Susanne Kuhn /   Susanne Kühn

Germany 1969

Susanne Kuhn
Susanne Kühn
February 9, 2015

Susanne Kühn is a German contemporary artist, whose brilliantly colored and detailed paintings blur the boundaries between nature and architecture, composing a towering landscape of cypress trees, pines, and willows in woods.

Kühn was born in 1969 in Leipzig, Germany. Having studied at the renowned Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig where she received classical training in painting and drawing, Kühn moved to the US shortly after her graduation. She completed postgraduate studies at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College in New York followed by a Radcliffe Fellowship at Harvard University. Her experience of living in America coupled with her academic background from Leipzig makes Kühn’s paintings unique and different from her colleagues from Germany. Kühn challenges the group known as the New Leipzig School by bringing her experience living and studying in America to the fore.

Kühn’s work offers painterly and formal connections between figures, landscape, and architecture through a vocabulary that is emblazed with light and informed by European, Northern American, Asian art and history. Her works clearly relate to certain elements of German Romanticism, such as the heavily symbolic visions of nature. However, what at first glance seem to be naturalistic depictions of mountains, forests, ravines, and eerie, moonlit landscapes, painted in the style of the old masters, are so adeptly combined with elements from other historical and cultural contexts – such as comics and fantasy, Japanese woodcuts, and East German graphic design, giving the paintings an entirely contemporary feel. Embedded in the art-historical tradition of landscape drawing the picture plane is a platform for a formal experimentation with space, color, structure, reality and abstraction rather than content or meaning.

Though her work is largely figurative, Kühn adds surreal, abstract elements, such as fantastical flora, and objects that interfere with perspective. Her drawings and paintings suggest fanciful worlds, private and closed in many ways yet broadly resonant and open to a range of interpretations. Borrowing pictorial motifs from traditional Japanese landscapes and spatial relationships from Northern Renaissance painting, Kühn typically portrays solitary women in strange and vibrant interiors or exteriors.

Kühn’s work is the collections of Museum Frieder Burda, The Zabludowicz Collection, London, Neue Museum für Kunst, Freiburg, Sammlung der Landesbank Sachsen, Sammlung der Sparkasse Leipzig and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO. Since 2000, Susanne’s work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in various venues around the world.

Susanne Kühn lives and works in Freiburg, Germany.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2014World of Wild AnimalsBeck&Eggeling DüsseldorfSolo
2013Group ShowMuseum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Schweiz Group
2013InsideMerkur Art Gallery Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2012Works on PaperSala Uno, Contemporary Arts Center Rom, Städtische Galerie OffenburgSolo
2012Contemporary German Painting: The Future Lasts ForeverInteralia, Seoul, KoreaGroup
2012The ObserverHaunch of Venison LondonGroup
2011Garden EdenHaunch of Venison, LondonSolo
2011The Big RevealKemper Museum, Kansas CityGroup
2011Hello. Goodbye. Die SammlungMuseum für Neue Kunst FreiburgGroup
2010Susanne KühnRobert Goff Gallery, New York, USASolo
2010Susanne KühnKunstverein LippeSolo
2010Study of LandscapeRobert Goff Gallery, New YorkSolo
2009Susanne Kühn: Malerei und ZeichnungForum Kunst Rottweil, catalogueGroup
2009MalereiHans-Joachim MüllerGroup
2009Zu Hause ist es immer noch am schönstenSchwarz, Manfred, Welt am SonntagGroup
2009Carte Blanche IXMuseum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, GermanyGroup
2009Forum Kunst, Rottweil, GermanySoloGroup
2008Susanne KühnGoff+Rosenthal Berlin, GermanySolo
2008Susanne KühnMuseum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USASolo
2008Future Tense: Reshaping the LandscapeNeuberger Museum of Art Purchase, New York, USAGroup
2008Böhmen liegt am MeerMuseum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, GermanyGroup
2008Susanne Kühn - Künstler, Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Müller, Hans-JoachimZeitverlag, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2007New Paintings and DrawingsGoff+Rosenthal, New York, USASolo
2007New and Old WorkKunstverein, Freiburg, GermanySolo
2007DrawingsFRED, Leipzig, GermanySolo
2007Susanne Kühn, Kunstverein FreiburgMuseum of Contemporary Art DenverGroup
2007House TripSpecial Exhibition Art Forum, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007Neue MalereiMuseum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Museum im Prediger, Schwäbisch Gmünd, GermanyGroup
2006Group ShowMuseum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, GermanyGroup
2006MalereiEcholot, Berlin, GermanySolo
2006Neue MalereiSammlung Frieder Burda, Inaugural Exhibition, Goff+Rosenthal, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006Triumph of PaintingThe Saatchi Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2006Dragon VeinsContemporary Art Museum, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, USAGroup
2006Group ShowVolta Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2006Artforum BerlinBerlin, GermanyGroup
2006Zoo Art Fair LondonLondon, EnglandGroup
2005New PaintingsFRED, Londong, EnglandSolo
2005New PaintingsGoff+Rosenthal, New York, USASolo
2005NADA MiamiMiami, USAGroup
2005Zoo Art Fair LondonLondon, EnglandGroup
2005Artforum BerlinBerlin, GermanyGroup
2005International Biennial of Contemporary ArtPrague, Czech RepublicGroup
2004MalereiEcholot Berlin, GermanySolo
2004Malerei und ZeichnungGalerie Kleindienst Leipzig, GermanySolo
2004NADA MiamiMiami, USAGroup
200410+1Galerie Echolot Berlin, GermanyGroup
2004TiefseeGalerie Echolot Berlin, GermanyGroup
2004EASTinternationalNorwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, EnglandGroup
2004Zweidimensionale IIKunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig, represented through Eigen+Art Leipzig, GermanyGroup
2004INdiVISIBLE CITIESBill Maynes Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2003Works on PaperBill Maynes Gallery, New York, USASolo
2002JourneyRadcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, USASolo
2002Into the WoodsJulie Saul Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2002Works on PaperBill Maynes Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2002Curious TerrainElizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2002Postmodern PastoralJudy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston, USAGroup
2001Recent WorksBill Maynes Gallery, New York, USASolo
2001Chelsea RisingContemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, USAGroup
2001WonderlandBakalar and Huntington Galleries Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, USAGroup
2001Wet!Luise Ross Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2000DrawingsBill Maynes Gallery, New York, USASolo
2000Susanne KühnBucknell University Art Gallery, Lewisburg, USASolo
2000Susanne KühnGerman Consulate House, New York, USASolo
2000Bildwechsel: Aktuelle Malerei aus Sachsen und ThüringenStädtisches Museum, Zwickau und Kunstsammlung Gera-Orangerie, GermanyGroup
2000Art on Paper AnnualWeatherspoon Art Gallery, University of NC Greensboro, USAGroup
2000A New Day DawningJudy Ann Goldman Fine Art Boston, USAGroup
1999Susanne KühnBill Maynes Gallery, New York, USASolo