Sensual surfaces seduce the eye, inviting the viewer to simply enjoy. Karin Kneffel paints canvasses that exert a magical attraction. Her realist painting draws the viewer into sophisticated visual worlds in which her skillful arrangement of formal ornaments and the interplay of colors blend into an optical fireworks display. However, the works retain a secretive aloofness, as if the perfect, inviting, yet sealed-off surface is deliberately preventing a closer look.
Karin Kneffe, master student of Gerhard Richter, is one of Germany‘s best-known and successful artists. The exhibition is a joint venture between Kunsthalle Bremen and Museum Frieder Burda. It is her first retrospective in about ten years.