post-title Marta Guisande + Bea Otto | abhanden | Galerie kajetan Berlin | 30.04.-26.06.2021

Marta Guisande + Bea Otto | abhanden | Galerie kajetan Berlin | 30.04.-26.06.2021

Marta Guisande + Bea Otto | abhanden | Galerie kajetan Berlin | 30.04.-26.06.2021

Marta Guisande + Bea Otto | abhanden | Galerie kajetan Berlin | 30.04.-26.06.2021

until 26.06. | #3026ARTatBerlin | Galerie kajetan Berlin presents from 30 April 2021 on the occasion of the Gallery Weekend the duo exhibition “abhanden” (> mislaid, give away, shed, stolen, lost) by the artists Marta Guisande and Bea Otto.

The title of the exhibition exemplifies what we have lost in a very acute and fundamental way in a year of pandemic threat: certainties that we have previously taken for granted as ordinary or entirely self-evident. This theme, which runs through our entire gallery programme so far, at times to a greater or lesser extent, is also apparent in the very different works by Marta Guisande and Bea Otto.

Born in Seville and living in Cologne, Marta Guisande is a painter who applies the colour material she uses – such as egg tempera, casein or acrylic – swiftly and spontaneously onto the unprimed canvas.

However, Marta Guisande’s working process also includes moments of observation, reflection and doubt about what is being created or what has been created before: Her works, which are often monochrome, are created by layering, overlaying and removing paint.

Sometimes graphic lines are drawn or scratched into the still liquid-moist or at times already dried skin of the painting – some of them biomorphic, others geometrically shaped. Or color is removed and smudged over a wide area. Breathing picture surfaces are created, from which the traces of all previously applied, deeper layers of paint can emerge again. Quite often these pictures glow, as it were, on their own. The lost, the exposed in Marta Guisande’s pictures seduce the attentive, open eye.

While Marta Guisande first establishes the uncovering in a dialectical relationship of building up and removing, Bea Otto (born in Stuttgart, lives and works in Aachen) pursues the opposite approach.

In her artistic practice, she quite literally picks up what has already been lost or given away: The artist finds objects or objects find Bea Otto.

By recombining these found objects – including brand new ready-mades, but also sculptures she herself constructed from everyday materials – Bea Otto creates space -structuring constellations.

She transforms the artefacts and materials that are more or less familiar to us by stripping them of their form in the process or – even more simply – by simply placing them in space and thus alienating their purpose. Bea Otto’s objects activate the place.

The lost certainties that change our view of the world always carry with them the possibility of thinking and trying out other constellations at the expense of established habits. Seen in this light, everything that has been lost always holds the potential for gain. This is also what the works of the two artists are able to show us.

ART at Berlin - kajetan Berlin - Marta Guisande Bea Otto - Einladung 2021

Marta Guisande
1965 Born in Seville, lives and works in Cologne
1991–1996 Studied with Gotthard Graubner and David Rabinowitch (master student), Academy of Arts / Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf
1991 Erasmus scholarship from the EU
1989 Guest semester at the Academy of Arts, Beijing
1988 Prize of the Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como
1987–1991 Study of art and art history, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

Exhibitions (selection)
2021 abhanden, kajetan Berlin (Solo, with Bea Otto); 2015–2016 Marta Guisande, Galerie m Bochum; 2013 Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises. Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not, kubh Kunstverein Köln; 2012 Raketenstation, Stiftung Insel Hombroich (Solo); 2009 Städtische Galerie Iserlohn (Solo, Cat.); 2008 Neue Malereien, Galerie m, Bochum (Solo); 2003 Kunstverein Heilbronn; 2002 Neue Bilder, Galerie m, Bochum (Solo); Kunstverein Ahlen (with Paco Fernández); Kunstverein Erfurt (Solo, Cat.); 2001 wesentlich: Farbe, Galerie m, Bochum; 2000 Permanent installation of a group of space-related pictures in St. Matthew’s Church / Matthäuskirche, Bochum-Weitmar; 1998 Malerei, Galerie m, Bochum (with Kirsten Waldmann); 1997 Bilder, Kunstverein Braunschweig (Solo, Cat.); Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; 1996 Kohle und Öl, Raum 023, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (Solo); 1992 Zeichnungen, Palazzo Villa Carlota, Como

