‘Artists' Studios in Berlin’
Drawings from the series Flick Collection at the Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2004, graphite on paper, 35,5 x 26,8 cm.
In 2010 I began a series about artists studios in Berlin. First I visited the studios of friends and later on I contacted other artists. In 2012 I will complete the series culminating in an exhibition and catalogue about the project. I spend about three to four hours in each studio and make at least three drawings on site to document the atmosphere of the place.
Sometimes the artist is shown in my pictures but my primary interest is the place itself. The studio is somehow a place of myth and mystery where inspiration seems to take place. Curators and collectors like visiting studios where they hope to find out something about art and its production.
Besides a documentation of the room ensemble, I am very much interested in details, wrapped art works, materials like paint, brushes and all kind of things used in the artistic works, books, CDs, small toys, chess games etc, showing artistic or private interests. Sometimes a dog belongs to the studio as the artist's companion.
I am very happy that so many artists invited me to draw their studios. So far I have visited 80 studios in all and there are still more to see:
Frank Ahlgrimm, Sonja Alhäuser, Martin Assig, Fritz Balthaus, Heike Kati Barath, Robert Barta, Gabriele Basch, Olivia Berckemeyer, Anne Berning, F. W. Bernstein, Bernhard Bretz/Matthias Holliger, John Bock, Monika Brandmeier, Hartmut Böhm, Candice Breitz, Tatjana Doll, Sven Drühl, Daniela Ehemann, Tim Eitel, Eva & Adele, Valérie Favre, Wolfgang Flad, Thomas Florschuetz, Pia Fries, Axel Geis, Ingo Gerken, Massoud Graf-Hachempour, Asta Gröting, Christian Hasucha, Aline Helmcke, Vanessa Henn, Anton Henning, Gregor Hildebrandt, Esther Horn, Thomas Huber, Michael Kalmbach, Hannes Kater, Isabel Kerkermeier, Clemens Krauss, Raimund Kummer, Susanne Kutter, Alicja Kwade, Mark Lammert, Via Lewandowsky, Nikolaus List, Jeanne Mammen, Gerhard Mantz, Björn Melhus, Isa Melsheimer, Nanne Meyer, Bettina Munk, Carsten Nicolai, Wolfgang Petrick, Thomas Rentmeister, Gunter Reski, Anselm Reyle, Peter Rösel, Dennis Rudolph, Heike Ruschmeyer, Karin Sander, Andreas Schmid, Jo Schöpfer, Nada Sebestyén, Markus Sendlinger, Heidi Sill, Rainer Splitt, Malte Spohr, Martin Städeli, Julia Staszak, Caro Suerkemper, Alex Tennigkeit, Beate Terfloth, Peter Thol, Jochen Twelker, Jorinde Voigt, Patricia Waller, Barbara Wille, Markus Willeke, René Wirths, Renate Wolff
Matthias Beckman was born in 1965 in Arnsberg, Germany. He now lives and works in Berlin. Matthias studied at Kunstakademie between 1984 – 1990 and completed a Master’s Degree in 1989.
In addition to lecturing posts Matthias has been awarded several grants and awards including most recently in 2010 the Albert Stuwe-Prize for Drawing.
Matthias has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including "With graphite and colour pencils", Contemporary Drawings, Poll Galerie + Kunsthandel, Berlin, 2012 and "Artists' Studios in Berlin", Columbus Art Foundation, Ravensburg.