Filmstill, Lada Nakonechna, Switch on red, 2015
Lada Nakonechna Video

"This feeling of catastrophe for me has something to do with a deep sense of loneliness. This is when something is happening to you and you don’t know how to deal with it, and you don’t have any tools and you cannot relate it to any discourse or story that might help you with this situation."
(Lada Nakonechna)

The video Switch on red by Lada Nakonechna (*1981, lives and works in Kiev) is an art work from 2015, in which the artist is holding a cloth in front of the camera, giving stage directions in Russian at the same time. At the bottom of the image, you can see the menu bar of a remote control, as if someone is constantly playing with the color slider. The cloth is first red, like in a bullfight, then the color changes to orange, green or gray.
For Lada Nakonechna it is a symbol of the changes in political systems and also the manipulations from the outside. The cloth also could be a flag, the colors those of the various revolutions or parties – that is open to interpretation.

Find more information about the artist on our website.

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Lada Nakonechna
Switch on red, 2015
Video
3:02 min
Edition of 5
courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin

Filmstill, Lada Nakonechna, Studium des Menschen, 2022
Lada Nakonechna Video

"The exhibition was set up before Russia invaded the whole of Ukraine. “But for me, for us,” says the artist, “the war has been here for eight years.” Learn more about Lada Nakonechna, her art and "Studium des Menschen" at our gallery in Leipzig .

This long-planned project of the Ukrainian artist is already the 6th solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART since the first cooperation in 2012.

The materials used for the objects – paper mâché and metal – are extremely divergent in terms of haptics, weight, and stability. The knee shapes connect with the tubes, or the tubes penetrate the shapes. Coolly illuminated, they appear quite different from the models from which the artist molded them: simultaneously elemental and extremely vulnerable and precarious."
(Text excerpt by Carolline Krahl)

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Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
English with German subtitles

Filmstill, Drents Museum, Assen, Kristina Schuldt – Brutal Paradise 2021/22
Kristina Schuldt Video

In this guided tour by curator Rannilt Pol from Drents Museum, Assen you will get great insight into the colorful and dynamic show Brutal Paradise by Kristina Schuldt.

The exhibition is presenting Schuldt's oeuvre by putting the focus on the dominating visual clues in her work. Comprising paintings from 2009 up until the present day, the museum's rooms are introducing works that are featuring botanical motifs, technology, or speak of femininity and gender.

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Production: Drents Museum, Assen (The Netherlands)
Camera/montage: Abbot Studio, Bart de Nes
In the context of the exhibition Kristina Schuldt – Brutal Paradise
October 8, 2021 - February 13, 2022
Englisch with English subtitles

Filmstill, Weil es ein schöner Abend war, 2022
Curated by Neo Rauch: Exhibition of his master students Video

Enjoy this video tour of a very special exhibition at our gallery in Leipzig - Weil es ein schöner Abend war curated by Neo Rauch with works of his 24 master students, who graduated in his master class at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig between 2008 and 2014.

"I found myself in the position of curator and thus of exhibition designer whose task was to sort the stock of what was delivered and to distribute it on the walls and who thereby saw himself confronted with a plethora of magnificent works and an enormous diversity of individual artistic approaches. In this way, I found myself mentally on some pathways that I had left behind years ago in my student studio; and I recognized that everyone follows his or her very own path. What becomes clear here is the commitment and seriousness with which the rectangular surface is still used as the venue for personal sensitivities and sensual excursions. Obvious is also that the pictures gathered here are free of constraints of non-artistic nature; the pictures are at peace with themselves and nourish themselves with the energetic influx that their creators bestow on them. This freedom will lift them out of time and lend them a lasting effectiveness, far beyond today’s lovely evening." (Neo Rauch)

Artists:
Irene Bisang, Katrin Brause, Sebastian Burger, Christian Bussenius, Ondrej Drescher, Martin Galle, Tino Geiss, Stefan Guggisberg, Franziska Holstein, Friederike Jokisch, Mandy Kunze, Heide Nord, David O'Kane, Kerstin Pfefferkorn, Jochen Plogsties, Johannes Rochhausen, Maria Sainz Rueda, Titus Schade, Kristina Schuldt, Robert Seidel, Claus Georg Stabe, Kathrin Thiele, Mirjam Völker and Martin Ziegler.

