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Livia und Michael Kubach und Kropp

Biography

Stone – Light – Sound

About the stone sculptures by Kubach & Kropp

Stone is formed deep within the earth, from

compressed sand or solidified lava. It is created

through a combination of temperature,

pressure and a lot of time. Volcanic eruptions,

natural erosion or earthquakes bring it to the

surface. Glaciers and flowing water carry it

over long distances and give it characteristic

shapes. Stone is the matter of our world, more

ancient than all life and it embodies the history

of the planet.

The origin and formation of stone through

archaic primal forces can often still be seen

in the sculptures of the artist couple Kubach

& Kropp. The original surfaces of the stones,

such as reddish-yellow crusts and natural sintering,

contrast with processed, highly polished

surfaces that allow a glimpse into the crystalline

depths of the stone.

Stone is often associated with strength, durability

and stability and it is considered a solid

and long-lasting material that can endure for

centuries, even millennia. Thus, the towering

monumental sculptures of the artist duo seem

capable to outlast all future ages. However,

this presumed stability is thoroughly shaken,

for example, by the Islands of Pillars. With a

push, the massive stone moves back and forth,

swaying in a sedate rhythm, producing surprisingly

clear and crystalline sounds through

the columns, the drilled cores that sway and

generate friction in their holes, each creating

its own unique tones.


Columns – we associate them with architecture

and antiquity. Temples, historical buildings,

and stone monuments are cultural heritage.

Stone has a long tradition not only in architecture

but also in sculpture. Michelangelo

is reported to have said that the sculpture

already exists within the stone and only needs

to be freed from it. This liberation occurs in

the works of Kubach & Kropp with technical

finesse,

using diamond-studded tools that

allow for a gentle way of working and high

degree of precision in the process. The works

of this artist couple are both sculptures in the

classical sense, created by subtracting material,

as well as through the additive process of

assembling the extracted core drills into new

works. We see this in the Stone Drops, Stones

for the Wind and Cocoons.

Stone usually feels cold and hard, which can be

used as a metaphor for emotions or personality

traits in certain contexts. The titles of the

works by the artist couple contradict these

associations, as can be seen with the aforementioned

Cocoons. But not only their naming

set us right, but also the observation of the

stones themselves: their rounded, organic

shape, the narrow openings on the surface

which offer a glimpse of light falling into the

depths as well as making the rough edges of

the granite core drills glimmer. It is like the

view into a cave, into a cocoon.

KUBACH-KROPP

Live and work together in Bad Münster am Stein (DE) since 1992.


1960 Michael Kropp born in Cologne (Autodidact)

1966 Livia Kubach born in Bad Münster am Stein (daughter of artists’ couple Kubach-Wilmsen

1987-94 Studies of sculpting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Tony Cragg and Günther Uecker

Master class of Günther Uecker



Solo Exhibitions (Selection):


1992 Galerie Annelie Brusten, Wuppertal (DE)

1995 Galerie Regio, Freiburg i. Br. (DE)

1996 KUNST edition Waldherr, Kirchheimbolanden (DE)

Galerie Hennemann, Bonn (DE)

1997 Galerie Promotion des Arts Contemporains, Gesves (BE)

Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich-Bonstetten (CH)

LINE ART Gent, Piretti Art Gallery (BE)

1998 Piretti Art Gallery, Knokke le Zoute (BE)

Galerie Kontraste, Pietrasanta (IT)

Galerie Moderne, Bad Zwischenahn (DE)

Galerie Regio, Freiburg i. Br. (DE)

Galerie Hennemann, Bonn (DE)

LINE ART Gent, Piretti Art Gallery (BE)

1999 Galerie Liebau, Fulda-Burghaun (DE)

Schlossparkmuseum und Römerhalle, Bad Kreuznach (DE)

Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich-Bonstetten (CH)

Galerie Resy Muijsers, Tilburg (NL)

2000 Galerie Hennemann, Bad Homburg (DE)

Galerie Rosenkranz, Chemnitz (DE)

2001 CHIAROSCURO Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (US)

Galerie Meissner, Hamburg (DE)

2002 Galerie Rosenkranz, Chemnitz (DE)

Galerie Liebau, Fulda-Burghaun (DE)

CHIAROSCURO Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona (US)

Fischer Fine Art, Mougins (FR)

Galerie Hrobsky, Wien (AT)

2003 Galerie Winter, Wiesbaden (DE)

Piretti Art Gallery, Knokke le Zoute (BE)

Fischer Fine Art, Mougins (FR)

Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich-Bonstetten (CH)

2004 Orgel ART Museum, Windesheim (DE)

Galerie Melchior, Kassel (DE)

CHIAROSCURO Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (US)

2005 ART Karlsruhe, Galerie Hennemann, Karlsruhe (DE)

Galerie Hrobsky, Wien (AT)

2006 Galerie Noack, Mönchengladbach (DE)

Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich-Bonstetten (CH)

CHIAROSCURO Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (US)

Galerie Noran, Panker (DE)

Galerie Winter, Wiesbaden (DE)

2007 Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul (KR)

Galerie Noran, Panker (DE)

Beddington Fine Art, Bargemon (FR)

2008 Galerie Hrobsky, Wien (AT)

Galerie Winter, Wiesbaden (DE)

Märkisches Museum Witten (DE)

2009 Galerie Liebau, Fulda-Burghaun (DE)

ART Karlsruhe, Galerie Janzen (DE)

Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich-Bonstetten (CH)

Galerie Janzen, Wuppertal (DE)

2010 Livia Kubach & Michael Kropp: Skulpturen und Gerd Winter: Malerei, Kunstagentur Karin Melchior, Kassel (DE)

Galerie Moderne, Bad Zwischenahn (DE)

Galeria Anquins, Reus (ES)

Draenert Orangerie, Immenstaad (DE)

Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold, Riehen/Basel (CH)


Group Exhibitions (Selection):


1994 Kluvin Galleria, Heslinki (FI)

Autorengalerie München (DE)

1995 „Andere Orte“ Wuppertal (DE)

Bergische Kunstausstellung, Solingen (DE)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann (DE)

1996 ART 96 Strasbourg, Galerie Regio (FR)

Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Neuwied (DE)

„Das Haus“ Galerie Moderne, Bad Zwischenahn (DE)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann (DE)

1997 „Horizonte“ Kunst und Diakonie, Bad Säckingen (DE)

Museum für Sepulkralkultur, Kassel (DE)

Kunstverein Ludwigshafen (DE)

Landeszentralbank Mainz (DE)

Kunst Wien 97, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst (AT)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

1998 „Gefäße“ Galerie Moderne, Bad Zwischenahn (DE)

Carolinensaal Pirmasens (DE)

Galerie Resy Muijsers, Tilburg (NL)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

1999 RAI Art Fair, Amsterdam, Galerie Resy Muijsers (NL)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

2000 RAI Art Fair, Amsterdam, Galerie Resy Muijsers (NL)

Institut für lippische Landespflege, Schwalenberg (DE)

Galerie Meissner, Hamburg (DE)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

2001 RAI Art Fair, Amsterdam, Galerie Resy Muijsers (NL)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

2002 E-Werk Hallen für Kunst, Freiburg i. Br. (DE)

ART Frankfurt, Galerie Hennemann (DE)

ART Vienna, Galerie Hrobsky (AT)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

2003 „Horizonte“ Kunst und Diakonie, Bad Säckingen (DE)

Kunstmesse Zürich, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst (CH)

Galerie Resy Muijsers, Tilburg (NL)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

2004 „Köpfe“ Galerie Winter, Wiesbaden (DE)

Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul (KR)

AAF Contemporary Art Fair New York, CHIAROSCURO Gallery (US)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

2005 ART Frankfurt, Galerie Winter (DE)

ART Chicago, CHIAROSCURO Gallery (US)

Galerie Moderne, Bad Zwischenahn (DE)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

2006 ART Karlsruhe, Galerie Hennemann (DE)

Piretti Art Gallery, Knokke le Zoute (BE)

Galerie Liebau, Fulda-Burghaun (DE)

2007 ART Karlsruhe, Galerie Hennemann (DE)

JOS ART, Amsterdam (NL)

Beddington Fine Art, Bargemon (FR)

Fine Art Cologne, Galerie Winter (DE)

ART Cologne Köln, Galerie Hennemann

2008 ART Karlsruhe, Galerie Hennemann (DE)

JOS ART, Amsterdam (NL)

Galeria Kröger, Ascona (CH)

Parkraum, Düren (DE)

Landesgartenschau, Bingen (DE)

2009 Bad Ragartz Skulpturenausstellung, Bad Ragaz (CH)

ART Karlsruhe, Galerie Hennemann, Galerie Winter (DE)

2010 Kunstmesse Düsseldorf, Galerie Janzen (DE)

ART Karlsruhe, Galerie Winter (DE)

KUNST Zürich, Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich-Bonstetten (CH)

ART Strasbourg, Galeria Anquins, Reus (FR)

Munich Contempo Art Fair, Galerie Winter (DE)

«Farbe Blau» Galerie Winter, Wiesbaden (DE)

SCULPTURA 2010, Beckingen (DE)

Beddington Fine Art, Bargemon (FR)

Piretti Art Gallery, Knokke le Zoute (BE)


Works in public collections (selection):


Steinskulpturenpark, Bad Münster am Stein (DE)

Golfclub Nahetal, Bad Münster am Stein (DE)

Kurpark Bad Münster am Stein (DE)

Schlossparkmuseum, Bad Kreuznach (DE)

Innenstadt, Bad Kreuznach (DE)

Diakonie Werkstätten, Bad Sobernheim (DE)

Kirche St. Martin, Biebelsheim (DE)

Orgelmuseum, Windesheim (DE)

Justizvollzugsanstalt, Rohrbach (DE)

Firma Gemünden, Ingelheim (DE)

Paulinenstift, Nastätten (DE)

Skulpturenweg Rheinland-Pfalz, Pirmasens (DE)

Kultusministerium, Mainz (DE)

Landeszentralbank, Mainz (DE)

Kirche St. Barbara, Recklinghausen (DE)

KOGAG, Solingen (DE)

Main-Taunus Kliniken, Bad Soden (DE)

Finanzamt, Landau (DE)

Artothek der Stadt Oldenburg (DE)

CHIAROSCURO Sculpturegarden, Santa Fe, New Mexico (US)

GENZYME corp. Boston, Massachusetts (US)

Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch (DE)

HERAEUS, Hanau (DE)

HILTI, Liechtenstein (LI)

Villa Burgeff, Hochheim (DE)


For further information: www.kubach-kropp.de

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