Surreal hybrid living things from the plant world and the animal kingdom seduce and fascinate: Beauty and transience, anatomy and sexuality fuse together in the unique pictorial cosmos created by German-Romanian artist Miron Schmückle (b. 1966).
Since the beginning of his career, Schmückle has been consistently interacting with art history as well as with flora and fauna of faraway places. And yet, his creations do not come from nature but from the artist’s mind. The exhibition shows around 30 works oscillating between finely painted hyperrealism, precise observations of nature and a rich power of imagination.
The Romanian-German artist Miron Schmückle (b. in Sibiu/Hermannstadt in 1966) is among the singular protagonists of contemporary art. Growing up in Romania under Ceaușescu, already as a child he dreamt himself away to other worlds—worlds that, on the far side of the Iron Curtain, seemed forever inaccessible.
The virtually botanical approach of his depictions belies the fact that his complex creations originate not in nature but in fantasy. Based on his understanding and observations of nature with its widely differing colours, forms, and surface textures, they bear a relation to florilegia and exhibit similarities to Renaissance and Baroque plant and still-life painting of the kind once collected in cabinets of art and curiosities. With the series “Cosmic Attractors” (2023) carried out especially for the exhibition “Flesh for Fantasy”, the artist invites the visitors to partake of the spatial and temporal complexity of his floral figments of the imagination, which in his conception are three-dimensional. By arranging different large-scale views and visual manifestations of one and the same plant composition in space, he creates an installation in which viewers can literally witness the plants’ growth.
Dr Philipp Demandt (Director, Städel Museum)
About Miron Schmückle
Miron Schmückle (born in Sibiu/Hermannstadt in 1966) grew up in a German-Romanian home in Romania during the Ceaușescu dictatorship. In 1988 he fled to Germany by way of Hungary, and from 1991 to 1996 he studied with Professor Johannes Gebhardt in the ceramics class and with Professor Renate Anger in the experimental painting class at the Muthesius-Kunsthochschule (Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design) in Kiel. In 1994 Miron Schmückle studied with Marina Abramović in the performance class at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (University of Fine Arts) Hamburg as a guest student. He subsequently carried out a teaching assignment at the Saint Petersburg theatre academy (Interstudio – Zarskoje Selo).
He has lived and worked in Berlin since 2008. In 2016 he earned his doctorate at the Institut für Kunstwissenschaften of the Muthesius-Kunsthochschule in Kiel with a study of Joris Hoefnagel’s (1542–1600) miniatures. Miron Schmückle’s works have been on view in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Germany and abroad; the venues include the Kunsthalle München, the Kunstmuseum Bayreuth, the Brukenthal National Museum in Hermannstadt, the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, the Sprengel Museum Hannover, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Examples of his art are also found in several public and private art collections.
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