Lin Olschowka (1995), Off the Boat, 2021. Foto/Photo: TES.

With a cross-border exhibition, the Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen and the Kunstmuseum Singen are jointly addressing the current state of painting in southern Germany and German-speaking Switzerland.

The title of the exhibition is “Ohne Titel” (Without Title). This designation is often used by artists as a working title to avoid steering the viewer’s perception in one direction in advance. However, the works in the exhibition have a title.

Lin Olschowsa (1995), Scheinlingszwack, 2022; Marianna Tilly (1995), ‘Men Crying: Disco Locker Room, 2021, und ‘Hitting In The Material World 1/3’, 2022.

The exhibition is about the breadth and versatility of painting. An ideal opportunity to learn more about contemporary painting in this region. Crossing the border between the two institutions and countries is also a goal of this project.

Culture is (almost) always transnational. The Kunstmuseum Singen is dedicated to modern and contemporary art. The art department of the Museum zu Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen not only shows (religious) art from the Middle Ages to 1945 and modern and contemporary art.

Sophia Sadzakov (*1992)

The recently renovated museum also houses three other departments: Archaeology, (cultural) history and natural history. Southern Germany and German-speaking Switzerland have always been one cultural and linguistic region. However, national borders have also influenced this region since Napoleon. Cities like Laufenburg, Kaiserstuhl and Rheinfelden were separated, new borders were established.

However, cultural centres have always been connected in this region of the High Rhine and Lake Constance since Roman and medieval times.

The bishopric of Constance, the former monastery Allerheiligen in Schaffhausen and, for example, the monastery of St. Georgen in Stein am Rhein (canton of Schaffhausen) bear witness.

Emperor Heinrich II (973-1024) moved this monastery, founded around 970 in Singen, to Stein am Rhein in the 11th century! Today’s collaboration with the ‘Untitled’ exhibition is a ‘back to the roots’ initiative.

Museums are platforms for emerging artists. The exhibition is also a platform to reveal the potential of young painting in the region.

Equally fundamental are the questions with which the exhibition approaches painting. Central starting points are the representation of painting trends, the current strength of painting, new influences and old and new art historical movements.

Until 16 April, the selection of works by 57 artists shows the new painting in this region: lively, original sensual, full of pleasure and energy.

Dana Greiner (*1988)

Robert Matthes (*1982)

Theo Huber (*1987)