Christian Brandl

Painting
Prints
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Christian Brandl stages moments of potential action. Potential action in which the viewer may only partly engage: the depicted settings are visually stimulating yet offer no clear outcome. Brandl’s works recall 1950s thriller movies - but the specific nature of the instances portrayed is timeless. Arguably, Brandl could seek ways of escaping from figuration by choosing a more gestural style of painting. Yet, he consciously resists this in favor of controlling the drama of light to heighten the “spectacle of expectation”. Consequently, the viewer’s gaze remains fixed on the motionless figures and their secrets.

Biography
  • 1970 born in Erfurt
  • 1994-1999 Studies of painting at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in the class of Prof. Arno Rink
  • 1999-2001 Master Studies at the Academy of Viual Arts Leipzig, Prof. Ulrich Hachulla
  • lives and works in Leipzig

Solo shows

  • 2016 Draußen, Kunsthalle Cloppenburg
  • Christian Brandl - Painting, Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst, Detmold Castle, Detmold
  • 2015 Suspense (with Sebastian Speckmann), Städtische Galerie Bietigheim Bissingen
  • 2014 Suspense. Christian Brandl - painting and graphic, Kunsthalle Erfurt
  • 2012 Die Leute auf den Bildern, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
  • 2011 Galerie am Ratswall, Bitterfeld
  • 2010 Unterwegs, Gallery Leuenroth, Frankfurt/M.
  • 2009 Schöne Aussichten, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
  • 2008 Zweitausendsieben, Gallery Leuenroth Frankfurt/M.
  • 2006 Verdacht, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Radierungen, Gallery Hafen + Rand, Hamburg
  • 2000 Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh, Hobbyshop, Leipzig
  • 1999 Eine Woche Ägypten, Laden für Nichts, Leipzig

Group shows

  • 2016 Transit, Galerie Leuenroth, Frankfurt am Main
  • Pentomino, Thaler Originalgrafik, Leipzig
  • 2015 We are going bathing! Works out of five centuries from Dürer to Hockney, Angermuseum Erfurt / Kupferstichkabinett Berlin
    Leipzig 2015. Hildebrand Collection, G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig
    Vertraute Gesellschaft, Thaler Originalgrafik, Leipzig
    ETAGE, Gallery Leuenroth, Frankfurt/M.
  • 2014 bb, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
  • 2013 Interpreted world and fragile realities, KuK, Aachen
  • 2012 Es lebe die Malerei, Art collection Essl, Klosterneuburg
  • 2011 Convoy Leipzig, Biksady Gallery, Budapest
    Leipzig Painters, Gallery Baton, Seoul/South Korea
    "Es lebe die Malerei", young art from the Essl collection, Klosterneuburg
    Fortuna, Gallery Neunroth, Frankfurt/Main
  • 2010 Sichtbar durch - Projektgalerie Raum Hellrot, Halle (Saale)
  • 2009 Realism uit Leipzig, Drents Museum, Assen
    Drei, Gallery Leuenroth, Frankfurt a. M.
  • 2008 Drawcula, Gallery KLeindienst, Leipzig
    New Leipzig School, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen
    Bleibt euch zu hoffen uns zu verstehen (Brandl/Dörre/Ludwig) Galerie Hafenrand Hamburg
  • 2007 Great graphics, Museum Xylon Schwetzingen
    Seit Leipzig, art hall Wittenhagen
    A Tribute. 35 Years of the Essl Collection, Klosterneuburg
    Busch und Brandl, Gallery W and Museum of the city of Gunzenhausen
  • 2006 Zurück zur Figur, art hall of the Hypovereinsbank Munich
    All stars, Hobbyshop, Munich
    Made in Leipzig, Essl Collection Klosterneuburg/Vienna
  • 2005 Leipziger Neue Schule - mit Christian Brandl, Peter Busch und Falk Gernegroß, Art association Essenheim
    Gleiche Augenhöhe, Gallery Schlag, Essen
    Convoi 11, Art association Bayreuth
    15. Saxon Printmaking Symposium Hohenossig
  • 2004 State park Fürstenlager, Auerbach
    Malerei, Gallery Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
  • 2003 Grasland, Gallery Wassermann, Munich
    Art association Bergstrasse, Bensheim-Auerbach
    Art Frankfurt, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig

Bibliography

  • 2015 35x35 Art Project Vol. II (catalog), Copelouzos Family Art Museum, Athens
    Christian Brandl - suspense (catalog), Erfurter Kunstverein, Erfurt
  • 2012 Menschenbilder: Gallery Kleindienst shows Christian Brandl, Daniel Thalheim 19.03.2012, Leipziger Internetzeitung
  • 2011 Convoy Leipzig (catalog), Biksady Gallery, Budapest
    Maler des schwelenden Konflikts, Christine Krüger, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (MZ), 30.01.11
  • 2009 Realism uit Leipzig (catalog), Drents Museum, Assen (The Netherlands)
  • 2008 New Leipzig School (catalog), Cobra Museum, Amstelveen (The Netherlands)
  • 2006 Christian Brandl - II (catalog), Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Made in Leipzig, Catalog, Collection Essl Klosterneuburg/Vienna
  • 2004 Christian Brandl - I (catalog), Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig