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Michael Kunze

Berlin, Germany

Painting • Born in Munich, Germany • Studied at Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

Published  31/05/2014   |   Updated  02/09/2017

"Everything that happened, before understanding was possible"

Size does not matter when it comes to his 300 sqm studio. „I might as well work in a 6 sqm space - The main factor are the lightning conditions. Only daylight is true light, only this spectrum reflects the colours right.“

The ideas for his paintings and their motifs don´t arise in his studio. „They were in my mind before, reaching from surrealism to melancholia“.  His motif research is also backed by a theoretical...

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Size does not matter when it comes to his 300 sqm studio. „I might as well work in a 6 sqm space - The main factor are the lightning conditions. Only daylight is true light, only this spectrum reflects the colours right.“

The ideas for his paintings and their motifs don´t arise in his studio. „They were in my mind before, reaching from surrealism to melancholia“.  His motif research is also backed by a theoretical dispute with idealistic and culture-critical questions. You can find the texts in his catalogues.

Why did he move from Munich  to Berlin more then a decade ago? „ Because Berlin is the headquarter of my field. Considering that out of 250.000 artists only 250 can make a living and  perhaps only five  an excellent one - this creates a certain amount of pressure.“

Notwithstanding, we found the atmosphere in his studio quite relaxed, with a sofa, garden chairs and even a cactus. Something else is really important to Michael concerning rooms in general: The height! „Anything below 3,20 meters is only good for guinea pigs.“

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One World Two Steps | 150 x 120 | 2015

One World Two Steps | 150 x 120 | 2015

No House No Death | 150-x-120 | 2015

No House No Death | 150-x-120 | 2015

No House No Death | Detail

No House No Death | Detail

Nothing is not Nothing | 150 x 135 | 2015

Nothing is not Nothing | 150 x 135 | 2015

No Void No Shine | 180 x 160 | 2015

No Void No Shine | 180 x 160 | 2015

No Void No Shine | Detail

No Void No Shine | Detail

No Bridge No Fear | 175 x 140 | 2015

No Bridge No Fear | 175 x 140 | 2015

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

In the tunnel system of CERN in Geneva

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

The assistant of the assistant of the assistant

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Somewhere in Kythera


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2015

Passion Tagwache, niedriger Sonnenstand, Galerie Nicolas Krupp, Basel

2013

Halkyonische Tage (Halcyon Days), Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

2012

Vollendung, Heldart, Berlin

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GROUP

2015

Works from the Goetz Collection: All the World’s a Stage, Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid

Um Fleisch auf die Nerven zu bekommen, Salon Hansa, Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt am Main

Paperworlds, Buchheim Museum, Bernried

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AWARDS

1992 , Scholarship from the Foundation Kunstfonds Bonn

1988, Scholarship from the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Munich

EDUCATION (detailed)

1981-1984, LMU Munich

1985–1991, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich


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