Exhibition in Munich

Ausstellung in München in der Galerie an der Pinakothek der Moderne
Exhibition in Munich at the Galerie an der Pinakothek der Moderne

The exhibition in Munich already starts on Friday! From January 20th to February 26th, 2023, the Gallery an der Pinakothek der Moderne is showing my sculptures. I'm really looking forward to the vernissage on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m.

Gallery owner Barbara Ruetz shows contemporary art. Two new exhibitions begin every six weeks. Especially nice for the sculptors: painting and sculpture are always shown in two different exhibitions. This opens up the space to which the sculpture is entitled.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On Saturday and even on Sunday the exhibitions can be visited from 12 – 18 pm.

Für diese Ausstellung in München hat Barbara Ruetz ein kleines Journal erstellt mit Fotos meiner Arbeiten und einem kurzen Interview. Zu sehen ist das Journal auf der Webseite der Galerie an der Pinakothek der Moderne.

Here is a small excerpt from the journal: “Wiebke Bader creates her sculptures from a wide variety of materials. Bronze, wood or polymer plaster are among the artist's favorite materials. Her works captivate both with their broad spectrum of forms and their diverse choice of colors. Flowing lines and curves are combined with a palette of gold and brass tones as well as rich red, green or blue lacquer finishes. The mostly abstract works are characterized by a smooth surface structure and invite the viewer to be explored from all sides.”
Die meist abstrakten Werke sind gekennzeichnet durch eine glatte Oberflächenstruktur und laden die Betrachtenden ein, von allen Seiten erkundet zu werden.“

I am very happy about the exhibition with this sympathetic gallery owner in the outstanding gallery in Munich!

Shining in the light

Die beiden "Freunde" werden ab 14. Januar 2023 auf der Ausstellung Glänzend ans Licht in der Mainzer Kunstgalerie zu sehen sein.
Friends, polymer plaster and lacquer, about 25 cm high

At the exhibition Shining in the light at the Mainz art gallery the "Friends" will also be on display.

It is once again a great pleasure for me to choose and put together the sculptures for the exhibition. Every time I try out new combinations and every time I'm thrilled anew. The sculptures are shown off so beautifully in the gallery spaces.

I will show many abstract bronze and brass sculptures Bronze is such a noble material and I love the many possibilities it offers. Every cast is different and every cast is an adventure for me.

New additions to the art exhibition in Mainz are colored lacquered works made of polymer gypsum. The luminosity of the colors is fascinating. With this material there will be much more to discover!

Will we meet at the vernissage?

Excerpt from the invitation to the exhibition by Christian Vahl:
In her search for the poetic and essential, Wiebke Bader finds inspiration in nature. The organic forms and flowing lines of her mostly abstract sculptures complement each other to create an exciting harmony. The artist's joie de vivre is reflected in her work: shiny surfaces, opulent forms, playful and yet calm.
Her works are characterized by a sensuous materiality, fresh form dynamics and surprising size variability. Her works are said to have a speaking magic, a concentration, condensation and materialization of the deepest human moods, longings, hopes and feelings: life cast in form, which was abstracted from her and wants to be seen and experienced from all sides - similar to the figura serpentinata. With her poetic formal language, she has developed an artistic position that does not deny her femininity.”

The exhibition Shining in the light - Sculptures by Wiebke Bader runs in the
Mainz art gallery,
Weihergarten 11, 55116 Mainz-Altstadt, Germany
from January 14 to February 11, 2023.
The gallery is open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.

Vernissage Saturday, January 14, 2023, 11 a.m. — 2:30 p.m
Finissage: Saturday, February 11, 2023, 11 a.m. — 2:30 p.m

Exhibition in Belgium

Aussstellung bei Artequadra in Arlon, Belgien mit Skulpturen von Wiebke Bader und Bildern von Domninique Collignon.
Exhibition at Artequadra in Arlon, Belgium

Since two weeks there has been an exhibition in Belgium with my sculptures and paintings by Dominique Collignon. Nathalié Dussart from Artequadra did a wonderful job putting our work together.

I met Nathalié at the Affordable Art Fair in Brussels in spring. We liked each other right away. You can tell that she puts her heart and soul into her job. I am very pleased that my bronze sculptures are now being presented by her.

The exhibition will be on view until mid-February 2023.

At the artist house in Ulm

Auf der Ausstellung "members only" im Künstlerhaus Ulm
Phoenix from the ashes, Bronze, about 39/23/20 cm

The exhibition "members only 04" at the artists house in Ulm turned out very, very nice. The works of Amanda Knapp, Renate Gaisser, Ige Rau and I harmonize fantastically. We work with completely different materials and techniques. It's hard to believe that we didn't know each other before and didn't coordinate the selection of the works.

With the support of colleagues from the artists house, the installation was a great pleasure. We were amazed: nobody could have planned the compilation better. Telepathy must have been involved.

Absolutely worth seeing!

The exhibition "members only 04" is open until November 20th, 2022.
Thursday and Friday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
BBK Ulm, Künstlerhaus im Ochsenhäuser Hof, Grüner Hof 5, 89073 Ulm

Eingang zur Ausstellung "members only 04" im Künstlerhaus Ulm
Entrance to the exhibition "members only 04"

Members only 04

members only im Künstlerhaus Ulm
Mitglieder der BBK Ulm zeigen einen Ausschnitt aus ihrem Schaffen.

