Anna Lena Straube

Anna Lena Straube's painting leads right into the network of pictorial worlds. What she pulls out there are scenes of youth and femininity that seem like archetypes of hope. But instead of indulging in the beautiful glow, the artist raptures her figures in grisaille and gloom, exposing them in inhospitable torn terrain. This painting kindles tensions that sow doubt. Fear undermines hope, nightmare shatters dream. And the looks of the viewer, driven by exciting beauty, are part of the process in which images and life and vice versa, life and images inspire each other.

- Dorothée Bauerle-Willert

Biography

Anna Lena Straube’s paintings radiate emotion and mystery, her figures moving through flickering, sometimes haunting narratives, their expressions and postures hinting at social webs and inner lives. We glimpse them—often but not always female—in the midst of parties, private moments, joyful and strange performances. Lushly rendered in the faded sepia tones and pastels of vintage photographs, the paintings feel like portals to another plane. In a sense they are acts of translation, re-inventing the truth of Straube’s photographic source material in the sensual, illusory language of paint.

The photographs that inspire Straube’s work are sometimes anonymous, discovered in the far reaches of the internet, and sometimes intimate, involving figures from her life. Her latest series, “Thinking About Eve,” draws in part from a dance performance she orchestrated at a park in Berlin. Straube directed the artists to move silently, in “mindful slow motion,” in an organic scenario in which “nobody knew what would happen, how the members would interact together, what kind of stories they would create. There was no time limit. No goal. Only here and now.” Many of her paintings in this and other series embody exactly this character of quiet individual freedom, a sense of immersion in a serendipitous but pivotal moment after which anything might happen: a moment of transcendence, an opening. As German writer Dorothée Bauerle-Willert has noted of her work, “The past and the imagined flow into the real presence of the picture…setting in motion a polyphonic perception of interpretation and meaning.”

Born in 1978 in Bremen, Straube studied at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel under artist Peter Nagel and has shown at galleries and museums throughout Germany, including the Women’s Museum in Bonn and Museum Pankow in Berlin.

Born

1978  Bremen, Germany

Education

1998 Abitur at the Free Waldorf School, Bremen

1998-1999 MA Sociology, Philosophy, Education, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

1999-2004 Fine Art, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel with Professor Elisabeth Wagner and Professor Peter Nagel

2004-2005 Postgraduate studies in Art Therapy, HfBK Dresden with Professor Doris Tietze

Recognitions

2007  Scholarship from the State Chancellery in Kiel in the Künstlerhaus Kloster Cismar

2006 Sponsorship award from the state of Schleswig-Holstein for the fine arts

            Valentine Rothe Prize (3rd place) Women's Museum Bonn

2005  Portrait commission for the mayor portrait of Dr. Otto Kelling, Kiel Town Hall

2002  Erasmus grant Faculdade des Belas Artes nu Porto, Portugal


Selected Exhibitions

2020  Discovery art fair, Galerie Bengelsträter, Frankfurt am Main

            One-artist-show,   Art Karlsruhe, Bengelsträter Gallery, Karlsruhe

2019 Multiplication, catalog , Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Discovery Art Fair,  Galerie Bengelsträter, Frankfurt am Main

            Current Cast,  with Markus Desert (sculpture), Take Maracke, Kiel

            Blickwechsel - neue Frauenbilder   catalog , gallery von Braunbehrens, Stuttgart

            One-artist-show,  Art Karlsruhe, Bengelsträter Gallery, Karlsruhe

            Mind the Gap,  with Markus Desert (sculpture), art at Intersearch, Hamburg

2018 Discovery art fair, Galerie Bengelsträter, Frankfurt am Main

            One-artist-show, Art Karlsruhe, Bengelsträter Gallery, Karlsruhe

            Friendship - from the romantic salon to today's networks, Women's Museum Bonn, Bonn

            Artspring central, Museum Pankow, Berlin

            Hidden pages, Bengelsträter Gallery, Iserlohn

            Voluntary Art Liaison Fo You, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

            The Beginning, Gallery Kunstraum B, Kiel

            Artspring, Pankower Ateliertage, Remise of the old leather factory, Berlin

2017 Hidden pages, Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Session # 1, The Friendship Project with Jonas Marx, old leather factory, Berlin

            Materia, Bengelsträter Gallery, Iserlohn

            Artspring, Pankower Ateliertage, Remise of the old leather factory, Berlin

            Season exhibition, Steinberger Galleries, Langenargen on Lake Constance

            Art Karlsruhe, Bengelsträter Gallery, Karlsruhe

2016 Special exhibition, Anna Lena Straube   Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Art Fair 21, Steinberger Galleries, Cologne

