• Tanja Rochelmeyer

    Germany, b.1975

    Annett Zinsmeister was born in Stuttgart, currently lives and works in Berlin. Annett studied visual arts, architecture, culture and media science in Berlin. Graduation from the Berlin University of Visual Arts + Design. Since 2003 she is professor at divers art schools and universities and is teaching internationally Visual Art, Photography, Design, Architecture, Culture and Media theory. Space and Architecture are central topics, the artist is dealing with in her large-scale installations, photography, drawings, collages and films. She is the author of numerous interdisciplinary books and is known for the combination of diverse disciplines such as architecture, art, and media studies. Her work has been published internationally and are part of exhibitions and art collections worldwide, e.g. at the MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York.


    Annett Zinsmeister is interested in the meaning of architecture and space, in the history, tradition, and innovation, the social and political background and structure of spatial constructions. She's interested in the origins, the forms, and effects of everyday rituals, their effects, and forces of habit. Fascinated by places of transition, places with a certain past and uncertain future, in and with her work, she investigates historical and contemporary developments of the perception and design of space, especially in connection with new technologies. Her works in form of installations, sculptures, images, films, etc. are challenging our perception and understanding of space and open up new approaches to supposedly familiar themes. 


    Her artistic work is representing an amalgam of art, architecture, and cultural studies: In creating large scale installations, conceptual and built spaces, photography, drawings, films, collages and texts, she is merging theoretical research with conceptual art practice that has an extraordinary effect: the installations and pieces have an immersive impact on the viewer. They challenge human perception and unexceptional habits. Recurring fundamentals in her oeuvre are for example the use and creation of modular principles and the strategy of deconstruction and recomposition.


    Her work is very much conceptually shaped: both the raising of central questions and the process itself are fundamental artistic aspects. As opposed to purely conceptual art, her works are effective (wirken) – on an aesthetic level. The art historian Beat Wyss called her installations “sublime” in Edmund Burke’s sense, since to an extreme degree they exercise a strong effective power (Wirkungsmacht) on the observer. In the first moment of observation, the intellectual and conceptual background of the work does not play a large role. The work takes effect – it stands for itself. A closer look, however, reveals an internal density which determines the work of art, and in which the observer can enter and sink into – yet does not have to.


    A majority of her collages and installations are based on her photographs of architecture in urban spaces all over the world. She started with a documentation of Plattenbau in 1993, when its demolition and restoration became an important subject in architectural practice. She worked with these photographs in using different techniques of changing and multiplicating pictorial elements. Through this process the images oscillate between document and artifact. 


    Zinsmeister has been fascinated by the history of panorama as a machine of perception. The idea to realize an installation in turning the outside (facade) into a room or inner space came up in the late nineties. She began to design a wallpaper series with Plattenbau facades and started to melt exterior and interior in creating wallpaper installations and projections in different spaces; she wanted to create an experimental and sensual space, an extreme and pure space where this architecture's serial aspects could simultaneously unfold the cruelty of endless repetition and the aesthetics of the minimal. The oscillation between restricted monotony and the fascinating beauty of a structural and serial pattern made the work into a tightrope walk for the visitor who often found himself or herself between two extreme effects.


    The tremendously immersive space installations called virtual interiors can be experienced in different ways: as a real space installation or an illuminated picture, as a play with the intersection of real space experience and virtual space impression and the construction of spatial representation. This visual and spatial experience is a tight trope walk between fascination and irritation, between insecurity and marvel, between attraction and rejection!

    The entire volume of the space is wallpapered: floor, ceiling, wall. Suddenly, one could not differentiate top and bottom, and inside and outside, thus densifying the space by repetition of facades, panels, modules to the extreme.


    Final work of Plattenbau series is Container Project. The idea to bring Plattenbau and Container together came because the container embodies a kind of transfer of goods and cultures that can appear anywhere in the world. The consequence was to also understand the container as a space that could integrate the plattenbau facades. The idea of Container Project emanates from the plattenbau as serial architecture that actually no longer has a place. The plattenbau stands in for a displacement of architecture, because it can be applied anywhere in the world. These are, all utopian architectures, or at least many of them, not location specific and can appear anywhere, which is actually a very global idea.

  • 2020 Tanja Rochelmeyer – Surface to Air, Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Backnang (Cat.) 

