During the Kunstwochenende (Munich Art Weekend) Daniel Blau will be showing the works of British artist Rachel Kneebone. In her first solo show in Germany, Kneebone will exhibit a group of finely detailed porcelain sculptures. These objects grapple with themes of sexuality and death, drawing the viewer into a dark yet humorous world. Taking influence from such things as Dante’s Divine Comedy, William Blake’s The Primaeval Giants Sunk in the Soil (1824–1827) and Ovid’s Metamorphosis, these often phallic, grotesque yet enigmatic sculptures are riddled with a shiny, contorted tale of beauty at its point closest to sex and death.
Kneebone was born in 1973 in Oxfordshire and graduated from the renowned Royal College of Art in London in 2004. In 2005 she was nominated for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women, and that same year, Mario Testino invited her to create a wall sculpture for his show, Diana, Princess of Wales, at Kensington Palace. In 2010 she was awarded the audience prize at the 11th Sculpture Triennial in Felbach. Kneebone lives and works in London.