After the Break: Grete Marks and Laure Prouvost
22 January – 24 March
Monday – Friday 11:00 – 17:00
Admission Always Free
Studio 3 Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibit works by Grete Marks (1899 – 1990), a Bauhaus-trained ceramicist and artist who established the successful German pottery factory Haël Werkstatten in 1923, but was forced to sell her business and eventually flee the country following Nazi persecution and the designation of her work as ‘degenerate’ (entartete). Marks immigrated to England in 1936 to try to establish herself in the potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, but never managed to replicate her commercial success in her adopted country.Grete Marks Hael Bowl c1924-1934
Biographies of Marks present her creative career as neatly cut in two: her pre-1936 ceramics, and the relatively unknown paintings that she made in exile until her death. The few exhibitions of her work that have been organised posthumously have similarly focused on one period or the other. Having been granted access to the family’s archive of paintings, drawings and ceramics dating from the 1919–1990, this exhibition will seek to present a more nuanced understanding of Marks’ disrupted and difficult career.Grete Marks Olive Stross 1937
Screening alongside with work will be Laure Prouvost’s Turner Prize-winning video work Wantee. In this strange, unsettling, and inescapably funny fifteen-minute piece, Prouvost imagines a version of iconic German Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters’ final years in the Lake District. Schwitters, whose work was also declared degenerate, ended up settling in England where he supported himself by painting still-lifes and portraits. Prouvost examines this legacy by telling us of her fictional and absent grandfather, a former conceptual artist and friend of Schwitters, and questions the implications of a displaced avant-garde. This work was originally made in partnership with Grizedale Arts for the 2013 exhibition Schwitters in Britain at Tate Britain.
Early in their careers Marks and Schwitters were known for their innovative and avant-garde work. This exhibition will explore what happens when philosophical ideals can no longer be put into practice, and how the impulse to create and to work can persist in the wake of unspeakable tragedies.
The exhibition is curated by Katie McGown, and has received generous support from the Association of Art Historians, and the University of Kent’s Projections Festival. An illustrated essay will accompany the show.
Programme of Events
#EarBox Lunchtime Concerts
Studio 3 Gallery is thrilled to welcome back the University of Kent’s Music Department for the next installment of our collaboration #EarBox. In the first concert of the year, Minerva Voices will present a programme of choral works including pieces by Chilcott, Tormis, Gounod and Holst. This group is a new, auditioned, upper-voices choir exploring medieval to contemporary repertoires. In the second concert, the Flute Choir performs a programme including works by Bach, Handel, Charpentier, Tchaikovsky and more.
Minerva Voices, February 12th, 13:10 – 14:00
Flute Choir, March 9th, 13:10 – 14:00
Artist Talk: Adam Chodzko
Tuesday, March 8th
17:15 – 19:30
Studio 1, Jarman Building
Studio 3 Gallery is pleased to welcome Adam Chodzko as part of our current exhibition “After the Break”. The exhibition explores the legacy of Grete Marks and Kurt Schwitters, two artists whose work was declared ‘degenerate’ by the Nazis and eventually fled to England. Chodzko will discuss the work he made for Tate’s 2013 exhibition Schwitters in Britain that explored the distant, but powerful international connections that were in contact with him during his final years in the Lake District. There will also be a screening of the video Knots which featured in the installation.
The Total Works Talks: After the Break
Tuesday, March 8th
17:15 – 19:30
Studio 3 Gallery
We invite you to the first instalment of our new series The Total Work, where leading academics from the School of Arts are invited to give brief talks linking our current exhibition with their areas of research.
In this first instalment we welcome Melissa Trimingham (Drama), Lawrence Jackson (Film) and Michael Newall (History of Art) who will be exploring topics ranging from Josef Albers and colour, to the music and theatre of Bauhaus parties, to how German Expressionism influenced early Hollywood.
Refreshments will be available from 17:15, and the talks will begin at 17:30.
Late openings and weekend hours
If you would like to visit us, but can’t make it during our normal opening hours, come along at
Saturday, February 13th 12:00 – 17:00
Thursday, February 18th, 11:00 – 19:00
Tuesday, March 8th, 11:00 – 19:00
We will also be open across the University of Kent’s International Festival of Projections taking place from March 18 – 20. Our hours will be:
Friday, March 18, 11:00 – 19:00
Saturday, March 19, 12:00 – 19:00
Sunday, March 20, 12:00 – 19:00
There will be special tours of the exhibition happening across the weekend. Follow us on twitter for more information.