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Museum Kronberger Malerkolonie
Kronberg, GER
10.3. - 2.6.2024

Transcendence / Transzendenz

The exhibition is rounded off by two installations by Monika Lioba Lang, who was born in Bottrop in 1974. She studied at the Kunstakademie Münster from 1997 to 2002 and was most recently a master student of Katharina Fritsch (*1956). In her installations, Lang draws on well-known fairy tales and myths and places them in new, sometimes irritating contexts. In “Mirror, Mirror …” she alludes to Grimm’s fairy tale “Snow White”. The mirror motif has always been used to scrutinise the self and in Lang’s work, too, goes beyond its original meaning. But instead of
Instead of the expected reflection of the viewer, Lang’s mirror shows an embroidered portrait of a girl reminiscent of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, thus merging the old German fairy tale with art-historical references. With a wink, Lang transfers the story into the here and now and creates an astonishing counterpoint to our sometimes narcissistic selfie culture with her installation. On the back, long, colourful poly ribbons flow into an implied tail of hair, blurring the boundaries between classic portrait, sculpture and installation.

Hans Christian Rüngeler, House by the lake, 2021, oil on canvas
Kai Hackemann, Ephemeris II, 2023, acrylic on canvas
Kim Reuter, Cyclist, 2021, egg tempera on canvas
Monika Lioba Lang, Mirror, Mirror …, 1011, polytape, MDF, steel, embroidery frame