Tilmann Zahn

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The paintings of Tilmann Zahn are visions of decline and new creation. They address disappearance and decay as transformation processes of the living, which know no end and permanently bring forth something new. His works occupy a middle position between painting and object, oscillating between fragility and seemingly metallic, constructive architectonics. The color, the texture of the surface, the spatial effect, and the complexity of the many-limbed constructions are carriers of meaning in a language that deliberately avoids the all too unambiguous, which is why his works sometimes bear titles that include the word "hybrid" ("hybrid framework," "hybrid construction," "hybrid apparatus"). The Basel-based artist takes his inspiration from technical relics, industrial wastelands, or architectural structures that have often already lost their purpose and, by means of an elaborate artistic process, acquire a new, independent value in pure contemplation.
The physical presence and the extremely differentiated surface structures of his works make the artist's sensitivity to materiality intrinsically apparent. The way they are presented, almost floating at a distance from the wall, not only underscores the object-like nature of the works, but with their cast shadows also refers at the same time to the fleetingness and changeability inherent in every form, every creation and every being.


  born at Osnabrück (D)
  early and intense dealing with painting, later on additionally with photographic matters
  lives and works at Basel (CH)

Solo exhibitions (selection)

Period             (Title exhibition,) gallery, site
2007 Galerie Roland Aphold, Allschwil
2008 Galerie C. Wichtendahl, Berlin
Galerie R. Aphold, Basel
2009 Galerie Roland Aphold, Basel
Papiermachermuseum Steyrermühl, A
2013 Wichtendahl Galerie, Berlin
2015 Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Wien
Wichtendahl Galerie, Berlin
2016 Kunstkultur Königsfeld
Kunsthalle Wil
2017 Galerie Q. Kulturforum Schorndorf
2017 Galerie Q. Kulturforum Schorndorf, D
2018 Papiermachermuseum Steyrermühl, A
Kunstverein Damianstor, Bruchsal
2019 Galerie Maurer, Frankfurt
Kunstverein Eislingen
Kunstverein Speyer

Group exhibitions (selection)

Period             (Title exhibition) gallery, site
2005 Galerie Roland Aphold, Allschwil / Basel
2006 Galerie Roland Aphold, Allschwil / Basel
2008 Galerie Lorch + Seidel contemporary, Berlin
art Karlsruhe
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
2010 art Karlsruhe (Galerie R. Aphold)
2011 Galerie Wichtendahl, Berlin
2012 Galerie Wichtendahl, Berlin
Kunstverein Marburg
Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Wien
2013 Koppelschleuse Meppen
scope Basel (Galerie Hrobsky)
2014 Horst - Janssen - Museum Oldenburg
Chelsea Galerie Laufen
2015 Wichtendahl Galerie, Berlin
Landesgalerie Burgenland, Eisenstadt
art Karlsruhe
2016 art stage Singapore (Galerie Hrobsky)
Art Austria (Galerie Hrobsky)
Städt. Galerie Villa Streccius, Landau
Kunsttage Winningen, D
Kunstverein Speyer
2017 Galerie Q, Kulturforum Schorndorf
Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Wien
Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg
2018 Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Wien
paper positions Basel, (Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky)
Roter Salon, Villa Rot, Burgrieden, (Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky)
paper positions München, (Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky)
2019 paper positions Frankfurt, (Galerie Maurer)
Kunstverein Kontur im Kunstbezirk Stuttgart
paper positions Berlin, (Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky)
Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky, Wien
paper positions Basel, (Galerie Ulrike Hrobsky)
2020 art Karlsruhe, (Galerie Maurer)
Galerie Nanna Preußners, Hamburg
Positions Berlin, D (Galerie Maurer)
Kultur Bahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf

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