PETER DITTMAR
       
       
       

 

AN ARTIST BEWEEN CULTURES

Since more than twenty years Peter Dittmar has been wrapped up in this process of intercultural translation and moves continually between three continents. He lives in Sydney, in Munich, his place of birth where stays have become rare and in his studio in Bali, his artistic refuge for some 23 years now. In terms of 'postcolonial studies' hybrid identity develops when once separate spheres of influence overlay and mix. 'Early education, the influence of the tropics, the power of meditation and Balinese spirituality forms a mixture of Eastern and Western influence', as Peter Dittmar himself describes it.

Dr. Elisabeth Wagner, art historian, Humboldt University, Berlin

There are not many people who are ready to engage in such a daring adventure which includes the entire person and can have unforeseen effects. But these are the people who are shaping Culture. Peter Dittmar is one of them.

In 1982 he came to Indonesia and Bali for the first time, invited by myself
from the GOETHE INSTITUT Jakarta to organise a German Cultural Week and to teach at the Academy of Fine Arts.

Since then he has remained captivated by this wonderful country, especially
the fascination of Bali.

He finally built his studio in Ubud and could more often be found there than
in Germany.

I am happy to have been able to watch this enduring encounter since it's
beginning.

Peter Dittmar's paintings, presented by Indonesian, Asian, Australian, and
European private collections, galleries and museums, show the strong influences which gradually changed his work.

This artist and his work and both their developments during these 23 years
are for me like a metaphore for our world in which different cultures have to open up to each other and in which we urgently need such sensitive and daring artists.

Dr. Hans Georg Knopp, Secretary General of Goethe Institute

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