Villa von Schulthess-Bodmer - Sylke von Gaza

Villa von Schulthess-Bodmer - Sylke von Gaza
Sylke von Gaza
                                                  Portfolio 2019

                 Please find below an overview of Sylke von Gaza's most recent projects, exhibitions and works.

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About Sylke von Gaza

Curriculum Vitae
Born *1966 in Hamburg, Germany as Sylke von Gazen genannt Gaza.

The Hamburg-born artist Sylke von Gaza was first taken to Italy as a three-year-old by her great-grand-
mother, whom she accompanied on long journeys to Venice and the Emilia-Romagna. It was during those
childhood visits to the churches of Ravenna and Venice, to name but a few, that she first came to appreci-
ate painting and architecture. The experience made a lasting impression and continues to inspire her
work to this day.

After her engineering degree in Hamburg, as a student of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich
from 2002 to 2007 under the Irish painter Sean Scully, she found herself drawn to Abstract expressionism
and the Old Masters again. She completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 2007,
graduating with a Meisterschüler diploma ("summa cum laude"). Artist residencies in New York (2000 &
Art Students League 2005), Venice (2011-2018) and Zurich (2016).

In Sylke von Gaza’s creative practice, the veil, the metaphor for interstices and permeability, plays a cent-
ral role. Half hidden, half visible. The ability to disclose by concealing, to render visible by shrouding – the
artist has internalised this fundamental potential of painting and made it central to her work. ‘I am in-
trigued by transformations and their manifold forms and effects. What is the universal essence of trans-
formation? Transformation and transubstantiation have a sublime, lofty quality and imply a form of en-
richment or enhancement. The process is usually shrouded in secrecy, hidden from sight as if by veils. It is
this invisible process that interests me. I want to make the invisible visible.’ Her work thus far can be di-
vided into different strands. Her principal body of work consists of Early Works, individual works, themed
groups of works, site-specific works and the series of Veil Paintings, among them the Grey Veil
Paintings and Red Veil Paintings.



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Most recent museum show in Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf: Behind the Curtain. Concealment and
Revelation since the Renaissance. From Titian to Christo, 2016/17, curated by General Director Beat Wismer
and Prof. Dr. Claudia Blümle. Among exhibitions since her graduation are shows in Munich (Galerie Bie-
dermann: Malerei, 2009, Velvet & Paper, 2019; ArtConsult: Spirituality in Painting, 2013), London (Rich Gal-
lery: Process of Creation, 2009), Venice (Palazzo Contarini Polignac: Gabriel & Lucifero. The Most Precious
Pigment of Renaissance Venice, 2018; Museo Diocesano d’Arte Sacra Sant’ Apollonia: Fabrica Ecclesiae,
2016; Ca’ del Duca: Light and Painting, 2011), Düsseldorf (Galerie Hans Strelow: Summertime,
2017), Palermo (Museo Riso, Cappella dell' Incoronazione: BIAS, 2018) and Zurich (Villa von Schulthess-
Bodmer: Private View, 2016). Collaboration for works in glass since 2011: Fornace Mattiello, Murano
(2011); Hofglasmalerei Gustav van Treeck, Munich (2013); Adriano Berengo, Berengo Studio, Murano
(2014-17).

Since 2013, in collaboration with Curia Patriarcale di Venezia, Sylke von Gaza has been painting in several
churches in Venice: Chiesa San Fantin (2014), Chiesa San Lio (Project Beyond the Veil, 2015), Cappella San-
tissima Trinià (Seminario Patriarcale, Basilica della Salute, 2016). In 2015, during the Venice Biennale, the
Curia Patriarcale di Venezia commissioned a permanent work contribution to the Gussoni Renaissance
chapel in Chiesa San Lio, Venice (Gussoni Red Veil Paintings Triptych). At the invitation of the Seminario
Patriarcale di Venezia Sylke von Gaza was creating the project Il Nido. A Pilgrimage towards Equilibrium for
the Padiglioni Paralleli in the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute to coincide with the 57th International
Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia 2017. In April 2019, the installation Il Nido will travel on to Gedächt-
niskirche in Berlin.

