiko Ikemura und VG Bild-Kunst Bonn, 2023, Georg Kolbe Museum, Photo: Enric Duch.

Leiko Ikemura (b. 1951) is an extraordinarily versatile artist whose work encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and even poetry. No hierarchical boundaries can be drawn between the genres; they revolve around recurring themes and motifs and always complement each other.

In her works, Ikemura creates beings that represent a moment of fusion between man and nature and are ambivalent and ambiguous in this – figures of transition, in intermediate states of existence.The solo exhibition at the Georg Kolbe Museum is devoted primarily to Ikemura’s sculptural work. The show features over 30 sculptures as well as selected paintings and drawings, from a creative period spanning the last 30 years. In addition, there are numerous works created only in the last year. Thus, the exhibition allows a concentrated view of the outstanding formal language of the artist. Her works in ceramics, bronze, and glass attest to her vital engagement with the traditional genre of sculpture and its materiality.

Born in Japan, the artist has lived in Europe since the 1980s, initially in Spain and Switzerland, before settling in Berlin. She knows how to amalgamate perspectives of the global East and West in her work, creating a powerful visual language that both seems familiar to her viewers and is capable of irritating them.

Source: Georg Kolbe Museum


Opening: Friday, 20 January at 6pm
Speeches by:
Dr. Kathleen Reinhardt (Director of Georg Kolbe Museum)
Elisabeth Heymer (Curator of the exhibition)
Udo Kittelmann (Artistic Director Museum Frieder Burda)
The artist is present


The exhibition is featured in various media:
taz (20. January 2023)
Deutschlandfunk Kultur (20 January 2023)

rbb Kultur (21 January 2023)
Berliner Morgenpost (23 January 2023)

Tagesspiegel (27 January 2023)

Berliner Zeitung (29 January 2023)

monopol (09 February 2023)



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