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Born 1985 in Freiburg im Breisgau, DE. Lives and works in Cologne, DE.

In recent years, Rebekka Löffler’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures have dealt with various aspects that define an individual’s personality and have reflected relationships and interfaces, among other things between the individual and his fellow humans, his places (of residence), his language and understanding, and his mental as well as physical states. Thus, new connections and reformulations are being created. Also, conventional terms are often being redefined and incorporated into new contexts in the paintings’ titles.

Furthermore, her artistic work reflects on the mutual relationships between seeing, recognising, and remembering images; (re)thinking and communicating in words, signs, and symbols; and feeling. What the artist often incorporates thematically into her paintings here, is also reflected in the way she works. An idiosyncratic language of form and colour replaces known images with newly created images, which arise from the connection of seeing, thinking, and feeling. They result from preparatory drawings that evolve into paper models and collages and finally translate into paintings.

Concepts like entanglement, complexity, permeability, movement, rhythm, growth, and transformation describe her paintings, both in terms of content and form. They give an answer to all of her work’s underlying questions about the definition and perception of the world and her personal location and contextualisation in it.

 

Rebekka Löffler received her master’s degree at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, DE in 2012, and was a resident at the HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts) in Ghent, BE in 2016-2017.

Her most recent solo exhibitions include: Schwebezustand at KETELEER Gallery, Antwerp, (2020); ‘From you / to me. / From me to you.’ at Barbé Urbain gallery, Ghent, BE (2018) and Giving Things a Face at De Filatuur gallery, Brussels (2016).

Selected group exhibitions comprise: MOLECULE, de Singel, Antwerp, BE (2018); ‘As if we could scrape the color off the iris and still see’ at Twin Gallery, Madrid curated by Sonia Fernández Pan (2018); Slippages at the White House Gallery, Leuven, BE (2018); The Other Half, Three Painters at Magic Beans Gallery, Berlin curated by Jurriaan Benschop (2018); The Grid and the Cloud: How to Connect. at Vanderbourgt Building, Brussels curated by Elena Sarokina (2017); Regionale12 at Städtische Galerie Weil am Rhein, DE (2012); TOP 12 at Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, DE (2012) and 17//24 at Städtische Galerie im Buntetor, Bremen, DE (2008).

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Education

01/2016–12/2017
Postgraduate training: Advanced Studies & Practice-based Research in Visual Arts
HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts), Ghent, BE

10/2006–9/2012
Diplom and Meisterschülerin [Master Student] in Fine Art
Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, DE

4/2012–6/2012
Exchange programme in the fine arts
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL

Artist Residencies

01/2018–6/2018
Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, NL

09/2017
HANGAR.ORG, centre for art research and production, Barcelona, ESP

Exhibitions (selection)

Solo Exhibitions

2020
Schwebezustand, KETELEER Gallery, Antwerp, BE
2018
From you / to me. / From me to you., Barbé Urbain gallery, Ghent, BE
2016
Giving Things a Face, De Filatuur gallery, Brussels, BE
2013
Versteckspiel, Poly Produzentengalerie, Karlsruhe, DE

Group Exhibitions

2021
A Soft Gentle Breeze, Villa Les Zéphyrs, Westende, BE, curated by Els Wuyts

2020
ART COLOGNE with KETELEER Gallery (online version)
Pre-Triennial Brugge 2020: between dream and reality, TraumA, Brugge, BE
Group Show, KETELEER Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2019
Something Beautiful, La Vallée, Brussels, BE

2018
MOLECULE, in collaboration with Ruben de Gheselle und BL!NDMAN, deSingel, Antwerp, BE
Art scene UNSEEN, Kasteel d’Aspremont-Lynden, Oud-Rekem, BE
Charity Auction, Museum Dhont-Dhaenens, Deurle, BE
‘As if we could scrape the color off the iris and still see’, Twin Gallery, Madrid, ESP, curated by Sonia Fernández Pan
Slippages, The White House Gallery, Lovenjoel (Leuven), BE
The Other Half, Three painters, Magic Beans Gallery, Berlin, curated by Jurriaan Benschop

2017
The Grid and the Cloud: How to Connect., Vanderbourgt Building, Brussels, curated by Elena Sarokina
Trust is not a mood, barely an emotion, ING, Ghent, BE, curated by Elena Sarokina
Open Studios, HANGAR.ORG, Barcelona, ESP
Open Studios, HISK, Ghent, BE

2015
Galerie Ahnen, Luis Leu, Karlsruhe, DE
22. Künstlermesse Karlsruhe, Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe, DE

2013
Meisterschüler in Weinheim, Kunstförderverein Weinheim e.V., DE
21. Künstlermesse Karlsruhe, Regierungspräsidium Karlsruhe, DE
Graduierten-Ausstellung, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, DE

2012
TOP 12, Meisterschüler der Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, DE
WESTSÜD, Galerie Knecht und Burster, Karlsruhe, DE
20 Studenten v/d Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Galerie Achter de Ramen, Amsterdam, NL
Regionale 12, Städtische Galerie Stapflehus, Weil am Rhein, DE

2008
17//24, Städtische Galerie im Buntentor, Bremen, DE

Grants

2021
Auf geht´s, Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, DE
Digital Gutschein, Neustart Kultur, The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, DE

Since 2020
Studio supported by the City of Cologne, DE

2017
Residency at HANGAR.ORG, Barcelona with support by Sala d‘Art Jove, Government of Catalonia facility

Cataloges (Selection)

Germann, M., Gyskens, V., Lubbers, F. and Fernández Pan, S. (2020). Rebekka Löffler/ Spaces of Resistance: Paintings 2020–2008. Cologne, Germany: Rebekka Löffler.

Germann, M. and Löffler, R. (2020). Rebekka Löffler: Schwebezustand. Cologne, Germany: Rebekka Löffler.

Geyskens, V. and Löffler, R. (2018). From you / to me. / From me to you. Ghent, Belgium: Barbé Urbain.

Lluís, N. et al. (2019). Paratext Vol. 3. Barcelona, Spain: HANGAR.ORG and Fundació Banc Sabadell.

Arkesteijn, R. et al. (2017). HISK Laureates 2017: The Grid and the Cloud. How to Connect. Ghent, Belgium: HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts).

Heil, A. (2012). Top 12: Meisterschüler der Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe. Heidelberg, Germany: Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe.

Schulz, M. (2012). Westsüd. Karlsruhe, Germany: Galerie Knecht und Burster.

Press (Selection)

Weyts, K. (2020). Rebekka Löffler. HART Magazine, 208, pp.84.

Löffler, R. (2019). Carte Blanche: Rebekka Löffler. Kunstletters, 007, pp.48–50.

Brüning, G. (2014). Neue Ausstellung der Karlsruher Meisterschülerin Rebekka Sarah Löffler. Badisches Tagblatt, 149, 2 July (no page).

Thiele, C. (2013). Geschnitten. Badische Neuste Nachrichten, 141, 21 June, p.25.

Lectures

Löffler, R. 2020, Schwebezustand: Solo Exhibition at KETELEER Gallery, KASK-Koninklijk Conservatorium, delivered 20 November 2020.

Löffler, R. 2018, In-Between: The Paintings of Rebekka Löffler, KASK-Koninklijk Conservatorium, delivered 8 March 2018.

Löffler, R. 2017, Rebekka Löffler: Paintings, PARATEXT #20, HANGAR.ORG, delivered 26 September 2017.

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