The Mönchehaus Museum Goslar presents the exhibition Unverwüstlich (Indestructible) by the artist Kristina Schuldt from July 24th to September 18th. On display are the artist’s works from 2012 to 2022.
Image above: Kristina Schuldt, Zwingen, 2022, Oil and egg tempera on canvas, 180 x 220 cm, courtesy Private collection, Taiwan © Kristina Schuldt, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022, courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig/Berlin, Photo: Uwe Walter, Berlin
The Leipzig master student of Neo Rauch paints large-format everyday scenes with powerful, self-confident figures. Kristina Schuldt‘s pictorial personnel is mostly female. The figures lie, fall, loll and bend in front of different backdrops, they seem to be in conflict with their surroundings. It often remains unclear whether they are in combat or at play. Their visible body parts look like shiny tubes and are reminiscent of machines. “The women in my paintings want to be present. I want them to expand in space and look really heavy. They want to cause trouble, they offend, they rub against their surroundings; they trample through the world…….parts of the body, like legs and arms, are energy pathways filled with so much power that they almost explode,” the artist said in an interview with Louise Benson.
“There are always reasons to disturb and that keeps everything alive.”Kristina Schuldt
Kristina Schuldt‘s paintings are based on personal experiences, which she transposes onto a metaphorical level to address social issues. The wrestling figures in many paintings are emblematic of the struggle between opposing themes, ideas or feelings. The broad spectrum ranges from human relationships and role behaviour to the relationship between the digital and analogue worlds and our interaction with nature. During the painting process, which lasts several weeks, the artist repeatedly dissects and superimposes pictorial forms until a multi-perspective emerges, which also stands for a diverse perspective in terms of form and content.
Without fear of contact, the artist invokes the pictorial canon of classical modernism and calls herself a “tubist”, after the term coined in 1911 by the French painter Fernand Léger. Her reinterpretation of the historical avant-garde reveals how old questions can be renegotiated again and again.
Kristina Schuldt (*1982 in Moscow, grew up in Neubrandenburg) studied with Annette Schröter and Sighard Gille at the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts from 2004 to 2008, and with Neo Rauch from 2009. She was Rauch’s master student from 2010 to 2012. The artist lives and works in Leipzig.
The exhibition at the Mönchehaus Museum includes 20 mostly monumental paintings and graphic works. A catalogue is being planned.
Opening: Sunday, 24 July 2022 at noon
Exhibition dates: Sunday 24 July 2022 – Sunday 18 September 2022
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11 am – 5 pm
Mönchehaus Museum Goslar