            Materia, catalog, Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Bengelsträter, Karlsruhe

2015 Private connection, Kunstkaten Ahrenshoop, Fischland-Darß

            Born to be wild, Art Tornow, Tornow / Brandenburg

            Art Fair21 Cologne, Steinberger Galleries, Cologne

            Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Bengelsträter, Karlsruhe

            Nice to see you, Galerie Bengelsträter, Düsseldorf

            50. Bunker exhibition, catalog, gallery in Bunker-D, Kiel

2014 Private collection, Galerie Bengelsträter, Düsseldorf

            Finding Anna, Alte Lederfabrik, Berlin

            Summer Exhibition, Steinberger Galleries, Weikersheim

            Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Bengelsträter, Karlsruhe

2013 Renaissance-Rodeo, (with Heike Marie Krause) Art at Intersearch, Hamburg

            Art Collection, catalog, Sparkassenakademie Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel

            Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Bengelsträter / Steinberger Galleries

2012 Herzspiel, Galerie Läkemäker, Berlin

            Dreiklang, Galerie Läkemäker, Fischland-Darß

            Preview, Galerie Jamuschek & Partner and Galerie Läkemäker, Berlin

            Feminine structures, one-artist-show, catalog, Steinberger Galleries, Art Karlsruhe

2011 Summer Exhibition, Steinberger Galleries, Weikersheim

            Women and Vocation, Kunstverein Elmshorn

            Season start, Steinberger Galleries

            Weibsbilder, Galerie Z, Stuttgard

2010 Frauenzimmer, Gallery Uwe Sacksofsky, Heidelberg

            24 Stars, Galerie Z, Stuttgart

            Life, Love, Suffering - Images of Women by Contemporary Artists catalog, Bomann Museum in             cooperation with the Kunstverein Celle, Celle

            Flowers   Galerie Bengelsträter, Düsseldorf

            Ship and Crown, Parktheater Iserlohn with Bengelsträter Gallery, Iserlohn

            The contemporary witness as an extra   Gallery in Bunker-D, Kiel

2009 WeibsBilder, (Justine Otto, Natalia Berschin) Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Couples, with Volker Tiemann, catalog, Landtag Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel

            Preview, Galerie Stewner, Lübeck

            Rot, Gallery // Atelier Bettina Düesberg, Berlin

            Palm Beach Art Fair, Wilde Gallery, Palmb Beach, USA

2008 Inventory # 1, Wilde Gallery, Berlin

            New Talents, Bengelsträter Gallery, Iserlohn

            Berlin List House Cumberland, Wilde Gallery, Berlin

            Anna Lena Straube / Deborah Dimeglio / Hanna Jäger Galerie Stewner, Lübeck

            Miami Art Fair, Wilde Gallery, Miami USA

            Toronto International Art Fair, Wilde Gallery, Toronto, Canada

            Wild animals, Wilde Gallery, Berlin

            Without above, also below Kunstraum B, Kiel

2007 Scheinwelten, Culture Center Schloss Salzau

            The children swim, the children roast, Kunstraum B, Kiel

            56. Landesschau, catalog, Kulturzentrum Schloss Salzau

2006 Anna Lena Straube & Julia Slodowicz, catalog 12/2006 Ars Borealis, Sparkassenstiftung Kiel

            Scratching the surface, (Julia Slodowicz) Galerie Arsprototo, Erlangen

            Modern fairy tale, gallery in Bunker-D, Kiel

            16. Art Fair, Women's Museum Bonn

            Anniversary Exhibition, Richard Heizmann Museum, Niebüll

2005 Double-binding-messages with Juliane Melches, Kunstraum B, Kiel

            Gun pictures   Sponti-Hansa, Kiel

            Gottfried Brockmann Prize, catalog, Stadtgalerie zu Kiel

            Right into the Heart, Art Market Detmold

2004 But now!, (catalog) Ministry of Culture in Kiel

            The entertainment whore, Muthesius Kunsthochschule zu Kiel

            Volume 1999/2000, Kunstverein Elmshorn

2003 It Happens, (catalog) Umtrieb, Galerie für Gegenwart Kunst, Kiel

            Alone for Two, Theater broken windows, Berlin

            Apotheke Mitte, Berlin

2002 Portugease garden, Faculdade des Belas Artes nu Porto, Portugal

            Mittendrin, Friedrichstrasse 20, 2nd floor, Berlin

2001 Class meeting, (catalog) Kulturzentrum Schloss Salzau

            Konsumenta, Umtrieb, gallery for contemporary art, Kiel

Press

PRESS

Selected Artworks

Welcome to Mars | SOLD

Welcome to Mars | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

67 x 91 inches

210033

Circle | Thinking About Eve | SOLD

Circle | Thinking About Eve | SOLD

Acrylic on Canvas

67 x 114 inches

210032

Born

1978  Bremen, Germany

Education

1998 Abitur at the Free Waldorf School, Bremen

1998-1999 MA Sociology, Philosophy, Education, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

