MIRIAM VLAMING

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Miriam Vlaming was born in Düsseldorf in 1971 and lives and works in Berlin​.

The artist Miriam Vlaming always keeps the whole picture in mind, in her mysterious images. In fact, there can’t be many people who tackle the big questions. Miriam Vlaming is one such. She prefers an aesthetic that hovers in the interval between doing and done, between the past and the now: “It’s the interruptions and contradictions that interest me… the moment after or before something happens… not the big story.” Her images constantly evoke landscape, enlivened with hints at nature and human figures in scenarios that prove highly fragile, right to the point of dissolution and abstraction. Many of her paintings have the look of old, faded and badly damaged photos, whose subjects are so unclear, they can only be guessed at – regardless of whether they were discovered in old albums or are current images found in print media or online. Susanne Altmann has designated the artist a “visual anthropologist”. Indeed, Miriam Vlaming is obsessed by questions about what we take in and what we think we’ve known for ages. She is just as keen to use the visible world as random photos that take her fancy. Unresolved questions open up a space, both for the artist and viewers of her paintings, where they can construct stories of their own. It’s an open form of story-telling which does not specify anything and which stresses the temporary nature of the process. The images and concepts in Miriam Vlaming’s art serve to enlighten and confuse at the same time. Truly striking: With Miriam Vlaming, the technique she applies to her paintings is an analogue counterpart to their content. The informal application of layers of egg tempera allows lower layers to gleam through in places, and many areas are dissolved with turpentine and wiped off, thinned paint is made to run off at angles and islands of paint offer glimpses into the deeper layers. All this prevents her images from being read clearly. Sometimes, her fondness for photographic records of her own rejected former artworks allows them to serve as backgrounds for a new start; they’ll be covered over, but not entirely hidden. Layer by layer, she inserts yet another story onto the picture. That way, her pictures become an archive of earlier working processes. The viewers are obliged to create associations between these sediments.The metaphors that this artist plays with have many meanings. They are also playing with her public, which clings to what it can see, and yet loses itself in her images. It’s always about their spiritual state, which they find reflected in her artwork as a result of her painterly process. That’s because Miriam Vlaming has created a cosmos in her pictures, one that touches and moves us. Paintings that hang between heaven and earth, and which do not let us go. They are pictures which lead us back to our own natures, and cast us back into ourselves, to the very core of our beings. This is surely the reason why Miriam Vlaming’s pictures are distributed around the world, in museums and collections: they meet a deep human need for insight.

Martin Oswald

COLLECTIONS

Altana Collection, Bad Homburg, Germany.
Robert Bosch GmbH Corporate Collection, Stuttgart, Germany.
Deutsche Bundesbank Collection, Berlin, Germany.
Frisch Collection, Berlin, Germany.
Kerber Collection, Bielefeld/Berlin, Germany.
Kleinsimlinghaus Collection, Krefeld, Germany.
Kulturhaus Leuna, Leuna, Germany.
Kunstfonds des Freistaates Sachsen, Dresden, Germany.
Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.
Kunsthalle G2 Collection Hildebrand, Leipzig, Germany.
Kunstmuseum Walter, Augsburg, Germany.
Dirk Lehr Collection, Berlin, Germany.
Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig, Germany.
Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Richter Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany.
SØR Rusche Collection, Oelde/Berlin, Germany.
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
VNG Art – Collection for Contemporary Visual Arts, Leipzig, Germany.
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany.

VITA

Education

1991-1993
Studies of educational sciences with final degree pre-diploma in educational sciences, sociology and psychology, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany.

1994-1999
Studies of painting and graphic art with final degree diploma with honour, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany.

1999-2001
Studies of painting under Prof. Jan Dibbets, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Deutschland.

1999-2001
Master class with final degree Master student of Prof. Arno Rink, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany.

Awards

1999
Honour for diploma in painting and graphic art, Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, Germany.

1999-2000
Free State of Saxony Scholarship graduation.

Teaching Activities

1999-2000
Assistent evening academy, Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany.

1999-2001
Lectureship for Architekturperspektive, University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) Leipzig, Germany.

2001-2003
Lectureship for illustration, BTK – University of Art and Design Berlin, Germany.

2011
Lectureship for painting, 14th International Dresdner Summer Academy of Visual Arts Dresden, Germany.

Scholarships/Travels.

1999-2001
Saxony State Scholarship, state graduate promotion.

2001
Residency in Kenya, Africa; promoted by graduate scholarship.

2005
Foreign exchange scholarship in Columbus, Ohio, USA, promoted by the Free State of Saxony, Germany and the Greater Art Council, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

2010
Foreign exchange scholarship in Herzliya, Israel; sponsored by the Cultural Administration of the City of Berlin, organised by stir in cooperation with Artists’ Residence Herzliya, Israel. 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Miriam Vlaming. Seltsam, im Nebel zu Wandeln – Kunstverein Duisburg. Miriam Vlaming. 
Die Anderzeit – Galerie Von & Von, Nürnberg. 
Der Mensch. Das Wesen – Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst. Diether Kunerth, Ottobeuren. 
Malen – Orangerie der Anhaltischen Gemäldegalerie Dessau.

2017
No Time For Crying – Galerie Rother & Winter, Wiesbaden.
Treasure World – Galerie Tristan Lorenz, Frankfurt/Main.

2016
Eden – Galerie Dukan, Paris.
Drifter – Zerp Gallery, Rotterdam.
Wonderland – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Düsseldorf. Eden – Galerie Dukan, Leipzig.

2014
Fool’s Paradise – Villa Goecke, Krefeld. Alabaster – Villa Goecke, Krefeld.
Muse – Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin.

2012
It is March and March is not yet May – Galerie Martin Mertens, München.

2011
Unknown Land / @ the Berlin Space – Alexander Ochs Galleries | Beijing, Berlin.
Gnosis – Galerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, Düsseldorf.

2010
Miriam Vlaming | 兰姆·芙拉明 – Every Single Day | 每 天 – Alexander Ochs Galleries | Beijing, Peking.
Wahre Sagen – Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin.

2009
Für Immer – Alexander Ochs Galleries | Beijing, Berlin.
Habseligkeiten – Galerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, Düsseldorf.

2008
You Promised Me – Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim.
You Are Wearing a Mask – Galerie Martin Mertens, Berlin.

2007
Afterall – maerzgalerie, Leipzig.
Good Morning Revival – Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY.

2006
Miriam Vlaming – Galerie Christa Burger, München.
Survivors – Galerie Stefan Denninger, Berlin.
Neverlasting Summer – Galerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, Düsseldorf.

2005
Miriam Vlaming. – maerzgalerie, Leipzig.

2004
Expedition – Galerie Stefan Denninger, Berlin. Vlaming. – maerzgalerie, Leipzig.
2001
In Between – maerzgalerie, Leipzig.

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