Michael Kunze The Last Tango In Thule
07 June - 28 August 2018.

MICHAEL KUNZE

1961 Born in Munich, Lives an works in Berlin.
1981-1984 University of Munich (Art History, Musicology)
1985 – 91 Academy of  Fine Arts, Munich
1988 Scholarship from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Munich
1992 Scholarship from the Foundation Kunstfonds Bonn
lives and works in Berlin

Public Collections

Nationalgalerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
Goetz Collection, Munich
KAI 10, Schnetkamp Collection, Düsseldorf
Collection Rheingold, Düsseldorf
The Kuser Collection, Geneva
Sveaas Collection, Oslo
Schürmann Collection, Aachen/Berlin
Michael Heins Collection, Herzogenrath

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Passion Tagwache, niedriger Sonnenstand, Galerie Nicolas Krupp, Basel,Switzerland. (c)
2013 Halkyonische Tage, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (c)
2012 Studies on the Formation of Impatience.  Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India (c)”Studien zur Entstehung einer Ungeduld, Nicolas Krupp, Basel, CH Vollendung Heldart, Berlin Schwarzorange, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
2011 David’s Voices,Ruppert’s Words ,Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
2010 Tick, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (c)
2009 Nach Tsalal, COMA Center for Opinions in Music and Art, Berlin
2007 Les Messieurs d’Avignon, ZKM Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (c) Gewalt gegen Ding im Kopf , Galerie Nicolas Krupp, Basel, CH Was ist Metaphysik?, COMA Center for Opinions in Music and Art, Berlin
2006 Les Messieurs d’Avignon, Schürmann Berlin, Berlin
2005 Kalt, warm, kälter, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Köln/ Cologne
2004 Art Agents Gallery, Hamburg Statt Stativ, Galerie Kapinos, Berlin
2002 Das Mohnfeld unterwandert die Markierung ERROR, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Köln/ Cologne
2000 The Living Room, Amsterdam, NL Stein / Europa / Schere / Abschnitt / Papier, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Köln/ Cologne
1998 Goethe Institut, Rotterdam, NL Goethe Institut (mit Nikolaus List), Brüssel/ Brussels, BE The Living Room, Amsterdam, NL
1997 Galerie Cabinet, Bern, CH Otto ist tot, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Köln/ Cologne
1995 Galerie Ursula Walbröl, Düsseldorf Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Köln/ Cologne
1994 The Corridor, Reykjavik, IS
1993 Spiegel/ Kern, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Köln/ Cologne
1992 Werkstatthof , The Living Room, Amsterdam, NL Palinodie/ Syntax, Galerie Seiqueir, Madrid, ES (c)
1991 Bleibe und Ansatz, Galerie Dany Keller, München/ Munich (c)Galerie Ursula Walbröl, Hilden  Düsseldorf
1990 Eine Welt (mit Nina Hoffmann), Kunstverein München, München/ Munich (c)Morgen, Forum Kunst, Rottweil
1989 Nachdem, Galerie Dany Keller, München/ Munich

