Annelies Štrba

Annelies Štrba Rohkunstbau 2013

Annelis Štrba paints one Madonna every day. Often, her own children and grandchildren serve as subjects and references. Many of her larger works are called Nyima, referring to an area in Tibet, literally meaning »sun«. The spiritual and the religious can continuously be found in her work: Her large-sized paintings often show female subjects, women lying down, dreaming, fanciful, worldenraptured, Madonnas with transfigured views, sometimes with child, mostly without. Composed and glorified reminiscent of the subjects of the Pre-Raphaelites. They catch the observers with soft, calm beauty, enticing them to pause and muse.

For Rohkunstbau the artist has chosen 33 small-sized Madonnas that she arranged like an altar-piece. As a counterpart to that she shows »Nyima 535«, a sleeping woman in a blue dress hovering on a carpet in the woods. Everything is delicate and transparent. The scene is reminiscent of Shakespeare’s Ophelia, who drowned herself after being cast out by Hamlet and feeling morally betrayed. The images of Annelies Štrba exude purity and spirituality in a romanticized fashion. »Moral«, the central theme of the exhibition, is reflected in the 33 Madonnas that beam from the wall in innocence and purity, staring gently into the void.

From BALTHUS memories:
»One does not paint anything else but oneself anyways, one‘s own unknown story, everything else is just technique or skillfulness.«
»I wanted to make the picture a sensual experience through, you might say, the flowing state of the figures, whom I gave such an malleability, that one could think they become immaterial.«
»Nothing happens in a picture, it is just there, it is in itself or it is not.«

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)
2013 Shades of Time, Kunsthaus Zug, Switzerland
2013 My Life’s Dreams, Galerie EIGEN + ART Leipzig, Germany
2011 Summerending, Museum Langmatt, Baden, Switzerland
2010 Frances et les Elfes, Ferme-Asile, Centre artistique & culturel, Sion, Switzerland
2010 icons, Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin, Germany

Group Exhibitions (Selection)
2012 Künstlerkinder. Von Runge bis Richter, von Dix bis Picasso, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany
2012 Alice in the Wonderland of Art, Kunsthalle Hamburg, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburg, Germany
2012 MART Rovereto, Italy
2012 Institut Valencià d‘Art Modern, València, Spain
2011 Alice in Wonderland, TATE Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
2011 Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
2010 Centre National de l’Audiovisuel, Luxembourg