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Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
German, with English and Chinese subtitles

Filmstill, Uwe Kowski, POOL22, 2022
Uwe Kowski Video

"The colorfulness and the way of drawing is the subject matter. Eventually that's everything painting conveys."
In this interview, Uwe Kowski is giving a tour through his studio and exhibition POOL22 at our gallery in Berlin.

Uwe Kowski (*1963, based in Berlin) does not want to capture or document history with his paintings, the most important message is the painterly itself and to play with the viewers vision. POOL22 is not only the title of one of the artist’s sixteen new works for the show; but also the term refers much more broadly to the conglomerate of ideas, thought processes and associations that have occupied Kowski's painterly thinking over the past year.

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Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
Music: Christian Jost
German with English and Chinese subtitles.

Filmstill, Der dunkle Wunsch der Dinge, mdr artour, February 17, 2022
Ricarda Roggan Video

In occasion of Ricarda Roggan's current solo exhibition Der dunkle Wunsch der Dinge, mdr artour produced this great film and interview at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig.

The museum is presenting for the first time the series 1971, a reconstruction based on a work by Timm Rautert, in addition to photographs from various earlier work cycles. Learn also about the career of Roggan as a female photographer and mother of three. Enjoy!

Ricarda Roggan (*1972) is one of the most important German photographers of her generation. She lives and works in Leipzig and has been teaching as a professor at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart since 2013.

Ricarda Roggan
Der dunkle Wunsch der Dinge
Museum der bildenen Künste, Leipzig
Solo exhibition
February 10 - May 9, 2022

artour
Thu 02/17/2022
Author: Anett Friedrich
Camera: Jörg Junge, Dunja Engelbrecht
Editing: Rony Hofmann
German

Neo Rauch, Interview, Filmstill, 2021
Neo Rauch Video

"The images find their way to me, have to go through me and then they land on the canvas."

In conversation with Neo Rauch in Leipzig

Neo Rauch doesn’t like to be in the spotlight - in an intimate, relaxed interview in his studio the artist is talking about the development of his artworks, his journey to become a professional artist, how he met Gerd Harry Lybke and some former exhibitions e.g. at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany (2006), at the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York (2007) or at the Uffizi/Palazzo Pitti in Florence (2019). How did the curated shows influence his view on his works, his working process and what does the word "painting" mean to Neo Rauch?

Enjoy this special insight!

Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
Music: Gillian Wood
German with Englisch and Chinese subtitles.

Marc Desgrandchamps, Moment, Filmstill
Marc Desgrandchamps Video

In this interview, Marc Degrandchamps is giving significant insight into his exhibition MOMENT, 2022 at our gallery in Berlin. "There is no message, but the testimony of a state at a certain moment. It is a fragile, uncertain, transient state of things."

The painter lives and works in Lyon and is one of the major artists on the French scene. Despite the evolution of his paintings, they are distinguishable from those of other artists. These almost academic references to the art of the past are enriched by cinematic references, holiday photos and childhood memories. Desgrandchamps’ paintings are constructed like equations. The realism is an illusory one.

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Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
Music: Distant Oceans Pt. 1
Written and performed by Ross McHenry
Published by First Word Publishing
French with English and Chinese subtitles.

Ricarda Roggan Podcast Interview

"Doing photography as the opposite of click and fast interests me."

Ricarda Roggan in conversation with Andy Scholz for the podcast "Fotografie Neu Denken". Listen to the interview and get interesting insights into Ricarda Roggan's personal and intimate working process.

The works by Ricarda Roggan (*1972, based in Leipzig) deal with found places, spaces and objects on which men have left their traces. After the searching and finding – always the starting point of her works – comes the thorough preparation for the analogue picture. The ready-made, which the viewer supposes to see in the image, turns to be a strictly thought through composition at closer observation.

Ricarda Roggan’s work has been presented in art institutions worldwide, since 2013 she is professor at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. In 2022 you can see her work in two great solo exhibitions at Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig as well as at Leonhardi Museum Dresden.

You will find more information and works by the artist on our website: www.eigen-art.com.

The interview is in German; you will find a translation in English here.

Produktion / Moderation / Bild: Andy Scholz
FOTOGRAFIE NEU DENKEN.
Der Podcast.

