During term time and often during vacations there is an exhibition of paintings in our gallery on the ground floor.
1pm to 6pm, Monday to Sunday
The painting studio is on the first floor. Feel free to visit us and take a look at the student’s work.
Our new exhibition shows 21 small mysterious black and white drawings by Gerard Wagner which were found recently in the attic of his home and never previously exhibited, let alone seen. Early paintings from the same period (late 1930s/1940s) accompany the drawings.
In the entrance hall are paintings by Gerard Wagner of the Mystery Play ‘Curtain-motif,’ originally sketched by Rudolf Steiner in 1914. And in the showcase are dynamic and fascinating drawings by Andrea Hitsch, which appear as illustrations in three books by Gunter Aschoff: Das Hohelied Salomos, Briefe von dem Jakobus und Das Markus-Evangelium. (The Song of Solomon, Letters of James and The Gospel of St Mark) The exhibition will also be open during the Christmas Conference at the Goetheanum from 26 to 31 December 2023.
Exhibition of Cupola Motifs by Gerard Wagner, 17 February – 4 June 2023
The Large Cupola motifs were painted by Gerard Wagner in 1995 as part of the preparation for the renovation of the Goetheanum Auditorium. Exciting painting workshops led by Christian Hitsch, Walter Roggenkamp and Gerard Wagner were part of the preparation which focused on the original sketches of Rudolf Steiner’s, originally given as guidance to the artists who painted the ceiling of the First Goetheanum.
The renovation project of the second Goetheanum stimulated Wagner to turn once again to the Cupola motifs with which he had been familiar with for years. A particular interest of his was how the separate motifs could be woven together on the different background colours of the rainbow, as indicated by Rudolf Steiner. A few models of the second Goetheanum ceiling show Wagner’s attempt at uniting all the Large Cupola motifs in a living organism of colour.
‘The Representative of Humanity’ 8 October – 4 December 2022
The motif of the ‘Representative of Humanity’ was the artistic and spiritual focus of the first Goetheanum building destroyed by fire on New Years Eve 1922/23. The sculpture, created by Rudolf Steiner and Edith Maryon, was to be placed at the back of the stage under the painted version of the same motif visible on the domed ceiling above. The sculpture carved in Elmwood shows the figure of the Representative of Humanity holding the balance between Lucifer and Ahriman. Steiner made an addition to the original design of the three figures by adding two further images of Lucifer and Ahriman, almost intertwined, to the right of the central figure. The ‘Rock Being’ at the top of the sculpture was added later to harmonise the balance between the figures.
Rudolf Steiner also drew a coloured sketch of the motif which he eventually painted on the small cupola ceiling himself. Here the dynamic language of form visible in the sculpture is transformed into a dynamic language of colour. The central figure is painted in golden yellow; light rays extend from his right hand towards the form of Ahriman in his cave below. His left hand reaches up to the red figure of Lucifer soaring above. Images of the sun and moon are included: a small moon near the figure of Lucifer, a mighty ray of light directed down towards the figure of Ahriman. The Mystery of Golgotha is represented by three crosses standing on a dark mound of earth surrounded by darkness. Balance as the theme of the motif is also shown here as balance of colour: the living, active nature of red and yellow in the sphere of levity above is balanced by the deadness of black (the spiritual image of death) below where gravity holds sway. The purity of the central figure –the Christ– who holds the opposing powers in balance through love, is expressed in yellow, the shine of the spirit. The surrounding blue (the lustre of the soul) calls forth the nurturing forces of the heavenly cosmic powers.
As the centenary of the burning of the Goetheanum approaches, one can look to this motif as the expression of every striving person who is searching for balance out of the forces of an awakening heart – as the true mission of anthroposophy.
To celebrate this motif, made visible in artistic form by Rudolf Steiner, the Rudolf Steiner Painting School and the Gerard and Elisabeth Wagner-Verein are staging an exhibition of 22 pictures of the ‘Representative of Humanity’ painted by Gerard Wagner.
The opening is on Friday, 7 October 2022 at 5pm: Address by Andrea Hitsch; music improvised by Johanna Lamprecht. The exhibition closes on the 4 th December.
Atelierhaus, Brosiweg 41,4143 Dornach. Opening times: 1pm to 6pm, Monday to Sunday. (rudolf-steiner-malschule.ch)
The exhibition in the painting school at Brosiweg in Dornach showed 33 paintings by Frank Spaan from about 25 years. Mainly, but not only, he worked with vegetable watercolours on paper. The size varies from 20×20 cm to 4 m2.
“How do I paint in the 21st century?” was and is a central question. The artistic process investigates how the spirit of the theme of the painting can enter into the substance of the artwork; which conditions, in material and method – based on Rudolf Steiner, Margarita Woloschin and autodidactic development – support this connection.
The exhibition lasted until 19 June.
ERWIN THOMALLA (1925-1983)
24 October 2021 until 27 February 2022