Andreas Schulze (*1955) is one of the great individualists of German painting. The artist’s unique painting style defamiliarizes basic design and architectural forms, with a cryptic pictorial repertoire that oscillates between gentle irony and friendly affirmation, menace and comfort. It exposes the blind spots of middle-class life and ironizes the pretensions of contemporary art. The Cologne-based artist has been associated with the gallery since 1983.
Through December 12, 2021
Developed specifically for the FUHRWERKSWAAGE, the exhibition Haltestelle by Andreas Schulze incorporates a range of references to the exhibition site. The artist works with the pair of tall cathedral glass windows in the main hall for example, framing them on three sides with a brickwork pattern painted on canvas, thus quoting the building's exterior wall inside.. A metal segment of “track” ‘in the center of this space references the nearby tram line 16, which stops here–a place shaped in a particular way by both movement and standstill. This contradiction is made palpable through the unique pictorial language of two paintings in the exhibition depicting transit stops.
The surroundings of the FUHRWERKSWAAGE exhibition site, its former use, and thus also its architecture are brought to the fore. Never before has an artist engaged so intensively with the unusual constellation of the location as both a place for art, and a transit nexus in southern Cologne.
Five new, large-format works and the sculpture dominate the space–transforming it into a temporary stopping place.