to cover – Steffen Jopp | Moritz Riesenbeck | Emil Walde

22. März bis 4. Mai 2024
Eröffnung Freitag, 22. März 2024, 19 Uhr
Ab 21 Uhr im +BASEMENT: GUZZI & SCUZZO LP-Release, DJ-Set mit Bottrop Bwoy aka Thomas Geier und Yo Shino

Steffen Jopp
“Within my artistic practice, I refine modes of self-perception and juxtapose them with a volatile environment. Consequently, identity templates emerge, akin to self-portraits manifested through diverse techniques, always in close proximity to the corporeal realm. These portraits function as universal composite systems, bridging the emotional inner world, dreams, and reality, navigating the paradoxes inherent in the human-made environment and social interaction.
Over the years, my body of work has evolved from print graphic works on paper and video performances, continually honing its precision and density. Currently, various materials are employed across distinct thematic series. Thin, polished stainless steel sheets are transformed into folded, slender bodies mounted on the wall. Through incisions, manual folding, and deformation, they transform into visors or shields, assuming a mask-like appearance. Their scale, however, transcends human proportions. Perfectly polished to a mirror finish, they visually alter the actual space they inhabit, simultaneously fragmenting external information like all subjects, intricately reflecting it back.
Freestanding sculptures crafted from aluminum, copper, or brass constitute bioamorphic skeletons, standing naked and unencumbered within both interior and exterior spaces. Frequently utilized materials include metals and cowhide, manipulated with focused folds, bends, breaks, burns, and scratches. Exhibiting extraordinary resilience, durability, and endurance.
Integral to my body of work are photographs of parts of human bodies serving as a flexible interface and skin as a communicative organ. The motifs, resembling microscopic landscapes, are directly printed on cattle leather or copper, partially scraped or worn away with solvents.
I perpetually observe and assess my environment and the individuals around me. However, the completed works often veer into a humanoid or anthropomorphic domain. These creations can be perceived as rugged and archaic, yet equally as components of futuristic technology and within the realm of science fiction. My endeavor is then to reintegrate them into my emotional and worldly system.”

Moritz Riesenbeck
“I investigate the real, the memories, the traces, the emotions that we leave behind and through which we construct our realities. Our connections to places, architectures and objects are conditioned by these factors, for which I seek and for which I establish perceptibility. I am searching, connecting and visualising information. All components such as a flat, a told story or a person can become a material.
Moments in which we connect with our physical environment are establishing complex mental and/or physical conglomerations of the past, present and future – a flat becomes the memory of a person, a rescue mattress the memory of a body. I try to make this condition atmospherically tangible.”
Moritz Riesenbeck, born in 1991, first studied architecture in Münster and there worked as a tutor in the History and Theory Department. Simultaniously, he began studying Art in Public Space at the Kunstakademie Münster with Profs. Löbbert and in 2018 switches to the class of Prof. Gregor Schneider at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he graduated with exellence diploma (Meisterschüler) in 2022. Riesenbeck is an editor of artistbooks, founding member of About Repetition e.V., the Sono-Kollektiv, as well as a contributor to the group Impersonal Figure and is currently lecturer at the ABK-Stuttgart for architecture and industrial design.

Emil Walde
The work of Emil Walde is intrinsically related to space, as his works combine sculptural and spatial features, fluctuating between both and yet refusing to find a statical position within any of them. This reluctancy towards an exact definition is what brings the viewer closer to an understanding of the conceptual meaning of Walde’s work. The artistic Materia is space itself, being shaped via intervention, transformation, addition, replacement, restoration and recontextualization. Variation is a fundamental part of it. By means of reusing objects, he removes the “meaning”/”idea” that defines its qualities, to then present it in a new context. Here all previous conceptions of it disappear and are translated into a new narrative. That is one of the defining characters of Emil Walde’s work – the narrative is yet to be determined by the person who is faced with it. His work enhances a reflection on the standard methods of identifying and categorizing what is seen. (Felix Fischer)
Emil Walde, born 1991 in Munich, began his studies 2014 at Kunstkademie Düsseldorf under Prof. Gereon Krebber. In 2015 he switched to Prof. Franka Hörnschemeyer and Gregor Schneider and he became „Meisterschüler“ of Franka Hörnschemeyer in 2021.

in vitro. Emil Walde – Condition

We warmly invite you to the exhibition opening


SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2024, 4-7 PM
Introduction by the curator Dr. Sabine Kampmann

Exhibition duration: March 2nd – April 7th, 2024, can be viewed from the outside all day.
Finissage Sunday, April 7th, 2024, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

In our exhibition series in vitro we are showing an installation by the Düsseldorf artist Emil Walde in the wonderful glass pavilion in Grugapark. Walde works site-specifically, he deals with the conditions and circumstances of a place and processes them in the work of art created specifically for this place. The work changes the perception of the existing architecture and merges with it. Walde’s artistic interventions open up a completely new perspective on the architecture and spaces that surround us. Walde gets to the bottom of the conditions of architectural spaces. He digs into the depths of their functionality and form, ultimately returning to their surface and showcasing a new kind of beauty.

In addition, we will be showing a group show curated by Emil Walde at Galerie Obrist from March 22nd: March 22nd – May 4th, 2024, opening Friday, March 22nd, 7 p.m.

The Grugapark entrance ticket office at Grugabad is closed, please use the main Grugapark entrance at the Grugahalle (public transport) or the entrance at the Mustergarten (car).

We would like to thank you for kind support:

Art Karlsruhe 2024

Galerie Obrist in Hall 2 / D18 on the
ART KARLSRUHE 22.-25. February 2024
Preview February 21st 2-7 p.m. (by invitation only)
Opening hours:
Daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Sunday until 6 p.m.)
Location: Messe Karlsruhe, Messeallee 1, 76287 Rheinstetten


IRRITATION – Ausstellung zur Wundertüte 2023

Im Rahmen von “WUNDERTÜTE 2023 – Kunst in Tüten” zeigen wir die Ausstellung I R R I T A T I O N mit Arbeiten von

Eva Aurich – Marcela Böhm – Helge Emmaneel – Gilles Fromonteil – Ilka Helmig – Robin Horsch – Jürgen Jansen – Jürgen Paas – Barbara Ring – Dirk Salz – Annette Sauermann – Armin Scheid – Andreas Titzrath – Petra Deta Weidemann – Julia Willms – Thomas Zika