Inside Out is the first solo exhibition in Asia of the German painter Andreas Schulze – a key figure in contemporary art since the 1980s. With its precisely composed installation, the show offers a bold statement of Schulze’s painterly ideas in two and three dimensions and illuminates the core ideas and vocabulary of forms that drive his incomparable oeuvre.

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

 

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Curtain with train I and II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
Part I: 80 x 130 cm | 31 1/2 x 102 3/8 inches
Part II: 80 x 130 cm | 31 1/2 x 102 3/8 inches
Overall dimensions: 80 x 260 cm | 31 1/2 x 51 1/8 inches

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Untitled (Curtain with train I and II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
Part I: 80 x 130 cm | 31 1/2 x 102 3/8 inches
Part II: 80 x 130 cm | 31 1/2 x 102 3/8 inches
Overall dimensions: 80 x 260 cm | 31 1/2 x 51 1/8 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Curtain with train I and II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
Part I: 80 x 130 cm | 31 1/2 x 102 3/8 inches
Part II: 80 x 130 cm | 31 1/2 x 102 3/8 inches
Overall dimensions: 80 x 260 cm | 31 1/2 x 51 1/8 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Curtain with train I), 2024

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Curtain with train I), 2024

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Curtain with train II), 2024

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Curtain with train II), 2024

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Curtain with train I and II)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Curtain with train I and II)

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Within his artistic practice, spanning over four decades, Schulze has developed a visual language all his own between abstraction and figuration, in which domestic spaces and scenic landscapes take on attitudes and proportions that are humorous, unnerving, and always unique. Freely adopting painting styles derived variously from Surrealism, Naive Art, Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, interiors filled with chairs, curtains, windows and other everyday architectural features interact playfully with the actual architecture of the space; while exterior scenes depicting cars, brick walls, clouds and other outdoor elements create exuberant processions along the gallery walls.

 

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Heavy cast iron I and II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
Part I: 110 x 140 cm | 43 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches
Part II: 110 x 260 cm | 43 1/4 x 102 3/8 inches
Overall dimensions: 110 x 400 cm | 43 1/4 x 157 1/2 inches

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Untitled (Heavy cast iron I and II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
Part I: 110 x 140 cm | 43 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches
Part II: 110 x 260 cm | 43 1/4 x 102 3/8 inches
Overall dimensions: 110 x 400 cm | 43 1/4 x 157 1/2 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Heavy cast iron I and II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
Part I: 110 x 140 cm | 43 1/4 x 55 1/8 inches
Part II: 110 x 260 cm | 43 1/4 x 102 3/8 inches
Overall dimensions: 110 x 400 cm | 43 1/4 x 157 1/2 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Heavy cast iron I), 2024

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Heavy cast iron I), 2024

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Heavy cast iron II), 2024

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Heavy cast iron II), 2024

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Heavy cast iron I and II), 2024

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Heavy cast iron I and II), 2024

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Entering the exhibition, viewers encounter two divided yet interconnected worlds. On walls of light green, canvases that depict outside realms reveal from the start Schulze’s clever interplay between depicted and physical space, as well as his balance of banal imagery with otherworldly.

 

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

 

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Demande au bouleau), 2022
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 170 x 400 cm | 67 x 157 1/2 inches

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Untitled (Demande au bouleau), 2022
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 170 x 400 cm | 67 x 157 1/2 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Demande au bouleau), 2022
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 170 x 400 cm | 67 x 157 1/2 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Demande au bouleau), 2022 (detail)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Demande au bouleau), 2022 (detail)

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Demande au bouleau), 2022 (detail)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Demande au bouleau), 2022 (detail)

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (Demande au bouleau), 2022

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Untitled (Demande au bouleau), 2022

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Untitled (Demande au bouleau) (2022) opens up the view to a city park that contains a simple bench, lamppost, tree trunk and balloons, yet one has blown away toward a surreal burst of smoke that seems to overtake the painting.

 

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Rolling Stone touring), 2020
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 140 x 440 cm | 55 1/8 x 173 1/4 inches

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Untitled (Rolling Stone touring), 2020
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 140 x 440 cm | 55 1/8 x 173 1/4 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Rolling Stone touring), 2020
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 140 x 440 cm | 55 1/8 x 173 1/4 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Rolling Stone touring), 2020 (detail)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Rolling Stone touring), 2020 (detail)

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Rolling Stone touring), 2020 (detail)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Rolling Stone touring), 2020 (detail)

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (Rolling Stone touring), 2020

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Untitled (Rolling Stone touring) (2020) illustrates one of Schulze’s many recurring motifs, the automobile, whose boxy body and over-decorated hubcaps give way to another, more ominous smoke cloud in Untitled (High cloud / autostrada) (2020).

