Drawing is a life technique. People have used it since the beginning of time to communicate, to record their own experiences, ideas and plans or to exchange them with others. In drawings, the disjointed can stand side by side, the successful next to the discarded, the elaborated next to sketches. No other artistic medium is as open and spontaneous. Drawing combines art and life.
Monika Bartholomé has been drawing for many decades and she explores drawing as a means of expression between head and hand. With the mobile museum for drawing, she founded an inspiring space for seeing and thinking in 2009, which is now a guest at the Kunstmuseum Ahlen. A wealth of collected materials can be viewed, touched, compared and studied here: From cave drawings to everyday doodles, graffiti and tattoos to computer animation.

Monika Bartholomé's artistic work is characterized by forms of bringing things together and by intuitive reactions to what she sees or finds. In her reduced, sometimes pattern-like pencil or ink drawings, these impressions are transformed into poetic signs that tell of the fragility and fleetingness of man in the world. Melancholy and humour characterize her pictorial world in equal measure. For the artist, drawing is always an expedition into the unknown. The specific location plays an important role. In the Kunstmuseum Ahlen, she has created an expansive drawing that you can enter and immerse yourself in. In doing so, Monika Bartholomé goes beyond format and frame, extends the drawing into the space, initiates movements and changes in perspective.

In 2017, an edition was created for the Museum für Zeichnung, in which ten artists participated. It shows that drawings can be created not only with a pencil or brush, but also with a finger, scissors, breath or sewing machine.




Stephan Andreae | Martin Assig | Kerstin Brätsch | Claudia Busching | Dan Devening | Nanne Meyer | Volker Saul | Eva-Maria Schön | Sean Sullivan | Hans-Peter Webel