We know: Christmas is a week away. Have you done your Christmas shopping? No, I didn’t think so; neither have we. Fortunately, it’s not biting cold outside so maybe it won’t be too deliriously frustrating to tramp through the West End on these final shopping days. Hey, we might even have time to take in a show.
Jena Düsseldorf is the new show by German artist Sabine Moritz; it’s currently on display at Art@GoldenSquare, a beautifully expansive dipped ground floor space just off the southwestern end of the square itself, and is a lovely diversion as you make your way between Soho and Regent Street.
Moritz was born in the former East Germany, in a small town called Jena. From 1981 she studied art in West Germany, in Düsseldorf. This exhibition comprises a series of works (in pencil, crayon, charcoal drawing, watercolour, acrylic and oil paint) were made in the years following the reunification of the country and are composed of Moritz’s memories of growing up under Soviet occupation and Communist rule.
Deliberately naïf and rich in expressive detail, the exhibition is as much a diary of recollections – as much an exploration of the experiences that we believe made us who we are – as it is a hazy, first-person look back at a time when the world was a very different place.
When the exhibition opened, there was much to be made Moritz’s art world champions, and unfortunately the shadow of two of contemporary art’s heavyweights hangs heavy over this show. You’ll see who when you visit the exhibition itself, I won’t mention them here, because to do so would detract from taking the works on their own terms and grasping the singular vision that’s being presented. At times dazzling, at times subtle, the show is well worth a moment of your time before it closes at the end of this week.
Sabine Moritz: Jena Düsseldorf is at Art@GoldenSquare until 20 December.