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (High cloud / autostrada), 2020
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300 x 180 cm | 118 x 70 7/8 inches

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Untitled (High cloud / autostrada), 2020
Acrylic on nettle cloth
300 x 180 cm | 118 x 70 7/8 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (High cloud / autostrada), 2020
Acrylic on nettle cloth
300 x 180 cm | 118 x 70 7/8 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (High cloud / autostrada), 2020 (detail)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (High cloud / autostrada), 2020 (detail)

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (High cloud / autostrada), 2020

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Untitled (High cloud / autostrada), 2020

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Untitled (Rolling Stone touring) (2020) illustrates one of Schulze’s many recurring motifs, the automobile, whose boxy body and over-decorated hubcaps give way to another, more ominous smoke cloud in Untitled (High cloud / autostrada) (2020).

Schulze’s lyrical, if also comic, positioning of his paintings guides visitors to the exhibition’s second zone: the inside. Installed on walls painted in a rich, chocolate brown, Untitled (Interieur with barrier) (2023) and Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle) (2023) brilliantly demonstrate the artist’s handling of space and the theatrical stage-like interiors for which he is so well known. In Untitled (Interieur with barrier)—whose brown walls and doorway mirror those of the gallery itself—a chair and a spiraling staircase surround a traffic sign and barriers, which seem to invade from the exterior world and generate an abrupt moment of abstraction.

 

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

 

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with barrier), 2023
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 210 x 380 cm | 82 3/4 x 149 5/8 inches

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Untitled (Interieur with barrier), 2023
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 210 x 380 cm | 82 3/4 x 149 5/8 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with barrier), 2023
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 210 x 380 cm | 82 3/4 x 149 5/8 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with barrier), 2023 (detail)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with barrier), 2023 (detail)

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with barrier), 2023 (detail)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with barrier), 2023 (detail)

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (Interieur with barrier), 2023

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Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle) also includes abstract paintings-within-a-painting, this time joined by tufts of hair, curtains and even potted flowers, whose pink bursts echo the canvas behind it.

 

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Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle), 2023
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 240 x 360 cm | 94 1/2 x 141 3/4 inches

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Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle), 2023
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 240 x 360 cm | 94 1/2 x 141 3/4 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle), 2023
Acrylic on nettle cloth, 2 parts
Overall dimensions: 240 x 360 cm | 94 1/2 x 141 3/4 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle), 2023 (detail)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle), 2023 (detail)

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle), 2023 (detail)

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle), 2023 (detail)

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle), 2023

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Untitled (Interieur with hairstyle), 2023

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Andreas Schulze
Dirt corner, 1985
Handknotted carpet, 3 parts
Overall dimensions: 100 × 178 × 150 cm | 39 3/8 x 70 × 59 inches

At another architectural juncture is the historical work Dirt corner (1985), which together with the car on the opposite side of the gallery, neatly brackets the exhibition space. Here, Schulze continues his examination of the interior, pointing out overlooked but fundamental architectural elements such as the corner.

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Dirt corner, 1985
Handknotted carpet, 3 parts
Overall dimensions: 100 × 178 × 150 cm | 39 3/8 x 70 × 59 inches

Andreas Schulze
Dirt corner, 1985
Handknotted carpet, 3 parts
Overall dimensions: 100 × 178 × 150 cm | 39 3/8 x 70 × 59 inches

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At another architectural juncture is the historical work Dirt corner (1985), which together with the car on the opposite side of the gallery, neatly brackets the exhibition space. Here, Schulze continues his examination of the interior, pointing out overlooked but fundamental architectural elements such as the corner.

Using a domestic material and concept—carpet and dirt—he creates a curious metaphysical portal into territories unknown, which is picked up once more in the pierced darkness of Untitled (Beijing tunnel) (2024).

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Beijing tunnel), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
60 x 50 cm | 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches

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Untitled (Beijing tunnel), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
60 x 50 cm | 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Beijing tunnel), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
60 x 50 cm | 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (Beijing tunnel), 2024

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Beijing tunnel), 2024

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Using a domestic material and concept—carpet and dirt—he creates a curious metaphysical portal into territories unknown, which is picked up once more in the pierced darkness of Untitled (Beijing tunnel) (2024).

Across the joining wall, a series of canvases and objects produce a “modular” painting, whose imagery of curtains, mirrors, trains and cars further emphasizes the thematics of staging, movement and immersion that run throughout the exhibition.

