Carolin Kropff, Christina Kral, Textiles + Paintings

Studios Lange Strasse 31, Frankfurt
Frankfurt Art Experience

Exhibition and Open Studio

To kick off the 2021 Frankfurt Gallery season, we show in the Studios Lange Strasse 31 textile works by Carolin Kropff and paintings by Christina Kral. In addition to the exhibition, the artists will open their studios for an insight into their respective working methods.

The works in the exhibition stand in stark contrast to each other but have in common a deep commitment to continuous experimentation with materials and genres. Both artists continue to process the experiences they have gathered during their many years abroad. Both understand their studio as a laboratory that can be completely alter depending on the project. While Carolin's studio is a ceramics studio, textile, printing, and painting workshop, Christina's studio alternately transforms into a garden shed, a printmaking workshop, or an empty painting space.

Art Experience Walks

We were part of the Art Experience Walks. These are guided tours through galleries and off space led by art professionals and hosted by The Frankfurt Art Experience.

The Artists

Carolin Kropff's artistic work moves between the fields of fine art, craft and art mediation; it ranges from painting, graphics, textile art to SEA (Socially Engaged Art) projects. Kropff studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1991-1995) and graduated from the Städelschule Frankfurt (1996 -1998). From 1989-1991 she worked as a costume assistant and men's tailor at the Theater Dortmund. She completed her menswear tailoring training at the tailor Schmidt, Wiemeringhausen, with distinction (1985-88). From 1999-2002 she maintained a studio in Madrid, Spain and 2006-2011 in Dubai, UAE. Since 2015 she has been collaborating with British artist and fashion designer Felicity Brown. In 2020, she founded STUDIOSPACE Lange Straße 31 in Frankfurt, Germany. The project work is supported by the Kulturamt Frankfurt and the Frauenreferat Frankfurt. She has three children and lives and works in Frankfurt am Main.

Christina Kral's artistic practice includes sculpture, installation and painting. 2008 she was an artist resident at Eyebeam, the Art and Technology Center in New York. In 2009, she was awarded a Digital Arts Residency at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. In 2014, she was a recipient of an artist residency at Gasworks in London. Christina holds an MFA in European Media from the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom and a diploma (FH) in Visual Communication from Merz Akademie, University of Applied Science for Design in Stuttgart, Germany. She has presented her artistic work at art biennials such as the Cafa Art Biennial in Beijing (China), the Mine Yours Ours Festival in Rijeka (Croatia), the Anxiety Arts Festival in London (UK) and the Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre (Brazil). She also showed her work in group exhibitions at the Basis Projektraum in Frankfurt Germany, the Bric Art Gallery and X-Initiative in New York, the Bauhausarchiv, Museum für Gestaltung, the Künstlerhaus Bethanien and District in Berlin, the Bethlem Gallery and the Space Gallery in London.

About Studios Lange Strasse 31

Since 2013, the artists and creatives of the Studios Lange Strasse 31 have also used their space in downtown Frankfurt as a project room for exhibitions and as a laboratory for new formats of encounters.