Susanne S. D. Themlitz

Lisbon, 1968

Susanne S.D. Themlitz lives and works in Cologne, Germany. A selection of her most recent solo exhibitions include: Respiração. PausaPausa – entre dois pontos, Vera Cortês Art Agency (Lisbon, 2016); Ese Paciente Laberinto, Galería Ángeles Baños (Badajoz, 2015); Le loir est rendormi, Galerie Houg (Paris, 2015); Drei Zeichnungen und ein Wesen, Galerina Steiner (Berlin, 2012); Entre el Tiempo, Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo (Santander, 2010); 4 Containers, 1 Drawing and One Landscape / On Board of Victor Hugo, P28 (Lisbon, 2010).

Her participation in group exhibitions includes: Arquipélago, Centro de Artes Contemporâneas (Azores, 2015); Museo de Huelva (2015); Alligators all Around, Kunstraum (Düsseldorf, 2015), Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas (2014); Culturgest (Lisbon, 2013); Galerie Martina Kaiser (Cologne, 2013); Fundação Hans-Peter-Zimmer (Düsseldorf, 2012); Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, 2012); Museu Coleção Berardo (Lisbon, 2010); Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon, 2007); Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon, 2004).

Her work is featured in various collections such as: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Coleção EDP, Museu Bordalo Pinheiro, Carmona e Costa Foundation, Lisbon City Hall, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Museu de Serralves, MEIAC Badajoz, Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander.

The surrealist narrative imagery of figures, objects, drawings and installations that she creates, together with the unsettling strangeness of mutant and unusual beings, brings a strong dream-like component to her work. Abstract painting sometimes adds a deviant and strong aesthetic dimension to the occupation of the space. In some cases, written text, such as the titles of the works themselves, adds to the unsettling nature of this very specific parallel, ancient fable-like universe.