Brigitte Kühlewind Brennenstuhl • BKB

BRIGITTE KÜHLEWIND BRENNENSTUHL [BKB]
Born in Veckenstedt (former East Germany) in 1949.
She lives and works in the Pyrénées-Orientales.

Biography

She was trained in East Germany during the period of legitimisation of a “socialist nation” in a “socialist state”. In 1968 she first completed her training as a draughtswoman in mechanical engineering. In 1971 she graduated as a designer from the Professional School for Advertising and Modeling in Berlin-Schöneweide. From 1973 to 1975, she studied Art at the Institute of Fine Arts in Berlin-Weissensee, with a major in graphic design. From 1976 she worked as a freelance graphic designer.
In parallel to her work as a graphic designer, she developed her own artistic research and began to exhibit her work in 1980.
She left East Germany in 1986 after spending a year in the Hoheneck women’s prison, where she was imprisoned for attempting to escape to the West.
From 1987 she exhibits in Italy and Switzerland where she taught painting between 1989 and 1991 in Zürich . Then moves to France where she shows her work from 1992 and taught painting in different places.

“My work is always very personal.”
“I want to expose my past, nothing extraordinary though, we were rubes, normal people with everyone’s problems, what interests me are the relationships in the family, the things in life, the fears.”
“Searching for who I am has become my life.”

Solo Exhibitions

2020
“Quand Freud voit la mer”, Galerie Odile Oms, Céret, France

2017
Galerie Odile Oms, Céret, France

2014
Cloister of Ilsenburg, Harz-Germany
Galerie MLS Bordeaux, France

2013
Cloister of Saint-Genis-des Fontaines, France

2012
Maison du Chevalier, Carcassonne, France
Casa Carrère, Bages, France

2009
Le Fort de Bellegarde, Le Perthus, France
Galerie Tenyidor, Collioure, France

2007
Galerie Therese Roussel, Perpignan, France

2006
Maison des Arts Bages-Aude, France

2004
“Alte Bischofsburg” Museum, Wittstock, Germany

2002
“Altes Pfarrhaus”, Buchs, Switzerland

2001
Contemporary Art Center, St.Cyprien, France

1999
“L’art en stalles”, Pouzac Bagneres-de-Bigorre, France
Perigord Museum, Perigueux, France
Galerie du Pillier Rouge, Le Mans, France
Le Méliès Cinema, Pau, France

1998
“Voutes Poyennes”, Bordeaux, France

1997
Galerie La Passerelle, Tours, France
“Chapel of the Carmel”, Tarbes, France

1996
“Temple du Goût”, Nantes, France

1995
Pavillon du Verdurier, Limoges, France

1992
Galerie Coppola, Perigueux, France

1991
Art Gallery A. Imhof, Wädenswil, Switzerland

1987
Circolo Galluppi, Tropea, Italy

1985
Hohenzieritz Castle, former East Germany

1982
“Kleine Galerie”, Zossen, former East Germany

1980
Pritzwalk Museum, former East Germany

Group Exhibitions [selection]

2020
“L’esprit du lieu, 20 artistes pour 2020”, Musée Rigaud, Perpignan, France

2015
“Narcisse, le pouvoir de l’autoportrait”, Walter Benjamin Contemporary Art Center, Perpignan, France

2013
ArtZ D’EUS, France

2008
“El centre del Món”, Contemporary Art Center “A cent mètres du monde”, Perpignan, France

2004
Art-Café Verteillac with Rosy Leventon, France
Pujols Castle on Dordogne, France
“Artothèque Conseil Général de la Gironde”, France

2001
“Salon Réalitées nouvelles”, Paris, France

1998
Embassy of Switzerland, Paris, France
Kandler Gallery, International Contemporary Art Fair, Francfort/Main, Germany

1997
Franco-Swiss exhibition, Bordeaux, France
Kandler Gallery, Toulouse, France

1995
“Salon Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui”, Paris, France

1994
Kulturarche Gallery, Prenzlau, Germany

1987
“Art of today”, Budapest, Hungary

1986
“Arts of the Eastern Bloc Countries”, Stuttgart, former Federal Republic of Germany

1985
East German Cultural Centre Pedrosovodsk, USSR
Neubrandenburg District Exhibition, former East Germany

1984
Cultural Centre of the GDR, Prague, Czechoslovakia

1983
Museum Schwerin, former East Germany
Gallery Pferdemarkt, Neubrandenburg, former East Germany

Edition

Brigitte Kühlewind Brennenstuhl, « Entends-tu ? », Refuge des Cortalets, Edition Voix Editions, 2017
Mountain Drawing Encounters 2017
Each year, “Les Rencontres du dessin de montagne” invite four artists to spend three days in a refuge to draw. The results of this work are collected in the form of drawing books. Over time, they constitute a collection that highlights drawing, artists and the landscapes of the Catalan mountains. The refuges are located in the territory of the Natural Park of the Catalan Pyrenees and Canigó Grand Site de France. — Voix Editions

Public Collections

Schwerin Museum,  Germany
“Zentrum Bildende Kunst Neubrandenburg”, Germany
Land Bade-Würtenberg, Germany
“Conseil Géneral de la Gironde”, France
“Collection St.Cyprien”, Pyrenées Orientales, France
“Conseil Général de la Dordogne”, France
“Conseil Général des Pyrenées Orientales”, France
City of Le Perthus, France
City of Collioure, France

Private Collections

Australia, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, U.S.A.

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