Mark Krause: Exhibition “Spotlight Portraits”

Invitation to the vernissage with a "Live Painting Music Performance" on 24 October 2018

[Translate to English:] Mark Krause

Tübingen, 18.10.2018. For the opening of the exhibition "SPOTLIGHT PORTRAITS" with the artist Mark Krause, the Max-Planck-Haus cordially invites you to a "Live Painting Music Performance" on Wednesday, 24 October 2018, at 7 pm. Inspired by jazz improvisations and impressionistic music (Debussy), Mark Krause draws a large-format canvas - at the same time the resulting painting inspires the musical game.

On the Spotlight Portraits:

The series "Spotlight Portraits" are portrait paintings by Mark Krause, either painted directly from the model - as in "Swetlana" from 2016 - or created after an encounter with people. In the process, the picture that remained in memory as an essential facial gesture became the motif and starting point for the painted portrait. In addition to the facial expressions and gestures of the people portrayed, the mood and the lighting play a decisive role in the pictorial expression. Many of the portraits are painted on canvas or book covers and even have relief embossed prints integrated into the painting. But the painted portraits can also be found on other materials such as wood, cardboard or leather. Works from the series "Spotlight Portraits" will be shown that were created over a period of 5 years.

On the concept of live painting:

Since 2003, Mark Krause has been engaged in the so-called live painting. He paints spontaneously, sometimes dancing to lyrics or prose, accompanied by the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra, inspired by jazz, rock, or songs. In these performances he culminates “painting in the NOW, painting as the great NOW, as his teacher Markus Lüpertz once called it. Thus Mark Krause is convinced: "The process of painting cannot be shown more impressively and honestly, as it is so ruthless and open to results". The dialogue with his or her partner is very important to him. He pauses, listens, picks up the rhythm in the brush strokes, looks at the partner and even manages that the other reacts to his rhythm.

On the musical accompaniment:

Musical accompaniment is provided by the quartet consisting of Luigi Gresele & Cristina Pinneri (grand piano) - Marco Podobnik (saxophone) and Mark Krause (live painting). Cristina Pinneri emanates from classical piano music. She especially loves the piano pieces of French impressionist music (Debussy). Luigi Gresele and Marco Podobnik are connected to jazz. Jazz standards such as "Stella by Starlight" by Victor Young and experimental jazz improvisations originally brought the two together and will also be heard in the live painting music performance. The three musicians are staff members of the three Max Planck Institutes in Tübingen. The quartet came together exclusively and solely for this event.


On the Vita:

Mark Krause from Wurzen/Saxony studied fine arts at the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge/USA with Prof. Edward Pramuk and general rhetoric and philosophy at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. From 2007-2008 he was a student of Professors Markus Lüpertz and Hermann Nitsch at the “Kunstakademie Bad Reichenhall”. During his studies Mark Krause received various scholarships such as the art scholarship of the Cranach Foundation Wittenberg in 2005.

Since 2001 he has collaborated with the HWL Gallery & Edition in Düsseldorf, an art gallery in which his works have been exhibited several times. From 2003 Mark Krause began to paint live concerts with classical music. His large-format oil painting “Aufbruch” was created in 2011 during a concert of the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by further live paintings such as in 2013 for the German Pain Congress in the Congress Center Hamburg. At a concert by the Cicolo Quartet & Trio d´anche of the “Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie” for the opening ceremony of the “Bodenseeforum Konstanz”, in 2016 Krause painted the painting “Konstanzer Tagungstradition”, which became part of the “Bodenseeforum” at the "Kunst am Bau".


On the Max Planck House:

The Max Planck House - a conference and guest house for the Max Planck Institutes in Tübingen - shows pictures of regional artists in its publicly accessible rooms several times a year.


Max Planck Ring 6 - 72076 Tübingen
Mon - Thu 8 - 20 o'clock
Fr 8 - 17 o'clock

The exhibition runs until 23 January 2019.