press release

René Schoemakers | Dystopia/Fugen
Friday, 04 December, 2015, from 7 p.m.
The artist will be present.
Opening speech by Dr. Marc Wellmann (artistic director Haus am Luetzowplatz, Berlin)

cubus-m is delighted to present René Schoemakers' second solo exhibition with the gallery, 'Dystopia/Fugen'.

For the first time in Berlin the exhibition presents central pieces of the artist's series 'The Missing Kink' (2014-2015), which previously has been presented in two institutional solo exhibitions this year, as well as first works from a new cycle entitled 'Dystopia'. It is difficult to put Schoemakers' work into the current discourses and context of contemporary figurative painting. On the one hand his technique evidences a precision and naturalism that approaches old masters but at the same time the paintings are always conceptually related to one another. They form conceptual and visual connections which totally break with classical narrative structures or representative intentions as far as naturalism is concerned. The work of the artist in projects and series which are worked on for a long time reflect the ambiguity and complexity of the individual works. "If darkness had a cadence, it would be audible in the presence of René Schoemakers' pictures. With pessimistic precision he expresses a feeling of crisis, which is very contemporary and almost unashamedly current, challenging us with occasionally evil metaphors." (Christoph Tannert)

René Schoemakers (*1972 in Kleve, Germany) studied painting in the class of Peter Nagel as well as philosophy and history of art in Kiel, Germany, from 1992 to 1998. His work has been shown widely in national and international exhibitions since then and most recently in solo shows at Museumsberg Flensburg (D) and Staedtische Galerie Eichenmuellerhaus, Lemgo (D) as well as gallery presentations in Basel (CH), Hamburg (D) and Vienna (AT). Recent group shows include exhibitions at Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (D), Kunsthaus Nuremberg (D) and Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (HU). Schoemakers was awarded many prizes and grants such as the working stipend of the Dr.-Guenther-Schirm-Stiftung, Luebeck (1999), the Imke Folkerts Prize (2009), and in 2011 the art prize of the Rosenheim-Stiftung as well as the Lucas-Cranach-Prize. He is represented with his works in private and public collections in Germany and internationally such as George Economou Collection, Athens (GR), Reinking Collection, Hamburg (D), Kunstsammlung des Landes Schleswig-Holstein (D), Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim bei Wels (AT) and the collection of Commerzbank AG. René Schoemakers lives and works in Kiel, Germany.

Exhibition: 05 December, 2015 – 23 January, 2016
Wed – Fri 2 – 7 h | Sat 11 – 7 h and by appointment
cubus-m, Pohlstraße 75, 10785 Berlin

Please note that the gallery will be closed from 21 December, 2015 through 06 January, 2016.