Agatha Wojchiechowsky, untitled (Arch.-Nr. 400) 1957, chalk on paper
60,5 x 45 cm. Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander, Cologne + Berlin
Warum ich meine Hände nicht ruhig halten kann
(Why I can't keep my hands still)
20. February 2015 – 11. April 2015
Opening: Friday, 20.02., 6 – 9 pm
In the current exhibition „Warum ich meine Hände nicht ruhig halten kann“ (Why I can't keep my hands still) Galerie Susanne Zander I Cologne features the mediumistic works by Agatha Wojchiechowsky. Wojchiechowsky was born in 1896, in Steinach, Germany. According to her own statement she experienced her first visions at the age of four. In 1923 she emigrated to the United States, where she worked as a maid, a seamstress, a laundress, and a kitchen helper in various hotels. She married and was a mother to two children.
After World War II, she became a well-known spiritual medium and a healer to a small circle of insiders. In 1951 she began to draw countless mediumistic drawings in which eerie spectral faces can be perceived through a maze of abstract forms and graphic symbols. “Mona”, the ghost of an American Indian girl, appeared to her one day and she began to draw according to Mona's instructions: “Take a small pencil, place it on a sheet of paper and watch what happens, immediately it, and I, began to draw and we drew and drew for a long time”. This is how Agatha Wojchiechowsky describes the beginning of her artistic activity.
Agatha Wojchiechowsky, untitled ,pen and ink drawing
33,6 x 30,2 cm. Courtesy Galerie Susanne Zander / Delmes & Zander, Cologne + Berlin
She traveled extensively across the world before she finally settled in New York, where she had her first solo exhibition at Cordier & Ekström in the 1960s.In 1961, Wojchiechowsky received the priesthood of the Universal Spiritist Association of the United States. Her work was shown at Galerie Zwirner in Cologne, Galerie Springer in Berlin and in various art brut exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings can be found in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art New York, in the Larry Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield (Connecticut) and in the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as in some museum and private collections in Europe and the United States. Agatha Wojchiechowsky died in 1986 in the United States. Galerie Susanne Zander first accessed the work of Agatha Wojciechowsky through Rudolf Zwirner.
"Warum ich meine Hände nicht ruhig halten kann"
Opening: 20.2.2015, 6-9 pm
Galerie Susanne Zander I
Antwerpener Straße 1
Tue-Fr 12-6 pm
Sat 11-4 pm