Tilo Schulz (born 1972) is an artist, curator and author. Since the middle of the 1990’s, he has been developing a complex work which concentrates on questions of presentation and representation of art. In large scale installations and precisely choreographed exhibitions, he deals with the perception and mediation of art and raises questions about the social functions and forms of their role as ideological tools. In addition, he is interested in the way that abstract, drawn, painted or sculptural designs can transport social questions.
Based on a fundamental criticism of dualism, opposites such as “abstraction and figuration,” “formalism and realism” and “fine and applied art” are in Schulz’s work summarised as dynamic links. With the background of the biography of the artist who was born in the GDR, Schulz creates spaces of experience, in which central art historical, ideological and political paradigms of modernity – formalism and realism – are reflected and interpreted from a contemporary point of view. At the same time, he devotes just as much attention to the set-up of the exhibition and the displays and viewing angles as the viewers do, who Schulz bears in mind from the very beginning.
Tilo Schulz is developing a new, site specific installation which breaks the linearity of the circular course of the exhibition and occupies the passages between the exhibition rooms. The sculptures or architectural interventions can be walked through and form the transition into the next room. The sculptural interventions contrast not only the reserved, functional architecture of the exhibition rooms in the Kunstverein, but also reverse the behaviour and function of exhibition space and the transition from one room to the other: the exhibition space becomes a passageway and the spaces between the rooms becomes a space for art and experience.