Painting – Paint Interview with Julia Gruner


Sometimes reinventing a painterly gesture comes along  naturally and does not feel forced. Presented next to a lime green designer leather couch on a low glass table, Julia Gruner’s (*1984, lives in Cologne) pieces were surprisingly different from to the rest of works presented at the annual prize show for the 14th Hogan Lovells Art Prize 2014 in the Sky Tower, Düsseldorf. Weiterlesen “Painting – Paint Interview with Julia Gruner”

Karl Lagerfeld and Taryn Simon at Folkwang Museum Essen. Parallele Gegensätze.


Exhibitions such as the KARL LAGERFELD (Parallele Gegensätze: Fotografie – Buchkunst – Mode) at the Essen Folkwang Museum are great – because they get many people into the museum. And thus the accusation of “not being enough art”.

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Academy of Fine Arts, Duesseldorf. User Guide: It’s top down.


For me, exhibitions are always something very exhausting – there is a point of saturation, where you can’t keep looking or receiving. First there is pleasure, then you look back and get the feeling of loss. A loss of something to the work you previously enjoyed. During that time you slowly fade, get drunken up.

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Malika Si Youcef – Negative Landscape. A studio visit

I met Malika Si Youcef a few weeks ago, a young painter that came all the way from Bordeaux (France) to work in a studio in Istanbul. The studio she rented with her boyfriend, a photographer, was just across the street and I could see them working whenever I looked out of my window.

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Impression of a visit at Museum Folkwangen


Listening Leoš Janáček and looking at paintings of the 19th century is an interesting combination. While the horns of III. Gloria (Galgotic Mass) create a heavy feeling, the landscape of Christian Ernst Bernhard Morgenstern (1805-1867) opens up in ways I could not imagine. I wish I would have been standing in front of the painting (Staffelsee bei Murnau, 1847, oil on canvas, 68 x 87 cm, Folkwangen Museum, Essen, INV. G 478) with exactly the same song.

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