Franziska Reinbothe Germany, b. 1980

Franziska Reinbothe is a conceptual painter whose practice can be described as expanded painting. Her folded, inverted and cut canvases question the traditional use of the medium and literally show it from another side. 


At once serious and analytical, yet deeply humorous, this approach generates new perspectives and invites a changed way of looking at things. The distinctly spatial component of Reinbothe's works provokes a sense of relating and an active mode of reception. The strong, rich colours of the works support this impression of immediacy and emphasise the object images in their monumentality. In this way, an ambivalence between hardness and fragility, lightness and and confusion and wit is created.


"For me, the picture does not have to be a square. Actually, it can take on any form and still remain primarily a picture for me. Space plays a big role in my work, but in a sense related to the picture itself."


Franziska Reinbothe was born in Berlin in 1980. She studied painting and fine arts at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, where she received her master's degree in 2013. Since 2019, the artist has been an artistic associate at the HGB. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions at Kunstverein Lüneburg, Lüneburg (2019) and Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest (2018). The artist has been exhibited in group exhibitions at Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2020); Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (2019); Kunstverein Schwerin (2019); Kunsthalle Rostock (2018) and Sächsisches Staatsmuseum für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Dresden (2018; 2016). In 2018, the artist was awarded the prize of the Kunsthalle Rostock. Franziska Reinbothe lives and works in Leipzig, DE.