Most of my life I have been occupied with art.
I graduated in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich and studied
economics at the Steinbeis College, Berlin and SDA Bocconi, Milan.
No more newness. Let's get unique!
When I was a student at art school, most of us were very concerned about
creating something new and exciting with our art. When we
had finished a painting we started asking ourselves questions like "Well,
this looks good, but is there any kind of newness about it?"
20 years later, same thing.
In the art world, quite a few people are still bothered by
this strange question.
I think that this is not a relevant way
to approach art:
'new = exciting' inevitably will transform into 'old = boring' after some
What seems to be new today often turns out to be only fashionable; pushed to
public attention by following some kind of crowd behaviour. Just think about
of how many artists had been en vogue for some time during the last decades
- later on, hardly anybody has been paying attention to their work.
When I look at a piece of art, I don't care whether it's supposedly hot or
Neither do I want to be primed by elaborate explanations in advance.
I am just going to take a look and see what happens.
Sometimes, that is not as easy as it sounds. There are voices in my head,
which keep telling me stuff like "Quite a few top artists at this gallery" -
"This painting is really expensive" - "She started her career in ..." - and
so on. But that's not really important.
In my eyes an exciting artwork just has to be exciting for me. The first
time, when I look at it and every other time. Vibrant with life, featuring a
sense of uniqueness.
Regardless of its price or at what time it was created - if it makes me
feel, that the artist has really found an authentic way to express his
personal response to life, then it gets my full appreciation. Hot and young.