“Dear Ida” – Hagalil

Barbara Nokolak received the Ida Dehmel Art Prize from the GEDOK 2022 for her artwork.

Written by Christel Wollman Fiedler

Ida Koblenz was born in 1870 as a fourth child in Bingen am Rhein. Father Simon Zacharias Koblenz, Jewish wine merchant, wealthy. Ida gets private lessons and after the death of her mother, Emily, she attends a girls’ boarding school in Brussels. Ida’s interest in art, literature, and music was encouraged at home. She has a very special relationship with her childhood friend Stefan George.

She gets involved in a marriage arranged by her father and marries Consul Leopold Auerbach, a wealthy textile merchant, and moves with him to Berlin in a posh residential area around Tiergarten. Son Heinz Lux was born in 1895.

In Berlin she runs an art salon, encourages young artists, musicians and painters, and gets acquainted with well-known salon guest and poet Richard DeMille.

Their marriage did not go well, Ida and Leopold Auerbach broke up. Ida and Richard DeMille married in 1901 after they divorced. Together they move to the posh town of Blankenese near Hamburg, where a representative house has been built for them.

Dehmels is active in artistic circles. Ida is friends with Julie Wolfthorn, the Jewish painter from Thorne who died in the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1944. Not only does Ida inspire and promote young contemporary artists, but women’s political issues are important to her. Her sister, Alice Bensheimer, who is married in Mannheim, campaigns extensively for women’s suffrage. Ida joined her sister and became a co-founder of the German Association for Women’s Suffrage. With d in 1916, Rosa Schaper, coming from eastern Galicia, founded the “Women’s Association for the Promotion of German Fine Arts”. In 1926, Edda founded the GEDOK Women Artists Association, which brought together women artists of all disciplines and patrons of art, and took over the presidency of the umbrella organization. She is also a board member of the first German club Zonta.

In World War I in 1917, their only child, Heinz Lux, died, and Richard Demmel died in 1920. Since 1933, the Nazi government stripped Jewish Ida Demmel of positions and the presidency, all of her rights and human dignity. Before being deported in 1942, she committed suicide. Ida DeMille (1870-1942) is remembered as a women’s rights activist and artistic patron.

Berlin-based artist Barbara Nokolak will receive this year’s Ida Dehmel Art Prize for her work at the Roentgen Museum in Neuwid am Rhein.

Barbara Nokolak was born in Berlin in 1938. During World War II she spent a few years in Vienna and with her grandmother in Erfurt in Thuringia. School started in Berlin. In 1955 her family moved to Madrid. Since then she has been fluent in Spanish. Over the years, I got acquainted with Spanish culture, which was still quite conservative at the time and women’s lives were restricted. The conventions also define Barbara’s life in public. She attends an evening painting academy, and is already experimenting with photography with a small Bakelite box. As a young woman, she returned to Berlin on her own and began studying graphics and photography at the University of the Arts, today the University of the Arts. Professor Hajek Halki, a photographer and painter who defied the Nazis in the 1930s, goes to Brazil, and is her teacher at the university. During her studies she met her future husband, Klaus Nokolak, who was studying sculpture. Son Oli was born in Berlin in 1966.

Later, Barbara Nokolak will occasionally return to Spain to work on projects. It exhibits two major exhibitions on the Iberian Peninsula. The solo exhibition “Hommage a Goya / Maja” in Granada at the Palacio de la Madraza, a cultural center with an Arabic scheme remodeled by the Spaniards in the Baroque style. The artist explains that next to it there is a very beautiful Arab prayer room, similar to a museum. “The Green Cross” is the title of another exhibition in Jaen, Andalusia, at the University’s House of Culture in 2018. The exhibition refers to the environment and water shortages in the south.

She is participating in a large group exhibition in Valladolid on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the birth of Sister Teresa of Avila in Berlin and in Valladolid in Castile and Leon.

Many solo and group exhibitions in Germany and other European countries can be found in its catalog, including the cities of London, Pozna, Copenhagen, لودód, Majdanek and Will in the Netherlands.

Some solo exhibitions begin with a performance. The Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin Grunwald and the Federal Environment Agency in Berlin Dahlem were all about Bella Bitola, a beautiful birch. Birch trees are a very large and important subject for artist Barbara Nokolak.

Barbara Nokolak describes herself as a multimedia artist. Photos + sketch + sketch + text + installations, a lot of handwriting + collages. She is definitely a political artist. All the projects I have developed over the years have to do with nature and the environment. Your words show the severity of the environmental disaster. According to the artist, one subject results from the other. She picks up EKG paper from the trash, draws landscapes on it by hand and adds text. Long horizontal artworks are mostly, vertical works are an exception. The tallest is fourteen meters in length and is drawn like diaries over a long period of time and is described in brush and watercolors. There will be no limit to absorbing and explaining all artistic projects and ideas.

GEDOK, the Association of Societies of Artists and Art Patrons, has awarded the Ida Dehmel Art Prize for the second time. The exhibition catalog “INSIDE OUTSIDE BE-SIDES” is well designed and printed in four colors and contains 80 pages.

Thanks to the honor, Barbara Nokolak posthumously wrote a fictitious letter to Ida DeMille, who gave the art prize its name:

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