Mönchengladbach. His actual studio is located in Osnabrück, but his commissions usually take him around the world. It is hard to believe that his current commission has led René Turrek, whose responsibilities include designing the Transformers trucks, to Mönchengladbach of all places. But the specialist in exceptional vehicle finishes did not hesitate to accept the offer to design his favourite car, an I8, for BMW Faba Autowelt in "Joker-Style"....

Düsseldorf Art Academy: Today I’m visiting Fynn Ribbeck, my personal discovery from this year‘s academy tour. Since 2016 he’s been in Marcel Odenbach’s class, he previously studied with Rebecca Warren for two years. He plans to graduate at the end of next year. During the tour a kind of shrine cast a spell over me and wouldn’t let me go. I wanted to meet the artist responsible for this unusual sculpture ...

Today I am visiting the concept, action, and installation artist Helmut Schweizer. In his search for cross-border boundaries in art, influenced by the art discourse of the 1970s, his work finds its aesthetic realisation in a wide range of different media and materials. The works of the documenta IX participant are regularly displayed in museums and are part of many international collections. His installations in particular awakened my curiosity, which were more reminiscent of scientific laboratories than situations in art exhibitions ...

Berlin. In the district Pankow I visit the young artist Fabian Seyd. Seyd, whose work primarily comprises painting, as well as sculptures and installations, was able to book his first museum solo exhibitions in the last two years. A significant step! If an artist succeeds in the museum, this is regarded as a qualified acknowledgment of the artistic achievement. The art is "ennobled", its value increases, the career of those involved takes its course. I would like to learn more about his works, as well as more about his artistic career. I’m supposed to drive to the petrol station, then take...

Berlin, February 3, 2017: I only vaguely recognize the buildings of the disused water pumping station of Prenzlauer Berg. I am intensely busy trying to hypnotize the intercom after I - having taken a deep breath - pressed the doorbell. A cheerful, "Hello. Come in! ", lets me breathe out again. The door is opened electrically ...

18.1.2017: It’s a sunny winter afternoon. For today’s visit to the studio, I only have to travel a short distance. The artist whom I will introduce today lives and works in my home town of Monchengladbach. This is sculptor and painter, Thomas Virnich. Several of his works are well known to me from the public sphere as well as museum exhibits. The Düsseldorf Academy graduate and Professor of the Braunschweig University of Fine Arts is currently being featured in Lugano. I’ve heard a lot about his unusual work. It is a former school that has been continually undergoing a transformation...

Today we're going to Antwerpen. I’m visiting the Belgian artist Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven in the Borgerhout district. Her retrospective that is currently displayed at the Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach What would I do in orbit? provides a unique insight into her multimedia oeuvre, consisting of drawings, music, paintings, computer and video art. Impressed by the aesthetics of this show, during my visit today I would like to find what ideas and motivations lie behind her works....

Today we’re staying in Mönchengladbach. I'm being visited by the photo artist Carsten Sander. So I could better understand and relate to his work, I’m posing as a model for his current project series, Pipistrella. It is, so to speak, a self-experimental studio visit. ...

We’re in Rotterdam. I'm here to visit the Dutch artist Jan Adriaans. Since he mainly creates with video art, the space presumably will not tell us a lot about him. The question is: will his stories be enough for us to understand him and his work? It’s an experiment. In addition to video art, he has presented photographic works and installations in many individual and group exhibitions. Currently, Jan Adriaans is mainly focusing on video art. Later we will find out more about his motivation....

Today I am going to Amsterdam. More specifically, a little further than Amsterdam, to the tranquil little town of Koog aan de Zaan. Located directly on the river Zaan is the former Hong-Fabriek [honey factory], which is a place for creative entrepreneurs nowadays. I am going to visit the Dutch artist Jasper de Beijer here....