Jana Schulz, Home Series. Ashley Temba, Filmstill
Jana Schulz Video

This teaser clip of the video work "Home Series. Ashley Temba" by Jana Schulz is giving you a great first impression of the special atmosphere and intensitiy of the work, presented in her solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig, 2022.

"In 2020, when Covid largely emptied out or closed the (semi-)public social spaces in Berlin, I went out and talked to men on the street to ask if I could go along with them to their homes, bringing my camera with me. In this time, I embarked on a new video project, Home Series, portraits of young men in their apartments. I met my first protagonist, Ashley Temba, on Alexanderplatz. In Home Series there is a stronger focus than before on my relationship with my counterpart. The work centres on how the other person is approached, as the dynamic shifts between distance, closeness and intimacy. In this open process the feeling of uncertainty on both sides plays a key role, while also facilitating a candid approach. Time assumes an important role here in establishing mutual trust. I deliberately work without a precise concept, using the camera to observe everyday situations."
Jana Schulz about her video work Home Series

Home Series. Ashley Temba, 2021
One Channel projection, HD video, color, sound
6.04 min
Edition of 3
courtesy the artist and Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin

Titus Schade, Umland, Filmstill
Titus Schade Video

Enjoy the interview and personal tour by Titus Schade through his solo exhibition Umland, 2021 at our gallery in Berlin. You will get inspiring insights into his studio and painting process.

The protagonists in Titus Schade’s disconcerting and refreshingly bewildering paintings are architectures that seem like stage sets presented like props on shelves resembling typesetting cases, on tables, or in deserted, bleak landscapes and as motifs on Delft tiles.

Excerpt from the text by Turit Fröbe

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You will find more information and works by the artist on our website: www.eigen-art.com.

Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
Music: „Last Light“ by Xylo-Ziko
German with English and Chinese subtitles.

Kai Schiemenz, Kolk, Filmstill
Kai Schiemenz Video

In this video, the Berlin based artist Kai Schiemenz talks about two different ways of making a sculpture: bright glass works in the artist's studio and rough concrete bodies in the outdoor area.

“Kolk”? This German word, which sounds like a fantasy, describes a condition in nature: a deep pit on a riverbank produced by stones tumbled by vortices in the water. Kai Schiemenz gave this paradoxically resonant and soundless term to his current exhibition in the Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig. The showing is an experimental field in which elaborated glass works named for crystals come together with rough concrete bodies. The title and the displayed sculptures are connected in that they refer to nature, and more precisely: to the soil and the spaces arising in and through it.

Excerpt from the text by Dr. Elisa Tamaschke

Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
Music: Matthias Hermann
German with English and Chinese subtitles.

Igor Hosnedl, Ká Quills’ Room, Filmstill
Igor Hosnedl Video

Join us on a personal tour with Igor Hosnedl through his solo show "Ká Quills’ Room" at EIGEN + ART Lab.

"I just have my imagination in my head. Keeping it in my mind rethinking. Daydreaming about it."

Under the title “Ká Quills’ Room”, the EIGEN + ART Lab presented in 2021 the second solo exhibition of works by Igor Hosnedl. The exhibition spaces together with the sculptural objects and six new large-format works are conceived as a single cohering experience. This time, visitors are carried off to a part of a bewildering fantasy- factory world that has not yet gone into operation.

Excerpt from text by Gilles Neiens/ACCCE

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You will find more information and works by the artist on our website: www.eigen-art.com.

Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
English

Filmstills
NOW REPRESENTED BY EIGEN + ART Video

With this video you will get a little insight into the works and studios of the six new artists in our program.

We are delighted to represent the following artistic positions from now on:

Maja Behrmann (*1994, lives and works in Leipzig)
Louisa Clement (*1987, lives and works in Bonn)
Stefan Guggisberg (*1980, lives and works in Leipzig)
Madeleine Roger-Lacan (*1993, lives and works in Paris, France)
Brett Charles Seiler (*1994, lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa)
Raul Walch (*1980, lives and works in Berlin)

You will find more information and works by all artists on our website: www.eigen-art.com.

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Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
Music: Gerard Roberts

Akos Birkas, Filmstill
Akos Birkas Video

In occasion of Akos Birkas’ 80th birthday we would like to celebrate the memory of this great artist and friend with an arte documentation by filmmaker Judith Du Pasquier.

