Monika Kropshofer: New Work

Ricarda Geib
Stuttgart, Germany, September 2017

Gently touching the hermetically sealed skin of her large scale photo prints, opening it, stretching it, and even injuring it, Monika Kropshofer turns every print into an individual work of art. Onto the photographed motif she applies broad strokes of colour and intersecting lines, which are meant to gently break up the real world as it is depicted in the photograph. Here her preference for architectural subjects and her way of abstraction merge.

In her new group of works the artist has ribbed panes of plastic glass printed on both sides, with the effect that the superimposed pictures seem to shine from inside. This shows clearly that M Kropshofer is not interested in mimesis. Being a passionate photographer, she separates certain elements, arranging them into a new composition, thus creating space for  associations, for patterns and icons of ideas. The obviously painterly attitude in these works differs from her previous work, showing a new, dynamic approach.

The twisting movement of a skyscraper photographed in Seoul is due to the double exposure and a 180 degree turn. In this way the facade is turned into a suggestively luminous  spiral. Perspective lines organize the plane and suggest rhythms of space and time, the structure of which is transformed into a lively swinging motion. This movement rises from below and upwards, spreading, and swinging around the horizontal strokes of colours. Bright shades of blue and yellow create the impression of a filigree architcture, moving from inside, as it were, an image that prefers the appearance of volatility and change to that of duration and clarity.

Untitled (Seoul, Southkorea)
Untitled Title (Seoul, Southkorea), 2016, 60 x 40 cm

