Cornelia Schleime


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  • Acrylic and shellac on canvas

  • 125 x 100 cm

  • Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin; Privatsammlung, Nordrhein-Westfalen

  • 1953

  • Verso on canvas signed and dated ‘1999 C.M.P. Schleime’ with the works number ‘58’

  • Minor traces of age.

    Cornelia Schleime is an artist who has never let herself be taken over, neither then in the DDR, nor later by the western artworld. Parallel to her life, her art changed. She was never content with what she had just achieved, she never fixed herself to a style she had found. Her paintings still are a living part of herself, she searched for forms of expression adequate to her own feeling of life. The artist lives and works in Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg) and in Ostprignitz-Ruppin.


Cornelia Schleime, born in 1953 in East Berlin, is a contemporary German artist appreciated for paintings, drawings, installations, and video art. Before she turned to visual arts, Schleime tried her hand at hairdressing and nursing. Between 1975 and 1980, she educated herself in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden. Nevertheless, the art of Schleime gave rise to controversy and attention of the East German officials, what resulted in her works banned from public display from 1981 until 1989. Before her move to West Berlin in 1984, the artist immersed herself in video art, and in her paintings, she began to derive from the iconography of ancient Egypt and prehistoric art. The migration to the other side of the wall allowed her to continue her work and exhibit freely all over the world. Furthermore, Schleime has been awarded with numerous accolades, just to note a few, the DAAD scholarship at the PS1 in New York (1989), Gabriele Münter Prize (2003), and the Fred Thieler Prize (2004). Widely collected and critically acclaimed, the artist has been involved in a variety of exhibitions, some of the most recent were held at the Berlinische Galerie (2013) and the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2014), Cologne Contemporary Art (2013), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint-Etienne (2014).


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