PATTERNS Sibylle Czichon


Sibylle Czichon “Patterns”

Curated by Domenico de Chirico

Alessandro Albanese

Via XX Settembre 25, 75100 Matera

Opening reception Thursday 8 july 2021, h 6:30 pm

From 08 July till 31 August 2021


The Alessandro Albanese gallery is pleased to present “Patterns”, the second solo exhibition, in the gallery and in Italy, by the very young German artist Sibylle Czichon, born in 1989, curated by Domenico de Chirico. The exhibition will be hosted at the Matera exhibition space and will present eighteen works carried out between two thousand and two thousand and one. Sibylle Czichon’s pictorial gesture has a strongly ambivalent character, the softness of the stroke reflects, in fact, both its gestural fullness and its complexity of the plot, given, in turn, by a swirling intertwining of different aspects that all converge together with the moment of the pictorial act, thus constituting a real choreographic system. Czichon’s approach to the canvas is indeed made up of four fundamental and persistent aspects that can constitute a sort of paradigm, which, however, is never the same and functions as such only if we consider its inductive, or strongly empirical, character and in continuous evolution. These constitutive aspects are certainly space, time, body and matter. The work environment is fundamental in Czichon’s artistic practice as her painting has the ability to adapt to the surrounding scenario and vice versa. Specifically, the works presented in this exhibition are emblematic of a spatial leap or rather of a specific condition based on space-time coordinates. Specifically, the latest new body of paintings refers to a project previously carried out by the artist herself at the Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf and consists in the creation of a mural painting in the parking lot of the museum in question; Czichon chose to develop this painting in the form of an authentic painting performance, divided into four different appointments expertly diluted in a specific time frame.

Certainly, this type of approach is strongly influenced by the surrounding spatial influence and reveals the second constitutive aspect of his work, that is the conception of the pictorial act as a temporal evolution that finds its completeness in the final stratification on the canvas, a sign that reveals the material aspect of the whole work. The works on display are therefore to be understood as fragments or samples that reflect that design experience, symbols of a spatial and temporal transfer between the public act and the intimate one of the artist’s studio. The corporeal element of Czichon’s work is instead traceable precisely in the characteristic stratification of his works through which it is possible to identify the gestures performed by the artist and through which the artist herself imprints the movements of her body on the canvas, thus giving a choreographic result of absolute complexity and dynamism. The careful selection of colors and the rhythm transmitted by her movements allow Sibylle Czichon to synthesize all the characteristics of her painting in apparently simple and extremely effective compositions.


Sibylle Czichon was born in Castrop-Rauxel,(DE) in 1989. From 2012 to 2019 attended the Kunst Academy of fine Art in Düsseldorf, first obtaining a degree and then a master’s degree in fine art with honors with professors Katharina Grosse and Andreas Schulze. Some her exhibits include:   2019  Preparation, Haydens Gallery, Melbourne, AUS;  Waves, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Cologne; 2020, In order of appearance, Absolventenausstellung K21, Düsseldorf; Body of work, Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich; 2020,  74. int. Bergische Kunstausstellung, Kunstmuseum Solingen; 2021, MUR BRUT 19, „Schichtenwechsel“, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.