Basel/Copenhagen

Initially co-founded in 1970 as "Galerie Minimax" by Margareta and Miklos von Bartha, the gallery has been under the direction of Stefan von Bartha since 2008.

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Von Bartha has established a contemporary programme, representing an international roster of artists working across a diverse range of media: Imi Knoebel, Superflex, Terry Haggerty, John Wood & Paul Harrison, and Felipe Mujica, among others. The gallery nurtures new generations of artists, whilst supporting the continually evolving practice of their established artists. As one of the longest-running international contemporary art galleries, von Bartha continues to support the careers of influential artists such as Camille Graeser, Fritz Glarner and Olle Baertling.

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Ursula Reuter Christiansen

"Painting is a silent act, yet her voice is highly present and her figuration very clear. (...) putting herself into her work constitutes its very integrity, and so adds integrity to almost everything she touches.“ Mai Dengsøe, curator and former assistant of Ursula Reuter Christiansen.

Ursula Reuter Christiansen, born in Trier, DE, in 1943, is an artist whose work oscillates between symbolism and mythology, desire and hatred, beauty and abysses. Throughout her practice, she incorporates various media, from painting, filmmaking and performance to ceramics and sculpture. Having studied literature in Marburg, DE, she later graduated from the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts in 1969, where she studied under Professor Joseph Beuys and became active in the emerging women’s movement, which was to have a strong influence on her oeuvre. Following a great urge to leave her native Germany, together with her husband, the composer Henning Christiansen (1932-2008) she settled in a farmhouse on the Danish island Møn.

From 1992 to 1996, Reuter Christiansen worked as a professor at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, DE, and as the first female professor of painting at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen from 1997 to 2006. She is considered one of Denmark’s most influential artists in the post-war period, whose works are widely represented across Denmark – in art institutions, as well as public commissions, and is one of the founding members of Kunsthal 44Møn. Her work was included in exhibitions at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, DK; National Gallery of Denmark and Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen; Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig, DE; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA; PS.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island, New York, USA; Vancouver Art Gallery, CAN; Kunstverein Wolfsburg, DE. Furthermore, she represented Denmark at the 49th Venice Biennale, IT, in 2001 (with Henning Christiansen) and was awarded an Eckersberg Medal in 2011.

Portrait of Ursula Reuter Christiansen. Photo Davy Denke. Courtesy of von Bartha, 2023.

Ursula Reuter Christiansen, 'Erdbeeren im Schnee' (1995). Courtesy of von Bartha, 2023.

Knoebel studied from 1962 – 64 at the Werkkunstschule (School for Applied Arts) in Darmstadt and moved in 1964, fascinated by the teaching style and personality of Joseph Beuys, to the Kunstakademie (Art Academy) in Düsseldorf. Knoebel, however, distanced himself from the other Beuys students and developed his own, minimalist style, influenced by its great forerunner Kazimir Malevich. Following puristic line drawings, light projections and white paintings (1972 – 75) Knoebel turned to colour for the first time in 1974.

During the 1980s the artist experimented with found objects, incorporating them within his installation pieces. Continuing his investigation into the medium of painting, Knoebel has also expanded his practice to an architectural scale; his largest commission to date saw the artist design several stained glass windows for the Notre-Dame de Reims (2011/2015) cathedral. In 2021 Knoebel installed a permanent stained-glass window work, titled ‚Basel‘ at Volkshaus Bar Basel, now called ‚Imis’.

Imi Knoebel, 'Fenster 7 ed. entwurf nr. 9' (2020). Courtesy of von Bartha.

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