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Thematic group exhibition around the work of Jussi Niva, the winner of our ART MATTERS Open Call last April. We present four other artists whose work is situated in the field of tension between sculpture and painting: Bram Braam, Árpád Forgó, Ted Larsen and Ji Eun Lee.

Online vernissage on Friday, 22 January at 6pm

Due to current lockdown regulations, the opening of our first major group exhibition in the new year will take place without an audience on site, but exclusively online on our website and Instagram feed.

About the exhibition:


The new group exhibition at Galerie Biesenbach – initially exclusively online from 22 January 6pm – highlights artistic processes that address a hybridisation of painting and sculpture.

With a deliberate focus on wall-based works, we present sculptural forms in which the boundaries between painting and sculpture are explored, blurred and suspended. Because these objects, while possessing dimensional qualities, inhabit the wall, a place traditionally occupied by painting, they reference painting yet function beyond it. Wall sculptures hold the possibility of making things appear or disappear depending on where one stands in relation to the work. Painting doesn't work that way; no matter where you stand, the painting will always look essentially the same. Where painting ends and sculpture begins....

About the artists:

Bram Braam (*1980 in the Netherlands, lives and works in Berlin) focuses his artistic practice on assemblage-like objects between painting and wall sculpture. He deals with architecture and the constant change of our environment by looking at public space through the eye of a sculptor. Within this concept, Braam's works revolve around recycled materials, found objects, parts of furniture and fragments of city walls that serve him for his compositions.

Árpád Forgó (*1972 in Budapest, lives and works there) is interested in experimental painting, in the question of expanding the interpretation of non-figurative panel painting by maintaining its painterly character and exploring the boundary between painting and sculpture. His shaped canvas works are constructed from a predefined modular system, with structure, form, dimensions and rhythm, as well as planar and spatial relationships, central to his practice.

Ted Larsen (*1964 in the USA, lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico) considers his work as "painting". While the artist rejects the brush, he does not reject painting itself, and thus works with pre-painted surfaces that allow him to conceptually appropriate the paint as his "own colour". By covering three-dimensional forms with these pre-painted surfaces, they become shaped paintings and raise the question of where painting ends and sculpture begins.

Ji Eun Lee (*1984 in Seoul, lives and works in Bayreuth) combines the advantages of sculptural work with those of hanging works in her relief-like objects. Using various materials, the artist explores the possibilities of a visualisation of spatiality that questions the relationship between inside and outside. The structures created most recently by hollowing out and carving wood act like visual essays between sculpture and painting. The aim is to have a painterly effect with a fine poetic style on the massive material.

Jussi Niva (*1966 in Pello, Finland, lives and works in Helsinki) works in parallel on painted, two-dimensional surfaces and three-dimensional objects in order to detach the experience of three-dimensionality from the "modelled form" and instead connect it with the surface of the painting. His wall sculptures – two-dimensionally painted surfaces on cut and fold geometry made of solid wood – are a kind of intervention, they push into space, but conversely they also project space.

22/01 – 06/03/2021

Bram Braam (NL)


Due to the current lockdown regulations in Germany, the gallery will remain closed until at least 31 January 2021.

We continue to work on site and are available for consultation appointments. Also, for further information on our current exhibitions and artists or available works, please email us at art@galerie-biesenbach.com or feel free to call +49-174-490 96 35.

Sold works can be collected or delivered by appointment.

Furthermore, we are active on social media on a daily basis, just check out our Instagram feed!


Friday, 22 January
Exclusively Online

Gallery Walk
Saturday, 13/02, 11am – 8pm
Sunday, 14/02, 11am – 4pm
K1 Galleries Cologne

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Tue – Fri 12 – 6pm
Sat 12 – 4pm
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