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b. 1970, Germany

Silke Otto-Knapp Biography

Silke Otto-Knapp (b. 1970, Osnabrück, Germany) is a painter who works in the medium of watercolour on canvas. Otto-Knapp produces landscape paintings as well as paintings based on historical documentations of stage design and performance. Unlike traditional watercolorists, Otto-Knapp applies layers of watercolour that are washed down and then applied anew. These countless coats produce the coexistence of conflicting concepts of space—surface and depth, contour and corporeality, distance and closeness, reality and figurativeness—which give rise to a tension between the motif and the picture surface. Otto-Knapp’s recent solo museum exhibitions include Museo Marino Marini, Florence; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Camden Art Center, London (all 2014); and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2013).

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, This Corrosion, Modern Art, Helmet Row, London (6 March–30 May 2020). Courtesy Modern Art. 

Silke Otto-Knapp Featured Artworks

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Moontrail (Trio A) by Silke Otto-Knapp contemporary artwork
Silke Otto-KnappMoontrail (Trio A), 2010Watercolor and gouache on canvas
140.5 x 160.5 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Enquire about this work
Dress (Large Flowers) by Silke Otto-Knapp contemporary artwork
Silke Otto-KnappDress (Large Flowers), 2018Watercolor on canvas
60 x 45.3 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Enquire about this work
Landscape (black) by Silke Otto-Knapp contemporary artwork
Silke Otto-KnappLandscape (black), 2018Watercolor on canvas
80.4 x 100.2 cm
Taka Ishii Gallery Enquire about this work
Normalbühne (after Schwitters) by Silke Otto-Knapp contemporary artwork
Silke Otto-KnappNormalbühne (after Schwitters), 2017Watercolour on canvas
160 x 180 cm
Modern Art Enquire about this work
Two Figures by Silke Otto-Knapp contemporary artwork
Silke Otto-KnappTwo Figures, 2020Watercolour on canvas
150 x 100 cm
Galerie Buchholz Enquire about this work
What are the directions on a map? by Silke Otto-Knapp contemporary artwork
Silke Otto-KnappWhat are the directions on a map?, 2020Watercolour on paper
40 x 30 cm
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What are the directions on a map? by Silke Otto-Knapp contemporary artwork
Silke Otto-KnappWhat are the directions on a map?, 2020Watercolour on paper
40 x 30 cm
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Landscape (Midnight Sun) by Silke Otto-Knapp contemporary artwork
Silke Otto-KnappLandscape (Midnight Sun), 2014Landscape (Midnight Sun)
135 x 153 x 5.5 cm
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Silke Otto-Knapp Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, This Corrosion at Modern Art, London
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6 March–30 May 2020 Group Exhibition This Corrosion Modern Art, Helmet Row
Contemporary art exhibition, Silke Otto-Knapp, What are the directions on a map? at Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Closed
14 February–11 April 2020 Silke Otto-Knapp What are the directions on a map? Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
Closed
25 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary: Survived! Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

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