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                                                               Sylke von Gaza painting in Chiesa San Fantin, Venezia 2014.
                                                                            © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, Fotos: Julian Bruno Vogel

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Current - Project "Il Nido" 2017-2019

"Il Nido. A Pilgrimage towards Equilibrium"
At the invitation of the Seminario Patriarcale di Venezia, artist Sylke von Gaza started creating the art pro-
ject Il Nido. A Pilgrimage towards Equilibrium. The Basilica Santa Maria della Salute became the site of a
contemporary art installation for the first time. The wandering nest is built from driftwood gathered piece
by piece throughout the Venetian Lagoon. The large iridescent pearlescent eggs are made of Murano
Glass executed with the help of Maestro vetraio Silvano Signoretto of Berengo glass furnace in Murano.
The project is curated by the Swiss Renaissance historian Julian Bruno Vogel together with the architect
and director of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art in Venice don Gianmatteo Caputo (for Venezia) and is
supported by the Curia Patriarcale di Venezia. In April 2019, Il Nido will continue its journey from Venezia,
its place of origin, to Gedächtniskirche in the German capital Berlin.



Most Recent - Project "Il Nido", Venezia 2017/18

Installation "Il Nido" at Basilica Madonna della Salute
Conceived for the Padiglioni Paralleli of the 2017 Venice Biennale, Sylke von Gaza's project Il Nido. A Pil-
grimage towards Equilibrium took account of its surroundings, the public space and the environment of
the Laguna Veneta and constitutes a new departure in Sylke von Gaza’s work. During countless explorat-
ory trips of the Lagoon aboard a Sanpierota the artist has experienced the fragile equilibrium of the bi-
otope of the Venetian islands. The installation Il Nido was built "hidden", inside the old observatory of
the Seminario Patriarcale di Venezia. The large nest is composed of the products of the Lagoon, drift-
wood and Murano Glass. Its octagonal shape alludes to the ground plan of the adjacent votive and pil-
grimage church of Santa Maria della Salute, which is connected to the seminary.

In October 2017, to coincide with the end of the 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia
2017, Il Nido appeared almost secretly but in plain sight on the roof of the seminary’s old
observatory right next to the impressive skyline of the cupolas of the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, a
place normally with no public access. Conceived for its prominent location high above the Punta della
Dogana, in the middle of the Bacino, that most public of Venice’s public spaces, the installation sat poised
as if on a pulpit, visible from far away. Until the end of the year, invited visitors were able to enjoy the
breath-taking view from the old observatory over the Bacino di San Marco together with Sylke von Gaza's
nest.

Il Nido embodies transformational processes on several levels. Pilgrims experience a transformation and
growing sense of inner equilibrium as they progress along their pilgrimage. The nest symbolises the point
of origin. It provides shelter for the brood and an unseen space for growth and development towards
strength. As a refugium, it hovers between vulnerability and protection and thus offers the potential of
transformation. The fledgling city of Venice originated in the amphibian shelter of the Laguna Veneta and
grew into the splendid Serenissima. What the nest is for the egg, the Lagoon is for Venice and the Church
for the pilgrim.

Coming from the rooftop of the old observatory of the Salute, Il Nido took a short rest in the cloister of
the adjunct priest seminary of the Venetian Patriarch, only to arrive in the very centre of the Basilica

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della Salute, in time for Easter, the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Throughout
Lent (Quaresima), the preparation period for Easter, Il Nido was covered by white veils; half hidden half
visible. At Easter Sunday (April 1st 2018), the nest’s veils fell and Il Nido could be seen completely unveiled
until the end of the Easter season and Pentecost (20 May 2018).

The Basilica Santa Maria della Salute is one of the most prominent Venetian churches, dedicated to “Our
Lady of Deliverance” (“Madonna della Salute”), and was built by the Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia as
a votive offering for the city's relief of the pestilence 1630. The Basilica’s architect Baldassare Longhena
(1597 – 1682) verbalized two core theological concepts, origin & deliverance, in the tiny
inscription “UNDE ORIGO INDE SALUS MDCXXXI”, which is discreetly placed in the centre of the mosaic
floor underneath the Basilica’s main cupola.