More about the work of Monika Kropshofer


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  • Selection
  • Fragility unveiled
    March- April 2023
    Palazzo Pisani Revedin, Venice, IItaly, S
  • Looking Back - All That Matters
    January - March 2023
    Museum Boppard, Germany, S
  • WIr können alles aussergewöhnlich
    November 2022 - March 2023
    Frauenmuseum Bonn, Germany
  • architecture reloaded, Sequence 3
    September – November 2022
    House of Rheinland-Palatinate, Franco-German Center in Burgundy, Dijon, France
  • architecture reloaded, Sequence 2
    July - August 2022
    Archeological site Thermen am Viehmarkt, Trier, Germany S
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  • architecture reloaded, Sequence 1
    March - June 2022
    State Museum Koblenz, Germany S
  • Multitude
    March 2022
    Fondazione Matalon, Milan, Italy
  • Schattenseite
    September – October 2021
    Urban Gallery Schwingeler Hof, Wesseling, Germany
  • Contesti
    September 2021
    Arte Borgo Gallery, Rome, Italy
  • Verborgenes
    June – Jully 2021
    Haus an der Redoute, Bonn, Germany
  • Dialogue among the Antithesis
    June – July 2021
    Museum Crocetti, Rome, Italy
  • Feuer und Flamme
    October – November 2020
    Kunstforum Eifel, Gemünd, Germany
  • Leidenschaft Kunst
    September – October 2020
    GEDOK Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
  • Paradise
    July – October 2020
    StadtGallery Neuwied, Germany
  • Art Salon
    January - March 2020
    Exhibition at Museo Gustavo de Maetzu, Estella-Lizarra, Navarra, Spain
  • Realities extended
    September - October 2019
    Exhibition at Gallery Qahili, Prishtina, Kosovo, S
  • bauhaus - form und reform
    September 2019 - January 2020
    Exhibition at Landesmuseum Mainz, Germany
  • HEIMAT 2.0
    September - October 2019
    Exhibition at the Ministry of Homeland, Municipal, Construction and Equality, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Touched Iceland
    June - July 2019
    Exhibition at Art Space Vorota, Kaliningrad, Russia S
    January - February 2019
    Exhibition at the gallery of Kunstverein L'Art pour Lahr, Lahr, Germany S
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    October - November 2018
    Exhibition at Kunstforum GEDOK, Hamburg, Germany
    October - November 2018
    Exhibition at Haus an der Redoute, Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany
    September - November 2018
    Exhibition at VIA Gallery, Baden-Baden, Germany, S
    August - December 2018
    Exhibition at StadtGallery Neuwied, Germany
    March - April 2018
    Exhibition at Abbey, Grimmen, Germany
    March 2018
    Elsa Brandström, Exhibition at Tapetenwerk, Leipzig, Germany
    December 2017 - January 2018
    Exhibition at Frauenmuseum, Bonn, Germany
    September - October 2017
    Exhibition at Wissenschaftszentrum, Bonn, Germany, S
    May - November 2017
    Exhibition at the Villa Vigoni, German-Italian centre for European excellence, Menaggio, Italy S
    March – May 2017
    Exhibition at the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit, Bonn, Germany
    August 2016
    Exhibition at the GEDOK-Gallery, Berlin, Germany
  • Translucide
    April – May 2016
    Exhibition at the Gallery Retrouvailles, Stadtbredimus, Luxembourg, S
  • Private View
    April – May 2016
    Exhibition at the Gallery Art nou mil-lenni, Barcelona, Spain
  • Der Rhein - eine romantische Affäre
    October 2015 - January 2016
    Exhibition at the StadtGalerie, Neuwied, Germany
  • back to basics
    October - December 2015
    Exhibition at the Museum Boppard, Boppard, Germany, S
  • Photo Art
    April 2015
    Gallery Catalonia, Bacelona, Spain
  • The world itself
    February 2015
    Exhibition at Kunsthalle Herrenhof, Neustadt-Mußbach, Germany, S
  • Fanweek
    July 2014
    Exhibition at the Gallery pack of patches, Jena, Germany
  • New Works
    May - July 2014
    Exhibition at the Gallery photo-city, Rangoon, Myanmar
  • Duett
    November 2013
    Exhibition at the Gallery Alfred Treiber, Wien, Austria
    together with Elisabeth Bergner, S
  • Changing Dream-Streams (II)
    April - June 2013
    Exhibition at museumkrems, Krems, Austria, together with Elisabeth Bergner, S
  • Raumwelten
    February - March 2013
    Exhibition at the state parliament Rhineland-Palatinate, Mainz, Germany, together with Susan Geel, S
  • Insight - Photography and Painting
    January - February 2013
    Exhibition at the Gallery pack of patches, Jena, Germany, S
  • Journey of Discovery
    October - November 2012
    Exhibition at the Gallery Baum, Seoul, South Korea, S
  • Changing Dream-Streams (I)
    July - October 2012
    Exhibition at the Museum Bingen, Germany, together with Elisabeth Bergner, S
  • About Arcadia
    March - May 2012
    Exhibition at the Media-City, Leipzig, Germany, S
  • La dialectique de la réflexion
    January - February 2012
    Exhibition at the Maison Rhenanie-Palatinat, Dijon, France, S
  • Der ausgedehnte Blick
    September - October 2011
    Exhibition at the Gallery pack of patches, Jena, Germany
  • Interventionen
    March - May 2011
    Exhibition at the Landesvertretung Rhineland-Palatine, Berlin, Germany, S
  • Turm 4: Europapositionen
    March - April 2011
    Exhibition at the Gallery pack of patches, Jena, Germany
  • ArchiTextur
    April - May 2010
    Exhibition at the Museum of the Central Rhine, Coblenz, Germany, S
  • Hybrid
    February 2010
    Exhibition at Espace Paragon, Luxembourg, S
  • moonwalk
    July - August 2009
    Exhibition at the Gallery pack of patches, Jena, Germany
  • Structure and Ornament
    June - July 2009
    Exhibition at the Intercontinental Hotel Hong Kong,
    promoted by the German Consulate General, Hong Kong, China, S
  • Water and Stone
    October - November 2008
    Exhibition in the German Cultural Centre Taiwan, Taipei, S
  • Transformationen
    May - June 2008
    Exhibition in the StadtGalerie Baumhaus, Wismar, Germany, S
  • Space Compositions
    March - April 2008
    Exhibition in the Gallery Schöne, Andernach, Germany, S
  • Light Impressions
    September - November 2007
    Exhibition in the Gallery of the Technology Centre Greifswald, Germany, S
  • Structures: Water and Brick
    July - September 2007
    Exhibition in the Museum and Water Tower, Grimmen, Germany, S
  • red (d) dreams
    May - June 2007
    Exhibition in the Showroom Condehouse, Cologne, Germany, S
  • fascination water
    November 2006 - February 2007
    Exhibition in the Gallery at "Strandhotel Ahlbeck", Germany, S
  • AquaTerra
    May - June 2006
    Exhibition in the Kreisverwaltung Bad Doberan, Germany, S
  • S = Solo exhibition

Represented in numerous public and private collections, including

  • Directorate General for Cultural Heritage, State Museum Koblenz, Germany
  • Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany
  • City of Grimmen, Germany
  • Goethe-Institute, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Museum am Strom, Bingen, Germany
  • Museum of the city of Boppard, Germany
  • City of Lahr, Germany
  • Villa Vigoni, German-Italian centre for European excellence, Menaggio, Italy


Architecture reloaded

Architecture reloaded

published 2022, 128 pages
ISBN 978-3-00-070627-1

Catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition series „ARCHITECTURE RELOADED“ in State Museum Koblenz, Germany, Thermen am Viehmarkt, Trier, Germany and House Rhineland-Palatinate, Dijon, France