Bea Otto
1964 Born in Stuttgart, lives and works in Aachen
1989 Art Students League, New York, N.Y.
1990–1991 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
1991–1996 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, master student with Prof. David Rabinowitch
1995 DAAD Grant, USA
1995 Travel grant from the Kunstverein Düsseldorf
1996 Pepinieres Europeennes pour Jeunes Artistes, Niort, FR
2004 Schloss Ringenberg Scholarship of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
2005 Euregio Art Prize
2006 Catalogue scholarship of the Kunststiftung NRW
2010 Working scholarship of the Kunstfonds
2014 Curatorial work for the exhibition series5 x 3, Kunstraum Düsseldorf:
Eleni Kamma, Alien Oosting, Thyra Schmidt
Lectures dry area in the series Silogespräche at the University of Paderborn
2015 Artist Residency La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, AR
2016 Slam Jam Kunst und Raum II / Art and Space II, artothek Köln / Cologne
2016 Artist Residency Can Serrat, Spain
2017 Lichtenberg Studios, Berlin
2019 Teaching assignment Was macht einen Ort aus? / What makes a place?
University of Siegen, Art Department Work lecture, University of Siegen
2020 Catalogue scholarship of the Stiftung Kunstfonds

Exhibitions (selection)
2021 abhanden, kajetan Berlin (Solo, with Marta Guisande); mental space office, Bochum; 2020 Alles III, Studio im Hochhaus, Berlin; 2019 grid and resonance, MM III, Kunstverein Mönchengladbach (Solo); 2018 mental space at Apartement Kyiv, Ukraine Bove-Expat, Kunstraum Düsseldorf (Cat.); Alles, Studio im Hochhaus, Berlin; 2017 Sachlage, mental space gallery, Essen (Solo); hall#1, Aachen; out of the blue ll, Greylight Projects, Brussels, BE; documentary/filmfestival, Tuchwerk Aachen; 2016 danke danke, Galerie von der Milwe, Aachen; 2015 Box 78, Lagerraum Boxgraben Aachen (Solo, Cooperation with Johanna Roderburg); La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, AR; 2014 without, Hedah, Centrum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Maastricht, NL (Solo); strobeabove, Bove, Düsseldorf (Solo, Cooperation with Julia Kröpelin); space collection Ravi, Liege, BE; eerste oogst, Space Maastricht, NL; 2013 out there, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen (Solo, Cat.); Stichting Beelden op het Vrijthof, Maastricht, NL; 2011 canyon, Galerie von der Milwe, Aachen (Solo); Raum für vollendete Tatsachen, Düsseldorf; 5 x 3, Kunstraum Düsseldorf (Cat.); 2009 franst aus, Galerie Ruzicska / Weiss, Düsseldorf (mit Armin Hartenstein); Different Places – Different Stories, German-Dutch art project in public space between Rhine and Meuse (Cat.); 2008 so far, Galerie Ruzicska / Weiss, Düsseldorf (Solo); Roland, Galerie von der Milwe, Aachen (Cat.); shift, Galerie Ruzicska / Weiss, Düsseldorf; 2007 Förderkoje Art Cologne, Galerie Ruzicska / Weiss (Solo); odds and ends, Galerie Ruzicska / Weiss, Düsseldorf; 2006 Galerie Ruzicska / Weiss, Düsseldorf (Solo, Cat.); Bahnhof Eller, Düsseldorf (Solo, with Andreas Bee); Euregio Kunstpreisträger, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Arnhem, NL; 2005 Durchgang oder Bleibe, Youngsgate 6, Oslo, NO (Solo); Euregio Kunstpreis, Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg (Cat.); 2004 panel, Mehrwert 098, Interfood – Vitrine, Aachen (Solo, Cooperation with Stefan Pfaff); panel 2, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Nijmegen, NL (Solo, Cat.); Transistor 3.EXPORT, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, NL (Cat.); Stipendiatenausstellung 2004, Schloss Ringenberg, Hamminkeln; 2003 Das Örtliche – Die Kunst gesehen zu werden, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein; 57. Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Baden, Solingen (Cat.); 2002 Richtung New Braunfels, complice Ausstellungsraum, Berlin (Solo); 56. Bergische Kunstausstellung, Museum Baden, Solingen (Cat.); 2001 dry area, Herderstr. 20, Düsseldorf (Solo); 1999 Kohatk, Raum X, Düsseldorf (Solo); Im Fluge, Pavillon, Galerie Annelie Brusten, Wuppertal (Solo, Cat.); Trendwände, Kunstraum Düsseldorf (Cat.); 1998 Les Artistes de Pepinieres, U.f.d.M, Paris, FR; Jahresgaben 1998, Kunstverein Düsseldorf; 1997 Art et Environnement, Galerie Espace Ecureuil und Arbeiten in situ, Niort, FR (Cat.); The last day, Schiesstraße 40, Düsseldorf; 1994 Spektakel, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund; 1992 aus druck auf papier, Museum Katharinenhof, Kranenburg

The gallery asks that you observe the security measures currently in force and arrange a visiting time slot by telephone or email. Please send your enquiries to: You can reach kajetan Berlin by phone at +49 (0)176 57792651.

Exhibition start date: Friday, 30 April 2021

Exhibition dates: Friday, 30 April 2021 – Saturday, 26 June 2021

Special opening hours for Gallery Weekend: Friday, 30 April – Sunday, 2 May 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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