As a contemporary art installation, Sylke von Gaza’s Il Nido is referring to these two concepts embodied in
the complex baroque architecture of the Basilica della Salute full of Marian symbolism. The symbolic
number 8 hints to resurrection (SALUS/deliverance) and is built into the octagonal ground plan of the Ba-
silica as well as the shape of von Gaza’s nest. Il Nido sits right above the inscription, in the exact centre of
the space Longhena himself described as the womb of Mary (ORIGO/origin).

                                                             Osservatorio Seminario Patriarcale alla Salute, Venezia
                                                                        1st stop of "Il Nido", October - December 2017

                                                                   Chiostro Seminario Patriarcale alla Salute, Venezia
                                                                                    2nd stop of "Il Nido", January 2018

                                                                               Basilica Santa Maria delle Salute, Venezia
                                                                                 3rd stop of "Il Nido", February - May 2018

                                              Project Description "Il Nido" at Osservatorio della Salute 2017 (PDF) ▸
                                                       "Il Nido" at the Padiglioni Paralleli for the Art Biennale 2017 ▸
                                                        Description "Il Nido" inside Basilica della Saute 2018 (PDF) ▸

                                                                                 Press Weltkunst (December 2017) ▸
                                                                           Tim Ackermann: "Venedigs geheimes Nest"
                                                                             Press Zeitkunst November 2017 (PDF) ▸
                                                         Petra Schaefer: "Hoch über den Kirchendächern von Venedig"




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Sylke von Gaza, Project Sketches for "Il Nido" at Basilica Madonna della Salute, Venezia 2017/18.
                                                                                                                       © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza

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Panorama Installation View towards Bacino di San Marco, Venezia 2017.
                                                                                              © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, Foto: Julian Bruno Vogel




                                                                Installation View towards Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venezia 2017.
                                                                                          © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, All Fotos: Julian Bruno Vogel




                                Installation View inside cloister of Seminario Patriarcale, Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venezia 2017.
                                                                                          © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, All Fotos: Julian Bruno Vogel




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Central floor inscription of the Basilica Santa Maria della Salute:
“UNDE ORIGO INDE SALUS MDCXXXI”.




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Installation View "Il Nido" in the centre of Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venezia 2018.
                                                                                        © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, All Fotos: Julian Bruno Vogel




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Most Recent - Solo Exhibition, Venezia April/May 2018

Palazzo Contarini Polignac: "Gabriel & Lucifero"
Sylke von Gaza's solo exhibition Gabriel & Lucifero. The most precious Pigment of Renaissance Venice took
place at Palazzo Contarini Polignac in Venice in April and Mai 2018. Working with the ultramarine pig-
ment, Sylke von Gaza created a series of abstract oil paintings that reference the tradition of the Old Mas-
ters and their use of this very precious pigment for the iconic blue veil and mantle of the Madonna, which
symbolised the Virgin’s purity and status as the eternal Queen of Heaven.

The exhibition revolves around two large-scale works, Gabriel and Lucifero. Named after the archangels,
the two paintings make their first public appearance at Palazzo Contarini Polignac. The visitor is invited to
take her/his time, to sit in an armchair and to contemplate and experience the pigment’s alchemical
power and its effect on the subconscious. The text “Mysterium Coniunctionis. Gabriel & Lucifero di Sylke
von Gaza” by the Italian philosopher and professor of aesthetics Guido Brivio (Università di Torino) is part
of the setting and offered to the visitor to complement her/his own inner dialogue.

The final days of the exhibition Gabriel & Lucifero coincided with the "Berührungspunkte", a communi-
cation initiative for architects, hosted in the same palazzo for the preview days of the Biennale d'Ar-
chitettura 2018.

                                                                         Exhibition Description "Gabriel & Lucifero" (PDF) ▸
                                                                            Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Magazzino Gallery ▸
                                                                                           Where: Dorsoduro 874, Venezia ▸
                                                                                                       11 April - 30 May 2018




Above: Canal Grande View of Palazzo Contarini Polignac.




