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Group Exhibition
December 08, 2022 - February 18, 2023


In LAST CALL, traces, places, objects, and time are redefined in a realistic, subtle manner. A common element of the works is that they explore and question reality. The internationally renowned artist Karin Kneffel has put together our first group show with eleven of her former masterclass students. She curated and made this exhibition our FIRST CALL as a new contemporary art gallery in Munich.

In February 2023, Karin Kneffel will end her teaching duties as a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She looks back on an intensely spirited time with her students. Those who’ve seen Karin Kneffel in class, know how fully com-mitted she is to the younger generation of artists. For this reason, the artist is once again bringing together her students for a joint exhibition.

Bremen-based artist Daniel Behrendt will exhibit a selection of newly made paintings, that are reduced in their architectural language and direct our gaze to commonplaces. Felix Rehfeld, who was in Kneffel’s masterclass both in Munich and in Bremen, presents trompe-l’oeil structures of alluring model objects, bringing vibrant colors into the dialog.

Sarah Zagefka shows mostly interiors. For the artist, these spaces say a lot about the people who inhabit them. By using a delicate brush stroke, she tries to capture the individual essence of each room in a photorealistic way.
Melanie Siegel’s fictional landscapes are detached from their usual context and painted with a hyperrealistic sense of beauty. Often devoided by people, they look like abstract reflections on geometric spatial plans.

In Hannes Heinrich’s abstract compositions, charcoal impressions of various objects dominate the unmounted canvas. The artist creates subtle paintings, that oscillate between abstraction and imaginary subjects. Steffen Kern’s fictional drawings focus on familiar places and objects. However, he disguises them as photographs in order to lure the viewer into a visual trap. In doing so, he wants to question the relationship between reality and fiction and its influence on perception.

Anna Klüssendorf gives us vibrant colors and rendered spatial scenes, which are full of clues and art historical as well as personal quotes. Her works are not conceptual, but spontaneous and move in an intermediate area between mimetic reproduction and her own creations. In her black and white etchings, Stefanie Hofer leads us to enchanting places that unfold a mysterious atmosphere through the lighting as well as the various shades and hues of the aquatint technique.

Jonah Gebka presents a cycle of small oil paintings, in which we can see untitled books. Marile Holzner creates sculptures from industrially produced paper, which she adorns with drawings and paintings. Martin Spengler is known for his freestanding and three-dimensional cardboard sculptures, that reference familiar architectural structures.

Karin Kneffel – the master of probing the depths of reality in her works – is showing a painting from her new work cycle that will surprise everyone. She created twelve diptychs based on existing wooden sculptures from the early Renaissance and gave us for our first exhibition one amazing portrait. The subtly painted glass pane between the viewer and the subject culminates in one grand picture.