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IntroductionBreakable Treasures Perfectly Staged
Historical porcelain is a desired collector’s object at antique fairs worldwide. The secret to their production was hidden by the Chinese for hundreds of years and fine porcelain wasn’t produced in Europe until 1708. Its mastery began with the Rococo Period and it is still considered a rarity until today. The painter Andreas Amrhein artistically restored filigree porcelain art and gave the figures the staring role in his images. He is a virtuosic, nostalgic border-crosser.
The object of his painterly desire began with the traditional porcelain manufacturer Meißen, but also includes Hutschenreuther and Rosenthal. Andreas Amrhein successfully stages loving scenes “for the big performance” with figures such as the diabolical Mephisto. His perfectly painted highlights create a shining porcelain surface, eliciting a wonderful style and ease.
Rather than feeling preserved or static, his paintings characterize moments of astonishing movement, with true-to-detail portraits of figures such as an elegant rider in sidesaddle effortlessly containing her rearing horse. Her special materiality is astonishing, realistically bringing her into the foreground of a finely painted background.
The animal figures are especially fascinating, despite their filigree silhouettes: A delightful crane impressively stands on thin legs in a picturesque landscape scenery.
Amrhein challenges the viewer’s preconceptions: instead of sitting dusty and nostalgic in a display case or decorated on lace doilies, his porcelain seems courageous and elegant. He enlarges the miniature figures to objects of size and substance. A proud stag appeals through his lively pose, embedded in a panoramic landscape in front of a finely painted alpine scene: an imposing appearance.
His series is a humorous homage to the tradition of porcelain collecting, the history on which the painter became an expert. He has worked intensively on the topic since 2006 and the multiplicity of figures by different manufactures remains inexhaustible until today, whether it be historical personalities or characteristic fabled animals.
Born in Marburg, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, GermanyAwards
Grant (Selection) 2010
Artist in Residence, Caochangdi, Beijing, China 1999
Scholar Ship Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, FranceExhibitions
Single Exhibitions (Selection) 10.9 - 22.10.11 ALEXANDER OCHS Galleries Berlin | Beijing, CHINOIS, Amrhein im Salon 02.09 - 29.10.11 SUBURBIA, Galerie Borchardt, Hamburg, Germany 2011
Galerie Bodek, Hanover, Germany
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt, Germany 2010 Good friends, Alexander Ochs Galleries Berlin, Berlin, Germany 2009 Galerie Bodek, Hanover, Germany 2008 Rapper´ws Delight, Schultz Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Rio Grande, Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt, Deutschland 2007 European Love Letters, Michael Schultz Gallery, Seoul, Korea 2005 Grosses Kino, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany 2004 Wahre Werte, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany
Kein Schöner Land, Galerie Weilinger, Salzburg, Austria
Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2010 Inter-Cool, Kunstverein, Dortmund, Germany 2009 Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Deutschland", Kunstmuseum Wuhan, China 2008 Der Mops im Rettungsring , Frankfurter Kunstkabinett, Frankfurt, Germany 2006 Man + Animals, Galerie d'Ys, Bruxelles, Belgium
Der Blaue Engel, Galerie Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt/M., Germany 2004 Contemporary Art, Galerie Peter Frey, Vienna, Austria
Berlin-Malmö" (with Arnold Hagström), Galerie Bodek, Hanover, Germany 1999 Holidays in Paradise, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany 1996 Project Berlin-Beijing, Lufthansa Seeheim and German Embassy Beijing, China 1994 Grafinnova 94, Vaasa, Österbottens Museum, Finland 1993 Grafik Biennale – Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands 1990 Hagström, Teleman, Amrhein – Falsterbo, Konstmuseum, Falsterbo/Sweden