Michaela Odekerken: Curriculum Vitae & Exhibitions

Michaela Odekerken: Portrait Current and next exhbitions  (» Deutsche Version)

From Jan 05 2015 Solo exhibition at the Privat Practice for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Dr. Dr. Kiefer, 50996 Cologne-Rodenkirchen, Maternusstrasse 44, Germany


 Curriculum Vitae

since '98 Journeys to India and Thailand, studies of Asian art and culture
since '97 Beginning of mandala painting; studies of Vastu, the traditional Indian system of space design and energy, the roots of the Chinese Feng Shui
1993-96 Gallery owner in Bonn, Germany, main point of emphasis: contemporary art
1992-93 Participation in the final exhibitions of the Arts Forum, Bonn, Germany
1989-91 Study of painting at the Institute for Science of Arts of the University of Bonn, Germany
1974-81 Study of mathematics and geography at the University of Bonn, Germany, with accompanying studies at the Institute for Science of Arts, Bonn

 Exhibitions (selection)

2014 Solo exhibition Offenes Atelier, Cologne (» pdf-Flyer)
Solo exhibition at the "Rathaus Apotheke" Cologne, Germany
Solo exhibition "Kultur in der Sackgasse",St.Georg Church, Cologne, Germany
Solo exhibition "Indian Lyrics" at Osborne Clarke, Cologne, Germany (Flyer »  part 1 »  part 2)
Solo Exhibition "Poetry of Colours" at the IHK Köln (chamber of commerce) (» pdf-flyer)
2013 Solo exhibition at the Praxis für Laboratoriumsmedizin, Cologne, Germany
Online exhibition "Reanimation of empathy " art portal ARTPACKAGE
Solo exhibition Offenes Atelier, Cologne, Germany (» pdf-flyer)
Solo exhibition "Kultur in der Sackgasse",St.Georg Church, Cologne, Germany
Solo exhibition at the Sparda-Bank West eG, Bonn Duisdorf (» pdf-flyer)
Online exhibition Dark and Bright, Art Portal ARTPACKAGE
2012 Group exhibition Hennefer Kunsttage 2012 at the Meys Fabrik, Hennef, Germany (» pdf-flyer)
Group exhibition Natuzzi meets friends, Natuzzi Store, Cologne, Germany (» pdf-flyer)
Solo exhibition at the Hochkreuz Augenklinik, Bonn (» pdf-flyer)
Group exhibition at the Galerie 681, Cologne, Germany: Opening of the Garden of Sculptures (»  pdf-flyer)
Solo exhibition Offenes Atelier, Cologne, Germany (»  pdf-flyer)
Solo exhibition "Kultur in der Sackgasse",St.Georg Church, Cologne, Germany
Solo exhibition at the First Flush Tearoom, Bonn, Germany (»  pdf-flyer)
2011 Solo exhibition at the Privatpraxis für Augenheilkunde Detlef Kribus & Kollegen,, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany (» pdf-flyer)
Solo exhibition at the Johanniter Krankenhaus, Bonn, Germany (» pdf-flyer)
Solo exhbition at the Japanisch-Deutschen Kulturwerkstatt Tenri , Cologne, Germany
(» pdf-flyer 1) (» pdf-flyer 2)
Offenes Atelier Köln 2011, Cologne, Germany (» pdf-flyer)
Solo exhibition "Kultur in der Sackgasse", St.Georg Church, Cologne-Weiss, Germany
Solo exhibition at the Haus der Evangelischen Kirche, Bonn, Germany (» info)
Solo exhibition at the Kameha Grand Hotel, Bonn, Germany
Solo exhibition at the Orangerie-Galerie, Brühl near Cologne, Germany (» pdf flyer)
Group exhibition "Art on Demand", Artium Kunstsalon, Bad Honnef, Germany (pdf flyer)
2010 Group exhibition "Augenblicke" (Moments), Galerie Facettenreich, Bonn, Germany pdf flyer 1, 2
Solo exhibition at the Haus der Begegnung, Bonn - Bad Godesberg, Germany (pdf flyer)
Offenes Atelier Köln 2010, Cologne, Germany
Solo exhibition "Kunst in den Torhäusern", Flora, Cologne, Germany
Solo exhibition "Kultur in der Sackgasse", St.Georg Church, Cologne-Weiss, Germany
Group exhibition "ArtFairNrw", Mercatorhalle Duisburg im CityPalais, Duisburg, Germany
Solo exhibition at the Praxisgemeinschaft für Zahnmedizin, Bonn, Germany (pdf flyer)
Group exhibition "Freiheit" (Freedom) (IKV - Internation Artist Association),