Cordial invitation to the exhibition members only 04 !

Wiebke Bader | Renate Gaisser | Amanda Knapp | Inge Rau
We four members of the BBK Ulm show an excerpt from our work.

Where: At the Künstlerhaus, Ochsnhäuser Hof · BBK Ulm Grüner Hof 5 · 89073 Ulm
Grüner Hof 5 · 89073 Ulm

To the opening of the exhibition members only 04 on Thursday, October 27, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. we cordially invite you and your friends. The artist talk will be conducted by Christian Greifendorf.

The exhibition is open October 28 – November 20, 2022
Thu 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. · Fri 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. · Sat 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. · Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m

The invitation card shows my sculpture "Whirl". It will be on display in a different alloy at this exhibition. Bronze can show itself in endless fascinating variations!

Münchens größtes Kunstfestival

Bronze sculpture "Whirl" will be presented at ARTMUC

Munich's biggest art festival is back!

For me, the ARTMUC is the next highlight of this year. From Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th, 2022, Munich's largest art festival will open the 2022 art season on the Praterinsel. More than 75 artists and 25 galleries from all over Europe present young art that you can afford.
From Friday, May 13th to Sunday, May 15th, 2022, Munich's largest art festival will open the 2022 art season on the Praterinsel. More than 75 artists and 25 galleries from all over Europe present young art that you can afford.

My stand will be near the entrance. I'm looking forward to this weekend, to the stimulating atmosphere at ARTMUC, to many new and familiar faces and to stimulating discussions. And of course I look forward to showing you my sculptures !

Fri. 13.05.22 / 11 a.m. – 8 p.m
Sat 14.05.22 / 11 a.m. – 8 p.m
Sun. 15.05.22 / 12 p.m. – 6 p.m

Praterinsel 3-5 / 80538 Munich

Bronze sculpture Two Points

Two PointsBronze, Edition 2/9, about 36/30/27 cm

Only recently did I pick up the second cast of the bronze sculpture Two Points from the foundry. And it already found a new home again. Even if I'm happy that it is now pleasing someone else, I still miss it in the studio. This seemingly simple shape has a very special charisma.

It's a long way from the first drafts to the finished sculpture. The following photos of the making of the bronze sculpture Two Points show only a small part of this path.

First draft of the sculpture Two Points

Design in plaster

I put a layer of plaster over a core made of styrofoam. The shape of the sculpture has already been found, but the surface is still very roughly worked.

Plaster model

I keep applying plaster of paris and sanding it down until the shape is really right. When the plaster model is finished, I use it to create the negative form.

Plaster model of the sculpture Two Points
Mold of the sculpture Two Points

The mold

The mold consists of an inner, soft silicone form and an outer support form made of plaster of paris. It is made around the model. Its most important property is therefore that it can be removed from the model without destroying it. In this case, two parts are sufficient. I take the negative mold and model to the foundry to have a bronze cast made of the sculpture Two Points .

Raw casting of the sculpture Two Points

Raw casting of the sculpture

The production of a bronze cast is very complex. First, a wax model is created with the negative form. The sprues are attached to this from wax. Then the wax model is repeatedly dipped in a kind of thin clay soup and dried for several days. When the clay gets fired, the wax flows out, leaving a cavity in which the bronze can be poured.

Surface treatment of the bronze casting

After casting, the clay must be knocked off on the outside and inside. Holes have to be cut in a closed shape like this so that the clay on the inside can be removed. Then the holes are welded shut again. I took on the surface treatment of the bronze sculpture Two Points with file and sandpaper. I like to work by hand because it gives me a better feel for the smoothness and tension of the surface.

The raw casting is filed and ground.
Bronze sculpture Two Points

Patinating the bronze sculpture Two Points

For the final surface treatment, I bring the sculpture back to the foundry. Patinating is an art in itself. With the help of various chemicals, the bronze reacts and changes its color. In this case, the Art foundry Kollinger brought out a beautiful red-brown color.

I received a scholarship

Für die Weiterentwicklung dieser Skulptur habe ich ein Stipendium erhalten.

I received a scholarship! The Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg hat mir zur Förderung meines künstlerischen Vorhabens ein Stipendium bewilligt. Was für eine schöne Bestätigung meiner Arbeit. Ich habe mich riesig gefreut.

What does art have to do with research? The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts puts it in a nutshell on its website: Kreativität ist die wichtigste Ressource des Hochtechnologielandes Baden-Württemberg.

What is my project?

Based on the existing model of the sculpture Life I would like to develop a series of sculptures that build up on one another. All sculptures will be about one meter high and will have a similar direction of movement.

With each new development step, the slender loops of the sculpture Life become fuller and eventually merge into a monolithic block. Each of the sculptures is clearly based on its predecessor, but has its very own charisma that can be associated with different phases of life:

The play of children, the swing of youth, the abundance of young adult life, the responsibility in mid-life, the calm of old age.

The grant from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg enables me to concentrate on this series of sculptures over the next few months. I see that as a great gift and it makes me very happy.