Visual Arts Christian Schellenberger

  • Christian Schellenberger © Goethe-Institut China
    Christian Schellenberger at Red Gate Open Studio
  • Christian Schellenberger © Goethe-Institut China
    Christian Schellenberger at Red Gate Open Studio
  • Christian Schellenberger © Goethe-Institut China
    Drawings of Christian Schellenberger
  • Christian Schellenberger © Goethe-Institut China
    Drawings of Christian Schellenberger


Christian Schellenberger, born in 1980 in Berlin, is a visual artist based in Berlin and Leipzig. He studied sculpture and photography and took his master’s degree in fine arts at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig in 2012. His most recent exhibitions were What I Do (2013) and Acht Mal Zeichnung (Kunstverein Leipzig, 2013).

Schellenberger produces most of his work “on the road”, as it were. In 2014 he was awarded a joint grant from the Kulturstiftung Sachsen (Arts Foundation of Saxony) and the Goethe-Institut China. He travelled from Berlin to Beijing on the Trans-Siberian Railway, drawing en route, on the train and in cafés. He doesn’t want any “residence”. To him, “residence” is actually a contradictory concept which he set about deconstructing in Beijing: he was on the road for days at a time and did not return to his “residence”. Movement, changes and encounters are the source of his inspiration. He subsequently pieced fragments of abstract drawings together into large-scale map-like collages.

To conclude his stay in Beijing, Schellenberg held an “open studio” session and a lecture, showing a series of drawings he’d made on the way from Berlin to Beijing as well as other works completed during his time in Beijing.