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Römer + Römer

Berlin, Germany

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Multimedia, Malerei, Performance, Photographie • Born in Moscow, Soviet Union (Nina Römer); Aachen, West Germany (Torsten Römer) • Studied at Düsseldorf Art Academy until 2003
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Römer + Römer

Nina and Torsten Römer studied painting at the Staatliche Kunstakademie (State Art Academy) Dusseldorf Academy under A. R. Penck and both were his master disciples. Nina and Torsten have been collaborating since 1998.
Römer + Römer employ photography, digital art, mixed media techniques, painting, make performances and curate shows. They are represented by Michael Schultz (Berlin, Beijing, Seoul), Kampl (Munich) and Freight+Volume...

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Nina and Torsten Römer studied painting at the Staatliche Kunstakademie (State Art Academy) Dusseldorf Academy under A. R. Penck and both were his master disciples. Nina and Torsten have been collaborating since 1998.
Römer + Römer employ photography, digital art, mixed media techniques, painting, make performances and curate shows. They are represented by Michael Schultz (Berlin, Beijing, Seoul), Kampl (Munich) and Freight+Volume Gallery (New York). In 1998 they commenced their “M°A°I°S” long-term art project. Their works often incorporate historical and political references: 2005 the Berlin show “Der freie Wille” (“The free will”) was part of the jubilee events for 20 years of “Glasnost”. And 2004 “HA KYROPT – Russische Kunst heute” (“Na Kurort [at the spa] – Russian Art Today”) in Baden-Baden related to the city's close ties with Russians spa-guests since the times of the Tsar. In such projects Römer + Römer do not come forth with an aesthetic analysis of historic-political situations yet they rather provide an aesthetic reconstruction. Their motifs are everyday scenes, mostly in the heightened form of festivities and parties. In a 2013/14 series they covered the carnival in Brasil ("Sambódromo"). Technically Römer + Römer set out from self-taken photographs which are subjected to image processing, the computer taking the traditional role of the sketchbook. The pictorial idea is then “handpainted” into “analogue images” with a pixel-structure. Thus the beholder of their landscapes and genre works simultaneously becomes the “user and consumer” of digital media. This way their Römer + Römer's art descends from the Impressionist movement of Pointillism and from stipple engraving, a favoured printing technique of the 18th century. (quotation from Wikipedia)
2015 Römer + Römer are exhibiting on the 56. Venice Biennale in the National Pavilion of Mauritius

Students of Berlin Weissensee Art Academy visiting the studio of Römer + Römer. Photograph by Minor Alexander

Students of Berlin Weissensee Art Academy visiting the studio of Römer + Römer. Photograph by Minor Alexander

Römer + Römer

Römer + Römer "Shower Tower Oase", 2 x 7,5 m (triptych), oil on canvas, 2014

Römer + Römer

Römer + Römer "Kulturkosmos", 110 x 150 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

Römer + Römer

Römer + Römer "Generalstreik", 110 x 150 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

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Römer + Römer "Mercedes Potpourri", 110 x 150 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

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Römer + Römer "Sputnik", 110 x 150 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

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Römer + Römer "Antifa MV dankt Fusion", 45 x 100 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

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Römer + Römer "Party Sträflinge", 200 x 240 cm, oil on canvas, 2014

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Römer + Römer "Party´s over", 50 x 100 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

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Römer + Römer "Schaumwein-Leuchtstoffkörper"", 290 x 90 cm, oil on canvas, 2015

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

The mixture of disciplines in our studio house Aqua Carré. Visual artists meeting with designers, architects, photographers, musicians, fashion designers and many more

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

the sight on dancers of "Flying steps" practicing in the backyard, the smell of Marihuana coming out of our neighbours Reggae studio

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

Oil color

What themes do you pursue?

The public space. Different social events like demonstrations or festivals.

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

Es geht auch anders, doch so geht es auch (Dreigroschenoper)

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

Villa Kunterbunt

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

Fragonard's The Happy Accidents of the Swing, 1767

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

making music

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

exhibition openings


PUBLICATIONS

56. Venice Biennale, Pavilion of Mauritius, published by the ministry of arts and culture of the Republic of Mauritius

"Römer + Römer. Wo ist eigentlich gestern", 2015, 56 Pages, Text: Johan Holten (german/english), published by Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin

"Römer + Römer. Sambódromo", 2013, 44 Pages, Text: Tereza de Arruda (german/english), published by Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin

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