Ida Kerkovius

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Ida Kerkovius (1879–1970) was a Baltic German painter and weaver from Latvia.


Kerkovius was one of twelve children born to an upper class Baltic German family. She was taught piano at an all-girls secondary school before attending a private institution in Riga. In Riga she studied with Adolf Hölzel and grew to have an acute understanding of paint and color. She became an assistant and theorist at the Königlich Württembergische Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart (the Royal Academy of the Arts in the Kingdom of Württemberg) before losing her citizenship, and thus her place at the academy, during World War I. Kerkovius then taught foreign students in similar positions and registered at the Bauhaus, where she eventually joined the weaving workshop. Her income between the wars came primarily from the weaving workshop and through the secret sale of Kerkovius’s art by art dealer Bekker vom Rath. Her studio in Stuttgart was bombed during World War II, destroying many of her existing paintings. She was later named a member of the artists’ guild of Esslingen am Neckar and was awarded first prize for work in the 1955 exhibition Ischia im Bilde deutscher Maler.[1][2]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Leopold-Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany, 1929
  • Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 1930
  • Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart, Germany, 1933
  • Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 1948
  • Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 1954
  • Galerie Günther Franke, Munich, Germany, 1958
  • Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 1959
  • Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany, 1961
  • Galerie Maerchklin, Stuttgart, Germany, 1962
  • Galerie Vömel, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1963
  • Galerie Günther Franke, Munich, Germany, 1963
  • Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart, Germany, 1964
  • Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, 1964
  • Düsseldorfer Museum, Germany, 1964
  • Galerie Maercklin, Stuttgart, Germany, 1964
  • Galerie Bremer, Berlin, Germany, 1965
  • Kunstnernes, Oslo, Norway, 1966
  • Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany, 1966
  • Galerie Günther Franke, Munich, Germany, 1967
  • Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany, 1969
  • Galerie Maercklin, Stuttgart, Germany, 1969
  • Galerie der Stadt, Stuttgart, (retrospective), Germany, 1979
  • Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Cologne, (retrospective), Germany, 1981
  • Frankfurter Kunstkabinett, Frankfurt am Main, (retrospective), Germany, 1988

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • L'altra metà dell'avanguardia, 1910–1940, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy, 1980
  • Das Verborgene Museum I, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany, 1987
  • Frauen im Aufbruch, Künstlerinnen im deutschen Südwesten 1800–1945, Stadtische Galerie, Germany, 1995


  1. ^ "art directory". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  2. ^ "Revolt, They Said" Retrieved 30 July 2017

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