Michal Schmidt

Surprised and reluctant, we begin to realize more and more that the bubble we live in, which we have comfortably and safely decorated with European moral values and walls, is leaking. Our truths are crumbling, insecurity and a paranoid fear are spreading. Climate change still seems too abstract for the majority of people, and its catastrophic consequences are hard to imagine. More concrete and simple is the fear of the stranger. The insight – that the social and environmental problems are homemade and correlative – comes hesitantly and the urgency to change our consumption behavior is postponed to tomorrow, leaving responsibility to others. Consequently, we close ourselves off. It is enough if the flow of money and goods remains boundless and free. The main thing, it stays as it is.

The painterly works and conceptual installations of Michal Schmidt, with their realism-oriented, figurative expressive imagery, consist of collage-like pieces of composition and deal with the wide range of human patterns of behavior. Everything is interlinked: time levels, perspectives, narratives; the homogenous is decomposed and the classical pictorial space increasingly dissolved. Sometimes the works are pointedly deliberately striking effect, elsewhere, a sensitive content irritates quite subtle.


It is sad
the world so cruel
and unfair
and nothing
what you could do
against it
he thought,
took knife
and fork
and cut
his five-minute steak
in bite-sized pieces.
Michal Schmidt, 2003






Dear partners, supporters, friends and lovers,

due to the COVID-19 Virus our little ETF! office in Berlin remains closed and we are working from home.

As many fellow artists, creatives and freelancers this Corona crisis has hit us hard.
We had hoped to send out a newsletter this spring informing you all about our 19th venue in Lisbon, which was supposed to open in Carpintarias São Lázaro on the 19th of June 2020.
Now, with all the cancellations and the shut down of cultural life we hope to postpone and for EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! to still be part of the program of Lisboa Green Capital 2020.
We will keep you posted.

Keep safe.

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We want to thank everyone who helped to make the 18th venue in Erfurt possible!

18. ZNE! Station ERFURT (Germany)


Duration: 28.7.2019 to 22.9.2019

Pictures from the exhibition in Erfurt here!

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