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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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 interview is in German.

Ricarda Roggan, Fluchten (Filmstill)
Ricarda Roggan Video

The film "Fluchten" by Ricarda Roggan is a personal review of the years 2000–02. In a dense montage from private archive material, spoken and written text, the author remembers seemingly endless waiting times in office corridors. While staring at the oil paint on the wall – typical for the countries of the former “Eastern Bloc” – she watches as times, places and systems slowly shift before ultimately dissolving in an unexpected turn.
Quote by Ricarda Roggan

Voice: Johann Frederick Emanuel Flegel
Sound and image montage: Eva Dörr
Reproductions: Scancolor Leipzig
Translation: Aaron Shoichet
Archive, text, concept: Ricarda Roggan
Courtesy Galerie EIGEN+ART Leipzig/Berlin
with friendly support: MEISTERZIMMER Leipzig

Melora Kuhn, Tales from the Dark (Filmstill)
Melora Kuhn Video

In the video, which was created for her last solo exhibition "Tales from the Dark", Melora Kuhn talks about her working process, artistic practice, where did her inspiration come from, also, how the exhibition title came about.

Director and Cinematographer: Ethan Palmer
Composer: Jóhann Jóhannsson

Neo Rauch, Photo: Uwe Walter, Berlin
Neo Rauch Audio

"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, 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 and what does the word „painting“ mean to Neo Rauch?

The talk is in German, you will find a translation in English as PDF here.

Poster of the group exhibition at ARTSVIT Gallery
Lada Nakonechna Video

Ukrainian artist Lada Nakonechna talks about her work at the ARTSVIT Gallery in Dnipro, Ukraine.

Get an impression of her latest work series and installations during this personal tour through the venue of her solo exhibition "Disciplined Vision School".

Tim Eitel, Vie imaginaire, chapitre II: Ensemble, Exhibition view, Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin, 2021
Tim Eitel Video

"Art is the opposite of general ideas, it describes individuals, desires only the unique. It does not classify, it unclassifies."
Marcel Schwob, Imaginary Lives, 1896

And yet this second chapter in Eitel’s collection of imaginary lives—staged three years after the first at the same gallery—achieves a marked coming-together, more in the style of Éric Rohmer, and a new proximity between protagonists. (...)

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Malte Bartsch, Investment, Exhibition view, EIGEN + ART Lab, 2021
Malte Bartsch Video

In May 2021 Malte Bartsch had his first solo exhibition at EIGEN + ART Lab.

In the exhibition "Investment", there were four groups of works: "Risk Averse", "Agave", "Rakete" and "Schneehaus". In the video Malte Bartsch tals about his works and the show.

Martin Eder, Phantasma (Filmstill)
Martin Eder Video

"Phantasma can also be the result of the daydream for example, like you sit there on a park bench, you suddenly have an idea and out of this idea you develop a whole book, a movie or a painting." Martin Eder

In his new cycle of works “Phantasma,” Martin Eder introduces combinations of possible and unreal worlds whose origins lie in the depths of his subconscious. Their incorporation in the Eder cosmos’ symbolic order of intimate spaces, inhabited by chimeras, shadows, and after-images, brings Dante’s infernal scenarios to mind.

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Tom Anholt, Close to Home (Filmstill)
Tom Anholt Video

"Close to Home is a phrase which of course simultaneously means things that are very close to us, that are physically close to us, but its also something that is kind of painfully personal." Tom Anholt

In his exhibition Close to Home at Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin, Tom Anholt explores nothing less than the very essence of human existence. His latest works mostly feature immediate family members, through which the artist probes himself and in the process involves us, the viewers, in a refreshing way.

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Cornelia Baltes, Eigenbrötler, Exhibition view, EIGEN + ART Lab, 2021
Cornelia Baltes Video

In her exhibition Eigenbrötler at EIGEN + ART Lab, Cornelia
Baltes' works develop their very own presence in a partly humorously created pictorial world.

(...) The painterly gestures are so exuberant and large that they sometimes leave the canvas to land on the walls. The forms she designs are expansive and generous. Indeed, Cornelia Baltes' work is characterized by a generosity that is displayed in the depth of the colors, but also in the size of the pictures. Her pictures reject every renunciation and negate everything that smacks of modesty imploring to be seen as understatement. It is a lusty, ruthless way to deal with color and form, and it gives the viewer a calming satisfaction. Sometimes one can read a face into the forms, sometimes recognize an arm or a leg. The idea of corporeality is no coincidence: Baltes usually works with vertically oriented canvases that, if one consistently follows the narrative of the motifs, spur one to think of very boxy people. And so her pictures radiate their very own bodily presence; if they were really people, one would gladly go out with them for a drink. (...)

Laura Helena Wurth

Martin Groß, catalogue
Martin Groß Instagram

Martin Groß' first exhibition catalogue, published on occasion of his last solo show Inside a Screensaver at Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig.

