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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

In Kneffel’s works, different layers of time and perception are superimposed onto one another, which the artist condenses with the inclusion of references to the history of art, architecture and film to produce complex pictorial inventions. Illusion and reality, past and present, representationalism and dreamlike disassociation flow into one another and allow nearly surreal moments to arise. Despite its seemingly tangible appearance, designed with the greatest possible perfection, the painting of Karin Kneffel at the same time usually remains puzzlingly secretive and maintains a mysterious distance.

Karin Kneffel became internationally known with her humorous animal portraits, large-format fruit still lifes and ambiguously designed interior views. The artist, born in 1957 in Marl, studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Johannes Brus, Norbert Tadeusz and Gerhard Richter, who took her on as a master student. Following a professorship at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, she has taught at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich since 2008. Karin Kneffel lives and works in Düsseldorf and Munich.



A watercolour painting with the painted word "dream"

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

The catalogue for the exhibition, with 192 pages and more than 100 illustrations, contains articles by Andreas Bee, Achim Sommer, Wolfgang Ullrich and Jürgen Wilhelm, and is available as a bound museum edition for €45 in the museum shop.

The exhibition is accompanied by a variety of art education offerings, for example, an audio guide that can be accessed from one’s own smartphone, an Augmented Reality filter for Instagram and the participation action “In the Moment Selfie”.