Gesine Grundmann

„Bastian”, 2007
acrystal, bronze powder, 50 x 35 x 30 cm

Part of Gesine Grundmann’s most recent body of work include the group of works “Aschenbecher” (“Ashtrays”). These sculptural bodies correlate to their terminological allocation. Gesine Grundmann plays an elaborate game between alteration, fake and surrogate. Indeed her works are based on the casting of an ashtray. Through treatment they lose the character of a copy and their original social context. Some works seem to be alterable. In “Bastian” (“Bastian”) it appears as if one could tear the angular beams out of the tree trunk. And the (bronze) excrements that are piled on an overseas suitcase in “der Teufel scheißt” (“the devil shits”) can be taken apart and reassembled. “Wessen Probleme möchte ich eigentlich haben?” (“whose problems would I want to have?”) includes the viewer in another way. As clear as it first seems, every expectation will be undermined. But keep in mind: this takes place in Gesine Grundmann’s reserved way, integrated into the everyday. As little as the “Aschenbecher” are actual ashtrays – the “Platindosen” are cans.

Thomas Hirsch


1974 Geboren / born in Köln
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in den Klassen Rosemarie Trockel, Tony Cragg und Hubert Kiecol, Meisterschülerin bei Rosemarie Trockel
MA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, GB
Lebt / lives in Köln


2009 Erwine Steinblum Stipendium, Sylt und Südafrika
2008 Peter-Mertes-Stipendium
2008 Tel Aviv Stipendium der Kunststiftung NRW, Bonner Stiftung und Goethe Institut
Dorothea-Erxleben-Stipendium, HBK Braunschweig
2007 Künstlerstipendium der Kunststiftung NRW
Atelierstipendium des Kölnischen Kunstvereins
2002 Auslandsstipendium der Kunststiftung NRW
2001 DAAD Stipendium für Großbritannien

Exhibitions (Selection)

2008 „Believe Me”, KiT, Düsseldorf,
„Die Angst reist immer mit”, Neues Problem, Berlin,
„Auf Wiedersehen und Dankeschön”, Projektraum S1, Berlin
2007 „International Exchange Exhibition” Art Gallery Chonbuk, Korea / Corea
Jahresgaben der Atelierstipendiaten, Kölnischer Kunstverein
2006 „Political Wellness”, Werft 77, Düsseldorf,
„Der letzte Schnitt”, Malkasten, Düsseldorf,
„Who Fucks Like A Tiger And Twinkles” mit Catherine Island, The Mini Bar, Düsseldorf
2005 „Regarding Düsseldorf”, 701 e.V., Düsseldorf
2002 „ordered order to order”, Henry Peacock Gallery, London, GB
2001 „The Big Show (2): Healing”, NICC, Antwerp, Belgium

Participants 2008 A-Z