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Volker Blumkowski

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Volker Blumkowski
Volker Blumkowski; Photo: Uwe Seil
1956born in Salzgitter
1977-1984Studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart with Professors Moritz Baumgartl and Kurt Rudolf H. Sonderborg
1978-1979Scholarship for a stay in Italy in Rome and Florence
1982Art Award for Painting and Graphic Arts of the Rotary Foundation
1985-1987Teaching position for figurative drawing at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
1987-1988Paris scholarship of the Haake Foundation, Stuttgart
1991-1995Lectureship "Figure and Space" at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
1991Scholarship of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg
1992Scholarship of the ART-OMI, New York
1996-1997City painter, scholarship of the ZF Foundation Friedrichshafen
1997-1998Cité des Arts scholarship of the state of Baden-Württemberg
1998-2003Teaching position for drawing at the Film Academy Ludwigsburg
2008-2009Substitute professorship at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
2011Commissioned to paint a portrait of Helmut Rau, Minister of Culture of Baden-Württemberg (2005-2010) for the Ahnengalerie in Stuttgart Castle, completion 2012
lives and works in Paris and Stuttgart
 Solo exhibitions (selection)
2017Figure and Image, Kunstverein, Böblingen, Germany
2014Attention! peinture fraîche, Museum Schloss Fachsenfeld, Aalen, Germany
2013Difference and similarity, Museum Schloss Bonndorf, Waldshut, Germany
2010Overview of works, Kunstverein Ettlingen, Wilhelmshöhe, Germany
2008Less Siegfried, Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart, Germany
2005Kunstverein Heidenheim, Germany
2004Municipal Galleries for Technology and Art, Schorndorf, Germany
2003On the Brink, Retrospective, Municipal Art Collections, Museum Schloss Salder, Salzgitter, Germany
2002Mitten im Leben, cross-section of works, Volksbank Backnang, Germany
1999La leçon, Retrospective, ZF Cultural Foundation at the Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany
1995Salle d'exposition, Chennevières-sur-marne, Paris, France
Portes Ouvertes de Belleville, François Fontaine, Paris, France
1993Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Germany
 Group exhibitions (selection)
2005The whole spectrum today, Art Baden-Württemberg, Municipal Gallery Karlsruhe, Germany
2004What you see is what you get!, Kunstverein KISS e.V., Castle Untergröningen, Germany
Painting, Art Baden-Württemberg, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
Best off, Württemberg Art Association Stuttgart, Germany
2002Art from Salzgitter-A Retrospective on the Occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the City, Germany
Salzgitter, Municipal Art Collections Salzgitter, Germany
200147th annual exhibition of the Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Germany
1999Bilderwelten, 10th anniversary of the art collection of Bankhaus Ellwanger & Geiger, Stuttgart, Germany
1995De l'art d'Atrique à l'art Moderne, Sisteron and Gallery of the City of Tuttlingen, Germany
1994The joy of a successful kiss, Landratsamt Ulm, Germany
199339th annual exhibition of the Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg, Kunstverein Heidelberg, Germany
 Public collections
 Federal Labor Office, Ulm
 Ministry of Culture Rhineland - Palatinate
 Regional Council Karlsruhe
 Graphic collection of the city of Stuttgart
 Regional Council Stuttgart
 Ministry of Science, Research and Art of the State of
 Baden - Württemberg
 Ministry of Science, Research and Art of the
 Rhineland - Palatinate
 Municipal art collection of the city of Salzgitter
 Gallery of the city of Tuttlingen
 District Office Tuttlingen, District Archive and Cultural Office
 State Property and Structural Engineering Office Schwäbisch Gmünd
 Bankhaus Ellwanger & Geiger, Stuttgart
 Zeppelin - Museum for Technology and Art, Friedrichshafen
 Peri Collection, Weißenhorn
 Freiburg Regional Council
 Tax office Geisslingen
 Municipal art collection of the city of Schorndorf
Volker Blumkowski's pictures could be described as "spectacularly unspectacular". He takes as his starting point what he encounters directly. His pictorial creations, which often show banal, peripheral everyday events but consistently contain an absurdist attitude, are based on memories, photographs and drawings that he collects mainly on walks. The artist freezes a particular action in his paintings, and with his photorealistic compositions offers constructive constellations and stage or action spaces that motivate to fill them with own thoughts, actors and stories.
For more than a decade, the focus of his attention has been a working world dominated by street workers, painters and craftsmen, in which the triumphant advance of the computer age has apparently not yet taken hold. In their peculiar, powerful presence, his protagonists are reminiscent of actors who are merely pretending to work.
"Generationally, Blumkowski is a nestling of the Junge Wilden. He had to act differently to assert himself against the older horde of brothers. So he relied on the quiet surrealism of an enchanted everyday life against the noisy neo-expressionism of German Vergangenheitsbewältigung. His process consists of handmade pop with a Belgian twist." (Beat Wyss) At the same time, all comparisons with older or contemporary art lead nowhere - the artist's pictorial language is completely autonomous, far removed from a dream-related surrealism or from the mythical-narrative pictorial inventions of the so-called Younger Leipzig School, which Blumkowski precedes in time. 
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Saturday 11 – 16
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