Mirko Schallenberg

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WORKS

ARTIST

Mirko Schallenberg

Still life? No, much more.

 

The stacking of everyday things in Mirko Schallenberg’s works – the so-called thing pyramids – is striking. The artist creates works that raise many questions. In his paintings you can find rocks, food, books, honeycombs, glasses, vases – objects that are not usually associated with each other. Nevertheless, through the arrangement, the artist manages to create a harmonious relationship between things.

Mirko Schallenberg was born in Northeim, studied in the early nineties at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig and was a master student of Professor Hermann Albert. In the meantime, he himself teaches at the Academy of Painting in Berlin.

The artist brings calm to the chaos of things. Even if the arrangement appears fragile, the construction of the depicted objects radiates a certain steadfastness. He brings the arrangement of objects together through painterly means so that they form a harmonious pyramid of things.
The various things are depicted enlarged – thus their rank is increased, because in the virtual age the objects lose their presence. In our technologically-sophisticated society, objects have evolved into abstract signs. The artist processes the question of being in his works.

Through the muted colors, things come to rest and exert a meditative effect on the viewer. Both the background and the objects in the foreground are designed by the artist in restrained and matte colors, which combines to create a peaceful overall work.
Lines, surface structures and textures, material and consistency, enlargements and proportions, statics and dynamics, metaphysics, thingness and color play a supporting role in the works.

Mirko Schallenberg tames chaos by painting and opens new doors of imagination that lead us into worlds beyond. The viewer should enter and find himself in the constellation of objects.

BIOGRAPHY

1967
born in Northeim

1989
Studies at the University of Fine Arts, Braunschweig

1995
Foundation of the painter group Konvention

1997
Diploma in Fine Arts

1998
Master student with Prof. Hermann Albert
Scholarship Künstlerhaus Meinersen

2000 – 2002
Foundation of the producer gallery Konvention -Forum for Painting-, Berlin

2002 – 2005
Foundation of the art association Blauer Salon e. V., Berlin

from 2016
Lectureship at the Academy for Painting, Berlin

from 2019
Lectureship at the Academy of Art Bad Reichenhall

The artist lives and works in Berlin

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020s

2022
Geometrie des Zufalls, Galerie Von&Von, Nürnberg
Discovery Art Fair Cologne, Köln (mit Galerie Falkenberg)
Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt „in Bloom“ (G)

2021
Städtische Galerie Bad Reichenhall „Bildergeschichten“ (G)
Galerie Schmalfuss, Marburg „Frohnaturen“ (G)
Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin „Kunstessenzen XXV“ (G)
Galerie Falkenberg, Hannover „20 Jahre“ (G)
Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin „Erdung“ (E)

2020
Art Karlsruhe (mit Galerie Friedmann-Hahn und Galerie Cyprian Brenner)
Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin „15 Jahre Galerie Friedmann-Hahn“ (G)
Galerie Villa Novilla, Berlin „schwarze Kohle, rothe Erde, gelbe Flammen“ (G)
Galerie ARTAe, Leipzig, Malerei zwischen Wesenhaftigkeit und Konstruktion (E)
Galerie Cyprian Brenner / Ecke Galerie, Augsburg, Zwischenwelten (with Kathrin Rank)
Kunstverein KISS, Abtsgmünd-Untergröningen „SweetNothingSweet“ (G)

2010s

2019
8th Beijing International Art Biennale, China
Galerie Cyprian Brenner, Niederalfingen „5 Jahre GCB“ (G)
Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin, Nigredo (E)
Art Karlsruhe (Galerie Friedmann-Hahn and Galerie Cyprian Brenner)
Art Bodensee (Galerie Cyprian Brenner)
Galerie ROOT, Berlin „tierisch gut“ (G)
Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin „Kunstessenzen XXI“ (G)

2018
24th International Contemporary Art Fair Zürich (Galerie Barbara von Stechow)
Galerie Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt
Galerie Falkenberg, Hannover, Komplizen (mit Kathrin Rank)
Galerie Cyprian Brenner, Schwäbisch Hall, Berliner Realismus
Art Karlsruhe (Galerie Friedmann-Hahn und Galerie Cyprian Brenner)

2017
Galerie Lauth, Ludwigshafen
Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin

2016
Kunstmuseum Bad Frankenhausen
Hallescher Kunstverein, Halle
ART.FAIR, Köln, Galerie Von & Von, Nürnberg

2015
„Lauf der Dinge“, Galerie Meier, Freiburg
„Kerngebiete“, Galerie Schmalfuss, Marburg, (mit Kathrin Rank und Michael Jastram)
„Beziehungsweise“ Kunstverein Heidenheim, (mit Kathrin Rank)

2014
„Dingfest machen“, Emslandmuseum, Sögel
„Geometrie der Dinge“, Kunstverein Kirchzarten

2013
„Dingfest“ Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin
Städtische Galerie Petershagen (mit Kathrin Rank)

2012
„Wenn die Malerei den Dingen lauscht“, Kunstverein Schöningen
„Von Dingen und Räumen“, Kunstverein Herrenhaus Heinrichsruh (mit Kathrin Rank)
Galerie Töplitz, Werder (mit Maximilian Verhaas)
Galerie Meier, Freiburg

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Kunstverein KISS, Abtsmünd-Untergröningen, SweetNothingSweet

Galerie Villa Novilla, Berlin, Schwarze Kohle, rothe Erde, gelbe Flammen

2019

Galerie Cyprian Brenner, Niederalfingen, 5 Jahre GCB Art

Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin, Kunstessenzen XXI

Galerie ROOT, Berlin, tierisch gut

2017
„DOUBLE ACT“,Galerie Brötzinger Art, Pforzheim

2016
Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin
Artgeschoss, Internationale Kunstausstellung, Braunschweig
Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin

2015
Galerie Schmalfuss, Berlin

2014
„Behausung“, VBK, Berlin,

2013
„Behausung“, VBK, Berlin,

2012
„Otto Dix aus der Privatsammlung Gunzenhauser und großformatige Malerei aus Berlin“, Stadtgalerie Altötting
Losito Kunstpreis, Großes Waisenhaus zu Potsdam
Kunstverein Freiburg
Galerie Friedmann-Hahn, Berlin

2011
„Z50“, Freies Museum Berlin/Projektraum/Hotes International Fine Arts
Galerie Schmalfuß, Marburg