Emil Schult (*1946) is a painter, poet and musician, whose work spans from drawings and texts in the spirit of Fluxus to lyrics and record covers shaping pop history and to reverse glass paintings reflecting on the human condition.
During his studies at the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf, his teachers Dieter Roth, Joseph Beuys and Gerhard Richter supported Schult’s poetic approach to the arts. In the early 1970s, he constructed and played electronic instruments and joined forces with Kraftwerk. During a decade of collaboration he wrote the lyrics for ‘Autobahn’, ‘Das Model’, ‘Pocket Calculator’ et al. and created the record covers for several albums. In 1979, he deepened his studies of Computer Music at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Stanford University, CA, USA.
Since the mid 1980s, Schult works with video and computer animated images and embraces the ancient Chinese technique of reverse glass painting. Schult’s focus lays on the visionary potential of art and his recent paintings reflect on the connection between humans, the electronic microcosmos and the vastness of space.
Emil Schult has recently held solo exhibitions at Osthaus Museum Hagen, DE, Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, NY, USA, Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida South Western State College, Fort Myers, FL, USA, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, Paderborn, DE, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University, NY, USA, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA He served as a guest professor at the Institute for Electronic Arts, Alfred University NY, USA. His recent participations at group exhibitions include Galerie Buchholz New York, USA, Zhang Zhou International Contemporary Art Exhibition, CHN, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, DE, Raketenstation Hombroich, Neuss, DE, Tampa Museum of Art, FL, USA, Julia Stoschek Foundation, Düsseldorf, DE, et al.In conjunction with exhibitions on Kraftwerk, Schult’s work was exhibited at Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, Tate Modern, London, UK and Röhsska, Göteborg, SE et al.Since 2017, Schult collaborates with Emma Nilsson as TRANSHUMAN ART CRITICS. TRANSHUMAN ART CRITICS view the evolution of electronic music and art from the perception of enhanced humans. The observations are presented as audio-visual pieces in which the archeological findings merge with the cognition of future.