Rinaldo Hopf

b 1955 Freiburg West Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

ARTIST STATEMENT

In my drawings and paintings, photographs and installations I am creating a colourful world that I want to live in, inhabited by beautiful rebels and courageous adventurers. I collaborate with friends, unknowns and icons alike and am interested in the many layers of appearance and identity, inward and outer beauty.
The archetypal figure of the Trickster has proved the main character throughout my work. In his aspects as a magician and joker, as well as a rascal and rogue, he connects the most diverse elements of my art with ease: the high and low, eroticism and spirituality, the poetic and the subversive.

THE WHITE ROSE

  • “The White Rose …presents the images of the human figures in reverse, as in a photographic negative. In this way, Hopf is able to suggest simultaneously the furtive nature of their underground activities, the revilement of the movement by party officials, the death sentences that befell the White Rose members who were caught, and finally the historical pall which has covered them until only recently. …the portraits of these youthful freedom fighters stress their moral luster rather than their physical prowess, a true heroic mien having been achieved through selfless dedication and ultimate sacrifice to a nobler cause.”
  • Thomas W. Sokolowski, former director of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
  • 1992

 

Vita

  • Education
  • 1974 - 75 - Cultural Anthropology and Religious History in Freiburg, West Germany,
  • 1976 - Visual Arts, Fort Mason Art Center, San Francisco, California
  • 1977 - 81 - Visual Arts and Art Therapy, Ottersberg / Bremen, West Germany graduated (with honors).
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2018
  • Indian Summer, The Ballery, Berlin
  • Untouched - Photographs, The Ballery, Berlin
  • 2017
  • Pleasure Park, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles
  • Postcards from L.A., The Ballery, Berlin
  • Pleasure Park - Homage to Tom of Finland, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • 2016
  • Cuba Libre, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • Cuba / Kuba, The Ballery, Berlin
  • The Films of my Youth: Fassbinder - Pasolini - Warhol, Wälderhaus, Hamburg
  • The Films of my Youth: Fassbinder - Pasolini - Warhol, The Ballery, Berlin
  • 2015
  • Andy's Candies - Homage to Warhol, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • Watercolors, The Ballery, Berlin
  • 2014
  • Ragazzi di Vita - Homage to Pasolini, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • Posing for Karma, Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • 2013
  • Trickster, Schwules Museum, Berlin
  • Trickster, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • Glory & Pride, Berlin Avantgarde, Berlin
  • Golden Queers II, TEDDY AWARDS special, Stolz & Vorurteil, Berlin
  • 2012
  • Golden Queers II, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • 2011
  • From Asia with Love, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • 2010
  • Retrospective, Post Fine Arts, Freiburg
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2018
  • Homage to Tom of Finland, The Ballery, Berlin
  • Homage to Tom of Finland, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • QUEER BIENNIAL III What if Utopia, Navel, Los Angeles
  • never ending edging, Aedaen Gallery, Strasbourg
  • Super schwul, Galerie Mooiman, Groningen
  • The male Figure VIII, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • 2017
  • Moving Pictures, Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles
  • 10 Years Galerie Mooiman, Citadel, Den Bosch
  • Art Breda, Breda, with Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • White Love, The Ballery, Berlin
  • The Woman in Me / International Women's Day, The Ballery, Berlin
  • My Porn Eye, Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • 2016
  • Tapetenwechsel 2 - Streifzug durch 30 Jahre Sammelgeschichte, Schwules Museum, Berlin
  • “So, It's a Girl”: Homage to Erika and Klaus Mann, Schwules Museum, Berlin
  • Am I Dandy? Instructions on How to Lead an Extravagant Life, Schwules Museum, Berlin
  • Skin, The Ballery, Berlin
  • 2015
  • Tapetenwechsel 1- Streifzug durch 30 Jahre Sammelgeschichte, Schwules Museum, Berlin
  • Mein schwules Auge, The Ballery, Berlin
  • Con accento en la O, Siluro Concept, Madrid
  • Rinaldo's Salon, The Ballery, Berlin
  • The Male Nude VI, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • Affordable Art Fair, Milan, with Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • 2014
  • November Artists, The Ballery, Berlin
  • Masculine, Galerie Bovistra, Stuttgart
  • Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, with Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • 2013
  • LOVE AIDS RIOT SEX #1 - Art Aids Activism, Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin
  • The Male Nude IV, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • 30 x 30 No 11, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, with Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • DecemBeards, Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • 2012
  • Hommage to Pier Paolo Pasolini, Schwules Museum, Berlin
  • The Male Nude III, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • 30 x 30 No 10, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • Gardengods in Paradise, Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • Open Art Fair, Utrecht, with Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • 2011
  • Joe Dallesandro – Superstar, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
  • Collector’s Choice, Post Fine Arts, Freiburg
  • Rundumschläge III, Post Fine Arts, Freiburg
  • Tom of Finland and his Mates, Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • The Male Nude II, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • 30 x 30, Kunstbehandlung, Munich
  • Amsterdam Art Pride, GOGallery, Amsterdam
  • Art Fairs:
  • Berliner Liste, Berlin, with Post Fine Arts, Freiburg
  • Milionnaire’s Fair, RAI Amsterdam, with Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • Open Art Fair, Utrecht, with Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • 2010
  • Celebration - New Acquisitions, Leslie & Lohman Museum, New York
  • Transretratos, Visible Donostia, San Sebastian, Spain
  • Hommage to Jean Genet, Schwules Museum, Berlin
  • Art Fairs:
  • Affordable Art Fair, Amsterdam, with Galerie MooiMan, Groningen
  • Open Art Fair, Utrecht, with Galerie MooiMan, Groningen

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