ARTISTS / Contemporary art
Christoph M. Gais

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Christoph M. Gais
Christoph M. Gais photographed by Lawrence Caroll
1951Born in Stuttgart
1971Abitur at the Eberhard-Ludwigs Gymnasium, Stuttgart
1972-78Studies of art history and empirical cultural sciences at the University of Tübingen
1974-78Various internships in painting technique with Diplomrestaurator Dr. Ingenhoff, Tübingen
1978-81Studies of painting at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart with Prof. K. R. H. Sonderborg
1979Foundation of the artist gallery "in situ
1980-81Part-time teaching position as art teacher at the Georgii Gymnasium, Esslingen
1981-83Studied painting at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin with Prof. R. Girke, graduating as master student
1984Karl Hofer scholarship
1988Working scholarship of the Berlin Senate
1990-96Board of the German Artists' Association as treasurer
1992Berlin Art Prize, Award for Fine Arts of the Academy of Arts, Berlin
1994Teaching at the Summer Academy, Berlin
1995-96Visiting professor at the Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz
since 1996several Kunst am Bau projects including the design of the Louise Schroeder Hall in the Rotes Rathaus, Berlin
2005three-month study residency in Berlin
since 2007co-organizer "Atelier Aperti", Orvieto, Italy
 lives and works since 1994 near Orvieto, Italy and Berlin
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
2013Gallery Nothelfer, Berlin
2010Atelier Aperti, Torre San Severo, Italy
2009Atelier Aperti, Le Velette, Orvieto, Italy
2008Atelier Aperti, Torre San Severo, Orvieto, Italy
Gallery at the main square, Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
2007Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart, Germany
2005Gallery Heimeshoff, Jochen Krüper, Essen, Germany
Gallery at the main square, Fürstenfeldbruck
2004Gallery Seitz & Partner, Berlin (with Jo Schöpfer)
2003Gallery at the main square, Fürstenfeldbruck
2002Palazzo Chigi, Viterbo, Italy
2000Gallery Borkowski, Hanover
APC Gallery, Cologne
1999ornamenti, Gallery Grossinski & Brümmer, Karlsruhe, Germany
1998Gallery Ecke, Augsburg
Gallery Heimeshoff, Jochen Krüper, Essen
1997APC Gallery, Cologne
1995Gallery Borkowski, Hanover
APC Gallery, Cologne
Gallery Volker Diehl, Berlin
1994Zeche Zollverein, Essen (with Rolf Julius)
Rag Environment, Bottrop
1993Gallery Sander, Darmstadt
1992Gallery Heimeshoff, Jochen Krüper, Essen
Gallery Volker Diehl, Berlin
1991Kunstverein Bruchsal
Kunstverein Hamburg
1990Eisenhalle, Berlin
Art Station St.Peter, Cologne
 Group exhibitions (selection)
2013Galerie Nothelfer, art fairs Madrid, Karlsruhe, Cologne, Basel
2010Museo Faina, Orvieto, Italy
2008Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Art Cologne, Cologne
MKM Duisburg - Permanent exhibition
2006Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Castle Dätzingen, Stuttgart
2005Gallery Seitz & Partner, Berlin
The small format, Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Castle Dätzingen, Stuttgart
2004Kupferstichkabinett, Art Forum Berlin
Schlichtenmaier Gallery, Stuttgart
2003Gallery Noah, Augsburg
Gallery at the main square, Fürstenfeldbruck
2002Gallery Inga Kondeyne + Gallery Seitz & Partner, Berlin
1999Praga d'oro, Palazzo dei Sette, Orvieto, Italy
1998Artisti stranieri in Umbria, Perugia, Italy
Gallery Grosskinski & Brümmer, Karlsruhe, Germany
1996German Artists' Association, Rostock
Art after 1945 from the Lühl Collection, Chemnitz Municipal Art Collection
Retrospect and Outlook, Gallery Grosskinski & Brümmer, Karlsruhe
1995Sundial, Sundial, Berlin
Berlin studio. Works on paper, Press and Information Office Berlin, Potsdam
1994Gallery Volker Diehl, Berlin
1993abstract, Deutscher Künstlerbund, Dresden
1992Deutscher Künstlerbund, Aachen
1991Interferences, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Deutscher Künstlerbund, Darmstadt
Kultrum Munich
Art Association Lingen
1990Altarpiece. Mind and Body, Museum of German History, Berlin, GDR
Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin
Gais' work is based on the tradition of a gesture-object-free painting. The search for the lasting leads to serial paintings: Breathing, structures float as color appearance above the layered color pigments and are permeated by them. Harmony in rest and movement, chance and structure, color matter and color appearance, variety and unity are the hallmarks of the painterly conception of his "ornamenti". For him, image means "that the color takes on a form of appearance that has an inner meaning, a logic". The current works thematize the relationship between surface and space, stillness and movement. Mosaic-like ornaments become geometric shapes that jump out of the picture in perspective and add another layer to the iridescent background and foreground.
Schloss Dätzingen / D-71120 Grafenau
T + 49 (0) 70 33 / 4 13 94
F + 49 (0) 70 33 / 4 49 23
Opening hours
Wednesday – Friday 11 – 18.30
Saturday 11 – 16
or by appointment
Kleiner Schlossplatz 11 / D-70173 Stuttgart
T + 49 (0) 711 / 120 41 51
F + 49 (0) 711 / 120 42 80
Opening hours
Tuesday – Friday 11 – 19
Saturday 11 – 17
or by appointment

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