Contemporary German artist Katja Liebmann is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, the Kunsthochschule Berlin and the Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg who first gained critical acclaim for her low tech camera series Gotham City, which was acquired by the Saatchi Collection. Katja describes herself as a ‘painterly soul’, citing Rembrandt, Turner, Poussin, and Titian as her inspiration. On a quest for beauty and harmony, seeking order from chaos, her images are characterised by a softness and longing which she likens to German Romanticism.
The work of Katja Liebmann records the energy, isolation and alienation of urban life whilst maintaining a reflective, dreamlike quality. Much of her work is printed using low tech nineteenth century processes, such as the Gotham City pieces which were created with the Van Dyke process. The negative is contact printed using sunlight to produce rare and timeless photographs. The Journeys and Dwellings series feature cyanotype prints, one of the oldest photographic processes. The blue tone of the cyanotype prints on textured etching paper enhances the romance of the images; heavy raindrops are blotted onto the hazy scenes outside and shadowy trees float against vast stone facades. Katja’s use of this early photographic technique is not a sentimental choice however; for her it simply presents the best means to portray the ephemerality of time and existence.
Katja Liebmann was nominated for the 1998 Citibank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize) and was awarded the prestigious DAAD scholarship in 1995. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Royal College of Art, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Charles Saatchi Collection, London; the LzO Art Collection, (Landessparkasse zu Oldenburg), Oldenburg; the Bishkek Art Centre, Kirgisien; and the Omsk Museum of Visual Arts, among others.
Waiting II, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK.
Berlin London New York – Retrospective I, Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, Germany. (Solo)
Photo London Digital, Online Art Fair.
Waiting, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK.
Early Works, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK.
Looking Back, Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, Germany.
Twenty, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK.
Gallery Berlinicke, Wildeshausen, Germany. (Solo)
The 22th Annual Artshow, Westwerk, Leipzig, Germany.
Solid Sleep, Gallery Lake, Oldenburg, Germany. (Solo)
Nature, Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, Germany. (Solo)
A gram of light, Museum for Industrial Culture, Nuremberg, Germany.
Green Art 2, Museum for Art and Art History, Oldenburg, Germany.
New Works, Artothek, Oldenburg, Germany.
Blue Leafs, Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, Germany.
Sehnsuchtsorte II, Focke Museum, Bremer, Germany and Pelzerhäuser, Emden, Germany.
Journey / Dwellings, Gallery Herold, Bremen, Germany. (Solo)
Art Gallery Wilhelmshaven, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
Reverse, Omsk Museum of Visual Arts, (with Goethe-Institute Novosibirsk), Novosibirsk, Russia.
Journey / Dwellings, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK. (Solo)
German Landscapes, Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, Germany. (Solo)
German Landscapes, Art Society, Vechta, Germany.
Bright Spots – Current Positions and Aesthetic Experiments, Museum for Art and Art History, Oldenburg, Germany.
The Space Between Man and Camera, Goethe Institute, Ankara, Turkey.
Novosibirsk Graphic Art Biennial ´09, Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Novosibirsk, Russia.
Crossroads. Nomadic Knowledge and Art Strategies, Bishkek Art Center, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Truth Is What Connects Us, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany.
Work from 1993-2006, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany. (Solo)
London Bilder, Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, Germany.
Landscapes, Part II, Charles Saatchi Gallery, London, UK.
100% Photography, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK.
St James Group Photography Prize 2002, Flowers East, London, UK
Berlin 328, HackelBury Fine Art, London, UK. (Solo)
Berlin Ornaments, Goethe Institute, London, UK. (Solo)
Modern Times III, Hasselblad Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Contemporary Art Exhibition, Sotheby’s, London, UK.
Inspirit, Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery, Maidstone, ME.
Londinia, Photographers Gallery, London, UK.
Eyes of March, The Lux Center, London, UK.
Urban Landscapes, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK.
Citibank Photography Prize, with Andreas Gursky, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Thomas Demand, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK.
The John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK.
Gloves Off!, Shoreditch Town Hall, London, UK.
Liquid, David Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, UK.
Palimpsest Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rouen, France
Palimpsest Berlin, Cityhall, 6tharrondissement, Paris, France.
The graphic Collection of the Royal College of Art, London, UK
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Charles Saatchi Collection, London, UK
The Rubell Collection Miami, Miami, FL
LzO Art Collection, (Landessparkasse zu Oldenburg), Germany
Collection of the Bishkek Art Centre, Kyrgyzstan, Russia
The Omsk Museum of Visual Arts, Omsk, Russia
AWARDS & HONORS
Shortlisted for St James Group Photography Prize
Stipendium of the Hasselblad Foundation, Goteborg, Sweden
Shortlisted for the Citibank Photography Prize 1998, London, UK
Deloitte & Touche Prize for Excellence, R.C.A, London, UK
John Purcell Paper Prize, London, UK
Renaissance Art Award, Aylesbury / London, UK
DAAD Scholarship, Berlin, Germany