September 1 - November 3, 2021
RISSA - Back to painting
DIE GALERIE, Frankfurt on the Main

With the exhibition Rissa – Back to painting, DIE GALERIE dedicates to the wife of the painter Karl Otto Götz (1914 - 2017) an extensive overview of her creative work. The artist, born Karin Martin in 1938, was a student of the master of Informel at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and from 1965 also his wife. Both cultivated an intense exchange around art and society, researching, working, writing and thinking in unison. Yet by 1964 Rissa had already distanced herself from the informal style of painting and embarked on her own artistic path towards representational painting. From the very beginning, it was her intention to stand out with her art and to create something innovative and unique. In her compelling, tension-filled works, Rissa deals in her own way with political and socially critical themes that play a prominent role in social life and affect people in their everyday lives: Global conflicts, religion, sexuality, social interactions, the approach to the environment and the use of natural resources, phobias, neuroses and addictions - all these topics are the object of a profound analysis that unfolds within the two dimensions of the canvas. Through the vibrant power of her colours, Rissa draws the viewer in, first shocking him with the brutal honesty of her illustrations and, in the next step, challenging him to think critically about the uncomfortable truths hidden in her works. After many years in which Rissa had put herself on the sidelines, she now finds time and new inspiration for her own art. With around 30 paintings, prints and drawings, DIE GALERIE proudly presents Rissa's figurative, narrative and very individual visual language. Due to the influence of Karl Otto Götz on Rissa's painting as well as the profound connection between the two artists, DIE GALERIE simultaneously presents a cabinet exhibition dedicated to the master of the Art Informel.


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Watch here the interview with the artist



Highlight of the month

Von der Erde kommend
Oil on canvas
200 x 260 cm
Signed, dated and entitled verso

Rissa, civil name Karin Martin, was born in the GDR in 1938, but fled to the FRG with her family at an early age. In 1959 she began studying painting at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and became the pupil of her future husband K. O. Götz. Unlike her teacher, Rissa opted for figurative painting early in her artistic career. Her paintings are characterised by strong and clear colours that interact as accurate colour surfaces on the canvas. In terms of content, Rissa deals critically with current, political and social issues in her works.

One of these works is the oil painting Coming from Earth from 1994. In this painting she has processed the events of the Balkan wars (1991-2001).An angel, who had visited the people on earth shortly before, is flying in the sky and bleeding from several injuries on his arms and hands. He is on his way back to God to tell him about the events on earth. In the process, the fountains of blood, which appear like a propulsive blast, and the circular target on the back of the angel's head are reminiscent of the inhuman acts during the war.