1999-2004 Fine Art, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel with Professor Elisabeth Wagner and Professor Peter Nagel

2004-2005 Postgraduate studies in Art Therapy, HfBK Dresden with Professor Doris Tietze

Recognitions

2007  Scholarship from the State Chancellery in Kiel in the Künstlerhaus Kloster Cismar

2006 Sponsorship award from the state of Schleswig-Holstein for the fine arts

            Valentine Rothe Prize (3rd place) Women's Museum Bonn

2005  Portrait commission for the mayor portrait of Dr. Otto Kelling, Kiel Town Hall

2002  Erasmus grant Faculdade des Belas Artes nu Porto, Portugal


Selected Exhibitions

2020  Discovery art fair, Galerie Bengelsträter, Frankfurt am Main

            One-artist-show,   Art Karlsruhe, Bengelsträter Gallery, Karlsruhe

2019 Multiplication, catalog , Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Discovery Art Fair,  Galerie Bengelsträter, Frankfurt am Main

            Current Cast,  with Markus Desert (sculpture), Take Maracke, Kiel

            Blickwechsel - neue Frauenbilder   catalog , gallery von Braunbehrens, Stuttgart

            One-artist-show,  Art Karlsruhe, Bengelsträter Gallery, Karlsruhe

            Mind the Gap,  with Markus Desert (sculpture), art at Intersearch, Hamburg

2018 Discovery art fair, Galerie Bengelsträter, Frankfurt am Main

            One-artist-show, Art Karlsruhe, Bengelsträter Gallery, Karlsruhe

            Friendship - from the romantic salon to today's networks, Women's Museum Bonn, Bonn

            Artspring central, Museum Pankow, Berlin

            Hidden pages, Bengelsträter Gallery, Iserlohn

            Voluntary Art Liaison Fo You, Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

            The Beginning, Gallery Kunstraum B, Kiel

            Artspring, Pankower Ateliertage, Remise of the old leather factory, Berlin

2017 Hidden pages, Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Session # 1, The Friendship Project with Jonas Marx, old leather factory, Berlin

            Materia, Bengelsträter Gallery, Iserlohn

            Artspring, Pankower Ateliertage, Remise of the old leather factory, Berlin

            Season exhibition, Steinberger Galleries, Langenargen on Lake Constance

            Art Karlsruhe, Bengelsträter Gallery, Karlsruhe

2016 Special exhibition, Anna Lena Straube   Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Art Fair 21, Steinberger Galleries, Cologne

            Materia, catalog, Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Bengelsträter, Karlsruhe

2015 Private connection, Kunstkaten Ahrenshoop, Fischland-Darß

            Born to be wild, Art Tornow, Tornow / Brandenburg

            Art Fair21 Cologne, Steinberger Galleries, Cologne

            Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Bengelsträter, Karlsruhe

            Nice to see you, Galerie Bengelsträter, Düsseldorf

            50. Bunker exhibition, catalog, gallery in Bunker-D, Kiel

2014 Private collection, Galerie Bengelsträter, Düsseldorf

            Finding Anna, Alte Lederfabrik, Berlin

            Summer Exhibition, Steinberger Galleries, Weikersheim

            Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Bengelsträter, Karlsruhe

2013 Renaissance-Rodeo, (with Heike Marie Krause) Art at Intersearch, Hamburg

            Art Collection, catalog, Sparkassenakademie Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel

            Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Bengelsträter / Steinberger Galleries

2012 Herzspiel, Galerie Läkemäker, Berlin

            Dreiklang, Galerie Läkemäker, Fischland-Darß

            Preview, Galerie Jamuschek & Partner and Galerie Läkemäker, Berlin

            Feminine structures, one-artist-show, catalog, Steinberger Galleries, Art Karlsruhe

2011 Summer Exhibition, Steinberger Galleries, Weikersheim

            Women and Vocation, Kunstverein Elmshorn

            Season start, Steinberger Galleries

            Weibsbilder, Galerie Z, Stuttgard

2010 Frauenzimmer, Gallery Uwe Sacksofsky, Heidelberg

            24 Stars, Galerie Z, Stuttgart

            Life, Love, Suffering - Images of Women by Contemporary Artists catalog, Bomann Museum in             cooperation with the Kunstverein Celle, Celle

