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AFP
April 19, 2012

German artist explores Vermeer’s classic art through modern lens

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AFP
April 19, 2012

Islamabad
An international art exhibition by Susanne Husemann, a gifted contemporary artist trained in Berlin, Germany, opens at the Nomad Art Gallery today (Thursday).
The exhibition offers 29 oil paintings on cardboard and will formally be inaugurated by Stephan Roken, Charge d’ Affaires of the German Embassy in Islamabad.
Susanne has had exposure to various cultures and has participated in numerous exhibitions in Germany, Poland, Scotland, Italy and the United States. “In my work, I think about home. What is home? It is not chosen but is simply there; as with identity or authenticity, it is not something that I can deliberate. Home is my culture,” the artist articulates in a written statement.
Taking a reference from Vermeer, one of the most famous painters in Europe, Susanne embarks upon a journey to explore her own history. “The first step to this Vermeer series was to think about my history. Vermeer is a part of our history of art. But what is in a picture to make them special? And what is the significance of painting?” It is questions like these that the artist has set out to raise and answer through her art.
“Susanne has looked at Vermeer’s classic work through a contemporary lens, which makes it very interesting. There is a lot of subtlety and creativity in her work,” the gallery’s director Nageen Hyat commented at the exhibition’s preview. Indeed, while Susanne’s style is classic, the mood is modern and upbeat. The exhibition includes 12 small paintings executed in black and white, with a touch of colour. In these works, the artist has sketched movie scenes in oil pastel. The paintings have a different but inspiring character.
Susanne will be available at the gallery for the inauguration. She will be interacting with local artists, sharing with them, the details of her life and work. The artist is currently living in Pakistan with her husband, who works in the German embassy. The exhibition will continue till May

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