BONN.-The Kunstmuseum is presenting the first German museum exhibition of the Cologne twins Gert and Uwe Tobias (*1973) who, above all with their large-scale woodcuts, havein additionattracted a great deal of international attention. In collaboration with the Kunstverein Heilbronn, this exhibition of about 100 works, in association with new monumental cinerama-like dimensions, shows various drawings, water colors, collages and sculptures that, through wall paintings, are transformed into one large installation.
Romanian twin brothers Gert and Uwe Tobias create large-scale woodcuts and sculptural constructions. They use the dark mythologies and history of their native Transylvania as their subject, bringing age-old folktales and imagery into the realm of the present. The prints and sculptures make reference not only to skulls and monsters, but also to modern graphic design, ancient ceramic forms, camp Hollywood horror ﬁlms, and abstract imagery. The artists multi-media installations explore the way in which legends are formed and how objects stimulate cultural memory.
Gert and Uwe Tobias were born in Brasov, Romania, in 1973 and live in Cologne, Germany. They graduated from the Hochschule für bildende Künste, Braunschweig, Germany, in 2002 and in 2004 were awarded the Peter Mertes Scholarship from the Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn. Their works in a variety of media have been exhibited in solo shows at Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne; Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; and The Breeder, Athens. Recent group exhibitions include Künstlerbrüder at Haus der Kunst, Munich, which traveled to the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; as well as those at Team Gallery, New York, and Sprüth Magers Lee, London. This is their first solo exhibition in a museum.