Escape - Journey - Desire
For some, life's journey is interrupted by an escape and marked forever. This is also the case with Barbara Camilla Tucholski. In 1953 her parents fled the GDR with the six-year-old and her little brother. They tell the girl that they are going on an excursion. In fact, they leave their home, the inn, the dog and the blowballs in the garden. Seemingly forever. Thirty years ago, in 1990, not a year after reunification, Tucholski returns to Loitz to the lost parental home, the "castle of her memory". In the following years, Tucholski created installation works in the house and urban space, cycles of drawings and paintings.
"Jana. Orange-Tinfoil Green" from 1991 is a central picture in the series "Kinderbilder" painted in Loitz. It is one focus of the exhibition. The elongated body of the girl in it seems to float in the surrounding colour space. Posture and historical features represent joy, desire and pain in equal measure.
"The basic theme of my work is the paradise of childhood lost for everyone at some point." Barbara Camilla Tucholski
In spring of 2019, Tucholski travelled by car from northern Germany to the centre of Italy and back again via Prague. Like a diary, she has recorded her travels in drawings: the motorways and the landscapes passing by her window, the rest stops and restaurants and the hotels and guesthouses where she has stayed overnight. With a few confident pencil lines she captures the atmosphere of the places that surround her for the moment. The drawings from this journey define the exhibition.