Christa Dichgans

Germany 1940

Pop Art, Painting

Christa Dichgans
Christa Dichgans
May 10, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Christa Dichgans is a German painter who has developed her own private picture universe made up of everyday objects. Born in 1940 in Berlin, she graduated in 1965 from the Berlin Academy of Arts under Fred Thieler, a representative of Art Informel.

Life in New York

In 1966 Dichgans received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation and moved to New York with her first husband, artist Karl Horst Hödicke, and their son. Although pop art was already passé, they met many pop artists there and developed relations with American art dealers. During her one year-long stay in New York, she made twenty pictures. In 1966, her former husband received a scholarship for Rome, so they moved to Italy.
Christa Dichgans’ paintings reflect the shifting themes and motifs that have occupied her personal life at various times: toys appeared in paintings after the birth of her son in 1963, encounters with New York Pop artists later that decade led to traces of Pop in her own art, and a stint at a Florentine villa in the 1970s inspired the inclusion of local influences, from food to Classical sculpture.

Christa Dichgans - Stilleben mit Batmann, 1967, pop art, painting - exhibited at Daniel Blau
Christa Dichgans – Stilleben mit Batmann, 1967, photo credits CFA-Berlin

Influence of A.R. Penck

In 1980 Christa finished a big painting of New York. It was a painted collage of the city, which she worked on for more than a year. From 1984 to 1988, the artist worked as Georg Baselitz’s assistant at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, Germany. At that time, she met the German artist A.R. Penck and changed her artistic approach: more symbolic collage paintings characterized that period.
Yet throughout her work, Dichgans has described the fundamental paradox that has always been the subject of her fascination: the shock of the unknown in the familiar, the surreal quality of everyday life.

Dichgans’ Map Paintings

One of her well-known recent series of paintings are the map paintings based on the impressions Christa Dichgans collected on a journey around the world. They combine the artist’s familiar motif repertoire with the new and unknown of other cultures. In complex collage paintings like Indien, Amerika or Peru, Dichgans presented maps of these places, filling them with imagery representing the early civilizations that lived there. Gods and saints, masks and individuals form the respective continents, often embedded in backgrounds in which patterns of her familiar bag, coat or spectacle motifs scintillate.

Biography of Christa Dichgans – Amerika, 2006, photo credits CFA-Berlin
Christa Dichgans – Amerika, 2006, photo credits CFA-Berlin

In her current work, Christa Dichgans has returned to the composition and method of her complex and detailed Eighties’ image worlds, but her new paintings nonetheless point in a different direction: they diagnose the familiar in the unknown.

Christa Dichgans’s Publications

Christa Dichgans’s has two publications Postskriptum and King Kong Kisses. Postskriptum was published in 2009 by Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, and is composed of 40 Christmas postcards of Pop artist, which she signed and dedicated to her husband artist Rudolf Springer. Her first publication King Kong Kisses was realized in 2006.

