Mia Hochrein, the german scholarship holder 2006

Just four (!!!!) weeks left until the exhibition opening and we still have a couple of scholarship holders left to present on this blog. The photograph and presentation below about Mia Hochrein are both taken from the German Contemporary catalogue./Christina


”Collecting, archiving, forging connections between
locations, people and periods — these are the artistic
tools Mia Hochrein employs to approach the grand
concepts of time and space.
Underway, in search of contextual correlatives,
her artistic work usually begins site-specific in nature.
Only during the creative process itself does she
determine which medium and which formal language
are to be used for the given piece. Graphic works, objects,
installations, performances, interventions, projects and
artist’s books are the causatum.
Mia Hochrein liberates the ugly, the unloved, the
superfluous, the discarded and the broken from vanishing
while bestowing them, through the integration into her
artistic work, a new significance, a new function — or
simply a smile. In her performances, she frequently takes
on the role of a commonplace cleaning lady, huntress,
researcher or saleslady and, in her public appearance,
ulteriorly intervenes in everyday events so as to
make fragments of memory once again tangible and/or
to leave unanswered perplexities in her wake.
Mia Hochrein studied fine arts and visual communications
at the Kunsthochschule Kassel [Art University of
Kassel] and now resides in a small town.”
words by dr. Astrid Scherpf
Cultural Manager, district of Rhön-Grabfeld


Susanne Bockelmann, the german scholarship holder 2008 and 2009

The following text and picture are taken from the final proof of the German Contemporary Catalogue that will be printed any day now! See more artworks and read more about Susanne Bockelmann on her webpage /Christina

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Susanne Bockelmann. Photo by Dieter Weinstock

”The art of Susanne Bockelmann is introverted in nature,
but not in a seclusionary manner, in confinement, as it
were; rather, it is on its own on open terrain. With a universal
gaze from which work is nurtured, the diversity lies in its
fields of expression: painting, color pencil drawing, scissorcutting
and collaged work, ceramic medallion-making, vessel-
making, linocut, etching. Multifarious, the appearance as
well: clearly outlined spatial densities and freely drawn lines,
the overlapping of that which loosely hangs and bends, the
scoring and how the glaze settles within it.
The beings that she paints reside within their thus-prepared
habitats quite naturally. Categorically freely-formed beings, relaxed
and impulsive, apparently tossed into life, into an existence
as a presence that cannot explain itself and, instead, remains
enigmatic like all impulses that one perceives. […] They are innate
with the naturalness that results from such an intuitive birth.
A rooting experience of fertility that confronts us in the
work of Susanne Bockelmann is the amalgamation of autonomous,
individual pieces into a consummate entirety; into
the collage that she assembles from that which is encountered,
in accordance to stimulation and significance, upon
the carrier surface.
It is an art in which the abstract and the concrete are
identical. Everything so entirely line and surface plane and color,
and yet, at the same time, so pulsating with identifiable life.”
words by Franz Josef van der Grinten
on the work of Susanne Bockelmann — excerpt from the
opening speech to the exhibition ”Füchse und andere Wesen”
[”Foxes and Other Creatures”] at the Sankt Georgen
Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology,
Frankfurt am Main


Himmel (Heaven ) , detail Hammock made of plaited willow and plastic cord Photo by Susanne Bockelmann

The Clay & and straw project

In 2010 Mitko Sabev Ivanov was invited by some Uppsala artists to take part in the Clay & Straw project. One of the other participating artists was swedish laureate Bodil Gellermark. More information about the project can be found on Gudrun Westerlunds homepage and on the facebook page.


The installation We Live Here by Mitko Ivanov.  Photo taken from Gudrun Westerlunds homepage www.gudrunwesterlund.se

The german magazine Neue Keramik wrote about the project in issue 6 2011. Below is a translated version of Mitko Sabev Ivanovs description of his installation from the article:
”I wanted to let my installation appear as a modern Architectural landscape, which is in a natural environment. The sculpts were of unbaked bricks – in the same way as we build houses – but instead of roofs I gave the upper surfaces of the mold the shape of lying people . The Silhuette of the body reminds us ironically of Egyptian mummies. However, they are not embalmed for eternity , but the clay will soon reconnect with the earth. With the installation of ” We live here” I show not only the nature of the raw clay, but I wanted to point out the importance of harmony with nature and the fact that everything we do affects the nature and impact on our planet. ”

At Studiefrämjandet we are happy to se that the exchange project helps artists from different countries to connect. We hope that the upcoming international collaboration ”Monuments for life” with Dr Ulrich Barnickel, Anna Löwdin, Bill- Ove Jonsson and Sergio Perea will be as interesting  as The Clay & Straw project!/Christina

Mitko Sabev Ivanov, the german scholarship holder 2010


Portrait – photographer – Mitko Ivanov

The exhibition Catalogues from 2011 and 2015

This is the catalogue from 2011 that i referred to in the post about Barbara Benedix! The remaining copies of this catalogue will be available at the German Contemporary exhibition. Have a lovely weekend! /Christina




One of the pages of the 2011 catalogue, text about Agneta Forslund


As you can see our German Contemporary- catalogue is still a work in progress! We hope that we will receive the last photos and texts so that we can send it to the printers soon!

Barbara Benedix, the German scholarship holder 2011

Dear readers!

This blog has been a bit quiet during the last two weeks. But I can assure you that things are moving forward!

Last weeks presentation should have been about Barbara Benedix,  the German scholarship holder in the year 2011.


Photograph taken from http://www.vhs-in-hessen.de

Barbara was also the competent curator for the exhibition Konst från Sverige in 2011 and produced the exhibition catalogue. We were all very impressed by the 2011 exhibition and we try to reciprocate this as well as we can.


Barbara, Gunnel Sörbom and others at the opening of the 2011 exhibition at Kunststation

Barbara Benedix is currently working as the Program Head of Cultural Education at Volkshocschule Region Kassel, more information about that on the homepage http://vhs-region-kassel.de/

I am looking forward to meeting her again at the exhibition opening in June!/Christina

Three of our Uppsala artists will attend ”Monuments for life”

The three Uppsala artists Sergio Perea,  Anna Löwdin and Bill-Ove Jonsson have been invited to take part in an Art Symposium called  ”Monuments for life” in Böse Natursteinwerk Großenlüder near Fulda coordinated by Dr. Ulrich Barnickel. A team of sculptors will have the opportunity to work together in this Symposium with stones of granite, marble and basalt and all the necessary tools available in the open atelier. There will also be a following exhibition curated by Dr Barnickel.

Dr Barnickel met the swedish artists and saw examples of their work during his scholarship visit in Uppsala and fortunately they are able to attend. The symposium will take place in the two first weeks of July 2015. We at Studiefrämjandet are very happy about this exciting international collaboration! 

For all our Swedish readers who may not be able to visit the Symposium this summer there is an opportunity to see works from Anna, Bill-Ove and Sergio in a group exhibition at Edsviks konsthall opening today!/Christina

More information from the company behind the Symposium:

”We, Heinz and Susanne Böse are a producer of monuments for the
German market…- But we like to create the idea for a sculpture
which accompanies people their whole life. Together we will create a new concept ”Lebenssteine” – ”monuments for life” People get first time a monument when they have died: a tombstone. The idea is to create a sculpture which accompanies people during their life. The expression of this scuplture is a positive emotion- fitting to it´s owner. The sculpture can have it´s place in house or garden.”
See more about our company on our two Web sites:
www.boese-naturstein.de and www.grabmal-zentrum.de


Bernd Baldus, the German Scholarship holder 2012

The german recipient in 2012 was Bernd Baldus. His scholarship visit to Uppsala in 2012 may have been the most dramatic of all since he got to see a wild wolf running past him in the city when we were on our way to art museum Bror Hjorths hus.

Bernd Baldus Selbstporträt in Saint Tropez

Selfportrait in Saint Tropez, aquarell gouache and pencil.


Despite the stern look in the self portrait above Bernd Baldus is an artist with a warm heart that does not only feel compassion for humans. The animals also have the blues in Bernds pictures, we meet the sad eyes of farmyard animals that he as a vegetarian would never eat. This hard working artist combines his work as an artist and musician with teaching painting to people with disabilities. Uppsala will have the opportunity to hear Bernd performing some songs in Å-husets garden in the afternoon on friday the fifth of june, the day before the exhibition opening. More information about that later!


Truthahn (Turkey) blues

Visit Bernd Baldus homepage to see more of his work.

The presentation below is provided by the artist./Christina


About the artist Bernd Baldus:

”Bernd Baldus is dedicated to the emotional world of the Blues, not just as a musician but as a painter and graphic artist as well. To this end, he has developed a uniquely individual visual language that has become his trademark. His subjects—musicians, dancers, people both known and unknown going about their everyday life, and even animals—are usually presented on a blue or black background, an apparent environmental nowhere.

Due to the repudiation of spatial illusion, the people and their emotional states become the focal point of awareness: their abandonment to music, their small pleasures, and their smile-inducing idiosyncrasies as well as their moments of alienation and disgruntlement, apathy and violence, depression and grief.

At times the people and scenes contrast strongly in color from the background, distancing themselves from their surroundings via radiant luminosity. Gouache and watercolors or oil paints are the tools of the painter here, while all technical forms of etching are the approved tools of the graphic artist. But in paintings as in graphic works: Bernd Baldus, the artist, attentively observes the activities of the world, forever unable to withhold commentary. For the most part, however, his interest in human beings and their fates is borne by compassionate sympathy and a sense for emotional vulnerability.”

Dr. Elisabeth Heil, art historian

”In my pictures, I concern myself with human life, emotional realities and interpersonal relationships. My work is about the documentation of seismographic traumas. My motivation lies in the Blues and the love of life.”

Bernd Baldus

The participating artists

Dear readers! I know that you all have been waiting impatiently for information about the artists that will participate in the exhibition. Now we can finally confirm that the exhibition will consist of works from the following seven artists. The exhibition will showcase artworks composed in a variety of techniques including sculpture, paintings, ceramics and weaved objects./Christina

Mia Hochrein

Bernd Baldus

Dr. Ulrich Barnickel

Veronika Zyzik

Alexander Zyzik

Susanne Bockelmann

Mitko Sabev Ivanov

Eva-Maria König, German Scholarship holder 2013

During this spring we aim to present one scholarship holder each week . This week we will take a closer look at two of the laureates! Most of the scholarship holders are artists, but it is also possible for administrators to receive the scholarship. The German laureate in 2013 was Eva-Maria König who at the time worked as an administrator at Kunststation Kleinsassen. She is currently working at an art Gallery in Madeira on the Canarian Islands.


Picture from Eva-Marias CV

We had the pleasure of spending a couple of days with Eva-Maria here in Uppsala where she visited Studiefrämjandets different facilities.  I got to spend a day in her company showing her my two favourite art museums Bror Hjorths hus and Uppsala Konstmuseum and having interesting discussions about art. /Christina


A February-looking detail from one of the paintings in the University Art Collection at Uppsala Art Museum