    Landgericht Bonn (Regional Court), Bonn, Germany
2009 Group exhibition "Accrochage", Galerie 681, Cologne - Rodenkirchen, Germany
Group exhibition "Kunst und Religion" (IKV - Internation Artist Association),
    Kloster Kruispunt, Denderleeuw, Belgium
Offenes Atelier Köln 2009, Cologne, Germany
Solo exhibition "Kultur in der Sackgasse", St. Georg Church, Cologne-Weiss, Germany
Group exhibition (IKV - Internation Artist Association),
    Europäischen Klempner-und Kupferschmiedemuseum, Karlstadt, Germany
Group exhibition "The Color Red", Gallery Besch, Saarbrücken, Germany
Solo exhibition at the Max Planck Institute Saarbrücken, Germany
Group exhibition "AstroArt - Kunst in der Sternwarte", Hamburg-Bergedorf, Germany
Solo exhibition at the Galerie 681, Rodenkirchen (near Cologne), Germany (pdf flyer)
Group exhibition "Strassen verbinden Kulturen" (IKV - Internation Artist Association),
    Bundespresseamt (Federal Press Office), Bonn, Germany
2008 Solo exhibition at the Regional Court, Bonn, Germany (pdf flyer)
Group exhibition at the Artium Kunstsalon, Bad Honnef, Germany (pdf flyer)
Solo exhibition at the Regional Court, Cologne, Germany
Offenes Atelier Köln 2008, Cologne, Germany
Group exhibition "Kultur in der Sackgasse", Church St. Georg, Cologne, Germany
Solo exhibition "Art at the Rhine Carré",
    Lawyers' Office Hecker, Werner, Himmelreich & Nacken, Cologne, Germany
Group exhibition "6. Rodenkirchener Kunstmeile", Cologne, Germany
Group exhibition "World Tour of Senses" (IKV - Internation Artist Association),
    Steigenberger Grand Hotel Petersberg, Königswinter, Germany
Solo exhibition "Dialograum", Church St. Helena, Bonn, Germany
Solo exhibition at the Art Café Picasso, Bonn, Germany
2007 Group exhibition (IKV - Internation Artist Association), Old Fire Station, Cologne, Germany
Offenes Atelier Köln 2007, Cologne, Germany
Group exhibition "Kultur in der Sackgasse", Church St. Georg, Cologne, Germany
Solo exhibition at the Praxis Comed, Cologne, Germany
Group exhibition "5. Rodenkirchener Kunstmeile", Cologne, Germany
2006 Solo exhibition at the St. Mary Hospital, Bonn, Germany
Solo exhibition at the Gezeiten-Haus-Klinik (private clinic for TCM), Bonn - Bad Godesberg
2005 Solo exhibition at the Hochkreuz-Augenklinik (private ophthalmological clinic), Bonn
2004 Solo exhibition at the "International Press Ball", Hotel Maritim, Bonn, Germany
2003 Solo exhibition at the Dorint Hotel, Bonn, Germany
Solo exhibition "Symbols from different Cultural Areas"
    at the gallery Kunstraum Königswinter, Königswinter, Germany


 "Oases of Contemplation - Deep Sources of Vitality"

"From one page to the next the observer immerses into a world of paintings, which, in the first place, deeply impresses by its Far Eastern flair. What immediately leaps to the eye is a foreign stroke and an enigmatic language of signs, the quintessence of which is deciphered, nevertheless, in the captions and comments on her work.

When plumbing the depths of the overall focus of the paintings, these works reveal the timelessness and universality of a visual language, where poetry and expressiveness are merging into aesthetic syntheses. Thus, for example, the main focus of the paintings includes the concepts of beauty, grace, balance, happiness, hope, compassion, love, dream, light or natural, organic, spherical or cosmic areas (see: 'THE UNIVERSE').

Last but not least, the capricious seasons of the human psyche are reflected in a way by the panorama of paintings, almost creating a striking rhythm by the symbolism of their colours. Moreover, when studying quite a number of these individual works, the observers are stimulated to analyse their inner beings (see: 'YOUR TRUE SELF' and 'INNER LIGHT').

