Christoph Ruckhäberle

Christoph Ruckhäberle Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Christoph Ruckhäberle
Lake at Sunset


2004, Oil on canvas

279 x 381cm
Christoph Ruckhaberle’s leisurely scenes operate like dysfunctional stage plays. Cribbed from all the best bits of art history, he imbues his scenes with a contemporary newness of vivid patterns and design colours. His elaborate sets are backdrops of static energy against which his cast nonchalantly mingles: placid and bored, unaware of their own interaction with an expectant audience. This sense of waiting is the delight in Christoph Ruckhaberle’s work. Charmed by the pure casualness of it all, his paintings offer the possibility of getting lost in a moment, a luxuriating pause where visual harmony is appreciated as inert ideal.
Christoph Ruckhäberle


Oil on canvas

190 x 280cm
The tea party in Christoph Ruckhaberle’s Untitled plays an optical illusion; this pleasant image deconstructs itself into a myriad of coloured components, oscillating between narrative scene and formalist abstraction. Christoph Ruckhaberle approaches this painting as a compositional jigsaw puzzle, each element an individually delineated shape filling a gap in the whole: L-shaped knees disjointedly connect to rectangular skirts and socks, geometric furnishings float without a sense of grounded order. Through subtle repetition of form, Ruckhaberle creates a systemic visual harmony; a contrived soothing comfort through which a surreal suspense passes almost unnoticed.
Christoph Ruckhäberle


Oil on canvas

190 x 280cm
In Untitled, Christoph Ruckhaberle’s figures languish with models’ detached poise; his sybaritic group is neutrally depersonalised as compositional study. Christoph Ruckhaberle renders his characters as emotionally self-contained objects of fetish, their interaction limited to physical positioning: tangled masses of pink forms and dark shadows, right angle patterns of arms and legs, all melodically punctuated by colour co-ordinated accessories. Approaching his painting as a harmonised rhythm of visual components, Christoph Ruckharberle develops an aura of earthy sensuality through the qualities of abstraction and painterly surface rather than narrative characterisation. The central figure reflected in the mirror gives false promise of psychological depth: her self-contemplation reveals only a further complexity of formalist intrigue, and a teasing acknowledgement of historical lineage.
Christoph Ruckhäberle


Oil on canvas

250 x 340cm
Christoph Ruckhaberle conceives Plakatwand with an intentional staginess. Rendered with the rigid artifice of theatrical backdrops, Ruckhaberle’s billboard-scale canvas approaches painting as a vaudevillian construction: a clichéd scene consciously exposing its own formulaic aspirations. Mixing techniques between naïve stylisation and impassioned gesture, Plakatwand is tinged with both humour and pathos. Ruckhaberle pictures the artist/vagabond as a comitragic figure, an idealistic bohemian crippled beneath the proliferation of mass-produced imagery and commercial message. Christoph Ruckhaberle approaches this canvas as several paintings in one: independent territories of brick, sky, wall, figure, become compressed to a single claustrophobic plane. From this referential abstraction, Ruckhaberle poses his painting as a romantically fatalist yet classically spectacular production.
Christoph Ruckhäberle


2005, Oil on canvas

250 x 380cm
Christoph Ruckhaberle’s China executes the power of will over logic. Using painting as a tool of invention, Ruckhaberle’s scene defies reason in exchange for paradoxical intrigue. Furniture and tableware fly in violent chaos while retaining an effect of controlled calmness, their psychic energy resonating from the concentrated central figure. Ruckhaberle renders this image with unsettling impartiality; psychological torment becomes a problem of geometric design. Motion is frozen in compositional elegance, fragmented into oscillating squares and orbs. Neutralising his subject matter, Ruckhaberle creates a sense of magic through the complexity of construction, making the impossible accessible through discipline and volition of imagination.

