CULTURE MAGAZINE

The Bad Mother

25.11. 2023 - 11. 02. 2024

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Katarina Janeckova Walshe
Givers, 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 279 x 182 cm
Katarina Janeckova Walshe – Givers
2022Acrylic on canvas279 x 182 cm
Courtesy Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin

The maternal exploration

At the renowned Haus am Lützowplatz, the Fördererkreis Kulturzentrum Berlin e.V. is presenting a captivating group exhibition with the provocative title “The Bad Mother”. Inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ work of the same name, the exhibition artistically examines the various facets of expectations of mothers. Beyond common clichés and outdated ideas of motherhood, the exhibited works impressively show the complexity of the maternal experience.

Niina Lehtonen Braun
Untitled, 2023, Ink on paper, 21 x 13,5 cm
Niina Lehtonen Braun – Untitled, 2023
Ink on paper, 21 x 13,5 cm
Text: Quote from Deborah Levy, What life costs, 2019

The diversity of motherhood

The artists, including greats such as Louise Bourgeois, Candice Breitz and Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, shed light on mothers who defy conventional norms. Whether too selfish, too sexy or too self-sacrificing – the exhibition provides space for reflection on the different roles that mothers play in our society. Here, the reality of motherhood is presented as a continuum between self-sacrifice and self-assertion, far removed from stereotypical ideas.

Installation view "The Bad mother“
Installation view “The Bad mother“
Foto: Ines Borchart

Beyond the clichés

“The Bad Mother” brings together works that consciously distance themselves from clichéd depictions of family happiness. Moving away from the idealised supermother Mary and the often unnaturally perfect images in social media, the artists show the unadorned reality. The exhibition takes a critical look at expectations of mothers and emphasises the diversity and individuality of every maternal experience.

Carina Linge
In secret, 2023
 C-Print  Dibond, 75x 50 cm
Carina LingeIn secret, 2023
C-Print Dibond, 75x 50 cm,
Courtesy Jarmuschek + Partner, Berlin

Artistic diversity

The exhibition “The Bad Mother” at Haus am Lützowplatz presents a diverse range of artistic forms of expression, from sculptures to video installations. Artists such as Carina Linge, Niina Lehtonen-Braun and Sarah Ancelle Schönfeld offer not only aesthetic diversity, but also thematic depth that captures the complexity of motherhood. The exhibition breaks with notions of perfection and idealism, inviting visitors to explore the complexity of each maternal experience and questioning both expectations of mothers and societal definitions of motherhood.

Further information

The exhibition “The Bad Mother” (Advertisement) on the website of the Haus am Lützowplatz.

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