    2019 Tanja Rochelmeyer – Surface to Air, Kunstverein Leverkusen Schloss Morsbroich,  Leverkusen (Cat.) 

    2018 Tanja Rochelmeyer, Kunstverein Coburg 

    2018 Tanja Rochelmeyer, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf 

    2016 Polyfokale Räume, LAProjects – Galerie für internationale Gegenwartskunst, Landshut  New Works, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin 

    2015 Architrav, fahnemann projects, Berlin  

    2014 Tanja Rochelmeyer, fahnemann projects, Berlin  

    2013 Neue Arbeiten, fahnemann projects, Berlin 

    2013 Tanja Rochelmeyer, Studio d'Arte Cannaviello, Mailand 

    2012 Awe/ Rochelmeyer, fahnemann projects, Berlin 

    2011 Tektonik, fahnemann projects, Berlin 

    2010 Beyond Space, loop - raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin 

    Solo Exhibitions

    2020 Alptraum, Torrance Art Museum – TAM, Torrance, CA, United States 

    2019 salondergegenwart, Hamburg 

    2019 Ornament + Abstraktion, ALEXANDER OCHS PRIVATE, Berlin 

    2019 abstraction – reflection – transgression, LA projects, Landshut, Germany

    2019 Alptraum, La Estacion arte contemporáneo, leac, Chihuahua, Mexico

    2019 SPA & BEAUTY, Galerie Hartwich, Sellin

    2019 Eigenbedarf, Uferstudios, Berlin-klondyke

    2019 +1, Safe Gallery, Berlin

    2019 Zwischen den Jahren, ALEXANDER OCHS PRIVATE, Berlin, Germany

    2018 Artists Against Aids / Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

    2018 Ufer Open, Uferstudios, Berlin

    2018 Künstler der Galerie, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin

    2017 Neue Abstraktion, Campau, Flad, Rochelmeyer, Projektraum Deutscher

    2017 Künstlerbund, Berlin

    2017 Wir nennen es Arbeit, Opere Scelte, Turin, Italien

    2017 Surf, Galerie Hartwich, Sellin auf Rügen

    2017 Architecture and Abstraction, 68Projects, Berlin

    2016 Die Geschichte hat einen Fehler, zu viele Erzähler, Kunstverein Gütersloh

    2016 35 Jahre Galerie Fahnemann, Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin

    2016 Struktion, Kühlhaus Berlin

    2015 Works in White, Schau Fenster, Berlin

    2015 Synthetic Fields, Kunsthalle/PLU41 Berlin

    2015 Abstractur, Vitamin Kunst-Projekte, Reutlingen

    2015 Neue Malerei aus Deutschland, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam

    2015 Alptraum, Salon de Lirio, Goa, Indien

    2015 Statements - 2. New Paintings from Germany, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong, China (Kat.)

    2015 Weiter, Galerie Knöse, Köln

    2015 Konrad/ Muche/ Rochelmeyer, Kunsthaus Essen, Essen

    2015 Alptraum, Salon de Lirio, Goa

    2015 Alptraum, Visual Voice Gallery, Montreal, Kanada

    2014 Pragmatic Painting, Galerie Knut Hartwich, Sellin auf Rügen

    2014 Neue Abstraktion, Galleria Interno 18, Cremona

    2014 Alptraum, UGM Maribor Art Gallery, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art,


    2013 A Time of Gifts, Märkisches Museum Witten

    2013 Erkundung und Spiel. Nonfigurative Malerei und Objekte, St. Marienkirche, Frankfurt/Oder

    2013 Berlin - Klondyke, Alte Baumwollspinnerei, Werkschau-Halle, Leipzig

    2013 Die Heimsuchung, Galerie Hartwich, Sellin auf Rügen

    2013 Ostrale 013, Areal der Messe Dresden

    2013 Dritter Internationaler André-Evard-Kunstpreis, Kunsthalle Messmer, Riegel

    2013 Alptraum, ArtSpace RheinMain - Halle für zeitgenössische Kunst, Offenbach

    2012 Grahnert / Hellmich / Messmann/ Rochelmeyer, Galerie Scharmann, Köln

    2012 Losito Kunstpreis, Großes Waisenhaus, Potsdam

    2012 Alptraum, Goethe Institut Johannesburg, Südafrika

    2012 Abstract Confuion, Neue Galerie Gladbeck

    2012 Alptraum, Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City, Philippinen

    2012 Berlin Status I, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (Kat.)

    2012 Abstract Confuion, Kunsthalle Erfurt

    2012 Remarks, SCHAU FENSTER - Schauraum für Kunst, Berlin

    2011 Alptraum, Projektraum Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin

    2011 Alptraum, The Company, Los Angeles, USA

    2011 Abstract Confuion, B05 Kunst- und Kulturzentrum, Montabaur (Kat.)

    2011 Alptraum, blank projects, Kapstadt, Südafrika

    2011 Abstract Confuion, Kunstverein Ulm

    2011 Halleluwah - Hommage an CAN, ABTART, Stuttgart (Kat.)

    2011 Neue Abstraktion, fahnemann projects, Berlin (Kat.)

    2011 Halleluwah - Hommage an CAN, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

    2010 Mixed, Märkisches Museum, Witten (Kat.)

    2010 2. Internationaler André-Evard- Kunstpreis, messmer foundation, Kunsthalle Riegel

    2010 Mixed, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam

    2010 Re-Entry. Color, Form and Object, loop - raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin

    Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Works

     O.T. (0619) 70 x 53 cm|2019 | Acrylic Glass, Acrylic Paint


    Could W100 x 75cm|2017 | Acrylic Glass, Acrylic Paint
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