From July 6 to August 14, 2018, the Guangdong Museum of Art hosts the exhibition ‘PAINTING AFTER PAINTING AFTER PAINTING AFTER: IMAGE-MAKING IN CONTEMPORARY GERMANY’, presenting four of the most accomplished mid-career painters of Germany today: Franz Ackermann, Benjamin Appel, Thomas Scheibitz and Katja Strunz.

The exhibition is a pilot project that in exemplary ways introduces the state-of-the-art in German post-painting developments to the museum’s audience and makes a case on just why the German art community is very strong within the global discourse. The project is directed by Wang Shaoqiang, director of Guangdong Museum of Art, curated by Thomas Eller, Beijing, and He Jinfang, Guangzhou, and is part of the museum’s SERIES OF OVERSEAS MODERN ART.

How can painting survive in a world dominated by New Media?! – No problem. The four German artists demonstrate how elegantly they answer this question and capture today’s ‘Zeitgeist’.

Franz Ackermann, Wild Forest, 2012; Oil on canvas, 540x260cm

Thomas Scheibitz, Pulp, 2017; Oil, Vinyl, Pigment Marker on Canvas, 130x170cm

Benjamin Appel, Installation View

Franz Ackermann, Benjamin Appel, Thomas Scheibitz and Katja Strunz are four of the most accomplished painters of Germany today. Franz Ackermann has traveled the world for his art in a mind-altering quest for what is beyond his comprehension. Benjamin Appel is the youngest artist in the show and a digital native. He grew up in Ecuador, a Latin-American influence, which shows up in his work frequently. Katja Strunz is the philosopher amongst the artists. She is well-studied and at the same time the most sensuous artist in the show. Thomas Scheibitz’ works are riddles left to decipher by posterity. He represented Germany in the Venice Biennial 2005.

Painting after painting after … is a long history of abstraction in art. Germany has long been a country with a strong tradition in painting. Abstract art is closely linked to the idea of an international visual language –a concept that has been very controversially debated recently. The exhibition presents four very strong artistic positions that can function like a key to unlock a deeper understanding of the discourses around abstraction in a post-painting era as contemporary artistic practice in Germany.

About the exhibition

Painting after Painting after Painting after: Image-making in Contemporary Germany

Exhibition Dates: July 6 –August 14, 2018
Venue: Halls 10, 11, 12, Guangdong Museum of Art
Organized by: Guangdong Museum of Art
Director: Wang Shaoqiang

Supported by: Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Guangzhou
ZhongXi e.V., Berlin, PIFO Gallery, Boers-Li Gallery
Guangfo Metro Advertising Resource Management Co.,Ltd

Courtesy of the artists and Guangdong Museum of Art, for further information please visit

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