                   Right: Claude Monet, Le Palais Contarini, 1908.
                                              © Kunstmuseum St. Gallen




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Installation Views and Details of Exhibition "Gabriel & Lucifero", Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venezia 2018.
                                                                                         © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, All Fotos: Julian Bruno Vogel



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Most Recent - Participation BIAS, Palermo 2018

BIAS: Camael Red Veil Triptych at Museo Riso, Cappella
dell'Incoronazione
For the second edition of BIAS, Biennale Internazionale di Arte Contemporanea Sacra e delle Religioni
Dell'Umanità, 2018 in Palermo, Sylke von Gaza's contribution Camael Red Veil Triptych was chosen to be
shown in Cappella dell'Incoronazione del Museo Riso in Palermo, integrated in the Padiglione
Filosofico. From 14 April until 14 September BIAS took place in various sites all over Palermo, this
year's Italian Capital of Culture and host city of the Manifesta 12. For this second edition of BIAS, the cur-
atorial team led by Chiara Modìca Donà dalle Rose chose the title "La Porta – Porta itineris dicitur longis-
sima esse...". Sylke von Gaza's abstract triptych with its luminous veils of glowing red paint is named
after Camael, the cherubim with the flaming sword that was placed at the gate to guard the tree of
life after the traumatic expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3.24). It may be read
as a metaphor for mankind's first step on the path towards self-awareness.

                                                                                 Cappella dell'Incoronazione, Museo Riso ▸
                                                                                                                Website BIAS ▸
                                                                                                                     Where? ▸
                                                                                                 14 April - 14 September 2018




                        Installation View Camael Red Veil Triptych for BIAS 2018, Museo Riso, Cappella dell'Icoronazione, Palermo 2018.
                                                                                      © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, All Fotos: Julian Bruno Vogel




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Most Recent - Art Fair, Köln 2017

Art Cologne 2017 with Galerie Hans Strelow
Renowned art dealer Hans Strelow invited Sylke von Gaza to participate with his gallery at Art Cologne
2017 art fair. In Galerie Hans Strelow booth Sylke von Gaza’s work was shown together with works by
Frank Stella, Imi Knoebel, Günther Uecker, Gotthard Graubner, Raimund Girke, Emil Schumacher &
Norbert Kricke.




Right: Art dealer Hans Strelow in his gallery at Luegplatz, sitting on
Barnett Newmans atelier chair, with works by Frank Stella and Sylke von
Gaza, Düsseldorf 2017.

 Below: Installation View of booth Galerie Hans Strelow, Art Cologne 2017.
                                  © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, All Fotos: Julian Bruno Vogel




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Most Recent - Participation Museum Exhibiton, Düsseldorf 2016/17

Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
In 2016/17 Sylke von Gaza was invited to participate with two large scale Veil Painting works in the exhibi-
tion Behind the Curtain. Concealment and Revelation since the Renaissance. From Titian to Cristo at Mu-
seum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf. General Director Beat Wismer and Claudia Blümle, Professor at the Institute
of Art and Visual Studies of Humboldt Universität in Berlin, curated the exhibition.

Set against the background of the legend of the origin of mimetic painting – the tale of the contest
between the ancient painters Zeuxis and Parrhasios – this thematic exhibition takes a look at the motifs
of veil and curtain, thus illuminating fundamental issues of painting and fine art in general. The exhibition
demonstrates the interplay between showing and concealing, revealing and veiling with a range of ex-
clusive loans of art. The works range from Renaissance and Baroque paintings to modern and contem-
porary art. Alongside the key work of the exhibition, Titian’s “Portrait of Cardinal Filippo Archinto” from
the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Museum Kunstpalast presents a variety of loans from international mu-
seums and private collections, including works e.g. by Giovanni Bellini, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens,
François Boucher, William Turner, Max Beckmann, Arnold Böcklin, Robert Delaunay, Morris Louis, Francis
Bacon, Lucian Freud, Maria Lassnig, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. Von Gaza's two large scale Veil
Painting works represented a contemporary non figurative approach towards the theme of concealment
and revelation, working with the metaphor of the veil in an abstract, metaphorical way.


Accompanying the exhibition, a richly illustrated catalogue was published by Hirmer. Contributions by
eminent art historians such as Horst Bredekamp, Georges Didi-Huberman, Wolfgang Kemp, Roland
Krischel, Klaus Krüger, Oskar Bätschmann, Patrik Reuterswärd, Barbara Schellewald, Beate Söntgen, Vic-
tor I. Stoichiță & Gerhard Wolf elaborate on the topic of the highly frequented exhibition.

