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Lunchtime Lecture: Milein Cosman: Capturing Time with Ines Schlenker

19 September 2019, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Best known for her drawings of musicians and dancers, Milein Cosman (1921–2017) produced a body of work that is unrivalled in range, quantity and quality. Born into a Jewish family in Germany and educated in Britain during the Second World War, Cosman’s art is among the finest and most representative of her time, though still little known to a wider public. Art historian Ines Schlenker introduces the life and varied oeuvre of this artist who excelled at chronicling contemporary life, developing a unique drawing technique that enabled her to capture the most fleeting of moments. Ceaselessly sketching, she created a pictorial who’s who of the cultural elite from the second half of the twentieth century.

Ines Schlenker is an independent art historian with a special interest in National Socialist, “degenerate” and émigré art. Hitler’s Salon, her study of the officially approved art in the Third Reich as shown at the Great German Art Exhibition, was published in 2007. She wrote the catalogue raisonné of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s paintings (2009) and co-edited the painter’s correspondence with the writer Elias Canetti which appeared in 2011. Milein Cosman: Capturing Time, her book on the recently deceased émigré artist, was published in February 2019.

In partnership with the Insiders/Outsiders Festival.


Priority booking for Gallery Members is open now. Public booking will open on Thursday 8 August 2019.