Who hasn't seen them anywhere before? Their appearance simply attracts everyone's attention. Always dressed identically in bright, ladylike costumes, heavily made-up and with shaved heads, they usually only advance a few metres during their visits to the art fairs and events all over the world. All the time someone asks them for a photo. Since nearly 30 years you almost never hear them say "no". EVA & ADELE pose and smile - and that all the time. The smile is an essential component of their performance FUTURING, which dissolves any border between public and private. Only a few people know...

Bonn/Düsseldorf, June 2018. None other than the artist for whom this exhibition is organised - Matthias Wollgast - accompanies me today through the exhibition "The Steps with no name" at the Kunstmuseum Bonn. Bonn Art Prize, Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst des Landes NRW, solo exhibitions in museums...

Düsseldorf, May 23rd, 2018. Hidden in a backyard on Harkortstrasse is this traditional studio house, which has already served Gerhard Richter and Blinky Palermo as creative inspiration. Today, it is the organisational control centre of the artist Markus Ambach. Ambach, who is constantly developing new formats for his extraordinary art projects as an exhibition organizer, describes the city as his studio. Why, he tells me today while referencing his current project “Von fremden Ländern in eigenen Städten”, which has been visible in the area around Düsseldorf Central Station since June 2nd and will run until the 19th of August, 2018...

Düsseldorf, 17 April 2018, Kunstgießerei Schmäke art foundry. Here I meet Claudia Mann, winner of the Düsseldorf Förderpreis für Bildende Kunst, a sponsorship for up-and-coming artists in the city. Her bronze casting "Solid Aero" is in its final stages. An unusual place to meet for a studio visit, given that at this stage the work of the artist is, in fact, mostly complete. Not so with Claudia Mann...

Cologne, 15th March 2018. A former warehouse painted with graffiti. How fitting is what I think when arriving. This is exactly how I imagined Jürgen Klauke's studio. The building is as unconventional as his art. He has been setting standards in the development of conceptual photography, body art and performance since the late 1960s. His oeuvre also includes an impressive collection of drawings. The series DR. MÜLLERS SEX-SHOP ODER SO STELL’ ICH MIR DIE LIEBE VOR gave me an initial impulse to examine his work. I have hardly ever experienced such discussions on art. Reactions varying from attraction to repulsion to...

Düsseldorf-Pempelfort, February 26, 2018. I have an appointment with Katharina Sieverding today in her showroom, which is located not far from her studio in a classic brick building. The building is used as a depot and presentation area for her works as well as a meeting place for her public relations work. We enter the building together, carefully weaving past the work leaning against the wall and then find ourselves in the beautifully designed staircase. Some of her famous self-portraits can be seen here. The showroom itself embodies what Katharina Sieverding describes as room art. The gigantic large formats awaken...

Düsseldorf, 30 January, 2018. My studio visit today gives me access to a very special area of ​​the Düsseldorf Art Academy. It is the top floor of the former Reuterkaserne, equipped with a high-quality render farm. I have an appointment with Manuel Graf, who lectures here and also develops his own cinematic and graphic works. Graf, who studied at the Düsseldorf Academy himself, now exhibits in national and international exhibitions in various group as well as solo exhibitions, and has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships. His works move between sculpture, painting and film, but are more vividly described with...

Cologne-Marienburg, 8 December 2017. Today I am visiting the architect Paul Böhm, grandson of Dominikus Böhm, son of Gottfried Böhm, Stephan, Markus, and Peter Böhm's brother. A family that wrote and still writes architectural history. In addition to dealing with a wide variety of construction tasks, above all the church construction task is what shaped not only the work of the first two generations, but was also a natural part of the Œuvres of the younger Böhms ...

Düsseldorf, 28 November 2017. Today I am visiting the studio where the artist Thomas Woll lives. He is master student of Prof. Irmin Kamp at the Düsseldorf Academy. Considering Woll's work moves between room installations, architecture and sculpture, so I am expecting a correspondingly large studio. Thus, I am quite excited entering the top-floor apartment. But it is surprisingly tiny. At first, the purist decoration and the thrown-together furniture make you think of a student flat, not a studio ...

Berlin-Kreuzberg, 7 October 2017. Rather than meeting Jan Albers in his Düsseldorf’ studio, I met him during the process of installing Making Breaking, his current solo show in Berlin. Although his sculptures have participated in many exhibitions in important museums in the Rhineland, as well as in the United States and Australia, Berlin had never hosted his artwork. This was just one of the reasons why curator and filmmaker Nicola Graef, known for her film Neo Rauch – Gefährten und Begleiter, to invite Albers to the German capital, where she developed a unique exhibition format for the show. ...