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Basic Data

Karin Kneffel is a Europe-wide known German artist. Because of the Gagosian Gallery in New York she is getting now also international attention. As a student of Gerhard Richter she is an exceptional talent of hyperrealism.

  • Date of Birth: 13 January 1957
  • Place of Birth: Marl, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Nationality: German
  • Studied at: Staatliche Kunstakademie Dusseldorf
  • Teacher: Gerhard Richter
  • Era: Hyperrealism

Kneffel became known especially for her motives of known objects such as fruits and animals. Her exploration of light and its reflections on the surfaces of displayed objects made her internationally famous. With the reflections she deformed the reality.

Biography

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Childhood and Studies

The German artist Karin Kneffel was born on January 13, 1957 in Marl. From home she had no relation to art, but she was able to identify herself with art in her early years. The young Kneffel was sinistral, however she was transformed in school to dexterity. Only in art class she could use her natural handedness to draw pictures.

In 1977 she began to study German language and literature studies and philosophy at Westphalia Wilhelmsuniversität in Münster and at Gesamthochschule Duisburg. During this time she was discovered by one of her former professors and applied in 1981 for studies of art. She started this as a student of Johannes Brus and Norbert Tadeusz at Staatliche Kunstakademie in Dusseldorf. Later she became master student of Gerhard Richter. In 1987 she completed her studies and began to work as an artist and professor.

 

Scholarships

During her studies, she completed a six-month scholarship at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. This was followed by many scholarships like Karl-Schmidt-Rotluff-Stipendium in 1991 and a scholarship in Villa Massimo in Rome (1996). Eleven years later Matthias Weischer studied at the same place.

 

Teaching Activity

In addition to her work as an artist Kneffel started her career as an art professor. In 1998 she became visiting professor at Hochschule für Künste in Bremen and in 2000 in Reykjavik, at Iceland Academy oft the Arts. In the same year she took up a job in Bremen. She held this position until 2008. Thereupon she became professor at Akademie der bildenden Künste in Munich. In this position she works until today.

 

Collections

Germany

 

Exhibitions

Current exhibitions

  • 30 October 2015 – 28 February 2016 Einfühlung und Abstraktion. Die Moderne der Frauen – Kunsthalle, Bielefeld
  • 06 November 2015 – 09 January 2016 Ein Baum ist ein Baum ist ein Baum – Beck & Eggeling, Dusseldorf

 

Past exhibitions

Solo exhibitions

  • 2015 Fallstudien. Arbeiten auf Papier – Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Köln; Kunsthalle, Bremerhaven
  • 2013 Butter never crossed my Mind – Schönwald Fine Arts, Dusseldorf
  • 2013 Karin Kneffel – Gallery Dirimart, Istanbul
  • 2012 Ich muss eine Wand hinter mir haben. Bilder und Aquarelle – Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
  • 2010 Karin Kneffel. Hauptwerke 1990-2010 – Kunsthalle, Tübingen
  • 2009 Haus am Stadtrand – Kunstmuseum Krefeld
  • 2008 Looking Glass – Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart
  • 2007 Arbeiten auf Papier – Edition Steack, Heidelberg
  • 2006 Verführung und Distanz – Ulmer Museum, Ulm
  • 2004 Recent Paintings – Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
  • 2002 Früchte und Ornamente – Galerie Christine König, Vienna
  • 2000 Karin Kneffel – Castello de Rivara, Turin
  • 1999 Karin Kneffel Jan Dibbets – Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
  • 1997 Karin Kneffel, Eberhard Knauber – Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo, Rome
  • 1996 Le Case d’Arte, Galerie Pasquale Leccese, Milan
  • 1994 Karin Kneffel, Jacques van Erven – Galerie Wanda Reiff, Amsterdam
  • 1993 Aquarelle 1992-93 – Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne
  • 1990 Galerie Schütz, Frankfurt a.M.
  • 1988 Raum 404, Heidelberg
  • 1984 Karin Kneffel, Elke Denda – Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

 

Group exhibitions

  • 2015 49. Art Cologne, Cologne
  • 2014 Alle Tiere sind gleich – Städtische Galerie, Pforzheim
  • 2013 Wahlverwandtschaften. Aktuelle Malerei und Zeichnungen aus dem Museum Frieder Burda – Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf
  • 2012 9. art Karlsruhe
  • 2011 Frühjahr 2011 – Galerie Ludorff, Dusseldorf
  • 2010 15. Art Forum Berlin, Internationale Messe für Gegenwartskunst, Berlin
  • 2009 Interieurs, Landschaften und Stillleben – Museum Esters, Krefeld
  • 2008 An die Natur. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Altana Sammlung – Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
  • 2007 Die Kunst zu sammeln – Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf
  • 2006 Neue Malerei. Junge Kunst – Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
  • 2004 Malerei. Stuttgarter art alarm 2004 – Galerie manus presse, Stuttgart
  • 2003 20 Jahre Lingener Kunstpreis – Kunsthalle Kunstverein Lingen
  • 2002 Grafik der Gegenwart – Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
  • 2000 Essensbilder – Galerie Dörrie * Pries, Hamburg
  • 1999 Malerei – INIT Kunsthalle, Berlin
  • 1998 Es grünt so grün... – Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
  • 1997 Alpenblick. Die zeitgenössische Kunst und das Alpine – Kunsthalle, Vienna
  • 1996 Junge Künstler aus Deutschland, Belgien, England, USA – Galerie Sander, Darmstadt
  • 1995 Junge deutsche Kunst der 90er Jahre aus NRW. Die Generation nach Becher, Beuys, Polke und Richter – Travelling exhibition: Arts Center, Hong Kong; Fine Arts Museum, Taipei; Palace of the Working People, Beijing; National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka; Kulturhuset, Stockholm
  • 1994 Projekt Flagge zeigen. Klaus Staeck bei Hans Mayer – Galerie Hans Mayer, Dusseldorf
  • 1993 Medium Messages – Wooster Gardens, New York
  • 1992 Die Einen. Die Anderen – Kunstverein Region Heinsberg
  • 1992 26. Art Cologne, Cologne
  • 1991 Gulliver’s Reisen – Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne
  • 1990 The Köln Show. Ausstellungen in 9 Kölner Galerien – Cologne
  • 1988 Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
  • 1985 Förderpreis für Malerei – Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster 

 

Awards

  • 2011 Preisträger Helmut Kraft-Stiftung zur Förderung der Bildenden Kunst
  • 1996 Villa Massimo Stipendium, Rome
  • 1994 Lingener Kunstpreis
  • 1992 Kunstfonds Bonn

 

Literature

  • Karin Kneffel. Fallstudien: Arbeiten auf Papier, exhibition catalogue, Käthe-Köllwitz Museum Köln, Cologne 2015.
  • Wahlverwandtschaften, exhibition catalogue, Museum Frieder Burda, Cologne 2013.
  • Karin Kneffel, published by Brigitte Reinhardt, Dusseldorf 2010. 
  • Karin Kneffel 1990-2010, exhibition catalogue, Kunsthalle Tübingen, Ostfildern 2010.
  • Karin Kneffel. Haus am Stadtrand, exhibition catalogue, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Ostfildern 2009.
  • Sweet Dream. Klasse Karin Kneffel Kunsthochschulen I,  exhibition catalogue, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst Haus Coburg, Bremen 2008.
  • Karin Kneffel, exhibition catalogue, Kunsthalle in Emden, Cologne 2001.
  • Karin Kneffel, published by Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo Rom, Rome 1997.