This group exhibition aligns three living multi-generational German artists balancing on the line between representation and abstraction. Primarily an exhibition of painting and sculpture, these three artists are unified by certain spaces opening up to new visionary worlds: a place where interiors and landscapes merge. Our vision goes from Andreas Schulze’s everyday objects such as sofas, cars, windows, rocks or Mars bars are humorously arranged, to Fabian Treiber’s translucent veiled curtains hanging in front of the windows, and then on to Philip Emde’s luminous monochromatic celestial landscapes – we will be able to sit back and contemplate, like his Steiff animals, some of the new horizons each of the three artists proposes – a way of looking forward to a future of hope in our current conflicted times. Oscillating between gentle irony and friendly affirmation, threat and comfort, these three painters stand boldly alone in their individual styles and collectively, held in dialogue, each is able to illuminate the other.
Ruttkowski;68, founded in 2010 by Nils Müller, is a Cologne, Düsseldorf and Paris-based art gallery.
The gallery concentrates on a broad range of practices within contemporary art, including painting, time-based media art, sculpture and installation following a non-hierarchical approach.
Representing both emerging and established artists rooted in fine arts, fashion, pop culture and youth movements, Ruttkowski;68 manages to create an ever-evolving link between the high and the low. Named after Sven Ruttkowski, a DJ who was prematurely struck down in the year of the galleries’ establishment, Ruttkowski;68 resided its first few years in the former apartment of its eponym in Bismarckstraße 68.
Ruttkowski;68 can today be found in a former industrial building in Cologne’s emerging Ehrenfeld district, as well as in the Marais in Paris in 2018 and more recently opening its third space in Düsseldorf in 2021.
Antwan Horfee • Christian Rex van Minnen • Conny Maier • Daniel Weissbach • Devin Troy Strother • Fabian Treiber • Filippo Minelli • Frédéric Platéus • Hendrik Beikirch • Henrik Godsk • Henrik Vibskov • Jårg Geismar • Jenny Brosinski • Joakim Ojanen • Lars Eidinger • Mark Jenkins • Monika Kim Garza • Paa Joe • Pablo Tomek • Parra • Philip Emde • Ricardo Passaporte • Stefan Marx • Stefan Strumbel • Thomas Wachholz