Tim Freiwald
(Germany, b. 1986)

Graduated from the Fine Arts at the Munich Art Academy, Tim Freiwald now work and live in Berlin. Tim Freiwald's creative process involves "destruction, decomposition, and reconstruction" generating negative spaces in his works, constantly exploring the questions of whether "destruction can still be beautiful" and "what is art." Fragments, fractured lines, and delicate structures, all portrayed through intense colors, define his aesthetic style of destructiveness. Freiwald mentioned “I want the paintings to be on the verge of physical collapse so that they only become stable through the painterly attraction between their elements.” In 2011, Tim Freiwald received the BMW Brilliance Automotive Art Award. In 2014, he became a student of the artist Thomas Scheibitz. In 2018, Tim Freiwald was awarded the New Positions prize at the Art Cologne, a prestigious art exhibition in Cologne. Tim Freiwald has already held significant solo exhibitions at various European venues including Walter Storms Galerie in Munich, exhibited at the Kunsthalle Bremerhaven in Bremen.

Galerie Münsterland SOLID FICTION

Freiwald's works emerge from the intellectual ping pong-like process of action and reaction. Just as Fontana once slashed his canvases, Freiwald saws, cuts and scorches his, only to reassemble them using paint, wood, plastics and metal. “I want the paintings to be on the verge of physical collapse so that they only become stable through the painterly attraction between their elements.” The image here is a fragile pictorial structure; it seems to break into fragments, line splinters, angles and islands of color. Yet, it is held together by the playful and highly-volatile spirit that characterizes this kind of painting, as well as by the compact physique of the object-like image.

Tim Freiwald's studio

The viewer’s gaze is guided in different directions through reduced color lines, which are as appealing as they are enigmatic. Because Freiwald does not shy away from the destruction of the image surface; artistic beauty and violence are artistically juxtaposed and the chimerical horror is artistically banned, qualities that may reflect the prevailing zeitgeist. Aesthetically speaking, an anarchic Dadaist spirit lives on in Freiwald’s work.

Freiwald breaks the limits of traditional painting in a destructive way

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020 Schmetterling, Bluerider ART, Taipei, Taiwan
2020 Tim Freiwald, exhibition and book presentation, Walter Storms Galerie, Munich
2020 Keeping Things Whole, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven
2019 Painting. 3 Positions, Walter Storms Galerie, Munich (with Steven Aalders and Marco Gastini)
2019 Broken Hard Drive, Conrads Gallery, Düsseldorf
2018 Chimaerica, International Artist House Villa Concordia, Bamberg
2018 NEW POSITIONS, Art Cologne
2017 Attracting Samples, Walter Storms Gallery, Munich
2015 Save Your Best Friends, Big Pond Artworks Gallery, Munich
2014 How to Play with Skyscrapers, Kunstvilla im KunstKulturQuartier, Nuremberg (Catalog)
2013 Go Ahead Young Man, Weltraum, Munich
2010 If You Can Talk About It, Why Paint It?, City Gallery, Neuburg a. d. Donau

Selected Group Exhibition

2020 Solid Fiction, Emsdettener Kunstverein, Emsdetten
2020 Kollernow, Koller International Auctions, Munich
2019 tna 2 (Tiefe nach Außen 2), Kunstverein Aichach, Aichach
2019 Farbrausch. Eine Feldstudie, Galerie Kleiner von Wiese, Berlin
2019 Tiefe Nach Aussen II, Kunstverein Aichach
2019 Farbrausch, Kleiner von Wiese Gallery, Berlin
2018 Salon der Gegenwart, Hamburg
2017 40 Years – Walter Stroms Gallery, Munich
2016 Tiefe Nach Aussen, Galerie der Künstler, BBK Munich
2016 Art Cologne, Walter Storms Gallery, Cologne
2015 Concrete Jungle, Walter Storms Galllery, Munich
2015 The First Years of Professionality, Galerie der Künstler, Munich
2014 First Glimps, Big Pond Artworks Gallery, Munich
2014 Tacker, Galerie der Künstler, Munich Debütanten 2014, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
2013 Dreh and Angel, Satellit der Plattform, Munich
2013 Take the Manet and Run, Exam Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich New Munich
Painting V, Stefan Vogdt Gallery, Munich
2012 Underworld, F 5,6, Gallery, Munich
2011 Szenenwechsel #01, Goethe-Institut, Munich
2011 New Munich Painting III, Stefan Vogdt Gallery, Munich Cusanuswerk, Galerie im
Volkspark, Halle
2010 Find a place you trust, then try trusting it for a while, Kulturwerkstatt Haus 10,
2009 Grosse Schlossaustellung, Dachau
2009 Bavarian Show, Modern Art Gallery, Los Angeles
2008 Junge Kunst 18- 28, Klenzepark, Ingolstadt
2008 Altbau oder Neuland, Neuland, Munich (Catalog) Jahresausstellung, Kunstverein


2018 Artist in Residence International Artist House Villa Concordia, Bamberg
2018 Sponsorship Programme, NEW POSITIONS, Art Cologne 2018
2016 Exhibition Grant, Ritter Collection
2015 Grant The First Years of Professionality, BBK München (Catalog)
2014 Debut Grant – Debütantenförderung, BKK Nuremberg (Solo Exhibition, Catalog)
2013 Prize Examenspreis Outstanding Artistic Achievement, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
2011 Prize BMW Brilliance Automotive Art Award, Shenyang, China
2009 Grant Oscar Karl Forster Scolarship
2008 Prize Jung Artists 18-28, BBK Ingolstadt

Dialogue : Elsa v.s. Tim Freiwald

Trailer: Schmetterling – Tim Freiwald First Solo exhibition 9.26-12.12

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