At the turn of the year, the Biennale Internationale Malerei took place in Hamburg under the patronage of Michael Westhagemann, then economy senator for the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. In Bergedorf Castle from November 8, 2022 to January 31, 2023, 47 paintings created using various techniques were displayed – on the theme “Umwelt im Ökologiediskurs: Wasserstoff” (the environment in ecological discourse: hydrogen). According to Cornelia Schmidt-Hoffmann, leader of the district Bergedorf, the event, which had been postponed several times because of the pandemic, enjoyed an “incredible response.”
The cultural exchange non-profit Hamburg-Übersee e.V., which chooses a new banner every two years, lauded together with its own gallery Galerie KAM (formerly Kunststätte am Michel) “das Supermolekül H2”, as formulated by press speaker Sven Jösting, this year. And so it says for example in the description of the above painting from Alexander Franklin Jagelowitz, translated: “Hydrogen in the eye ‘drops’ of the beholder. Green it will ultimately be, but all the other colors associated with the energy form for the production of hydrogen have their merits. And the water for the production will be gotten mainly through desalination of sea water all around the world… here is the framework for the all-sides-seeing hydrogen eye. Almost Masonic!”
Jagelowitz, a painter, set designer and graphic artist from Lithuania, said about it, “Chaos is for me the beginning of all things and of my creative work. We know a lot and then nothing at all.” His many-times distinguished works have presence in numerous museums and private collections at home and abroad.
The cover picture of this edition of H2-international also came from this exhibit. It is a mixed media on canvas from Liliane Orlinski and bears the title “Am Ende wird er grün sein – der Wasserstoff” (it will be green in the end – hydrogen). The artist stated, “What an energetic dynamic there is in hydrogen! I’ve chosen here a weighting in the color spectrum of hydrogen, where the proportion of each color corresponds to the future development of the respective type.”