Schriftenlese. Works by Hans Burkardt and Andreas Spengler
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek, Hannover
26 April – 29 July 2017
In this largely digital age, calligraphy – the art of handwriting – is increasingly being replaced by digitised forms of writing. Hans Burkardt, an important protagonist in the field, has not only practised this art for decades, but has also taught it at the Hanover University of Applied Sciences. “Calligraphy can stimulate and promote intuitive thinking. It becomes the source of creative and flexible intelligence,” said Burkhardt in 2012 when his work was entrusted to the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library. Now, together with Andreas Spengler’s art, the library is showcasing his work at its premises until July 2017. Since 2008, the psychiatrist and psychotherapist Andreas Spengler, whose creative energy used to find expression in his work as a scientific illustrator, has redirected this energy to become a part-time artist. Spengler creates collages and sculptures out of used blotting paper. United by the effect of ink on paper, the works by the two artists enter a lively dialogue with each other.
On 29 April 2017 Spengler will conduct a guided tour of the exhibition.