Over a hundred years ago, Lenbachplatz played an important role for Munich artists. The nearby Künstlerhaus was a meeting place for the art scene and the “Malerfürsten” (“painter princes”), whose often large-scale paintings set the tone for Munich in the late 19th century.
Artist Stefanie Ullmann refers to this history in her work “snowy”. She transforms one of her 50 x 50 cm paintings into the 5 x 5 m billboard. The back of the billboard reveals that it is an enlarged stretcher painting that now towers over Lenbachplatz on two “stilts”. The front shows a composition in a reduced formal language and colourful complexity. The direct application of paint straight from the tube onto the unprimed canvas is visible on both sides of the image carrier, with materiality taking centre stage. Stefanie Ullmann’s “standing canvas” thus addresses the medium of painting itself and refers to its development over the past 100 years.
Stefanie Ullmann, born in 1974, lives and works in Munich.