Kristina Schuldt (b. 1982, Moscow) paints faceless women in fluid poses that are strongly reminiscent of Cubism or Surrealism from the last century. It is therefore no surprise that Fernand Léger is an artistic example for her. At the same time, her work has something playful about it. You see platform boots, vintage miniskirts and smart phones, for example, which draw her work into her own time. She says: 'I like it when there is a collision between these objects from differing realms'.
Schuldt's paintings are colourful and dynamic, filled with people and plants that are round and shiny like metal pipes. In the exhibition, the museum presents thirty paintings and an installation made especially for this exhibition. Schuldt lives and works in Leipzig and studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst.
Kristina Schuldt shows in her work how fluid our world is. Old and new, nature and technology, male and female all intermingle and flow into one another. Her paintings are based on her own experiences, in most cases personal failures. Heartbreak, frustrations or insecurities: Schuldt draws inspiration from failure. From her own crisis, she paints an experience that is understandable to everyone.
The Drents Museum has recently acquired the work VOID (2021) by Kristina Schuldt. This painting can be seen in the exhibition and has only previously been shown at the Art Basel art fair.
VOID is exemplary for Schuldt's oeuvre. The painting shows a bent figure with straight hair falling in front of the face, painted in vibrant colours. This acquisition strengthens the Leipziger Schule collection of the Drents Museum, as part of the Contemporary Realism collection.
Previous acquisitions to this collection include Bulb by Matthias Weischer and Substanzen/Substances by Rosa Loy.
Kristina Schuldt - VOID (2021), oil and egg tempera on canvas, 180 x 120 cm, Drents Museum Collection
The exhibition is accompanied by a publication with the same name: Kristina Schuldt - Brutal Paradise. The book is published by WBOOKS, costs € 24.95 and is available in our Museum Shop or online via https://dutchmuseumgiftshop.nl/store/drentsmuseum/. The publication is the sixth volume in the series Hedendaagse kunstenaars in het Drents Museum [Contemporary artists in the Drents Museum].
As the exhibition Kristina Schuldt - Brutal Paradise starts simultaneously with the exhibition Viva la Frida! - Life and art of Frida Kahlo, extended opening hours apply: Monday to Sunday from 10.00 - 18.00 and on Friday from 10.00 - 22.00.
Corona measures as of 6 November
The Drents Museum follows the corona guidelines of the Dutch government and the Museum Protocol for a safe and responsible museum visit. As of Saturday 6 November, new corona measures will be in force in the Netherlands.