Christoph Ruckhäberle's Biography

Born in 1972, in Pfaffenhofen, Germany
Lives and works in Leipzig


"Bäckerei", Sutton Lane, Brussels
"Parade", Sorry We Are Closed, Brussels
"L'Emmerdeur Futuriste", Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
"Christoph Ruckhäberle", Migros Museum, Zurich
"Dessins", Sutton Lane, Paris
"Portraits", Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin

"General Angst", Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
"Lady in the Lake", Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv

"Akademie" Sutton Lane, London
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
"Falsche Figuration", Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
"L'homme et l'oeuvre," Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig, Germany
"Christoph Ruckhäberle: Residency", Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

"Paintings and Linocuts 2003 - 2006", Sutton Lane - Paris
"Äpfel und Birnen", Sutton Lane, London
"The Elixir of Doctor Doxey", Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY

"Der Partyschreck", Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
"Nye Eventyr", Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
"Of Painting", Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin

Sutton Lane, London
LFL Gallery, New York
Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

"Malerei", LIGA, Berlin

"Malerei", LIGA, Berlin
"Malerei", Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig


"60/40/20. Leipziger Kunst seit 1949," Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig
"Menschenbilder 1620/2009. Zeitgenössische Bildnisse begegnen alten niederländischen
Porträts," Museum Abtei Liesborn, Wadersloh

"The Soul, Manifesta 7, European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Palazzo delle Poste, Trento, Italy
"Wie immer", Verein fuer Original-Radierung Muenchen, Munich
"New Leipzig School", CoBrA Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Amstelveen
"Summer Exhibition", Royal Academy of Arts, London
"The Leipzig Phenomenon", Mucsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest
"Collection", Richard E. Peeler Art Center, Greencastle
"Poets on Painters", Queens Library, Jamaica, NY; Sheldon Memorial Library Gallery, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
"Drawcula", Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
"Contemplating Modern Art", Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

"Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection", Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
"Poets on Painters", Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS; University Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
"Silly Adults", Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark
"Size Matters: XXL - recent large scale paintings", Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
"The Stuff What We Bought (Selected Purchases 2007)", Archeus, London, UK

Christoph Ruckhäberle & Peter Busch, Kantor/Feuer, Los Angeles
"Zurueck zur Figur", Hypo Kunsthalle, Munich (cat.)
"Made In Leipzig", Sammlung-Essl Kunst Verwaltungs GmbH, Klosterneuburg, Austria
"Melancolia", Sommer Contemporary Arts, Tel-Aviv
"Triumph of Painting", Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
"Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection", SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Katzen Arts Center Museum, American University, Washington, DC
"Ballkuenstler", Museum der Bildenden Kuenste, Leipzig (cat.)

"Sutton Lane in Paris", Sutton Lane c/o Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris
"Cold Hearts: Artists from Leipzig", Arario Gallery, Korea
"Life After Death: New Leipzig Paintings from the Rubell Family Collection", MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts, USA
"From Leipzig: Works from the Ovitz Family Collection", The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
"Neo-Con, Gavin Brown's Enterprise at Passerby", New York, USA
"Reflection Part II", Sutton Lane, London
"Baby Shower", Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen
"The Leipzig and Dresden School", 2nd Prague Biennial of Contemporary Art

"The New Leipzig School of Painting", Contemporary Museum, Baltimore
"East International", curated by Neo Rauch and Gerd Harry Lubke, Norwich School of Art and Design
"Clara Park", Marianne Boesky, New York

"Grasland", Galerie Wassermann, Munich
"Lazarus Effekt", Biennal Prague
"Halbzeit", LIGA, Berlin
"Sieben Mal Malerei", Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig
"Nicolai Wallner", Copenhague

"Wunschbilder", Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig
"Convoi", Metallgalerie, IG Metal, Frankfurt a. Main
"Zweidimensionale", Kunsthalle der Sparkassen Leipzig
"Leipziger Lerchen Junge Malerei im Kulturhof Flachsgasse", Speyer
"5 x 5 junge Kunst aus Sachsen", Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz
"Junge Kunst aus Leipzig", Kunstverein Sulzfeld
"5 aus 11", LIGA, Berlin

"Malerei", Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
"Junge Malerei", Galerie Binz und Krämer, Cologne

"Junge Kunst 5", Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
"Malerei", LIGA, Leipzig
"Steibs Hof", Leipzig