                                                            Exhibition Website Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf ▸
                                                                                   Exhibition Description (PDF) ▸
                                                                                           Exhibition Catalogue ▸
                                                                                              Exhibition Trailer ▸
                                                                                      Press WZ (Helga Meister) ▸
                                                                                 1 October 2016 - 22 January 2017




Exhibition Catalogue:
Hinter dem Vorhang. Verhüllung und Enthüllung seit der Renaissance - von
Tizian bis Christo
Hg. Beat Wismer & Claudia Blümle
Contributions by H. Bredekamp, G. Didi-Huberman, W. Kemp, R. Krischel, K.
Krüger, O. Bätschmann, P. Reuterswärd, B. Schellewald, B. Söntgen, V. Stoi-
chiță, G. Wolf
340 Seiten, 297 Abbildungen in Farbe, 24 x 30 cm.
Hirmer Verlag, München 2016
ISBN 978-3-7774-2646-4 More ▸


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Installation View of Exhibition "Behind the Curtain", Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 2016/17.
                                                                                              © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, Foto: Julian Bruno Vogel




                                              Installation View of Exhibition "Behind the Curtain", Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 2016/17.
                                                                                                                    © Foto: Stefan Arendt LVR-ZMB




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Trailer of Exhibition "Behind the Curtain", Museum Kunst-                     Co-Curator Prof. Dr. Claudia Blümle (Humboldt Universität,
 palast Düsseldorf 2016.                                                       Berlin) & artist Sylke von Gaza, Düsseldorf 2016.
                                    © Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf                 © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, Foto: Stefan Arendt LVR-ZMB




                                                                            Vernissage at Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf in September 2016.
                                                                                                  © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, Foto: Julian Bruno Vogel




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Review - Private View, Zürich 2016

Villa von Schulthess-Bodmer
In April 2016, Sylke von Gaza was invited to the Villa von Schluthess-Bodmer in Seefeld Zürich. In the spi-
rit of modern patronage, a private view was held and Sylke von Gaza was introduced to an exclusive circle
of Zurich art collectors. At this occasion, works from Sylke von Gaza’s Veil Painting series were shown in
Switzerland for the first time.




Private View & Sketch by Sylke von
Gaza, Villa von Schulthess-Bodmer,
Zürich 2016..
© Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, Foto: Julian
Bruno Vogel




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Review - Project "Beyond the Veil" in Chiesa San Lio, Venezia 2015

Work Commission for Gussoni Renaissance Chapel
Since 2013, in collaboration with Curia Patriarcale di Venezia, Sylke von Gaza has been painting in several
churches in Venice: Chiesa San Fantin (2014), Chiesa San Lio (Project Beyond the Veil, 2015), Cappella San-
tissima Trinità (Basilica della Salute, 2016).

In 2015, during the 56th Venice Biennale, the Curia Patriarcale di Venezia commissioned a permanent
work contribution by Sylke von Gaza to the Gussoni Renaissance chapel in Chiesa San Lio, an old Vene-
tian church nearby Rialto. Therefore, the artist was creating in situ three panel paintings for the Gussoni
family chapel (Gussoni Red Veil Paintings Triptych) - following old artistic traditions.


Netherlandish and Italian Renaissance painting has always been a key source of inspiration for Sylke von
Gaza. With her large-scale abstract oil paintings she positions herself within the tradition of the Old Mas-
ters without, however, referencing them directly in her formal language. Oscillating between past and
present, Venice provides an ideal creative environment for the artist, whose works not only probe the
questions of tradition and identity in painting, but also provoke a discussion of the intrinsic value of art
and society.

For this Beyond the Veil project, Sylke von Gaza joined forces with the priest and curator Gianmatteo Cap-
uto, director of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art in Venice, and the Swiss Renaissance historian Julian
Bruno Vogel. The title of the project is intentionally ambiguous; it alludes to the artist’s series of Veil
Paintings as well as to the figurative meaning of the phrase ‘beyond the veil’ – i.e. after death – which is
echoed by the figure of the Virgin cradling the dead Christ on Pietro and Tullio Lombardo’s altar relief in
the Gussoni chapel. Radiant in a luminous yet contemplative red – a colour that draws on the liturgical
tradition – Sylke von Gaza’s three canvases frame the Lamentation scene of the Stations of the Cross.
Last, but by no means least, the word ‘beyond’ invited viewers to go beyond the contemplation of the
finished work, to witness the old-masterly process of its creation and to watch the artist at work in the
public space of the church.