Christa Dichgans lives and works between Berlin, Germany and La Haute Carpénée in Southern France.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014German PopSchirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt Main, GermanyGroup
20144x4Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UKGroup
2014Christa DichgansDaniel Blau, Munich, GermanySolo
2012Aufbruch Realismus - Die nueu Wirklicheit im Bbild nach 68Kunsthalle Vogelmann, HeilbronnGroup
2011Christa DichgansStiftung St. Matthaus, Berlin, GermanySolo
2011Christa DichgansGalerie fur Moderne Fotografie, Berlin, GermanySolo
2011The Art Of MappingTAG Fine Arts, London, Great BritainGroup
2011Power Up Female Pop ArtStadtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen, GermanyGroup
2010Spielzeugbilder 1967-7Daniel Blau, Munich, GermanySolo
2010Power Up Female Pop ArtKunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2010Summer Show 2010Daniel Blau, Munich, GermanyGroup
2006King Kong KissesContemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, GermanySolo
2004Bilder und SkulpturenGalerie Kasten, Mannheim, GermanySolo
2000Zum 60 – BilderGalerie Poll, Berlin, GermanySolo
1997Christa DichgansDaniel Blau, Munich, GermanySolo
1996Christa DichgansGalerie Kasten, Mannheim, GermanySolo
1996Christa DichgansGalerie Fred Jahn, Munich, GermanySolo
1996Kunstlervereinigung Die EckeDie EckeAugsburg, Germany Solo
1996Christa DichgansHochschule der Bildenden Kunste, Dresden, GermanySolo
1996RusslandGalerie Springer, Berlin, GermanySolo
1995Christa DichgansBalschug Hotel, Goethe Institut, Moscow, RussiaSolo
1995Christa DichgansMusee d’Art Moderne, Nice, FranceSolo
1995Christa DichgansGalerie Renee Ziegler, Zurich, SwitzerlandnSolo
1995Christa DichgansGalerie Pudelko, Bonn, GermanySolo
1986Christa DichgansGalerie Springer, Berlin, GermanySolo
1986Christa DichgansGalerie Joachim Becker, Cannes, FranceSolo
1985Christa DichgansMannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, GermanySolo
1985Christa DichgansStadtische Galerie, Viersen, GermanySolo
1984Christa DichgansGalerie Hans Neuendorf, Hamburg, GermanySolo
1984Christa DichgansRaab Galerie, Berlin, Germany Solo
1984ZukunftstraumeOrangerie Karlsaue, Kassel, GermanyGroup
1984UnknownSteirischer Herbst, Graz, Austria Group
1983Christa DichgansGalerie Hans Strelow, Dusseldorf, GermanySolo
1983Mensch und Landschaft in der zeitgenossischen Malerei und Grafik in der BundesrepublikMoscow, RussiaGroup
1983Berlin 1983 in AmsterdamAorta, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
1983All OverStadtisches Museum Schloss Hardenberg, Velbert, Germany Group
1983Hinter der WirklichkeitBrunwiker Pavillon Kiel, Kiel, Germany Group
1982Christa DichgansGalleria d’Arte il Traghetto, Venice, ItalySolo
1982Collagen, Materialbilder-ObjekteKunstamt Wedding, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1982Orangerie 1982Kleine Orangerie, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1982Parallel zu, ZeitgeistGalerie Springer, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1982RealistinnenHochschule der Kunste, Berlin, Germany Group
1981Christa DichgansGalerie Springer, Berlin, GermanySolo
1981Christa DichgansGalerie im Louvre, Darmstadt, GermanySolo
1981Christa DichgansKunstverein Gottingen e.V., Gottingen, Germany Solo
1981I. Triennale fur zeitgenossische BibliophilieHomburg-Schwarenacker, GermanyGroup
1981Stilleben – heuteGalerie von Loeper, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1980The Exchange ShowA.R.E. Gallery, San Francisco, USA Group
1979Malerei in Berlin 1970 bis heuteStadtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, GermanyGroup
1979Kunst in Berlin von 1960 bis heuteBerlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany Group
1979UnknownDeutscher Kunstlerbund-Ausstellung, Berlin, Germany Group
1978Christa DichgansArte Fiera 78, Bologna, ItalySolo
1978Christa DichgansBottcherstrase, Bremen, GermanynSolo
1978Christa DichgansGalerie Springer, Berlin, Germany Solo
1978UnknownAschaffenburger Kunstmarkt, Aschaffenburg, GermanyGroup
1978UnknownHeidelberger Kunstverein (Jahresausgaben, Zeichungen), Heidelberg, Germany Group
1978International Exhibition of Art - Promoting PostersTel Aviv, IsraelGroup
1977NeuerwerbungenBerlinische Galerie, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1977ManscapeOklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, USAGroup
1977Zur Kunstforderung in DeutschlandKunsthalle Baden - Baden, Baden-Baden, GermanyGroup
1977Villa Romana FlorenzKunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, Germany Group
1977Villa Romana FlorenzKunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, GermanyGroup
1976The Humanist View (American Condern)Moravian College, Bethlehem, USAGroup
1976A patriotic showLerner - Heller Gallery, New York, USAGroup
1975Christa DichgansLerner Heller Gallery, New York, USA Solo
1975Christa DichgansKunstverein Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Germany Solo
1974Christa DichgansGalerie Marzona, Bielefeld, Germany Solo
1972Christa DichgansGalerie Springer, Berlin, GermanySolo
1971UnknownVilla Romana, Florence, Italy Group
1970Atuel Kunst fra VesterblinPa Genthofte Radhuos, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup