Jürgen Stollhans

Jürgen Stollhans is a German artist that lives and works in Cologne. In the 80s he studied painting in Münster with Norbert Tadeusz and sculpting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Erich Reusch. Stollhans compiles the results of his research on politics, contemporary history and science into drawings, collages, animations and installations in which motifs from various fields collide. Thereby his work allows for the influx of both history and the present, art and daily life, or elements of biography and evolution theory. He develops branched analogies, exploits images, links signs and meanings, and distorting and translating them anew, he ferrets out the paradoxes and absurdities. Stollhans creates using his own archive, comprised of sketchbooks, newspaper articles, photographs and found objects, which he has accumulated over the course of different research trips and lines of inquiry. His works often take up local references or are based on questions arising from the exhibition venue. His works were shown in various national and international solo and group exhibitions, including at Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2016); Suzhou Museum of Art, China (2016); Busan Biennale, South Korea (2012); documenta12, Kassel (2007); LAnormalidad, Buenos Aires (2006), and currently at the Lehmbruck-Museum in Duisburg. He was awarded the Konrad-von-Soest-Preis (2014) and received the grant of Stiftung Kunstfonds (2003).