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Meet the Artist

Ulli holding her first paint brush. Brother Heiner looking on.Ulli carrying smuggled rock 'n' roll record which she bought in Hungary.Ulli with a few of her students in Breslau, Poland – 1973.Ulli with her brother Lutz and his friends goofing around in the back yard – 1974.

Above - Left to Right:
Ulli holding paint brush (with brother Heiner)
Smuggling rock 'n' roll records into East Germany from Hungary by train in 1972
On a field trip to Poland with art students
With brother Lutz and friends in back yard soon before escape to West Berlin
 

Checkpoint BravoUlli in West BerlinAnnette's passportWalking with family near East Berlin. After sneaking back in to East Germany – Christmas 1976

Above - Left to Right:
Escape to West Berlin in the trunk of an Renault 4 - August 1975
In West Berlin
Passport of Annette Kluge Ulli used to sneak back in to East Germany
Visiting with family in East Berlin on Christmas day 1976; keeping an eye out for the Stasi
 

Ulli's first art studioUlli Kampelmann's glass throneUlli demonstrating sandblasting during the grand opening of her Mercedes Benz headquarters exhibitionMusic video “What the heck is Art?”

Above - Left to Right:
Ulli's first art studio in Stuttgart
Sitting on an all-glass "throne"
At the grand opening of her exhibition in the Mercedes Benz HQ Stuttgart
Making the music video "What the Heck is Art?" in Florida
 
Inspirations
 
Ulli Kampelmann was born in Halle/Saale, East Germany to Willi and Elsa Kampelmann. Ulli's mother was a musician and clothes designer and her father was a master metal smith. She grew up in a harmonic and loving household along with two brothers and a sister. Ulli gained her master's degree in Art and subsequently completed further study in Art History, Sculpture and graphic Design.
 
Due to the extraordinary restrictions built into the East German society, Ulli's desires to maintain her self-determinism and to express herself with art were frequently thwarted. This situation became one of the primary driving forces which drove her to escape to West Berlin. She eventually settled in Stuttgart and set up her first studio.
 
From her indefatigable promotional efforts she began to make a name for herself, first landing a commission for the Duke of Württemberg and then a series of commissions from the headquarters of Mercedes Benz in Stuttgart. To gather ideas for one of the large sculptures Mercedes Benz asked for, she was given free reign to research within the corporate archives. She was fully taken by one of the important events from the company's history so she based her new showroom sculpture on this event. Then in 2010, Ms. Kampelmann produced an award-winning film on this same theme.Not constrained by one particular media, Ms. Kampelmann has created hundreds of artworks which can be found in private homes and public venues across Germany and the USA.
 
The communication of concept inherent in her paintings move beyond finite speeds and travel at the speed of thought, i.e. truly instantaneously. It is supposed one could conceivable call this concept Post Iconic Turn* but it more precisely brings us full circle to the origins of storytelling wherein the audience experiences the idea primarily in their own collection of mental image pictures.
Beside her paintings, Ulli Kampelmann brings pictures, scenes and stories into our present time with film: Historically important people and those who made a contribution to societal advancement are depicted in interviews to tell their story and we as audience “paint the picture” of this experience in our imagination.
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*The twentieth century was the century of images. New technologies for creating and conveying images in the mass media and the visualization in the sciences of what was previously "invisible" have resulted in a paradigm shift, the Iconic Turn, also known as the Pictorial Turn. This implies that the deluge of images is a sign of a fundamental cultural change.