17/03/2023 - 01/07/2023

Contemporary - Painting

Andreas Schulze - On Stage

Tue-Fri: 11-5pm

Schulze was influential in the Cologne art scene of the 1980s as part of the group of painters known as the ‘Neue Wilde’, alongside his contemporaries such as Albert Oehlen, Martin Kippenberger, Werner Büttner. He was the debut artist shown by Monika Sprüth when she first opened her gallery in Cologne in 1983, but has yet to receive a solo institutional show in the UK. The Perimeter show is his first in the UK in almost a decade and will also coincide with a solo exhibition opening at Sprüth Magers’ London space in April so it’s an interesting moment.

Occupying a unique painterly position between figuration and abstraction, Schulze’s work carefully explores the world of bourgeois mediocrity, turning the everyday into his own surreal visual worlds. The dazzling stage of entertainment meets trivial everyday aesthetics, and art-historical references collide with banal ornaments and knick-knacks: brick walls, velour carpets, standard lamps, rubber plants, cars in a traffic jam, and all kinds of everyday objects create the stages for worlds in which the familiar suddenly seems odd.

The Perimeter’s exhibition will explore the unlimited possibilities of painted environments through Schulze’s comically contrary perspective, including site specific installations that bring the ‘interiors’ of his work to life off the walls, plus a new bespoke work created specifically in response to the architecture of The Perimeter’s converted mews building.


Bloomsbury 20 Brownlow Mews, WC1N 2LE