            Flowers   Galerie Bengelsträter, Düsseldorf

            Ship and Crown, Parktheater Iserlohn with Bengelsträter Gallery, Iserlohn

            The contemporary witness as an extra   Gallery in Bunker-D, Kiel

2009 WeibsBilder, (Justine Otto, Natalia Berschin) Bengelsträter Gallery, Düsseldorf

            Couples, with Volker Tiemann, catalog, Landtag Schleswig-Holstein, Kiel

            Preview, Galerie Stewner, Lübeck

            Rot, Gallery // Atelier Bettina Düesberg, Berlin

            Palm Beach Art Fair, Wilde Gallery, Palmb Beach, USA

2008 Inventory # 1, Wilde Gallery, Berlin

            New Talents, Bengelsträter Gallery, Iserlohn

            Berlin List House Cumberland, Wilde Gallery, Berlin

            Anna Lena Straube / Deborah Dimeglio / Hanna Jäger Galerie Stewner, Lübeck

            Miami Art Fair, Wilde Gallery, Miami USA

            Toronto International Art Fair, Wilde Gallery, Toronto, Canada

            Wild animals, Wilde Gallery, Berlin

            Without above, also below Kunstraum B, Kiel

2007 Scheinwelten, Culture Center Schloss Salzau

            The children swim, the children roast, Kunstraum B, Kiel

            56. Landesschau, catalog, Kulturzentrum Schloss Salzau

2006 Anna Lena Straube & Julia Slodowicz, catalog 12/2006 Ars Borealis, Sparkassenstiftung Kiel

            Scratching the surface, (Julia Slodowicz) Galerie Arsprototo, Erlangen

            Modern fairy tale, gallery in Bunker-D, Kiel

            16. Art Fair, Women's Museum Bonn

            Anniversary Exhibition, Richard Heizmann Museum, Niebüll

2005 Double-binding-messages with Juliane Melches, Kunstraum B, Kiel

            Gun pictures   Sponti-Hansa, Kiel

            Gottfried Brockmann Prize, catalog, Stadtgalerie zu Kiel

            Right into the Heart, Art Market Detmold

2004 But now!, (catalog) Ministry of Culture in Kiel

            The entertainment whore, Muthesius Kunsthochschule zu Kiel

            Volume 1999/2000, Kunstverein Elmshorn

2003 It Happens, (catalog) Umtrieb, Galerie für Gegenwart Kunst, Kiel

            Alone for Two, Theater broken windows, Berlin

            Apotheke Mitte, Berlin

2002 Portugease garden, Faculdade des Belas Artes nu Porto, Portugal

            Mittendrin, Friedrichstrasse 20, 2nd floor, Berlin

2001 Class meeting, (catalog) Kulturzentrum Schloss Salzau

            Konsumenta, Umtrieb, gallery for contemporary art, Kiel

Biography

Anna Lena Straube’s paintings radiate emotion and mystery, her figures moving through flickering, sometimes haunting narratives, their expressions and postures hinting at social webs and inner lives. We glimpse them—often but not always female—in the midst of parties, private moments, joyful and strange performances. Lushly rendered in the faded sepia tones and pastels of vintage photographs, the paintings feel like portals to another plane. In a sense they are acts of translation, re-inventing the truth of Straube’s photographic source material in the sensual, illusory language of paint.

The photographs that inspire Straube’s work are sometimes anonymous, discovered in the far reaches of the internet, and sometimes intimate, involving figures from her life. Her latest series, “Thinking About Eve,” draws in part from a dance performance she orchestrated at a park in Berlin. Straube directed the artists to move silently, in “mindful slow motion,” in an organic scenario in which “nobody knew what would happen, how the members would interact together, what kind of stories they would create. There was no time limit. No goal. Only here and now.” Many of her paintings in this and other series embody exactly this character of quiet individual freedom, a sense of immersion in a serendipitous but pivotal moment after which anything might happen: a moment of transcendence, an opening. As German writer Dorothée Bauerle-Willert has noted of her work, “The past and the imagined flow into the real presence of the picture…setting in motion a polyphonic perception of interpretation and meaning.”

Born in 1978 in Bremen, Straube studied at Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel under artist Peter Nagel and has shown at galleries and museums throughout Germany, including the Women’s Museum in Bonn and Museum Pankow in Berlin.

Press

Anna Lena Straube

Anna Lena Straube's painting leads right into the network of pictorial worlds. What she pulls out there are scenes of youth and femininity that seem like archetypes of hope. But instead of indulging in the beautiful glow, the artist raptures her figures in grisaille and gloom, exposing them in inhospitable torn terrain. This painting kindles tensions that sow doubt. Fear undermines hope, nightmare shatters dream. And the looks of the viewer, driven by exciting beauty, are part of the process in which images and life and vice versa, life and images inspire each other.

- Dorothée Bauerle-Willert

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