About the exhibition

Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany, presents Astrid Lowack in dialogue with sculptures by the Parisian silver sculptor Goudji from August 28, 2022 to October 15, 2022. Under the title "Astrid Lowack meets Goudji", the works of both internationally successful artists interact with each other in their abstract and figurative formal language. Light is a central starting point, which makes Lowack's transparent works shine on the wall. The formal language of both artists thereby conveys feelings and moods that create a fascinating, poetic presence of subjective perspectives and emotional experiences in the photographs and sculptures on display.

The vernissage of the exhibition will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2022 at 11 am.

Astrid Lowack was born in Bamberg, Germany in 1969 and has dedicated herself to photography since 2011. In the tradition of Impressionism, the works of the globally emerging artist deal with the play of light, shadow, water and movement, as in Sparkling Energy, 2019, Print on acrylic glass, 120 x 120 cm. By focusing on details and alienating them, realistic photographic representation recedes into the background in favor of a multifaceted interpretation of chaotic and structured abstraction of light, exemplified by works such as Big bang, 2022, Print on acrylic glass, 120 x 120 cm.The wide range of photographic works on view also illustrates Lowack's diverse ouevre, which has also received a great response from the art world through recent museum exhibitions in Dortmund, Passau, and Herford.

After his first successes in Moscow, Goudji Amachoukeli's (*1941) international career began in 1978 when he moved to Paris and accepted French citizenship. For over forty years, the artist has produced inspiring silver sculptures such as Le Mage au Faisan de Colchide, 2014, serpentine, agate, rock crystal, onyx, hematite, mother-of-pearl, tiger's eye, amazonite, silver, 47 × 22 × 24 cm, for the most important institutions of the Paris Salon International, for the Musée des arts décoratifs de Paris and for the church treasury of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Already in the then Soviet Union, Goudji learned to artfully forge iron and steel. This knowledge, which inspired him in Paris to learn the silversmith's art, the sculptor still uses today to produce his special tools for the creation of the works themselves.

In addition to gold, precious and semi-precious stones, silver, or vermeil, which has been subsequently gold-plated, are Goudji's preferred materials in the creation of his unique figurative sculptures and imaginative objects. Each work, submitted to the "Bureau de la Garantie de Paris" before publication, speaks in the rhythm of traditional-individual technique and innovative creativity. Mythical animals that seem to spring directly from Goudji's dreams and mythically connoted creatures cavort in his oeuvre, developing together a unique arrangement of mythological vision and contemporary art. Goudji's exclusive works have also been exhibited in major museums in Paris, London, New York and Tokyo and are a central part of the liturgical collection of Pope John Paul II. Among numerous other honors, he was named Chevalier of the "Ordre de la Légion d'honneur" by President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009 for his life's work.

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Monday - Friday from 10:00 - 18:00 and Saturday from 10:00 - 14:00

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