Photo: Falk Weiß, 2015

Ellen Kobe

* 1968 Dresden, Germany

University of Fine Arts Dresden, University of the Arts Berlin-Weißensee, École Supérieure d'Art et de Design Marseille-Méditerranée (diploma 1992 "avec félicitation"). Ellen Kobe is a conceptual artist, performer, author, director, curator, lecturer. Her visual art cannot simply be seen pictorially, but requires education-oriented reception, investigation and explanation. Her actions take place against historical backdrops in contemporary productions. In her performances, the backdrops are sometimes faded out: for example, when she presents the splendour and pictorial richness of Prussian castles (as "decontextualised museum tours") in the aisles of a modern art fair. In her performances, she legitimises herself in trompe-l'œil confusions of seeing and understanding as the descendant (the supposedly childless wife) of Friedrich II., of Napoleon's mistress Maria Walewska or of Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius (from a secret pregnancy of their underage daughter Manon). More information under INFO in German: "Introduction/s of Ellen Kobe".