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08. November 2020
Thomas Kahl, the unknown Explorer

Thomas Kahl: Bread for Ruanda
Thomas Kahl: Bread for Ruanda
Martina Strilic/Galerie Tobias Schrade
He became known as the ‘bread painter’. But Thomas Kahl, who died much too young in 2017, was so much more than that. The exhibition we opened in early March 2020 in cooperation with Galerie Tobias Schrade made that very obvious. After just one week however, corona forced us to close it down again. Project manager Raimund Kast took to Facebook to present many of Kahl’s works, but a virtual tour can not adequately replace the real-life encounter with art. Which is why the Stadthaus has rearranged its exhibition schedule for the fall of 2020 and will present the show again from 8 November 2020 until the beginning of 2021.

A blue Bread of Thomas Kahl in Mariposa, Teneriffa. Photo: Raimund Kast
Thomas Kahl: PAN, Kulturpark Mariposa, Teneriffa (1994/95)
© Raimund Kast

Kahl created humorous and rebellious forums for ironic interaction with the traditional art business. The self-taught artist was more than just a creative maverick, he did a lot of research but rarely offered an explanation for his works. He was constantly looking for material to turn into paintings, collages, works on paper or dioramas.

Kahl was also a musician and curated events; he organised pop, indie and hip-hop concerts at Kradhalle, created opportunities for other artists. While all the other Kradhalle-artists moved to Berlin over the years, Kahl stayed in Ulm.

"Die große Kumpanei" Brotmaschinen-Installation von Thomas Kahl
Thomas Kahl: Die große Kumpanei
© Martina Strillic/Galerie Tobias Schrade

The Stadthaus, in cooperation with Galerie Tobias Schrade, is presenting a Thomas Kahl retrospective, showing paintings, objects and installations from different times in his career.

Galerie Tobias Schrade is publishing an accompanying catalogue:
Thomas Kahl - Der unbekannte Forscher.


Szenerie mit Tod in einer Gaststube
Thomas Kahl: Totentanz
© Martina Strilic

Projectmanagement: Dr. Raimund Kast