Jelena Zwetajewa, "Spiel", 2012
Hello to all the young design lovers out there! stilwerk design gallery presents “Little Art Lovers”, an exhibition of art and design by children, for children.
Children – and their animal playmates – have always been popular subjects in the world of fine arts. Pop art especially has always focused on fun, light-hearted content, turning the artistic spotlight on comic heroes like Superman, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. stilwerk design gallery's exhibition now addresses this phenomenon with a fun, almost playful approach.
A matchbox turns into a desk; a giant moose offers inviting possibilities for climbing, storage or just hanging around; unusual animals serve as cosy companions, flowers by Murakami shine in bright colours – one-of-a-kind pieces and limited editions are presenting unusual, exciting and special features that communicate the idea of art and individual design to children.
But the art and design on show is not only for children, but also by children; art objects by up-and-coming junior talents aged 3 and upwards are presented in partnership with the Atelier am Jenischpark studio. Founded in 1997 by the Hamburg artist Thomas Stordel, the studio offers drawing and painting courses for children and adults and gives them the opportunity to explore their aesthetic talents in sculpture.
The proceeds from the sale of the young artists' works will be donated to the Philip Breuel Foundation, an organization that provides children's art clubs known as “KinderKunstKlubs” for disadvantaged children. The foundation was set up in 2000 by Ernst and Birgit Breuel in memory of their son Philip Alexander Breuel, who was interested in art therapy. Its goal is to boost children's self-esteem by giving them the chance to develop their creativity. The “KinderKunstKlubs” enable local schools to provide individual support for pupils aged 5 - 10 and foster their self-confidence, motivation and social skills.