Vivian Greven’s painting is based on an adept play with various notion of bodies, being and representation, with concepts of classical antiquity merging with pop art and digital image worlds. Vivian Greven’s painting is characteristic of our present times, which are shaped by the internet and social media and thus dissolve the hierarchies between original, reproduction and simulation. The art historical and contemporary historical nestling corresponds with Greven’s painterly treatment of surfaces. Parts of her painting rise as actual reliefs that encounter sprayed or painted fictions of bodies and space. The aesthetic of her pictures vacillates between the vocabulary of physical painting and the ethereal illusion of LCD windows.
Vivian Greven (DE 1985) lives and works in Düsseldorf. She is represented in internationally renowned museum collections such as Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Xiao Museum Rizhao, Long Museum Shanghai, Sammlung Kunsthaus NRW and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. Recent solo exhibitions have been at Neue Galerie Gladbeck, Kunstmuseum Langmatt, Kunstpalais Erlangen and Kunstverein Heidelberg, as well as group exhibitions at Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Kunstmuseum Bonn or Deichtorhallen Hamburg. In occasion of her solo exhibition at Neue Galerie Gladbeck her recent catalogue has been published by Walther and Franz König, Cologne. In 2024 Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum in Bremen will show a dialogue between hers and Paula Modersohn-Becker´s works accompanied by a new publication. Several group exhibitions will include her work, such as the Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles, the MORE Museum, Gorssel, Kunsthalle Bielefeld and Marta Herford Museum.