Klafki, Anja

BIOGRAPHY

1967 : born in Eckernförde, Germany.

1987 – 1988 : studied History of Art and Philosophy at the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany.

1989-1997 : studied Fine Arts at the Muthesius-Academy, Kiel, Germany.

1992 : Studied at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts, Reykjavik, Iceland.

1999 – 2000 : Teaching assignment at the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany.

Since 2010 : Teaching assignment at the University Of Applied Science, Stuttgart, Germany.

2013 – 2018 : lives and works in Stuttgart

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

My intent is mainly to follow the fragmentary view of landscape and to explore the description of landscapes. What does the minimal imaging repertoire consist of to define a landscape visually? How do we recognize and perceive landscape? My artwork “Landing” shows a further aspect in order to describe landscape. By using human infrastructure as a compositional element the picture escapes from a romanticizing interpretation. It refers to the appearance of nature today and the localization of a landscape. Works like “Ashore” or “Delaware” involve the viewpoint of the spectator: We need bridges, piers, streets or planes for sightseeing. But at the same time, this infrastructure obstructs our view on landscape and affects our perception.

REVIEWS

“(…) The examination of how to define and describe a space has always been one of the main criteria of Anja Klafki’s work. Developing this more pictorial approach, her artwork now achieves a different, extended significance, complementing her previous more sculptural orientation. Her large works, often consisting of multiple framed pieces, which remind the viewer of a panoramic view through a picture-window, emphasize this aspect. The art exceeds the classical limitations of the frame, while stretching compositional elements across several framed printing papers, allowing you to imagine that it could continue beyond the frame. (…)”.

Simone Jung, Museum Biedermann, Donaueschingen, Germany.

AWARDS

1997 : Diploma awarded with scholarship of Nordwest-Lotto Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

1999 : Prize recipient „Expressions of Youth“ Dedalo Arte, Urbino, Italy.

2004 : Scholarship Landeskulturzentrum Salzau, Germany.

2006 : Scholarship Kartause Ittingen, Warth, Switzerland.

2013 : Travel grant Lodz, Poland

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2013 : Point of View Rathaus Stuttgart und Galeria 87 Lodz, Poland (with Oskar Gorzkiewicz).

Gratwandern  Künstlerbund Tübingen.  

2012 : Landscapes JMO Conference Centre EU Commission, Luxemburg, Luxemburg.

2011: Landgang Galerie im Helferhaus, Backnang.

Neue Arbeiten Galerie Koch-Westenhoff, Lübeck.

2010 : Terra Cognita Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg.

2009 : Ashore Galerie im Georgshof, Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., Hamburg.

Crossing Galerie Koch-Westenhoff, Lübeck und Umtrieb-Galerie, Kiel.

Landen Städtische Galerie Schloss Donzdorf/Stuttgart.

2008 : Expeditionen Ostholstein-Museum, Eutin.

2007 : Mehr Blau für Shackleton Umtrieb-Galerie für aktuelle Kunst, Salzau.

2005 : Land Landeskulturzentrum, Salzau.

2004 : Visuellness Umtrieb-Galerie für aktuelle Kunst, Kiel.

2002 : Neue Arbeiten Galerie Lüth, Halebüll.

2001 : Incisioni Galleria Eredi di Napoli, Terlizzi, Italien.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2013 : Grænselandsudstillingen 2013 Apenrade, Dänemark.

2012 : Stereo Not Mono Galerie F 15, Moss, Norwegen.

Ereignis Duckgrafik 4 Galerie Vor Ort Ost, Leipzig.

Landschnitte Museum Eckernförde.

2011 : Urbanes Leben Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart.

2010 : European Contemporary Print Triennale Toulouse – Frankreich.

Landesschau BBK SH Rathausgalerie Oslo – Norwegen.

2008 : Sehnsucht Landschaft Schloss Agathenburg.

2007 : Die Schenkung Mehlhorn Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig.

Positionen Shenzhen Art Museum, Shenzhen – China.

Besuch II Museum Schloss Sonderborg, Dänemark.

Ausblicke Bayer Erholungshaus, Leverkusen.

2005 : 1995/2005 – 10 Jahre Kunstverein Kölner Graphikwerkstatt, Köln.

2004 : Grafik Radikal Stadtgalerie im Elbeforum, Brunsbüttel.

V’ Premio Internationale per l’incisione „Fabio Bertoni“ Pesaro, Italien.

2003 : Nord-Kunst Nordfriesisches Museum Ludwig-Nissen-Haus, Husum und

Sonderjyllands Kunstmuseum, Tondern, Dänemark.

2002 : Arbeiten auf Papier – Fotografie Deutsch-Russisches Haus, Kaliningrad, Russland.

2000 : Plastische Graphik Kunsthalle Mannheim.

ART FAIR PARTICIPATIONS 

2014 : Art Karlsruhe (Galerie Koch-Westenhoff, Lübeck und Galerie Renz, Fellbach).

2013: Art Karlsruhe (Galerie Koch-Westenhoff, Lübeck und Galerie Renz, Fellbach).

Affordable Art Fair Hamburg (Galerie Koch-Westenhoff, Lübeck und Galerie Umtrieb Kiel).

Preview Berlin (Galerie Umtrieb, Kiel).

2012 : Affordable Art Fair Hamburg (Galerie Koch-Westenhoff)

Preview Berlin (Galerie Umtrieb, Kiel).

2011: Preview Berlin (Galerie Umtrieb, Kiel).

2010 : Preview Berlin (Galerie Umtrieb, Kiel).

2009 : Art Vilnius, Litauen (Galerie Umtrieb Kiel).

2008 : Scope Basel, Schweiz (Galerie Umtrieb Kiel).

2006 : Scope Miami Art Fair, USA (Galerie Umtrieb Kiel).

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Land Schleswig, Holstein.

Museum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Lübeck.

Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen, Schleswig.

Kunstsammlung Neubrandenburg.

Sparkassenstiftung Schleswig, Holstein.

Kunsthalle Kiel.

Stadtgalerie Kiel.

Stadtgalerie Brunsbüttel.

HSH Nordbank, Hamburg, Berlin, London.

Center of Modern Art, Giseh, Ägypten.

Dedalo Arte, Urbino, Italien.

Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim.

Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig.

Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Stadt Donzdorf.

Städtische Galerie Lodz, Polen.

22 Nov 2018 : Fantastic review

 M. Pisani, reputable art critic in Luxembourg, shares his thoughts and impressions about the “Discover Brixy” exhibition taking place