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Luzia Simons

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Luzia Simons
Photo: Mike Mazoni
1953Born in Quixadá, Ceará / Brazil
1978University degree in History, Paris VIII, Vincennes
1984-86Studies of Fine Arts, Paris I, Sorbonne
1986Relocation to Stuttgart
1996Start of the "Stockage" series
2008Move to Berlin
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
2019Stockage, Museum Experimental Gallery at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China
 Natural Stories, Museum im Kleihues-Bau, Kornwestheim, Germany
 Flowers, Gallery of the City of Fellbach, Fellbach, Germany
2018Between Exploration and Revelation (with Luo Fahui), Sanya Museum of Contemporary Art, Sanya, China
2017Blacklist, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
2016Floral Worlds - Mysterious Gardens, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart, Germany.
 Stockage Vanitas Rerum, Archives Nationales de Paris, France
  Jardim, Art Season 2016, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
2015Luzia Simons, The Moving Gallery / The Garden of the Zodiac, Omaha (NE), USA
2013Segmentos, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil
2012Foreign Gardens, Kunstverein Bamberg, Germany
2010Stockage, Gallery Nara Roesler, São Paulo, Brazil
2009Stockage, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
2006Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2005Kunstverein Konstanz, Germany Municipal Gallery, Ostfildern, Germany
 Institut Français d'Istanbul, special program of the 9th Istanbul Biennial, Turkey
2002Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
2001Museu de Arte Sacra do Pará, Belém, Brazil
 Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
 Collections (selection)
 German Bundestag, Berlin
 DZ Bank Art Collection, Frankfurt
 Collection of Prints and Drawings, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
 Kupferstich-Kabinett of the Staatl. Kunstsammlungen Dresden
 Regional Council of the State of Baden-Württemberg
 Fonds National d Art Contemporain, France
 State Bank of Baden-Württemberg
 Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba
 Centro Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
 Ernst & Young, Stuttgart
 Deutsche Leasing AG, Bad Homburg
 Museu de Arte Sacra, Belém, Brazil
 Coleção Joaquim Paiva, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 Pirelli/ Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil
 Collection University Colchester, Essex, England
 German Savings Banks Publishing House
 Emden Art Gallery
 Ny Carlsbergfondet, Denmark
Berlin-based Brazilian Luzia Simons is a pioneer in the development of the scannogram - a fledgling digital media technique that combines elements of painting and photography. The result of her work, however, can be classified as neither one nor the other.
The artist, who lived and worked in Stuttgart for many years, came to Germany via her studies in Paris, where she devoted herself to cultural exchange and migration issues. She became famous for her monumental depictions of tulips, which are inspired by the Golden Age of Dutch painting. The works are irritatingly beautiful, not only because of the floral motifs, but essentially because of the compositional staging, the opulence of the content, and the technique behind it - Simons herself speaks of "Digital Baroque." The juxtaposition of the optically scanned dots allows for an area-wide depth of field that cannot be produced photographically. Moreover, the composition follows less the laws of panel painting than of reverse glass painting, which unsettles the viewer: Since the flowers or plants are draped on the scanner, the artist has to work from the bottom up, that is, in the result from back to front. Unlike most still life artists of our time, Luzia Simons also makes a social, cultural-historical claim: the image memories - this is how one must interpret the works from the series "Stockage" - collect information about certain plants, which act as ambassadors in the "transfer through the various cultures," according to Simons. This connects the plant motifs, whether they come from the diverse forms of the tulip or chrysanthemum species, which are known to have distant roots: Once cultivated in the Orient, the flower prized as the "Dutch" tulip, for example, came to Europe comparatively late, only to become the epitome of a burgeoning trade and subsequent economic crash. The fact that the exuberant bloom and vital vegetation is juxtaposed with the morbid side of transience is a tribute to reality and life - and at the same time a reflection of the notion of vanitas, which shaped thinking in the 17th century in particular. Luzia Simons allows the imagination to create spaces in which the viewer can stroll without boundaries and oblivious to time. 
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