Ruprecht von Kaufmann (b.1974, Munich, Germany) was educated at the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA. Von Kaufmann is one of the most important figurative painters in Germany today, as Dr. Brigitte Hausmann, curator for the Art Program of the City of Berlin writes in her essay. His forceful and emotional paintings are unsettling and purposefully so. Von Kaufmann puts great emphasis on storytelling, resulting in his figurative work being full of dark humour as well as dense melancholy. In his artworks he captures moments that are at once deeply personal while also hinting at a universal experience.
Solo exhibitions include In The Street, (Upcoming), Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2022); Leben zwischen den Stühlen, (Upcoming), Buchheim Museum, Bernried (2022); Inside The Outside, City Gallery Gutshaus Steglitz, Berlin (2021); Inside The Outside, Museen Böttcherstrasse, Bremen and UN Headquaters, New York (2021); The Three Princes of Serendip, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); Augen fest geschlossen, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, (2019); Die drei Prinzen von Serendip, Kunstsammlung Neubranderburg, Neubranderburg (2019); Die Evakuierung des Himmels, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt (2018); Ruprecht von Kaufmann, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart (2018); Liederbuch, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart (2018), Event Horizon, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2017); Fabel, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin (2014); Carna(va)l, Museum Abtei Liesborn, (2014).
Group exhibitions include On The Wall, curated by Demetrio Paparoni, Building Gallery, Milan (2022); Fernweh, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart (2021); All the Days and Nights, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2020); Feelings, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2019); Metaphysica, Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg, Norway (2019); Birkholm’s Echo, Faaborg Museum of Art, Faaborg, Denmark (2019); Contemporary Chaos, Vesfossen Kunslaboratoreum, Vestfossen, Norway (2018); Metaphysica, Haugar Art Museum Tønsberg, Norway (2018); Schwarze Romantik, Künstlerhaus Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz, Topicuv Salon, Prague (2018) and Ecce Creatura, Kallmann Museum, Ismaning (2017); Wahlverwandschaften, German Art since the 1960s, Latvian National Museum, Riga, Latvia, The Sea, Brandts Museum, Odense, Denmark (2014), I am a Berliner, Tel Aviv Art Museum , Israel (2011).
Highlights and collections
Ruprecht Von Kaufmann’s work can be found in international private and public collections, including the Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany; Collection of the German Bundestag; Collection of the National Bank of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frankfurt; Coleccion Solo, Madrid; Collection Ole Faarup, Copenhagen, DK; AmC Collezione Coppola, Vicenza; Hort Family Collection, New York; Uzyiel Collection, London; Philara Collection, Düsseldorf ; Hildebrand Collection, Leipzig; Collection Holger Friedrich, Berlin; Collection Museum Abtei Liesborn, Liesborn; Collection Veronika Smetackova, Prague.