We're so exited about Martin Groß' first exhibition catalogue, published on occasion of his last solo show Inside a Screensaver at our Leipzig gallery. With a poem by Jonathan Powell and a marvellous text by Anka Ziefer, graphic design by Albrecht Gaebel.

Martin Groß, Inside a Screensaver (Filmstill)
Martin Groß Video

Inside a Screensaver is Martin Groß' first solo exhibition at Galerie EIGEN + ART

Martin Groß' exhibition is designed as a large room installation like the most exhibitions he does before, like at Kunsthalle Rostock or Kunstraum Potsdam. In the Leipzig gallery a wall piece with the words “Is it still Raining” stretches across three gallery walls, illuminated by suspended neon tubes and combined with oilstick paintings. Martin Groß combines elements from language, text, drawing and painting. Cultural influences from music or literature overlap with those from urban space and what it encounters on a daily basis. The exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue, in this an essay by Anka Ziefer.

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Stef Heidhues, Backstage with the Modern Dancers (Filmstill)
Stef Heidhues Video

Stef Heidhues' exhibition Backstage with the Modern Dancers shown at Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin

“This is no game. Here there is no interlude. To disillusion you, we don’t need illusion. We don’t play fate. We don’t play any dreams. We don’t play out any plot.”

What Peter Handke introduced in 1966 in his stage play “Offending the Audience” applied equally for the space behind the stage: the backstage area. Here, too, there is no game. There is no alienation effect, no acting-as-if, no public realm. In the backstage area, the roles are abandoned. This area is more honest, more authentic, maybe somewhat dirtier and at the same time more exclusive. For her exhibition, Stef Heidhues chose the title Backstage with the Modern Dancers. (...)

Larissa Kikol

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Artist Talk, I Love Women in Art
Birgit Brenner Instagram

Artist Talk with Birgit Brenner, Susanne Pfleger, Janine Mackenroth & Bianca Kennedy and Elke Hannemann

I Love Women in Art is the title of the book, published by Janine Mackenroth & Bianca Kennedy. The two artists asked 100 women working in the art world in Germany to present one work of art by their chosen artist. Elke Hannemann was one of them and chose artist Birgit Brenner. The book presents a network of great female artists and women working in culture in Germany, which hopefully helps to counteract the underrepresentation of women in art. The talk between Birgit Brenner, Susanne Pfleger (Director Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg), Janine Mackenroth & Bianca Kennedy (artists and publishers) and Elke Hannemann (Director Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig) looks on the experience of each of the five women in art.

Maja Behrmann, cut, cut, collar (Filmstill)
Maja Behrmann Video

Maja Behrmann, a young Leipzig artist, gives an insight into her first solo show, which took place at EIGEN + ART Lab

In the video, the artist gives an insight into the approach to her artistic work and into her exhibition cut, cut, collab. She also tells what role plays space in her sculptural work and why she is so fascinated about woodcut.

Birgit Brenner, Photo: Otto Felber
Birgit Brenner Tagesspiegel

Bilder in die Welt werfen
Birgit Rieger's portrait about Birgit Brenner, published at Tagesspiegel

„100 seconds to midnight? That sounds like a new year’s night countdown. But the dancers who are moving their arms and legs to ticking electro beats aren’t looking like party people at all. No sign of euphoria. Their cheeks and elbows are full of red lines which seem like strings of puppets. The remote controlled teenagers in Birgit Brenner’s short film „Hundred Seconds to Midnight“ resemble dream dancers, who don’t know anything about the real world. Or better: they don’t want to know.“

The article is written in German.

Exhibition view, 2016, Taxispalais Innsbruck, Tirol
Olaf Nicolai Video

7 Postkarten für Innsbruck have been created during an exhibition at Taxispalais Innsbruck in Austria.

In regular intervals, seven „clay postcards“ have been presented in a changing 35mm film projection. The sender of the postcard was the singer Noa Frenkel who thus was able to reach out from various places of her journey. The notations of her songs are based on seven stone-cuttings which have been made for the exhibition.

Between 1784 and 1908, the baroque Palais Fugger-Taxis at which the films have been presented for the first time, was used as the department of the „Kaiserliche Reichspost“. As long ago as the 14th century, the Taxis family had built up a courier service for the republic of Venice. By the 15th century, on behalf of Kaiser Maximilian I, they found the European postal service.

The delivery of messages, the meaning of time during this process and the moment of their arrivals and thus interpretation: these are all elements that play a crucial role in the movie. The various steps of translating the object into a picture and afterwards, a picture into music, are similar to the game whisper down the lane. Every information changes with its particular transmission.

Elke Hannemann and Birgit Brenner
Birgit Brenner Video

Artist Talk: Elke Hannemann in conversation with Birgit Brenner

Elke Hannemann, director of the EIGEN + ART Leipzig gallery, talks to Birgit Brenner about her exhibition and the same named video work Final Call. In the work, which the artist did during her stay at Villa Massimo in 2020, Brenner addresses the grave social consequences of the alienation of today's homo sapiens and the rapidly accelerating destruction of the world.

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