Jeder Stein atmet

Calender 2017 "Jeder Stein atmet"

published 2016
13 sheets, each 29,5,x 43 cm

Calender 2017 in conjunction with the project
»Jeder Stein atmet«
Landschaftsverband Rheinland

back to basics

Cover Catalog "back to basics"

published 2015, 92 pages
ISBN 978-3-00-050867-7

Catalogue »back to basics«, published in conjunction with the exhibition "back to basics" at the Museum Boppard, Boppard, Germany

Changing Dream Streams

Cover Catalog "Changing Dream Streams"

published 2012, 84 pages
ISBN 978-3-00-038410-3

Catalogue »Changing Dream Streams«, published in conjunction with the exhibitions at the Museum am Strom, Bingen, Germany and the museumkrems, Krems, Austria


Cover Catalog "Interventionen"

published 2011, 72 pages
ISBN 978-3-00-033741-3

Exhibition catalogue »Interventionen« at the Landesvertretung Rhineland-Palatine, Berlin.

Kropshofer, Monika in:

  • bauhaus – form und reform, catalogue of the exhibition of Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage Rhineland-Palatinate, Landesmuseum Mainz, Leipzig (Germany), 2019
  • Homage to Elsa Brändström, catalogue of the group exhibition of GEDOK Bonn and Leipzig, Bonn, Germany, 2018 (German)
  • Art Tour at Landesgartenschau, Lahr, Germany, 2018, German
  • Beyer, Savoy, Tegethoff: Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL), Band 82, Berlin 2014
  • Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon online, (German)
  • Wikipedia: Monika Kropshofer


More articles can be found in the press archive.

Touched Iceland

Back To Basics

three-dimensional installation in the exhibition "back to basics" 2015 at Museum Boppard, Boppard, Germany.

Changing Dream Streams

Radio Broadcast from 2012, featuring the Exhibition »Changing Dream Streams« (in German) from Monika Kropshofer and Elisabeth Bergner, by courtesy of SWR2.


Radio Broadcast featuring the Exhibition »ArchiTextur« (in German) at the Mittelrhein-Museum Koblenz, Gemany, by courtesy of Antenne 98.0 Koblenz.

2010 - ArchiTextur

TV Broadcast (in German) featuring the Exhibition »ArchiTextur« at the Museum of the Central Rhine, Coblenz, from April to May 2010, by courtesy of

Curriculum Vitae

  • born in Neuwied, Germany
  • qualified lawyer with own chancery in Coblenz, Germany
  • study of art history at University Bonn
  • artist in the town Boppard in her own right since 1990
  • 09/2004 Ticino (Switzerland), working stay
  • 11/2005 Florence, working stay
  • 10 - 11/2006 Rome, working stay
  • 12/2006 Hong Kong and Vietnam, working stay
  • 12/2007 Egypt, working stay
  • 2009 Fair participation »cutlog«, Paris, France
  • 03 - 04/2009 Naples, working stay
  • 2010 Fair participation »Art Karlsruhe«, Germany«
  • 2010 Fair participation »International Contemporary Art Zürich«, »cutlog« - Paris, »contemporary art ruhr« - Essen, Zeche Zollverein
  • 2011 Fair participation »International Contemporary Art Zürich«, »Art Karlsruhe«, »c.a.r.« - Essen, Zeche Zollverein
  • 12/2011 - 01/2012 Cambodia and Myanmar, working stay
  • 2012 Fair participation »Art Karlsruhe«, Germany
  • 2010 - 2012 Project »Art in Public Places: Reality and Representation«, Trier, Mainz, Berlin, Annweiler, Rastenberg and Dijon
  • 03/2014 Palermo, Sicily, working stay
  • 06/2014 Project „Moving House”, Architcture Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • 04/2015 »Photo Art« BAHO, Barcelona, Spain
  • 03/2016 »Photo Art« BAHO, Barcelona, Spain
  • 01-12/2016 Project »Jeder Stein atmet«, Landschaftsverband Rheinland, Langenfeld, Germany
  • 10/2016 Project »Moving House« II, Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • 12/2016 – 01/2017 Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, working stay
  • 04 - 10/2018 »Metamorphosen«, art project at Landesgartenschau Baden-Württemberg, Lahr, Germany
  • 11/2018 Project »Moving House« III, Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
  • 09-10/2019 Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, working stay
  • 11/2021 Project „Moving House“ IV, Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy


Studio Adress

Dr. Monika Kropshofer

Peter-Josef-Kreuzberg Str. 18
D-56154 Boppard

you can contact me either by phone
+49 6742-5093

or email