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Two large canvases from Jutta Koether's exhibition. The canvases are painted with acrylic paints in a loose and sketchy style.

Jutta Koether

Seasons and Sacraments

09 February - 21 April 2013

We were delighted to welcome influential German artist Jutta Koether back to DCA, five years after her work was shown in the group exhibition Altered States of Paint, for a solo exhibition of new work. Seasons and Sacraments demonstrates her distinct and powerful style and is inspired by two important series of paintings by the 17th century French artist Nicolas Poussin (1594 -1665).

From Jutta Koether's exhibition. Black wood, driftwood and glass lie on DCA floors in a state of disarray.

Large painted canvases are presented on freestanding sheets of glass in Gallery 1. Seasons (2012) is a response to Poussin’s The Four Seasons (1660 -1664) which depicts Old Testament scenes representing spring, summer, autumn and winter. Koether’s paintings rework these themes into contemporary representations which are typical of her bold style. This is the European premiere of the series, following its successful debut at the 2012 Whitney Biennial in New York.

Gallery 2 features a newly commissioned series which responds to Poussin’s The Seven Sacraments. Poussin’s paintings depict the sacraments of the Catholic Church: baptism, eucharist, confirmation, marriage, penance, ordination and extreme unction. He created two versions of the work, the second of which was created between 1644 and 1648 and is displayed at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh.

Koether reinterprets The Seven Sacraments as a series of dynamic installations. Confirmation presents everyday objects encased in clear liquid acrylic, attached to vast sheets of glass; while Baptism is represented by a painted canvas featuring racing car driver Sebastian Vettel rather than a scene from classical antiquity.

Seasons and Sacraments is supported by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.

Artist Interview | Jutta Koether on Seasons and Sacraments

A piece from Jutta Koether's exhibition in DCA Galleries features Queen Elizabeth on a. horse looking at her palace. The image has been covered in red paint.

About the artist

Based in Berlin and New York, Jutta Koether is currently a professor at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg. Recent exhibitions include the Whitney and Sao Paulo Biennials, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm and the VanAbbemuseum, Eindhoven. Seasons and Sacraments is her largest exhibition in the UK to date and coincides with her inclusion the Tate Modern exhibition A Bigger Splash.

Exhibition images

Two large canvases from Jutta Koether's exhibition. The canvases are painted with acrylic paints in a loose and sketchy style.
From Jutta Koether's exhibition. Black wood, driftwood and glass lie on DCA floors in a state of disarray.
From Jutta Koether's exhibition. Everyday objects - strips of fabric, an ID cards. wrapper and nuts and bolts are encased in clear liquid acrylic.
From Jutta Koether's exhibition. Two strips of yellow and blue fabric, keys, nuts, bolts and wires are encased in clear liquid acrylic.
A painting from Jutta Koether's exhibition at DCA. The painting is abstract and uses a sketchy, painterly style. There are circles and swirls.
A piece from Jutta Koether's exhibition in DCA Galleries features Queen Elizabeth on a. horse looking at her palace. The image has been covered in red paint.