Teutloff Collection meets Sandra Vásquez de la Horra at Lempertz Cologne

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra. From Brusselas I, Los 20 Inconfesables.
Sandra Vásquez de la Horra
Yasumasu Morimura. Face 22, 1994.
Yasumasu Morimura
Curator's Comments

The title of the exhibition says it all:  

The Teutloff Photographic and Video Collection meets the drawings of the Chilean artist Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, the host of the exhibition is Kunsthaus Lempertz in Cologne.

In building his collection, Lutz Teutloff has always attached special importance to promoting dialog and understanding between people of different spiritual and intellectual outlooks and political beliefs. The Contemporary Family of Man is the all-inclusive name he gave to his collection which is a comprehensive reflection of the conditio humana from 1968 to the present day. His exhibitions staged in unusual places and informed by fresh and innovative ideas have excited worldwide attention. Yet at the same time as his passion for photography, Lutz Teutloff has always had a connoisseur’s eye for new and parallel currents in art. So it’s hardly surprising that he was one of the very first collectors of the drawings of the Chilean artist Sandra Vásquez de la Horra.

The clash and confrontation between her South American / Indian roots and contemporary European art, especially the work of her teachers Jannis Kounellis and Rosemarie Trockel, has released a volcanic fantasy and staggering creative energy in this Chilean artist.  

All these cultural and ethnic influences – her early encounter with the dictatorship of the Pinochet regime, the threats of imprisonment, torture and death hanging constantly over her life,  her confrontation with many different cultures – flow through her work like mighty rivers. She blends them on a meta-level in the subconscious of her artist’s fantasy and lets them flow freely through her body and hand to outpour on paper. The drawings so produced are then bathed in wax to give them a kind of protective skin. 

As viewers we are fascinated by these worlds formed of pencil lines on paper that seem to touch the very roots of human existence with their mute appeals to our fears, dreams and fantasies. These are works which defy explanation by rational inquiry; they are physical total works of art, Gesamtkunstwerke, and as such hold much in common with the theme of the human body as exemplified in the Teutloff Collection.

With the confrontation or dialog between the drawings of Sandra Vásquez de la Horra and photographic works from the Teutloff Collection, a long cherished idea has now become reality.  

In designing this exhibition, it was always the drawings that provided the initial point of departure. They set the themes and ask the questions to which one or more possible responses come from the Photo + Video Collection.

In this way 15 thematic groups were formed such as “Matters of the Heart”, “Embryo”, “Brainchild” and “Religion” whose similarity of content or difference in technique provokes a process of discovery in the viewer’s mind. By pondering these images, comparing and contrasting them, we are led ever deeper into this world of human existence, sense and nonsense, dreams and nightmares, and the continuity and passing of human life.

This exhibition thus forms a counterpoint to one woman shows of the artist like her exhibition at the Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht. Sandra Vásquez de la Horra’s work is to be found in the collections of the Centre Pompidou Paris, the Kupferstichkabinett collection of prints in Berlin and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Sabine Weichel, Curator

Photos from exhibition
Video from exhibition

The drawings of Sandra Vásquez de la Horra raise questions. Photographic works from the Teutloff Collection give answers. A fascinating body-based dialogue unfolds on all facets of human existence. Kunsthaus Lempertz in Cologne offers a place of encounter for artists and collectors.


“Sandra Vásquez de la Horra’s view of the world is organic, ecstatic, excessive, ascetic, introspective and ironic.  The drama of her thinking bodies is focused as a kind of history of humanity: love, hate, melancholy, war and death.”

Jean-Christophe Ammann


“Earlier than others, the collector Lutz Teutloff developed a special sensitivity for aesthetic endeavors – particularly in the immaterial media of photography, film and video – that aim to exemplify corporeality under attack whilst also placing the manifold challenges confronting the body in a contemporary context.“

Klaus Honnef

Photographic works by:  Lili Almog, Dieter Appelt, Katharina Bosse, Thorsten Brinkmann, Monika Czosmonska, Aziz + Cucher, Herbert Döring-Spengler, Brian Finke, Margie Geerlinks, Claudia Hart, Lynn Hershman, Elke Krystufek, Vollrad Kutscher, Aurelia Mihai, Yasumasu Morimura,  Adam Nadel, Chi Peng, Osvaldo Salas, Gary Schneider,  Lisette Verkerk, Erwin Wurm, Holly Zausner.


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