current exhibiton 

Crisis? What Crisis

positions of advanced painting

Doris Erbacher, Martin Gerwers, Sophie Innmann, Jonas Maas, Franziska Reinbothe

September 19 – November​ 08, 2020


Painting’s crisis is evoked by critics and curator with reliable regularity. Amid all this, artists simply continue to paint; no trace of any crisis.


That being said, the boundaries of the conventional canvas were overstepped long ago – painting reaches out into the room, it becomes an object, an installation, a released colour. Not even a brush is necessarily needed, for after all, every material has a colour and structure already, painterly values, therefore. In the exhibition, artistic positions are on show that pursue abstract or objectless approaches and probe the space using different strategies.


Doris Erbacher, like Martin Gerwers, sounds out the relationship between colour, shape, light and space. Both occasionally convey their picture carrier into three-dimensional sculpture, and viewers actively moving about the room are called for in every case. Only from various angles and with the play of light and shadow does the actual painterly aspect reveal itself.

Jonas Maas combines rectangular modules to form a picture that uses spacers to hang in front of, rather than on, the wall. At the same time, clearances remain between the individual panels – picture and wall engage with each other.

Franziska Reinbothe goes one step further the moment the picture is about to be finished: She breaks or saws up the stretcher frame, folds or sews up the canvas and thus gives the picture a new, often sculptural form.

Sophie Innmann usually works location-specifically and makes space an integral component of her works. Contingency, the traces of human actions, and time are often determining factors of her works.


In all these works, genre boundaries are blurred; the surface – space – viewer relationship always plays a central role. And yet painterly issues are in the foreground.


Doris Erbacher, *1953, lives and works in Heidelberg and Mannheim. Erbacher studied from 1974-80 at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart, from 1986-91 she directed the Kunstraum Erbacher in Mannheim, and from 1992 until 2009 she lived as an artist and filmmaker in Berlin.

Martin Gerwers, *1963 lives and works in Düsseldorf. From 1984-89 Gerwers studied Visual Communication at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and subsequently from 1989-93 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. From 2015 until 2018 he held a visiting professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Sophie Innmann, *1986 lives and works in Karlsruhe and everywhere in the world, since her works mostly arise in situ. From 2007 until 2014 she studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe.

Jonas Maas, *1985 lives and works in Düsseldorf, 2010-14 studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Franziska Reinbothe, *1980 lives and works in Leipzig, from 2005 until 2013 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig.




Saturday, 10 October 2020, 7 p.m.

Lecture with Dr. Georg Kremer, Kremer Pigmente / Aichstetten, on pigments, paints, painting


Thursday, 22 October 2020, 6 p.m.

SCHÖNGLATT! A tour of the exhibition with Doris Erbacher and Kim Behm



Thursday, 24 September 2020, 6 p.m. with Konstantin Weber

Thursday, 08 October 2020, 6 p.m. Melek Kilic (in Turkish)

Sunday, 11 October 2020, 3 p.m. with Kim Behm

Thursday, 29 October 2020, 6 p.m. with Konstantin Weber


Concert as part of the HÖRsPORT series

Sunday, 08 November, 8 p.m.

elektrosmog presents: Jozef van Wissem

Admission 15/10 Euro

The HÖRsPORT series is a partnership with supPORTer e.V.