Amelie von Wulffen

Untitled 2017


Amelie von Wulffen,
Untitled, 2017
Lithograph on paper
60.5 x 50 cm
Edition of 100




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About the artwork

We are pleased to present this new limited edition lithograph on the occasion of von Wulffen's first solo exhibition in the UK, The Misjudged Bimpfi at Studio Voltaire.

Like many of von Wulffen's new works, this lithograph edition, based on an original watercolour painting, makes reference to dark moments in history. Von Wulffen's many representations of childhood often return to pre-war images that were later adopted as traditional or ideal aspects of German culture, uncoupled from the legacy left by National Socialism. The 1911 songbook "Sang und Klang fürs Kinderherz“ is re-drawn as the entirely more sinister "Gram und Schmerz fürs Kinderherz" (Fear and Pain for Children's Hearts). Depictions of public figures and fragments of family memories similarly make asides to troubled histories. A man pictured perched on a windowsill holding two dachshunds relates a story of an escaping Jewish schoolteacher remembered by von Wulffen's grandmother, while the German-Jewish poet Paul Celan appears elsewhere drowned in the Seine. Celan, who escaped deportation while his parents were taken to concentration camps, committed suicide following years of depression and can be seen as yet another of von Wulffen's artistic outsiders. 

About the artist

Amelie von Wulffen (b. 1966 in Breitenbrunn/Oberpfalz, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include: Radio Athènes (2019); Kunsthalle Bern, Bern (2019); Gio Marconi, Milan (2018); Reena Spaulings, NY (2018); Studio Voltaire, London (2017); Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin (2016); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2015); Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles (2015); Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna (2015); Kunstforum Baloise, Basel (2014); and Gio Marconi Gallery, Milan (2014).

Recent group exhibitions include University of Applied Arts, Vienna (2019); Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles (2018); Oracle, Berlin (2018); Lulu, Mexico City (2018); Metro Pictures, New York (2017); Ludlow 38, New York (2017); Greene Naftali, New York (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art, Freiburg (2017); and MAMCO, Geneva (2017).

Her works belong to the collections of Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand; and the Seattle Art Museum.

Between 2006-2011 she was Professor of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In 2002 she was awarded the ars viva Fine Art Prize, and in 2016 the Ruth Baumgarte Prize.

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.