Author Archives: Haruko Maeda


„Amabie“ 130 x 95cm, oil on canvas, 2022

Amabie (アマビエ) is a legendary Japanese mermaid or merman with a bird-beak like mouth and three legs or tail-fins, who allegedly emerges from the sea, prophesies either an abundant harvest or an epidemic, and instructed people to make copies of its likeness to defend against illness.

During the Covid-19 pandemic in Japan, amabie became a popular topic on SNS in Japan.



  Original drawing of „Amabile“, Anonym 1846


a family portrait

“ a family portrait my father, Grandma and I“ 100 x 70 cm, oil on canvas 2021, courtesy: Rudi Strobl

Es ist nicht häufig, aber es gibt eine Tradition in Japan, dass man einen Knochenstück von geliebten Gestorbenen runterschluckt.

Das ist ein Zeichen der Liebe, und wir können damit so glauben, dass die Tote in unserem Körper im Inneren auf ewig leben.

In diesem Familienportrait bin ich als ein Hand am Schulter des Vaters dabei.


Online group show “ Me myself and I“ at Christine König Galerie

An online group show „Me myself and I“ at Christine König Galerie.

For as long as artists have been working in various fields, they also have been portraying themselves. All works shown explore the subjective, emotional, physical, or political identities of their subjects. The artists included in this virtual exhibition use a wide range of techniques and media, often only giving subtle hints, sometimes revealing the mechanisms of self-exposure bluntly.

Works on view:
AI Weiwei | Ovidiu ANTON | Skip ARNOLD | Rune BERING | Felix BURGER | Maurizio CATTELAN | Marc CHAGALL | Magda CSUTAK | