My Name Was Written On Every Page

Nov 4, 2021 - Apr 24, 2022
Special Exhibition


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Special Exhibition

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The new temporary exhibition at the GRIMMWELT Kassel from 9 May to 13 October 2024 will bring to life the world of Czech puppet and travelling theatre, its art, and the fairy tales and stories that go with it.

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Mother and child look at fairy tale books in the "Folk tales" section.

GRIMMWELT adventure space

Experience fairy tale collectors and linguists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm in this fascinating world of knowledge and discovery.

Insight into the special exhibition.

Drawing by Necla Rüzgar from the series "My Name Was Written on Every Page", 2021, Ink on paper, 76*56 cm

»My Name Was Written on Every Page« | Series 2021 | Ink on paper | 76*56 cm

Mother and child look at the publication in the special exhibition.

Publikation in der Sonderausstellung

A woman looks at the publication "My Name Was Written On Every Page" in the special exhibition.

Publikation zur Ausstellung

A man looks at a watercolor in the special exhibition.

Aquarell - Necla Rüzgar

Book title of the publication "My Name Was Written On Every Page".

Publikation zur Sonderausstellung

GRIMMWELT Kassel is opening its new special exhibition on 4 November 2021: for the first time, over one hundred drawings and watercolours by the Turkish artist Necla Rüzgar (born 1972) will be showcased in a solo exhibition in Germany.

Most of the works in the exhibition belong to the series called »My Name Was Written On Every Page«, which the artist began during the first lockdown of the pandemic in the spring of 2020 – as a reaction to the events.

Necla Rüzgar’s works often deal with socially critical topics. Indeed, she sees herself as an artist who addresses the »problem zones« of being a woman, but also that of being a human being, illuminating them in a cross­cultural way. At the same time, her paintings convey a profound narrative based on ancient tales. Inspiration comes from an inner canon of images developed by the artist since her earliest childhood from stories told by her grandfather.

Visitors look at the works in the special exhibition.

The central motif in Necla Rüzgar’s visual work always comes back to the symbolic transformation or fusion of a human being into an animal or hybrid being – a theme that has guided her for around twenty years. The real and the fantastic converge, allowing the audience to lose themselves in their own fantasy worlds.

»I guess I adapted myself to the isolation worldwide by reducing and paring back my own world more and more. I started to scale down my figures, my techniques and my materials according to my living space.«

Necla Rüzgar

Curriculum vitae

Necla Rüzgar was born in Tunceli, Turkey, in 1972 and now lives and works in Ankara

Since 2013, she has worked as a professor at the painting department of the Faculty of Arts at Hacettepe University in Ankara, where she also studied.

Her works have already been featured in international exhibitions, including in Alexandria, Basel, Berlin, Bucharest, Freiburg, Seoul, Thessaloniki and Zurich. The artist is represented by Galeri Nev.

Necla Rüzgar holds the publication on the special exhibition in her hands.

Necla Rüzgar


The State Secretary in the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art, Ms Ayse Asar in her welcoming address to the exhibition:

»I am very pleased that Necla Rüzgar’s first solo exhibition in Germany is taking place at Grimmwelt in Kassel.

Just as the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm have more than one dimension, Necla Rüzgar’s often magical works also offer several dimensions and deal with current social problems such as the oppression of women.

I was also touched by the fact that many of the exhibited works were created during the first lockdown of the pandemic, a time that threatened the existence of many artists. We in the Ministry of Science and the Arts also experienced the worries and hardships very clearly and reacted to them with two cultural packages to support creative artists in this difficult time. Because where bright and creative minds can flourish, they contribute to making our society fit for the future.«


»My Name Was Written On Every Page«

Director | Head of Programmes
Peter Stohler

Project Management
Manuela Greipel

Project Assistant
Christina Soose

Mediation| Supporting Programme
Julia Ronge

Press | Public Relations | Marketing
Katja Blum

Exhibition Design
Gebert & Krüger, Kassel

Miriam Steen

Stefanie Büscher, Christine Großberndt, Claudia Roßkopf, Lina Schmidt, Timo Vogt

Technical Construction | Lighting | Media Technology
Armin Jakob, Rolf Tonhäuser

Art Handling
Srećko Barišić, Tobias Sieber


Graphic Design
Büro Ballmann Weber

Galeri Nev, Ankara, Turkey
Deniz Artun, Duygu Kosovaeri, Rana Kuseyri

We would also like to thank all contributors, including:
Matthias Heß, Ulrich Duttenhofer, Matthias Marth, Florian Müller, Heiko Wiktor


With the kind support of Hessische Kulturstiftung.
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The publication is funded by:
  • Logo of the Hessian Cultural Foundation.
  • Supporting Contemporaty Art From Turkey
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