Karin Kneffel

Work

Exhibitions

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Since the early Renaissance a painterly exaggeration of reality has existed in the image in order to demon- strate wealth, splendor, and relevance on the one hand, and to enable the viewers a new immediacy in the access of what is shown by means of realism on the other. One of the most famous examples of this is the Ghent Altarpiece by Jan van Eyck. Given her marked preference for reflective surfaces, games with light, and reflections, which have appeared in her complex layers of space and time since the early 2000s, Karin Kneffel draws to some extent from this tradition and transforms the canvas into a type of mirror of the world, but one that changes and distorts it, and only appears to reproduce it. With her characteristic and incom- parable mixture of reality and surreality, she colorfully paints found images, mostly based on black and white photography, and resultantly alienates the familiar in a subtle way. In her work, Kneffel deals with nothing less than the fundamental questions of painting, which revolve around the perception and construc- tion of images and highlight complex connections to the history of art, architecture, and film.

Vita

1957

Karin Kneffel is born in Marl

(lives and works in Düsseldorf)

1977—1981

Studies German philology and philosophy at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster,

and at the Gesamthochschule, Duisburg

1981—1987

Student of Johannes Brus, Norbert Tadeusz, and Gerhard Richter at the Staatliche Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf;

attends a master class led by Gerhard Richter

1984—1985

Grant for a six-month stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris

1991

Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Grant

1992

Grant from the Kunstfonds Bonn

1994

Art Prize, Lingen, Germany

1996

Grant from the Villa Massimo, Rome

1998

Visiting professor at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen

2000

Visiting professor at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavík

2000—2008

Professor at the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen

2008

Since 2008 Professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich

2011

Helmut-Kraft-Stiftung Prize

2016

Cologne-Fine-Art-Prize

Selected Solo Shows

2017

Bild im Bild – Kunstmuseum Bonn

Bild im Bild – Kinderakadmie Fulda, Fulda, in Kooperation mit dem Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn

2016

Karin Kneffel. New Works – Gallery Gagosian, Los Angeles

Karin Kneffel – Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

Cologne fine art prize, Cologne

2015

Fallstudien, Arbeiten auf Papier – Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Cologne; Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven

Karin Kneffel. Links – Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Berlin

2014

La ventana y el espejo / Window and Mirror – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Gas Natural Fenosa, La Coruña

Pavilion Series – Galeria Senda, Barcelona

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, Barcelona

2013

Butter never grossed my mind – Galerie Schönewald und Beuse, Düsseldorf

Karin Kneffel – Galerie Dirimart, Istanbul

2012

Karin Kneffel – Gagosian Gallery, New York

Ich muss eine Wand hinter mir haben. Bilder und Aquarelle – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

2010

Karin Kneffel. 1990–2010 – Kunsthalle Tübingen, Tübingen

2009

Haus am Stadtrand / House on the edge of Town – Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld

2008

Looking Glass – Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart; Städtische Galerie, Offenburg

Karin Kneffel. Recent Works – Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York

Karin Kneffel. Feuer – Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne

2007

Arbeiten auf Papier / Prints – Edition Staeck, Heidelberg

Karin Kneffel – Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York

2006

Verführung und Distanz / Seduction and Distance – Ulmer Museum, Ulm; Sinclair-Haus Altana Kulturforum, Bad Homburg; Mönchehaus-Museum, Goslar

Christine König Galerie, Vienna

2005

Galerie manus presse, Stuttgart

Galería Vanguardia, Bilbao

2004

Galeria Senda, Barcelona

Karin Kneffel. Recent Paintings – Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York

2002

Früchte und Ornamente. Neue Malerei – Galerie Christine König, Vienna

Galerie Schönewald und Beuse, Xanten

2001

Le Case d’Arte, Galerie Pasquale Leccese, Milan

Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich

Kunsthalle in Emden, Emden

1999

Museum Jean de La Fontaine, Chateau-Thierry

Castello di Rivara, Turin

1998

Galerie Jouse Seguin, Paris

Galerie Johnen und Schöttle, Munich

1997

Accademia Tedesca Villa Massimo, Rome

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zurich

1996

Forum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil

Le Case d’Arte, Galerie Pasquale Leccese, Milan

1995

The Corridor, H, Th. Fridjonsson, Reykjavik

Galerie Schönewald und Beuse, Krefeld

1994

Karin Kneffel. Malerei – Kunstverein Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven

Galerie Wanda Reiff, Amsterdam

Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn

Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris

Kunstverein Lingen, Lingen

Het Kruithuis, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

1993

Galerie Senda, Barcelona

Art Cologne, Einzelkoje bei Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne

1992

Galerie Schütz, Frankfurt am MainGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Paris

Galerie Tabea Langenkamp, Düsseldorf

Art Cologne, Förderkoje der Galerie Schütz, Frankfurt am Main

1991

Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

1990

Galerie Schütz, Frankfurt am Main

Dr.A.H. Murken, Gütersloh

1989

Galerie Tabea Langenkamp, Düsseldorf

Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne

1988

Raum 404, Heidelberg

1984

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich