March 7 – April 11, 2009

One sees a lot at the instant of perception – the flash of a colorful shadow, the soft hover of a form or the nearly inaudible dissolution of a visual space. The possibility of compositional abundance in painting only seems to have faded, because what we designate as painting has shifted. It has gotten subtler, quieter and nearly invisible. In Christoph Schellberg’s paintings, it is deposited transparently in layer upon layer applied to the unprimed, Belgian linen canvas, on whose smooth, almost raw surface floats the calm color gradient as if at the center of a cloud.

Schellberg slowly and subtly reverses the process of image composition and, through the dissolution of form, questions not only the eye’s reception, but, just as much, the process of image formation. The basic forms of his painted compositions blend hazily with their shadows, thereby freeing the space for a subtle investigation of the painterly process of abstraction. Held by the countless, thin layers of colorful frames, the surface of Schellberg’s paintings actually become bodies of images and sublimely adapt to the sentiment of the composition. (…) Abstraction appears not as a rejection of the motif, but rather as an opportunity - constantly in search of the beauty of a pure painterly medium.

Excerpt from: Christoph Schellberg ´Time to Leave´, Philipp Fernandes do Brito



1973 born in Düsseldorf, Germany
1995 – 1997 Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Germany
1997 – 2001 Academy of Arts, Düsseldorf, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf.

Public Collections

Museum Brandhorst, München
Wellin Museum of Art, Clinton, NY,
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
Collection Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt, Germany
Collection of Contemporary Art of the Federal Republik of Germany
Collection Harald Falkenberg, Hamburg, Germany
Collection Ringier, Zurich, Switzerland
Sammlung Wilhelm Schürmann, Berlin, Germany
Collection Brandhorst, Munich, Germany
SSK Stiftung, Cologne, Germany

Solo Shows

2023 upcoming May: Collection Mosiek, Düsseldorf, Germany
upcoming March: Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany
2021 About Time, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany (Cat.)
2019 Missing, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany
2018 String Figures, pt. two (with Sean Sullivan), Linn Lühn in collaboration with Markus Lüttgen, Düsseldorf, Germany
2017 Waiting For The Sun, Cliff Fong/ Matt Blacke, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Time to Leave, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf
2015 More Eggs, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany (Cat.)
2014 Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt a. Main, Germany (Cat.)
2013 Yes, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany (Cat.)
Christoph Schellberg, Johannes Wohnseifer, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany
2011 Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010 Antiquariat Gundel Gelbert, Cologne, Germany
The Simple Things, Linn Lühn, Cologne, Germany
2009 Linn Lühn, Cologne, Germany (Cat.)
2008 Friends, Antiquariat Gundel Gelbert, Cologne, Germany
2007 Linn Lühn, Cologne, Germany (Cat.)
2005 Cosmos White Sensation, Jablonka Lühn, Cologne
Fleurs Du Mal, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany (with Sebastian Ludwig)
2004 Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, USA (Cat.)
Jablonka Lühn, Cologne (Cat.)
2002 Jablonka Lühn, Cologne
2000 1 neues Bild, Kölnerstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany
1999 Ich war noch nie in Köln, (mit René Zeh), Ausstellungsraum 4E, Düsseldorf, Germany

Group Shows (Selection)

2022 Happiness is a State of Mind, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany (Cat.)
2020 Salon der Gegenwart, Hamburg, Germany
2019 Pro-trait, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck, Austria
2015 Kunsthalle CCA Andratx, Majorca, Spain
2014 Freundliche Übernahme, MARTa Herford, Germany
2013 Wahlverwandtschaften. Current Painting and Drawing of the collection of the Museum Frieder Burda, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland (Cat.)
2012 Menschenbilder, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
The Reality of the Unbuilt, Stiftung Insel Hombroich, Neuss, Germany
Nada NYC (mit Florian Baudrexel, Kevin Zucker), New York
Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf (mit Robert Wilson)
2010 Neues Rheinland. Die postironische Generation, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (Cat.)
Frieze Art Fair, (with Wilkinson Gallery), London, Great Britain
Room Divider, curated by Michael Bracewell (amongst others with R. Hamilton, E. Sottsass, Linder), Wilkinson Gallery, London, Great Britain
2009 Zehn Tage im August in Münster mit..., Linn Lühn, Münster, Germany
New Contemporaries (with Florian Baudrexel), Art Cologne, Cologne
2008 10 Jahre, 10 Räume, exhibition on the occasion of the 10 year existence of the collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany(Cat.)
Scala Paradisi, Schürmann Collection Berlin, Germany
2007 New, Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Arts, Knokke-Zoute, Belgium
Liste 07 (with Alexej Koschkarow and Alex Jasch), Basel, Switzerland
2006 Auf leisen Pfoten. Die Katze in der Kunst, Städtische Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany (Cat.)
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Nada, Miami
Boilermaker, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York
Liste 06, with Clare Stephenson and Matthias Lahme, Basel, Switzerland
Face to Face, Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst, Münster, Germany
2005 Kir Royal, Schickeria, Berlin, Germany (Cat.)
The Obscure Object of Desire, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, USA
Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Jahresgaben, Aachen, Germany
Each Day Is Valentines Day, Jablonka Lühn, Cologne, Germany
2004 Cave Miser, Schickeria Bar, Berlin, Germany
Pixels, Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, USA
Fleurs du Mal, Schickeria Bar, Berlin, Germany
2003 Hüttenzauber, Schickeria, Berlin, Germany
160 Meisterzeichnungen, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
Sammlung Falckenberg, Phoenix Hallen, Hamburg, Germany
Jeppe Hein, Christoph Schellberg, Johannes Wohnseifer, Schnittraum, Cologne, Germany
2002 Pompa, Schramm, Schellberg, (kuratiert von Tabea Langenkamp) Clarissenstr., Düsseldorf, Germany
2001 The complete dialogue, mit Jens Ullrich und Alex Jasch, Kölnerstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany
1999 Schubert en Co., Villa de Bank, Enschede, Netherlands
We could be heroes, Ruhrtalstraße, Düsseldorf, Germany
Glück durch Paarung, Suermondt Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany (Cat.)
1998 Blindlings, Kunstbunker Wersten, Düsseldorf, Germany
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