Devoted entirely to the portrait, this exhibition gathers a wide variety of creative expressions offered in this genre.
To this day, the portrait has remained one of the most important, ever reinvigorated artistic forms of representation.
It is a recurring figure in countless creative concepts. In light of the current lack of face-to-face encounters,
it was with great pleasure that we delved into the subject of portraiture.

Portraits | Mar 4
– May 8, 2021


Installation views by Wilfried Petzi.
The exhibition is sponsored by: NEUSTART KULTUR and Stiftung Kunstfonds

Installation view
'Portraits' - group exhibition - at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle

Slawomir Elsner
Portrait of a Young Woman as a Wise Virgin, 2021

54,7 x 47,5 cm,
Color pencil on paper

Slawomir Elsner
Selbstbildnis I, 2021

51.40 x 34.20 cm | 20 1/4 x 13 1/2 in
Color pencil on paper

Installation view
'Portraits' - group exhibition - at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle on the 1st floor

Goshka Macuga
International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation, Configuration 19, End of Systems: Ada Lovelace, 2016

Bronze heads and poles

Goshka Macuga
International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation, Configuration 16, First Man: Yuri Gagarin, 2016

Bronze heads and poles

Martin Creed
Work No. 299, 2003

56.7 x 85.3 cm
Photographic print
Ed. 8/10 + 1 AP

Florin Mitroi
30.VII.1987

55 x 42 cm
Tempera on canvas

A.O.: R is the title of the new sculptural portrait by Thomas Zipp and stands for Abstract Object, on whose shoulders the artist places an aggressive rolling R like an angry pet, in the spirit of Dadaism: as if the work reflected our current situation.

Thomas Zipp
A.O.: R, 2020

125 x 105 x 5 cm
Acrylic, oil, aluminum, rubber, lacquer on linen, artist frame
back side

Florian Süssmayr
Die Frauen vom Finanzamt München IV, Deroystrasse, 2021

100 x 80 cm
Oil on canvas

Florian Süssmayr
Die Frauen vom Finanzamt München IV, Deroystrasse, 2021

100 x 80 cm | 39 1/3 x 31 1/2 in
oil on canvas

Installation view
'Portraits' - group exhibition - at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle

Stephan Balkenhol
Alice in Wonderland / Alice, 1989

230 x 138 x 84 cm | 90 1/2 x 54 1/3 x 33 in
Wawa wood
Unique

Stephan Balkenhol
Alice in Wonderland / Rabbit , 1989

154 x 104 x 64 cm | 60 2/3 x 41 x 25 1/4 in
Wawa wood
Unique

Ma Ke
Game 2, 2012

109 x 79 cm
Oil on cardboard

Stephan Balkenhol
Lola Montez, 2021

76 x 60 x 3 cm
Wawa Wood
Unique

Stephan Balkenhol
R.W. Fassbinder, 2021

76 x 60 x 3 cm
Wawa Wood
Unique

Installation view
'Portraits' - group exhibition - at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle on the 1st floor

Leiko Ikemura
Sleep, 2020

15 x 27 x 18 cm
Glass
4/4

Leiko Ikemura
Kitsune, 2020

20 x 32 x 13 cm
Glass
4/5

Leiko Ikemura
C.H.R., 2019

40 x 30 cm
Tempera on untreated cotton

Leiko Ikemura
C.H.R., 2019

40 x 30 cm
Tempera on untreated cotton

Sophie Reinhold
Basic portrait of a very young woman, 2017

77 x 60 cm
Oil and marble powder on canvas

Thomas Struth
The Felsenfeld / Gold Families, Philadelphia, 2007

140.2 x 179 cm
C-print
Edition 5/10

Thomas Ruff approached the subject in the 1980s, opting for a neutral representation of a frontal halflenghts free of any semblance of emotion, gesture, or facial expression. He showed the surface—but not the individual features—of the depicted person in large-format works, thus questioning the original intent of portrait photography. In contrast, Thomas Struth portrays individuals, couples, and families with a plate camera and long exposure. His images attest to the empathy with which he deals with his models; they evoke psychological depth and present the subjects in private and intimate surroundings, like 2007’s The Felsenfeld / Gold Families, Philadelphia, shown in this exhibition.

Thomas Ruff
Porträt (A. Zeitler), 1998

210 x 165 cm
Chromogenic print
Edition 1/4

Thomas Ruff
Porträt (T.Djordjadze), 1999

24 x 18 cm
Chromogenic print
Unlimited

Installation view
'Portraits' - group exhibition - at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle

Eberhard Havekost
ohne Titel (K), 2018/2019

60 x 34 cm
Oil on canvas

Florian Süssmayr
Die Frauen vom Finanzamt München IV, Deroystrasse, 2021

100 x 80 cm
Oil on canvas

Florian Süssmayr
Die Frauen vom Finanzamt München IV, Deroystrasse, 2021

100 x 80 cm
Oil on canvas

Thomas Helbig
Grosses Mädchen, 2009

250 x 205 x 6 cm
Lacquer and oil on wood

Using his inimitably strong, abstract-leaning style of painting, Czech painter Jan Merta has created a haunting portrait of the writer and poet Daniil Charms. Merta expertly ties his work in with the Russian avant-garde, as if he himself were a member of the artist collective OBERIU, or Union of Real Art, which Charms cofounded.

Jan Merta
Obrácený Daniil Charms / Daniil Charms – Inverted Portrait, 2012-2020

110 x 90 cm
Oil on canvas

Steven Claydon
Hebdomeros, 2010/2013

76 x 76 cm
Etched and enamelled patinated bronze
unique

Alex Katz
Ada, 2012

127.1 x 101.6 cm
Oil on canvas

Alex Katz
Mel, 2005

36.8 x 53.3 cm
Charcoal on paper

Alex Katz
Red Hat (Tarajia), 2013

55.88 x 40.64 cm
Charcoal on paper

Installation view
'Portraits' - group exhibition - at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle

Leiko Ikemura
Cindy, 2015

70 x 50 cm
Tempera on untreated cotton

Leiko Ikemura
Joseph, 2015

60 x 50 cm
Tempera on untreated cotton

Helene Appel
Fischfilet, 2020

25 x 12.5 cm
Encaustic and oil on linen

Helene Appel
Fleisch, 2021

13.5 x 13.5 cm
Encaustic and oil on linen

Installation view
'Portraits' - group exhibition - at Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle

Janis Avotins
Untitled G, 2011

62 x 109 cm
Oil on canvas

Installation view
Left: Thomas Helbig / middle: Ma Ke / right: Stephan Balkenhol