Li Trieb

Li Trieb, "water"

Li Trieb


The experience of time is a central topic in Li Trieb’s artistic work. She examines different aspects and versions of subjectivly experienced and objectively measured time in various works she groups under the title “ARCHIVING THE MOMENT”. Li Trieb has been working on the series since January 1, 2000, that is engendered by a rigid concept of everyday life and artistic creation. Every morning she defines the color of the sky in a poetic verbal expression and takes one Photograph of the sky. She continously produces pure pigment depictions of cloud formations, whose transience is reflected in the ephemeral technique of the unfixed drawings. Li Trieb also plays with the aspect of time in her cycle of graphite drawings “Wasser”. Here, she renders the sensuous experience of water surfaces in perpetual motion through various layers of fine strokes which produce a picture that looks like a snapshot. These different elements add up to a conceptually im- pressive, artistically sensitive and multifaceted installation on the topic of time. 

- Elke Kania

Formerly assistant Curator at the Museum Franz Gertsch/ Burgdorf CH now scientific associate University of Cologne Inspired by images of sky and water, she explores various possibilities of experienced and measured as well as subjectively experienced and objectively observed time in different work groups. 

„My work captures moments of awareness. Each instant refers to past and future moments. Each moment of realization and understanding appears as something that always announces itself, but never actually materializes. Whatever I experience and whatever comes within my observation, is only one in an apparently endless sequence of moments.“
Li Trieb

Li Trieb, born 1953 in Neustadt/Donau. Lives and works in Hamburg since 1995.


2016"Archiv der Augenblicke" solo show Galerie Commeter, Hamburg

2015"Über Wasser. Malerei und Photographie von William Turner bis Olafur Eliasson" Bucerius Kunstforum, Hamburg

2015"Archiv der Augenblicke" solo show Galerie Hilde Leiss, Hamburg

2014exhibition Galerie Wimmer plus, Prien am Chiemsee

2013"Archiv der Augenblicke" solo show Galerie Wimmer plus, Prien am Chiemsee

2013"Archiv der Augenblicke" solo show Galerie Hilde Leiss, Hamburg

2012"Archiv der Augenblicke" solo show Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

2011Galerie Rose, Thirtieth anniversary, Hamburg

2010Kunsthaus Interlaken/CH

2007„frisch gestrichen“ exhibition in the museum franz gertsch, Burgdorf/CH

2007“Archiv der Augenblicke“, solo show im Kunstraum Hüll, Drochtersen-Hüll

2006“Archiv der Augenblicke“, solo show im Projektraum, museum franz gertsch, Burgdorf

2004“Wasser in der Kunst. Von Turner bis heute“, group show, Städtische Galerie, Überlingen

2002“Wasser“ (Ölbilder), group show, Galerie Rose, Hamburg

1999“Gesichtsfragmente“, group show, Galerie Rose, Hamburg

1999“Die Nächsten“, interactive project in public space, Hamburg

1999competition and exhibition “Menschenbild heute“, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main, und Goethe-Institut, Brüssel

1998“Gezeichnete Zeit“, Adworks, Hamburg

1997“Energiemuster“, solo show, Büro Simon Sonntag Morgenstern, Hamburg

1996“Schweizer Modedesign“, group show, Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zürich

1995colour scheming of Kathleen Madden AG headquarters, Thun

1993member of creation group “75 Jahre Kunsthalle Bern“/Performance “Erscheinungen“ Kunsthalle Bern

1992opening performance at the Kunstwochen Bern, Liveübertragung an die documenta 9 durch Pentagon Köln

1992colour scheming Haus Nicolaisen, Frieswil bei Bern

1991"Trialog – Serie schwarz“, Projekt with drama school Bern, Kulturgarage Solothur

1991Kollektion „10 mal 10 ist 100“ und „Farbkonzepte“, exhibition „Design der 80er Jahre“, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich

1990Live-Performance „Wandelbare Behausungen“, ein Projekt mit zwei Tänzerinnen, im Schweizer Fernsehen (DRS)

1987Herausgabe der Künstler-Panneaus von Rudolf Mumprecht und 1988 von Claudio Knöpfli

1984Projekt mit der Schmuckdesignerin Esther Brinkmann für die Gruppenausstellung „Körper plus“, Kunsthalle Bern


Li Trieb, Water XXVI, 17.8.2017 - 6:50 until 29.9.2017 - 11:53 (10654 minutes of drawn time) 
pencil on paper, 37,5 x 58,5 cm, LT/P 33

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Li Trieb, Rain X, 1.4.2017 - 6:39 until 18.10.2017 - 14:18 (13864 minutes of drawn time)
pencil on paper, 37,5 x 58,5 cm, LT/P 34



Li Trieb, Clouds XII, 10.11.2015 - 11:36 until 26.2.2016 - 20:56 (4481 minutes of drawn time) 
pencil on paper, 37,5 x 58,5 cm, LT/P 19

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Li Trieb, Clouds XV, 22.10.2016 - 17:34 until 25.11.2016 - 12:33 (2823 minutes of drawn time) 
pencil on paper, 37,5 x 58,5 cm, LT/P 6

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Li Trieb, Sea roses VII,  22.6.2013 - 16:02 until 18.8.2013-20:57  (24283 minutes of drawn time) 
pencil on paper, 88 x 88 cm, LT/P 15

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Li Trieb, Fishes IV, 7.6.2016 - 12:18 until 10.3.2017 - 18:57 (6595 minutes of drawn time) 
pencil on paper, 37,5 x 58,5 cm, LT/P 10

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Li Trieb, Rain II,  15.8.2009 - 15:08 until 16.1.2010 - 18:09  (22067 minutes of drawn time) 
pencil on paper, 25,5 x 41 cm, LT/P 31

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