Calling for a bold combination of art historical references, the re-articulation of archetypal themes and
the consideration of its architectural setting, the project Beyond the Veil allowed Sylke von Gaza to take
her work into a new direction. The project lasted from May until October 2015. Sylke von Gaza’s contribu-
tion was integrated in the Gussoni family chapel's ensemble with its altar relief by Pietro and Tullio Lom-
bardo and the tomb of the Venetian painter Canaletto and will remain there permanently.

                                                            Project Description "Beyond the Veil" 2015 (PDF) ▸
                                                                  "Beyond the Veil" at Patriarcato di Venezia ▸
                                                                                     Chiesa San Lio, Venezia ▸
                                                                                      Press Weltkunst (PDF) ▸
                                                                                            May - October 2015




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Sylke von Gaza, Sketch work contribution Gussoni Red Veil Paintings Triptych, project "Beyond the Veil, Venezia 2015.
                                                                                                                  © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza




                                               Sylke von Gaza painting in Gussoni Renaissance Chapel, Chiesa San Lio, Venezia 2015.
                                                                                         © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza, Foto: Julian Bruno Vogel



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Installation View Gussoni Red Veil Paintings Triptych, Cappella Gussoni, Chiesa San Lio, Venezia 2015.

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Review - Project "Power of Glass", München 2013

Glass work with Hofglasmalerei Gustav van Treeck
In 2013, Sylke von Gaza was invited to participate in the project "Power of Glass" by venerable Hofglas-
malerei Gustav van Treeck in Munich with the aim to adapt her Red Veil Paintings into the language
of glass. She created two large-scale glass objects, the Red Veil Rose window and the Red Veil Mosaic. The
works have been shown in the Carmelite Church of St. Nicholas in Munich.

                                                                                 Project "Power of Glass" at Gustav van Treeck ▸
                                                                                   Exhibition Catalogue "Power of Glass" (PDF) ▸
                                                                                            Exhibition Carmelite Church Munich ▸
                                                                                                                   5 - 28 July 2013




       Right: Red Veil Mosaic, floor mosaic in brass frame,
                                           ø 160 cm, 2013.

Below: Red Veil Rose, float glass painting, antique glass,
steel frame, ø 160 cm, 2013.
                                          © Bildarchiv Sylke von Gaza




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Sylke von Gaza - Body of Works

Works Selection 2005 - 2018
Please find below a small works selection to illustrate the diverse range of Sylke von Gaza's abstract body
of works. For a more detailed and structured insight with price range as well as for works in other media,
please contact studio@vongaza.com.




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Sylke von Gaza 2007 - 2019

Facts and Figures
Timeline
      •     2017: Participation in Padiglioni Paralleli of Curia Patriarcale di Venezia for 57th Venice Biennale
      •     2017: Atelier in Osservatorio del Seminario Patriarcale di Venezia, Basilica della Salute, Punta
            della Dogana, Venice; Glass work, Studio Berengo, Murano
      •     2016: Atelier in Cappella Santissima Trinità, Seminario Patriarcale di Venezia, Basilica della Sa-
            lute, Venice; Atelier in Villa von Schulthess-Bodmer, Zurich
      •     2015: Atelier in Cappella Gussoni, Chiesa San Lio, Venice; permanent work contribution to the
            Gussoni Renaissance Chapel in Chiesa San Lio, commissioned by the Curia Patriarcale di Venezia
      •     2013 - 2014: Atelier in Chiesa San Fantin, Venice
      •     2013: Glass work, Hofglasmalerei Gustav van Treeck, Munich
      •     since 2012: Studio San Gregorio, Palazzo Martinengo Fortuny, Venice
      •     2011: Artist-Residence in Palazzo Ca’ del Duca, Venice; Glass work, Fornace Mattiello, Murano
      •     2007: Graduated from the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, awarded title “Meister-
            schülerin” ("summa cum laude")
      •     2005: Artist-Residence in New York
      •     2002 - 2007: Studied painting at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München (Academy of the
            Visual Arts in Munich, Germany) under Prof. Sean Scully
      •     2000: Art Students League, New York
      •     1989 - 1990: Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen at Christain-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
      •     1985 - 1989: Diplom-Ingenieurin (Dipl.Ing.) at Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften HAW
            Hamburg
      •     1966: Born Sylke von Gazen genannt Gaza in Hamburg