The Hungarian painter and photographer died in 2018 at the age of 76. As gallery we represented his work since the early 1990s. Birkas, who was born in Budapest on October 26, 1941 and studied painting at the Academy of Arts from 1959 to 1965, is best known for his "Heads" series. From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, he created nearly 200 of these abstract oval head shapes. They are a symbolic condensation of the human face, as Alexej von Jawlensky also developed with his "Meditations," "Abstract Heads" and "Savior's Faces." What Birkas appreciated most about this form of representation was the "pathos" and the "metaphysical" that could be put into abstract painting.

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Akos Birkas was not only a great artist but also a charming, humorous and kind-hearted person and friend.
Never forgotten, dearly missed.

Directed by Judith Du Pasquier
Produced by Jean-Paul Boucheny for Image et compagnie/Arte
French and Hungarian with English subtitles.

David Schnell, stereo (Filmstill)
David Schnell Video

We associate the resounding word S T E R E O with the world of sound and music. The letters are spaced out on the amplifier of the audio system, and the lowering of the needle on the record starts a crackle; a short wait, and then, the instruments and sounds coming from the left and right open up a space.

The pleasure of listening to music on a good stereo system has a lot to do with looking at David Schnell’s pictures. The quality of the stereo system plays an important role here, because a high-quality system makes the details that play the space ring out properly.

Excerpt from a text by Katharina Immekus, September 2021

Film & Edit: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
Music by Kilchhofer, Leng, from The Book Room

Ulrike Theusner, Das Wie am Was (Filmstill)
Ulrike Theusner Video

ULRIKE THEUSNER - ART ORINGINATES FROM THE RIGHT GRASP

The current episode of "Das Wie am Was | film edition" is dedicated to the artist Ulrike Theusner. Theusner's predominantly colorful works appear light and impulsive and testify to her sovereign handling of all artistic means.
The artist draws a sensitive inventory of our present time and social moods. She creates images of the now, sometimes whimsical and as if hallucinating
Ulrike Theusner absorbs everything that visually and atmospherically impinges on her and brings it out again in her own, always slightly nervous, but nevertheless precise drawing style.
Whether she always finds “the right grasp” and how she deals with the unforeseen and imperfect in art - she talks about this in this video and reflects on one of the rules of the Droege Group - “Art originates from the right grasp”.

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German with English subtitles.

Stella Hamberg, großer Schatten, 2015, Photo: Mick Vincenz
Stella Hamberg Video

Exhibition tour with artist Stella Hamberg and Jutta Mattern (Curator of Contemporary Art, Arp Museum)

On the occasion of the solo show “Corpus” by Stella Hamberg at Arp Museum Rolandseck, which is on view until February 27, 2022.

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Space and Place / Invitation card
Space and Place Video

The video shows the current group exhibition "SPACE and PLACE" at our gallery in Leipzig, in a colaboration with the curator Khanya Mashabela from Norval Foundation in Cape Town, we include 15 different artists from South Africa and Europe:

Louisa Clement, Ian Grose, Igor Hosnedl, Gabrielle Kruger, Sepideh Mehraban, Lotte Meret, Thandiwe Msebenzi, Adrian Mudder, Asemahle Ntlonti, Natalie Paneng, Madeleine Roger-Lacan, Brett Charles Seiler, Elene Shatberashvili, Hanna Stiegeler and Xhanti Zwelendaba. Their various materials and work methods certainly provide us some exciting new perspectives.

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Film & Redaktion: TABLEAU Films (Matthias Maercks)
Music: Luca Hart, Cape Town
English with German and Chines subtitles.

Photo: Enrico Meyer / © Claudia Linzel
Judy Lybke Audio

Listen to a talk with Gerd Harry Lybke in an episode of the podcast “Die Leichtigkeit der Kunst” by Claudia Linzel. Here you will get some insights, anecdotes and behind the scenes stories of Galerie EIGEN + ART.

Starting his career based in Leipzig / Saxony long before the wall came down, originally with the dream of becoming an astronaut or actor, his path lead Lybke to be an nude model at the famous art school Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and the story began…

The podcast is in German. You will find a transcript in English as PDF here.

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