"THE LEAVES ARE TURNING"

Wind and weather in Horst Janssen's work

22 October to 16 January / Location: 3rd exhibition level

Horst Janssen particularly loved autumn and winter. Summer, on the other hand, he did not like. In keeping with the season, we present works on the theme of wind and weather, which – all landscapes – show storms, thunderstorms, rain and snow in etchings and drawings, prints and photographs.

Janssen was of the opinion that during the summer months, every nervous person and artist would have to die temporarily. It is only in September that they can and should rise again at the earliest. This is why the theme of transience plays such a weighty role in Janssen's work. His landscapes are therefore seldom lovely, but rather typical North German marshlands of the Eiderland and the Haseldorfer Marsch, marked by rain and storm.

This is illustrated by two etching cycles of very different formats: the series "Eiderland", small etchings whose theme is the power of nature, and the large-format cycle "Laokoon", whose powerfully depicted leafless branches and trees, on closer inspection, even suggest the proximity of the human figure.

The pen-and-ink and watercolour landscapes of "Bobethanien", with their massive clouds and bare trees, reflect the marshland around Hamburg. The works were created after an enforced artistic break, an accident in May 1990 that almost caused Janssen to go blind. They represent a high point in Janssen's late work.