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Works from the Goetz Collection, All the World’s a Stage, Fundacion Banco Santander, Madrid. (c)
In and Out of Time, Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India
2014 Paperworlds, Me-Collection, Berlin
This Side of Paradise, Sotheby’s, S/2 Gallery, London
No such Thing as History, Espace Louis Vuitton, München
Unknown Masterpieces, Wonderloch Kellerland, Berlin
100 Plus, Drive the Change, Zürich
Stalactica, Galerie Utopia, Brüssel
2013 BubeDameKönigAs, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Keilrahmen (Painting forever!), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
The Present Order is the Disorder of the Future, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve
Cinque Garzoni II – Piccola Germania, Lido di Venezia, Venedig Maximum Self II, HeldArt, Berlin
Utopia, Galerie Utopia, Berlin-Athens
Maps & Orientation Part II, Heldart, Berlin
2012 Kalte Rinden – Seltene Erden, Stadtgalerie, Kiel;Märkisches Museum, Witten,
Städtische Galerie, Bietigheim – Bissingen Last Order, Heldart, Berlin
L’oiseau presente”, Ballhaus Ost, Berlin
16th LINE, Rostow am Don, Russland
Death Can Dance, Townhouse, Zürich
Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis, Gloria Berlin
2011 Monotonie-Melancholie, glue@schaufenster, Berlin
Woraus bemerkenswerterweise nichts hervorgeht, Galerie Ursula Walbröl,
Oceanic circle, Showroom Überseequartier, Hamburg Linie Sonne Höhle, Atelier Frisinger, Berlin
La Vallee Patibulaire, Gustav-Müller-Strabe, Berlin
2010 Neugierig? Kunst des 21. Jahrhunderts aus privaten Sammlungen,
Kunstund Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
Abstrakt, The Forgotten Bar, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin
Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (mit Marc Brandenburg und L.Bowery)
2009 Die Nacht, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst
Salon Österreich, Wien, Kunstverein Aschersleben
Die unsichtbare Hand. Zeitgenössische Zeichnung, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst
Back to the future (kuratiert von Carson Chan), Center for Opinions in Music and Art, Berlin
Braunschweig, Schickeria, Berlin (various places)
Cinque Garzoni, Lido di Venezia
2008 Vertrautes Terrain, ZKM Karlsruhe In Silent Conversation with Ingmar Berman, Kunstmuseum Thun Männerphantasien (kuratiert von Ellen Blumenstein), Center for Opinions in Music and Art, Berlin.
2006 The Viewing Club, Berlin; Hamburg; London, GB; Wien
Meistermaler, 9. RischArt_Projekt, München
2005 Trouble with Fantasy, Kunsthalle Nürnberg
cosmo-logic, Galerie Jette Rudolph und Partner, Berlin
New German Photography, E 31 Gallery, Athen
Imaginäre Realitäten, Art Agents Gallery, Hamburg
Pathetischer Betrug, Art Frankfurt
you asked for, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin
2004 Kurzdavordanach – Fotografie aus der Sammlung Schürmann, SK
Stiftung Kultur, Köln
Made in Berlin, Art Forum Berlin
Digital Sublime, MoCA Taipei, Taiwan
2003 Herkunft unbekannt, Galerie Frehrking Wiesehöfer, Köln
Bilder aus Berlin, The Living Room, Amsterdam
K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Sammlung Schürmann,Düsseldorf
Das UnHEIMliche in der zeitgenössischen Malerei, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst
Malerei, Galerie Olaf Stüber, Berlin
2002 2nd Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Südkorea Sounds, G7, Berlin
2000 Portraitartig, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Köln
Genre Painting, G7, Berlin
The Corridor, Reykjavik
1999 In Blij Bedrijf, The Living Room, Amsterdam
1997 Form und Funktion der Zeichnung heute, Art Frankfurt (c)
1996 Architektonika, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Köln
1995 The Living Room – eine Amsterdamer Galerie und die 80er Jahre!, Kunstverein Grafschaft Bentheim (c)
1994 Quelle Köln, Galerie van Kranendonk, Den Haag
Metier und Medium, Kunstbunker München
Was ist wirklich…, Galerie Ursula Walbröl, Düsseldorf
1993 PROSPECT ’93, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Selbstportraits, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Köln
L’ete de la Saint–Martin, The Living Room, Amsterdam
Plötzlich ist eine Zeit hereingebrochen, in der alles möglich sein sollte,Kunstverein Ludwigsburg
Look at the window, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, s’Hertogenbosch
1992 Tierra de Nadie, Hospital Real, Grenada (c)
1990 Das Portrait, Artlantis, H.-J. Müller, Stuttgart
Forum Düsseldorf, Galerie Dany Keller
1988 Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, 3. Rischart Preis, München
Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstrasse, Förderpreis der Stadt München
1987 Zwischenbericht, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, BBK München (c)
1985 Bilder im Vorbeifahren, 2. Rischartpreis, München
(c) Denotes that a catalogue was published in conjunction with the exhibition.

 

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Michael Kunze (b.1961 Munich, Germany) creates paintings undergirded by Central European intellectualism. They are often inspired by works from the 15th to the 18th Centuries, and driven by ideals and metaphysics. Kunze eschews the received ‘story’ of modern art, preferring instead to look to what has been described as ‘the Shadow-Line of Modernism’, a kind of anti-modern modernity that traces an arc from the isolated masters of painting in the 20th Century, such as Bacon, De Chirico and Balthus, through to influential directors such as Lars von Trier. Kunze’s complex, architectonic worlds hide many secrets. They are also paradoxical: the labyrinthine structures in the midst of Arcadian landscapes being at one and the same time arcane and futuristic, holding both time frames in a sole pictorial plane. We sense that there is a certain reality here, but it is not one to be found through physical exploration, rather through the activation of our imagination.

Kunze, contrasts American-oriented pop culture, with its pragmatic, positivist outlook so typical of our contemporary world, with a continental European way that is more difficult, more esoteric, and all but forgotten in our daily lives. The latter, according to him, is an intricately interconnected reservoir of idealistic, metaphysical and sceptical approaches that call seemingly obvious facts into question. The series of works in the exhibition show monumental architectural landscapes with their own logic, breathtaking scenes in which viewers can lose themselves, because nothing seems real or predictable. Ar­chi­tec­tu­ral com­po­si­ti­ons un­der a clou­dy sky, stee­ped in dra­ma­tic Me­di­ter­ra­ne­an light. Mul­ti­laye­red con­trasts of form and con­tent do­mi­na­te his work, in which frag­ments of mo­dern and pre-mo­dern ar­chi­tec­tu­re col­li­de.

They represent the inner world of the human being, a dark, complex labyrinth with explosions of blinding light in which illusion is part of reality. The illusion of progress and the impossibility of clear thinking: a series of tripods on a deck for example in the work titled, Gnomon. This device, used by photographers and land surveyors to provide a stable base, is used as a kind of signature in many of Kunze’s paintings. It is not only a formal gesture and an image of exactitude; more fundamentally, the artist presents this object in an ironic spirit, questioning the possibility of fixed points of reference for humankind.

Michael Kunze’s masterly and distinct style of painting has gained him recognition in the recent years as one of the most important German painters of our times. In 2013 he was honored with a major retrospective at the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, where works spanning over the past two decades were exhibited alongside a major publication. Earlier this year he was a recipient of the prestigious Hans-Platschek Prize in Karlsruhe, Germany. His works can be found in numerous public and private collections like the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, MMK museum in Frankfurt and the Goetz collection in Munich, among others.

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