 

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A central wall forms the core of the exhibition. It connects both areas of the show physically and conceptually, using another crucial motif in Schulze’s visual lexicon: the window.

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

 

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Exit I), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
200 x 100 cm | 78 3/4 x 39 3/8 inches

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Untitled (View II), 2024
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140 × 140 cm | 55 1/8 × 55 1/8 inches

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Untitled (Exit I), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
200 x 100 cm | 78 3/4 x 39 3/8 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Exit I), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
200 x 100 cm | 78 3/4 x 39 3/8 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (Exit I), 2024

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Exit I), 2024

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (View II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
140 × 140 cm | 55 1/8 × 55 1/8 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (View II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
140 × 140 cm | 55 1/8 × 55 1/8 inches

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Untitled (View II), 2024

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Untitled (View II), 2024

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Untitled (View I), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
140 × 140 cm | 55 1/8 × 55 1/8 inches

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Untitled (Exit II), 2024
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200 × 100 cm | 78 3/4 × 39 3/8 inches

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Untitled (View I), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
140 × 140 cm | 55 1/8 × 55 1/8 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (View I), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
140 × 140 cm | 55 1/8 × 55 1/8 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (View I), 2024

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (View I), 2024

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Exit II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
200 × 100 cm | 78 3/4 × 39 3/8 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Exit II), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
200 × 100 cm | 78 3/4 × 39 3/8 inches

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Untitled (Exit II), 2024

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On one side of the wall, four of the artist’s window paintings offer a view from the outside to the inside. On the other side, the wall seems to literally open up into a panoramic window; painted wallpaper forms the frame and directs the view from the inside to the outside.

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A group of small paintings appears in the framed field—each work depicts twisting white shapes that suggest sculptural bodies in action and repose, perched atop Schulze’s characteristic brick walls.

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Gymnastics), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
50 x 70 cm | 19 3/4 x 27 5/8 inches

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Untitled (Gymnastics), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
50 x 70 cm | 19 3/4 x 27 5/8 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Gymnastics), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
50 x 70 cm | 19 3/4 x 27 5/8 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (Gymnastics), 2024

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Untitled (Gymnastics), 2024

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A group of small paintings appears in the framed field—each work depicts twisting white shapes that suggest sculptural bodies in action and repose, perched atop Schulze’s characteristic brick walls.

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Rhythmic gymnastics), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
80 × 40 cm | 31 1/2 × 15 3/4 inches

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Untitled (Rhythmic gymnastics), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
80 × 40 cm | 31 1/2 × 15 3/4 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Rhythmic gymnastics), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
80 × 40 cm | 31 1/2 × 15 3/4 inches

Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing
Andreas Schulze – Inside Out – Beijing

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Untitled (Rhythmic gymnastics), 2024

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Untitled (Yoga), 2024
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70 × 50 cm | 27 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

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Untitled (Yoga), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
70 × 50 cm | 27 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Yoga), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
70 × 50 cm | 27 5/8 × 19 3/4 inches

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Untitled (Yoga), 2024

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Their titles refer to sporting activities like gymnastics, yoga and wrestling, rendering the static moment of sculpture into a dynamic process while, at the same time, linking to the urban environment where such exercises are often practiced outdoors in public parks.

 

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Untitled (Wrestling), 2024
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40 × 80 cm | 15 3/4 × 31 1/2 inches

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Untitled (Wrestling), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
40 × 80 cm | 15 3/4 × 31 1/2 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Wrestling), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
40 × 80 cm | 15 3/4 × 31 1/2 inches

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Untitled (Marathon), 2024

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Untitled (Marathon), 2024
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40 × 60 cm | 15 3/4 × 23 5/8 inches

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Untitled (Marathon), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
40 × 60 cm | 15 3/4 × 23 5/8 inches

Andreas Schulze
Untitled (Marathon), 2024
Acrylic on nettle cloth
40 × 60 cm | 15 3/4 × 23 5/8 inches

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Untitled (Marathon), 2024

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By emphasizing the window, Schulze gestures in part to the concept of painting as a “window onto the world” dating back to Renaissance art. His windows, however, refuse any obvious, idealized view; instead, they keep viewers engaged in a back-and-forth exploration of inside and out, reality and fantasy, past and present.

 

Moving through this space, with all its recognizable human features, we unconsciously understand that Schulze’s magical world is our world, our life, inside and out. Bodies are absent, heightening our presence even further—we complete Schulze’s pictures. Even through the humor and levity of his iconography, Schulze is always suggesting deeper levels of psychological depth and inquiry.

For more information on Andreas Schulze, please visit his 2020 online exhibition.

 

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