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A painting with a sleeping man in a restaurant.

Karin Kneffel, untitled, 2016, Oil on canvas, Private Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf


Karin Kneffel

1st May until 28th August, 2022

In cooperation with the artist Karin Kneffel (*1957), the Max Ernst Museum Brühl of the LVR is presenting an exhibition with around 80 of her works in spring 2022. The presentation brings together paintings and watercolour series from the last 17 years. Kneffel's almost photo-realistic works combine figuration and dream-like alienation in a very unique way: her paintings allow intimate glimpses into living rooms and exhibition spaces, where people and dogs appear in enigmatic settings through reflective surfaces and window glasses. Exclusively for the exhibition in Brühl, the artist will refer to the museum and its namesake Surrealist Max Ernst in her work.

A painting of a building with shadows of a tree.

Karin Kneffel, untitled, 2021, Oil on canvas, Private Collection, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo Ivo Faber, Düsseldorf

Karin Kneffel became internationally known with her large-sized still lives of fruits, with ambiguous interiors and humorous animal portraits. Born in Marl in 1957, she began studying German philology and philosophy at the University of Münster and the Gesamthochschule Duisburg. Afterwards, she studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Johannes Brus, Norbert Tadeusz and Gerhard Richter, who appointed her a master student. After a professorship at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, she has been teaching at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich since 2008. Karin Kneffel lives and works in Düsseldorf.

A watercolour painting with the painted word "dream"

Karin Kneffel, untitled, 2014, Watercolour, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, Photo Achim Kukulies, Düsseldorf