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Gert & Uwe Tobias


Coloured woodcut on papers mounted on canvas

268 x 401.7 cm
In Gert and Uwe Tobias’s large-scale, carnivalesque panels we see an uncommon merging and subversion of techniques and traditions. The twin brothers, who have worked together since 2001, have created a world of their own out of reviving a diverse range of craft-based arts – wood-cuts, lace, embroidery and the national costume of their native Transylvania all find their way into their works.
Gert & Uwe Tobias


Acrylic, crayon and woodcut on paper

200 x 165 cm
In their engravings and collages traditional folk image-making skills, such as carving and hand printing, are given a twist, alchemically put through the filter of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Their exaggerated imagery, at turns abstract, geometric, fantastic and eerily animistic, carries remnants of the people in Breughel paintings, Russian Constructivism, and of Oskar Schlemmer’s stereometric figuration (as in Untitled, 2009).
Gert & Uwe Tobias


Coloured woodcut on paper

211 x 177 cm
Gert and Uwe Tobias manage to fuse the monochrome backgrounds of Yves Tanguy’s surrealist landscapes and the macabre faces of traditional apotropaeic amulets with the lightness of cartoons, worn down graffiti and schoolyard murals. There is something flayed about their figures – as if they have been peeled of their individuality, made into universal puppets or still lives.


Untitled (Panel 1 detail)

Untitled (Panel 2 detail)

Untitled (Panel 3 detail)

Untitled (Panel 4 detail)

Gert & Uwe Tobias


Woodcut on paper on canvas

4 panels, overall dimensions: 200 x 1,200 cm
Untitled (2007), composed of coloured woodcuts on papers mounted on canvas stretching over four metres in width, confronts the viewer with what look like heads precariously balanced on geometric poles that are weighed down by pulley-like arrangements. The modernist, Bauhaus-style mechanisation of the composition, dominated by primary shapes and graphic symbols – hearts, bull’s eyes – becomes animated by perverse, half-toothed grins, horns, hair and cassocks, and pop-out eyes. Two large works named Untitled (2005) riff on traditional genres of still life and portraiture, bursting with whimsical abstraction, colouring and graphic boldness as well as a darker, gothic element – those grim-reaper smiles, a veiled countenance, skeleton bones and menacing claws.

Gert & Uwe Tobias's BIOGRAPHY

Gert & Uwe Tobias
Born in 1973, in Brasov, Romania
Live and work in Cologne, Germany


Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany.
Dresdener Paraphrasen, Kupferstich-Kabinett Dresden, Germany.

Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin.
GEM Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, The Netherlands.
Grimm, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Maureen Paley, London.

Gert und Uwe Tobias, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Gert und Uwe Tobias, La Conservera, Murcia, Spain
Gert und Uwe Tobias, The Breeder, Athens
Gert und Uwe Tobias, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Gert und Uwe Tobias, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
Gert und Uwe Tobias, Farblitographien Griffelkunstvereinigung Hamburg St Pauli, Hamburg
Die Mappe, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Zurück nach Vorwärts Zu, Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna
Gert & Uwe Tobias, museum franz gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland

Gert und Uwe Tobias, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
Gert und Uwe Tobias, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
Der Osten im Norden des Westens, Team Gallery, New York

projects 86, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Utstillingsplakater, Bergen Kunsthall, gallery No. 5, Bergen, NO
if you build it they will come, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu (Hermannstadt), RO
Wohin der Hase läuft, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin
Nichts brennt an, nichts kocht über, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn
Die Hora nimmt kein Ende, Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich

N.S.,K.A.,C.G.,O.R.,F.Y., Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne
Gert & Uwe Tobias, The Happy Lion Gallery, Los Angeles
Hammer Projects, UCLA Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles
Welcome, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

Roswitha meets Dionysos, The Breeder, Athens
Servus, Galerie Eva Winkeler, Frankfurt
Peter Mertes Stipendium 2004, (with Robert Elfgen), Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Come And See Before The Tourists Will Do – The Mystery Of Transylvania, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne
In eigener Sache – oder noch etwas Kaffee, noch etwas Milch, Kunstgruppe e.V., Cologne

Zurück nach vorwärts zu, (kuratiert von/ curated by Georg Elben), Kunstrasen. Das Kuratorenfeld, Düsseldorf
Schnitt, Ausstellungsraum, Cologne


Print/Out, MOMA, New York

Gesamtkunstwerk:New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London

Looking Back / The Fifth White Columns Annual (curated by Bob Nickas), White Columns, New York, United States
The New Rhineland. The Post-Ironic Generation, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

Säen und Jäten, Städtische Galerie Ravensburg, Ravensburg
State of Mind, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin
Dead_Lines, von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal

Wunderkammer, Museum of Modern Art, New York
50 Moons of Saturn, T2 – Triennale d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin
In Holz geschnitten: Werke von Edvard Munch bis heute, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden
Abstrakt, Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten MMKK, Klagenfurt, Austria
I bought the Brooklyn Bridge, Zehn Jahre Erwerbungen der Graphischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin

Idylle Traum und Trugschluss, Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, Remscheid
Sublime: Experiences and Perceptions in Contemporary Sculpture, Pilar Parra & Romeo, Madrid
Makers and Modelers. Works in Ceramic, Gladstone Galllery, New York
Made in Germany. Aktuelle Kunst aus Deutschland, Kestnergesellschaft, Sprengel Museum und Kunstverein, Hannover
50° 06’ 36, 40 N; 8° 40’ 42, 24 O, Galerie Eva Winkeler, Frankfurt
Blood Meridian, (kuratiert von/ curated by David Hunt), Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin
Return to Form, (mit/ with Thomas Kiesewetter, Tal R, Thomas Scheibitz), Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

M*A*S*H, (curated by David Hunt), Cottelston Advisor/ Michael Sellinger, Miami, USA
Tauschgeschäft, Galerie Eva Winkeler, Frankfurt on the Main
Idylle. Traum und Trugschluss, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg. Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
I love my country but I think we should start seeing other people, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
BOISTEROUS!, Andersen-S Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
Motion on Paper, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
The Monty Hall Problem, (curated by Slater Bradley) Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
Loveless, (with David Ratcliff, Lane Twitchell), Team Gallery, New York

10 Years!, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne
Künstlerbrüder – von den Dürers zu den Duchamps, (curated by Dr. León Krempel), Haus der Kunst, Munich
7 Sprüth Magers Lee, London
dead/ undead, Galerie Six Friedrich & Lisa Ungar, Munich
La Beauté de l’Enfer", Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Skulls. Images in the Face of Death, Schönewald Fine Arts, Xanten
Der Kunst ihre Räume, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Werke, die wir schon lange (wieder) einmal sehen wollten, Elisabeth Kaufmann Galerie, Zürich

Nur vom Feinsten, Galerie der HBK Braunschweig, Brunswick
Foreplay, Ritter/ Zamet, London
Identität schreiben, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
Bis ans Ende der Welt, Kunstverein Konstanz, Konstanz/Constance
Malerei II Ausstellung Nulldrei, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

X-Wohnungen, Theater der Welt, Duisburg

Neue Besen kehren gut, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg,
Enter, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
Heimaten, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
Germania, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea,Siena, Italy