Exhibitions (selection)
      •     2019: Il Nido at Gedächtniskirche, Berlin (solo)
      •     2019: Velvet & Paper, Gallery Biedermann, Munich (solo)
      •     2018: Gabriel & Lucifero. The most precious Pigment of Renaissance Venice, Palazzo Contarini Po-
            lignac, Venice (solo)
      •     2018: BIAS Biennale Internazionale di Arte Contemporanea Sacra e delle Religioni Dell'Umanità
            2018, Museo Riso, Capella dell'Incoronazione, Palermo
      •     2018: Il Nido inside Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice (solo)
      •     2018: Il Nido at cloister of Seminario Patriarcale, Venice (solo)
      •     2017: Il Nido. A Pilgrimage towards Equilibrium, project start for Padiglioni Paralleli of Curia Pat-
            riarcale di Venezia and glasswork with Berengo Studio, Murano, during 57th Venice Biennale,
            at Basilica Madonna della Salute, Osservatorio del Seminario Patriarcale, Punta della
            Dogana, Venice (solo)


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•     2017: Summertime: Brüning, Erben, von Gaza, Huidobro, Merschmann, Münch, Gallery Hans Stre-
            low, Düsseldorf
      •     2017: 52th Art Cologne, Gallery Hans Strelow, Cologne
      •     2016/17: Behind the Curtain. Concealment and Revelation since the Renaissance. From Titian to
            Cristo, curated by Beat Wismer and Prof. Dr. Claudia Blümle, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf
      •     2016: Private View Villa von Schulthess-Bodmer, Zürich (solo)
      •     2016: Fabrica Ecclesiae, Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Sant' Apollonia, San Marco, Venice
      •     2015: Beyond the Veil, project with and commission for Curia Patriarcale di Venezia during 56th
            Venice Biennale, Chiesa San Lio, Venice (solo)
      •     2014: Power of Glass, Hofglasmalerei Gustav van Treeck, Munich
      •     2013: Handwerk und Kirche, Gallery Handwerk of Chamber of Commerce of Munich and Upper
            Bavaria in collaboration with Erzbischöfliches Ordinariat München, Carmelite Church of St.
            Nicholas, Munich
      •     2013: Spirituality in Painting, Gallery Art Consult, Munich (solo)
      •     2012: Positionswechsel, BayWa, Munich
      •     2011: Light & Painting, Palazzo Ca' del Duca, Venice (solo)
      •     2010: Jahresgaben, Munich Art Society, Munich
      •     2009: The Process of Creation, Rich Gallery, London (solo)
      •     2009: Malerei, Gallery Biedermann, Munich (solo)
      •     2008: Jahresausstellung des 15. Kunstpreises, Aichach Art Society, Aichach
      •     2007: Jahresausstellung, Traunstein Art Society, Traustein
      •     2007: Diplomausstellung Abschlussklasse Prof. Sean Scully, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Mün-
            chen, Munich


Public collections
      •     Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
      •     Museo Diocesano d'Arte Sacra Sant' Apollonia, San Marco, Venice
      •     Collezione Seminario Patriarcale di Venezia, Venice


Recognition
      •     2007: Meisterschülerin ("summa cum laude") in Fine Arts at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste
            München under Prof. Sean Scully.
      •     2015: Work commission for Gussoni Renaissance Chapel by Curia Patriarcale di Venezia
      •     2017 Invitation to Padiglioni Paralleli for the for 57th Venice Biennale by Curia Patriarcale di
            Venezia


Permanent Installations
      •     since 2015: Gussoni Red Veil Triptych, Gussoni Renaissance Chapel, Chiesa San Lio, Venice.


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Atelier San Gregorio, Palazzo Martinengo Fortuny, Venezia 2016.
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