Germaine Hoffmann – Die Zeit ist ein gieriger Hund
Time does not seem to affect the art of Germaine Hoffmann (b. 1930). For almost fifty years, the Luxembourgish artist has been producing works of art born from her need to create and react to the world which surrounds her – whether of an intimate nature or with a far greater reach. Her collages and other mixed techniques are adept combinations of exploration, experimentation, and chance. Newspapers collected and ripped with colours and varnish continually (re)worked, elements making up Germaine Hoffmann’s works of art, once assembled into a composition, show an individuality and intensity which breathes the artist’s very thirst for creation and knowledge. As she liberated herself from trends and influences from her debut, Germaine Hoffmann’s works of art move and unfurl in a permanent contemporaneity.
The meeting at the Casino Luxembourg of two artists and two exhibitions – that of Germaine Hoffmann on the ground floor and that of Sophie Jung upstairs – makes it possible to discover the common artistic influences and affinities that bind the two women beyond generations that separate them.
Curators Kevin Muhlen, with the help of Sophie Jung
Germaine Hoffmann was born in 1930 in Ospern. She lives and works in Luxembourg. Firstly, a housewife for around thirty years, between 1968 and 1998 Germaine Hoffmann followed many evening classes and took part in summer schools to study and learn about various artistic techniques. Over time, she honed her techniques. In her newspaper collages, she uses a personal process based on a mixture of collage and painting on wood, sanded and varnished with multiple layers, giving depth and texture to her works of art. Germaine Hoffmann has regularly exhibited in Luxembourg. She has taken part in personal and collective exhibitions in Germany, Hungary, Sweden, France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and Poland.
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