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Christian Wulffen

Christian Wulffen

Christian Wulffen will serve as visiting artist for the Fall of 2012. Wulffen was born in Germany where he received his training, culminating with a MFA from the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (State Academy of Fine Arts) in Stuttgart. He is currently professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He previously taught at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart and Freie Hochschule (Independent Art Academy), Metzingen, among other institutions, in Germany. He has lectured in both Germany and the United States. His work has been supported by artistic residencies from the Kunststiftung (Art Foundation) Baden-Württemberg and Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

The artist is currently represented by Michael Sturm Gallery (Stuttgart) and Bartha Contemporary (London). He has a long distinguished repertoire of exhibitions, through both group shows and one-person exhibitions. Most recently, he has developed installation exhibitions for the McDonough Museum of Art: How to Improve your English (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland: It is, It is not (2009); Dallas Contemporary: Bridges and Other Constructions (2010-2011); and William Busta Gallery, Cleveland: NSEW (2012). His work has been extensively collected by the Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, which has featured his work in a series of exhibitions. Wulffen has recently expanded his professional practice into curating with his Portability and Network, Spaces (Cleveland), which brought together the work of twenty-one European artists who pursue the fluid boundaries between visual art, architecture, and design as well as the relationship of the art to the larger society. These artists, including Wulffen, all engage with the current problem of how to re-invigorate Abstraction, Constructivism, Minimalism, and Conceptual Art in the contemporary environment.

Wulffen's work has been featured in numerous publications, including two monographs: Christian Wulffen (Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern Ruit, 1995), and Christian Wulffen, Zum Beispiel oder Spielen (Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg, 2002). In addition to his artistic and curatorial practice, Wulffen is exploring new pedagogical models, as expressed in visual language(s).