This work illustrates in an exemplary manner the homogeneous dovetailing of inner life and outside world. Within such a framework, the essential messages of those paintings, as e.g. the elapsing of time or questioning the perception of realities also obtain their specific aura and relevance.

From every page the observer may first of all be delighted with the gloriously and seductively shimmering and dramatic blaze of colour, glowing with energy. Countless layers of varnish and meticulously matched membranes of colours are condensed to form strong impressions of paintings, which mainly suggest deepness of space and flowing, gliding movements. Ambitious concepts of these paintings, well-structured in every detail and created to the sounds of music ensure that in the course of an artistically stimulated immersion into and absorption by those works, new discoveries will constantly be brought to the fore.

In this way, an extensive and fruitful dialogue is achieved.

To all intents and purposes, the whole collection prints plead for phases of contemplation, oases of silence, moments of regeneration (see: BREATH IS LIFE); in its essence, the comprehensive collection of paintings by Michaela Odekerken is also a creed of constructive energies as such (see: 'LEAVES ON THE TREE OF HOPE'). In this way, the term 'path of art', which is spiritually embedded in Far Eastern art, is transformed into visible reality.

Zen Buddhism and Asian philosophies in general correspond to an expression of nature poetry, which pursues the central idea of enlightenment. Thus, in this context, a spiritual significance or dimension is attached to the realm of nature.

The artist who follows the footsteps of nature strives to track down and explore its vital rhythms, vibrations or microscosmic mysteries.

In the tradition of Far Eastern painting techniques and calligraphy, paper serves as a matrix or a kind of sounding-board for this way of transforming reality.

Metamorphosis and transformation are also playing a leading role in the universe of paintings created by Michaela Odekerken, who is an Asia insider (journeys to India and Thailand).

In its specific timbre of painting, every composition reflects processes of radical changes or modifications, dissolutions and reconstitutions as well as states of suspense.

What is striking on a technical level here is the accurate translation from strategies of watercolour painting into the application of acryl colours.

In many cases the observer is confronted with a background characterized by cosmic reminiscences, onto which one or several island situations seem to be projected.

While the mysteriously shimmering background of these paintings constitutes their common and constant feature, the island-like elements are the forum of apparently playful changes of light and shadow. Transparent creations of veils and clouds, elements resembling lunar craters, embers that extinguish and flare up again, do not only suggest the impression of unique, momentary or transitory events. In a sublime manner, the artist's fictional snapshots are also a manifestation of the popular slogan 'Carpe Diem'. Last but not least, observing these processes of transformation also gets brain activities moving.

Michaela Odekerken's long-term projects have often been painted to the sound of Far Eastern music. There are many instances where calligraphic sweep and gestures which, although being determined by intuition and yet hitting their goals straight away, lead to this characteristic choreography of paintings.The almost fluffy ease of amorphous creations builds intellectual bridges to the realm of dreams, to the unfathomable, irrational landscapes of the unconscious or those interiors of the soul which are suggested by the captions.

"All visible things are a dream ..." as Michaela Odekerken quotes her currently favourite author, Chao-Hsiu Chen ('Das buddhistische Buch der Liebe' - The Buddhist Book of Love), in her marginal note to the cosmos of her painting entitled THE VISIBLE. The artist incorporates her visions of the central issues of our earth, as e.g. in 'LOVE - BEAUTY - CONSIDERATION' or 'SHON - THE POWER OF FIRE', in fantastic spheres of painting technique.

Oriental and occidental cultures are also interbreeding in the idiom of symbols and the arsenal of her golden letters. Apart from the fact that the bundle of written quotations already embodies something like a support for the daily grind , no matter how subjective it may be, one finally discovers lines from an ancient source of literature, which have been transcribed in a spirit of freedom: It is the legendary I Ching and its classic 'Book of Changes'.

The fact that Michaela Odekerken has chosen this very fund of wisdom is also related to the subtle messages of her spheres of work and worlds of thought.

Harmony, balance, sovereignity and distance as well as human commitment are aspects or longings, which so to speak can be discreetly crystallized from between the lines of her world of paintings."

Text by Dr. Christina zu Mecklenburg, Art Journalist, Bonn Germany 2008



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