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Monika Riemenschneider


born in Berlin in the 50s  

- diploma in political science at the Free University Berlin

since 1980
autodidact in arts

- studies in Ebba Sakel's gallery "Andere Zeichen" (women's art gallery)
- studies at the HdK (University of arts, Berlin) with Prof. Weigel and E. Otto

- study trips to ICELAND and ITALY

Foundation of courses for illiterates at several adult education centres in Berlin
Development and realization of comprehensive study programmes for illiterates until 2002

since 1986
- member of the professional association of artists
- regularly individual/ single exhibitions
- participation in several exhibitions of art institutions
- drawings, watercolours, collages, pastels, sculpture

since 1996
- development of sociocultural projects of further education for mentally disabled adults
- elaboration of the project "Vom Bild zum Wort" ("From the picture to the words"
_.exhibitions of illiterates that include art and creativity/collages and texts)

since 1998 - work with sculpture

since 1999
- management of sculpture courses for disabled adults, materials: sandstone, limestone,

since 2000 - teaching of writing, reading and calculating in facilities for disabled adults

since 2001 zusätzliche Beschäftigung in der Werkgemeinschaft für Berlin und Brandenburg

since 2002
- development of work books for mentally disabled adults
- intensive work with sandstone

completion of the book "ANDERS LERNEN"
("learn differently"), a book for severely mentally disabled adults, serving to identify and learn simple terms and differences, bilingual: German/English, German/Italian.
View under www.aktionbildung.de, download, search for: Riemenschneider

learning of marble sculpture under the instruction of Mario Enrico d'Ippolito (sculptor) in Ceparana/Italy

Remittance works:
- drawing of the saint Thorlack for the St.Franciscus-Spitali's church in
- numerous portraits and drawings
- poster, beer mug and flag for the 100th anniversary of Wannsee/Berlin
- art prize of the company "Iduna Nova"
- postcards and posters for "Arte Presente"/Potsdam, "Casa Rosa"/Potsdam
- "Spielen-Werken-Schenken"/Berlin

Exhibitions since 1996:

- Dresdner Bank am Roseneck/Berlin (S)
- Raiffeisenbank Penzberg/Bayern (S)
- "Tempelhofer Kunstfenster" /Berlin(G)
- Dresdner Bank am Theodor Heuss Platz /Berlin(S)

- Dresdner Bank am Roseneck/Berlin (S)
- art prize "Iduna Nova"
- Künstler im Rathaus Tempelhof /Berlin(G)

- Stadtbibliothek Zehlendorf/Berlin ("Vom Bild zum Wort", collages and texts from illiterates) _.
- Landesbank Berlin am Mehringdamm (S)
- Dresdner Bank am Teltower Damm/Berlin (S)
- Aremittance work: poster and beer mug for the 100th anniversary of Wannsee/Berlin

- Arte Presente/Potsdam (S)
- Hotel Alsterhof Berlin (S)
- Commerzbank, Filiale Lichtenrade/Berlin (S)
- Commerzbank, Filiale Wannsee/Berlin (S)
- Steglitzer Kunsttage: Galerie Giovanni/Berlin und Spielen-Werken-Schenken/Berlin
- Galerie am Buschgraben (G)

- Galerie in der Gemeinde zur Heimat: "Vom Bild zum Wort"
- Galerie Kammerspiele Kleinmachnow (S)
- Landesbank Berlin am Mehringdamm (S)
- Auguste Viktoria Krankenhaus (S)

2003 - Commerzbank, Zehlendorf (S)


- May: Galerie im Seniorenzentrum Sonnenhof/Berlin; Stiftskirche/Obernkirchen
- July: Villa Liberty/Sabbioneta - Italy
- August: sculpture-workshop for disabled adults
- November: literature competition "Il sogno nel cassetto", contribution: "Impressioni di Genova"


- Albo d'oro - F.I.A.F.T. / IT
- February/March: SEB AG Bank Berlin-Spandau (S)
- May: 5th Meeting dell'Arte en plein air, Villa Liberty/Sabbioneta - Italy
- October: Stadtgemeinschaft Berlin (S)
- December: Galeria San Donato / Genova IT (G)


- Albo d'oro - F.I.A.F.T./Italy
- January/February: Landhaus Alte Schmiede/Niemegk-Lühnsdorf - Fläming (S)
- March: Female Artists in the World, Therme Berzieri/Salsomaggiore - Italy (G)
:: eventi.parma/Arti figurative e mostre/Da vedere/Female Artists in the World
:: eventi.parma/Arti figurative e mostre/Da vedere/Female Artists in the World/Opera
- April: L'omaggio degli Artisti a Papa Giovanni Paolo II,
- May: 6th Meeting dell'Arte en plein air, Villa Liberty/Sabbioneta - Italy
- September: Hermes Synchron Studio Potsdam Babelsberg (S)


- January: Hermes Synchrony Studio Potsdam Babelsberg (S)
- July: manual "Oppositions" in
- September: lecture "Anderslernen-Kulturtechnik, ein Weg zur geistigen Mobilität;
::("learning differently - a way to mental mobility") in Würzburg
::www.cbp.caritas.de, dokumentationen, 26.09.07, 09_Workshop 04-Riemenschneider
- September: sculpture-workshop, Inhouse-Schulung BWB/Berlin
- October: http://kulturportal.maerkischeallgemeine.de/


- study trips to ICELAND and GREENLAND
- July - Sept "Baumzeit" /Gutshaus Vichel, Brandenburgg
- 11.07-13.07.08 sculpture-workshop / teaching mentally disabled adults and not mentally _.disabled adults together
- www.artou.de


- 10. Juni bis 14. Oktober 2009
_."Miteinander - Wir sind Menschen - wie gehen wir miteinander um?“,
_.eine Ausstellung von Erwachsenen mit geistigen Einschränkungen,
_.Amt Temnitz-Walsleben, Brandenburg, genaueres unter
- www.artou.de


- November ' 09-März 2010 EA, Aquarelle Amt Temnitz-Walsleben, Brandenburg 2010
- bis März 2010 EA, Aquarelle Amt Temnitz-Walsleben, Brandenburg
- Juni bis Oktober 2010, EA, Zeichnungen und Aquarelle interaudio, TONSTUDIO GMBH, Harzer _.Straße 39 · D-12059 Berlin
- Oktober 2010-März 2011 EA, Zeichnungen und Aquarelle Lutherhaus, Seniorenheim, Berlin _.Steglitz/Zehlendorf


About my work

The origins of my drawings in graphite and colour are verbally non expressible premonitions, dreams, ideas etc.
Through their composition, they tell stories that every viewer might interpret differently based on his own experiences of life.
I'm inspired of historic myths and the philosophy and rules of northern cultures.
Size of the drawings: often 40cm x60cm

Watercolours are another main focus of my work.
I paint them nearly exclusively near nature.
The wild landscape of Iceland with it's light-flooded wideness and the northern lights evoke emotions in me and stimulate my fantasy.
I also am inspired of the amiable Mediterranean south, especially of Italy's landscapes where mountains and valleys are covered with magical shades of light during autumn.
The wide horizons of Brandenburg which surround me outside of Berlin inspire me to many watercolours.

Since 2000, I am increasingly devoted to sculpture.
I like the idea of transforming different stones' resistance into movement that expresses female strength and power.
I deal with sandstone, limestone and marble.

In the field of sculpture, I teach mentally disabled adults using sandstone, limestone, marble and soapstone.