Michael Krebber, Exhibition view, Secession 2005, Photo: Matthias Herrmann

Michael Krebber

July 7 – September 4, 2005

Michael Krebber is a central figure in the Cologne based scene significantly involved in the international positioning of conceptually oriented painting. His work is informed by his proficiency in a multi-faceted vocabulary-the dismissal and recuperation of painterly qualities, the scrutiny of the boundaries of the picture plane, and the tension between representation and abstraction. This knowledge reverberates with a historically interested reflection of the medium and a constant questioning, without, however, generation friction. Nevertheless the use of stylistic means plays a central role, especially the (brush) mark and the question of the “right” form: they are relevant for the development of a content-oriented attitude remaining in a state of formal doubt.


Michael Krebber, born in 1954, lives and works in Cologne.