Our guest is none other than painter, sculptor and film-maker Jürgen Böttcher, who may be better known by his pseudonym, Strawalde. One of the greats of German contemporary art and film, he was born in 1931 in Frankenberg, in the former East Germany, and spent a good part of his career in Dresden, studying and teaching art and doing freelance work. Although he was well-respected in intellectual circles, the GDR regime did not approve of his work, which was underscored by socialist and liberal ideals. Consequently, he was frequently the subject of political persecution, and Jürgen’s work only received the national and international recognition it deserved after the reunification in 1990.
While at New Life Foundation, Jürgen will lead art therapy workshops with our residents, and much more. We’re all incredibly curious and excited to see what his visit will bring – are you?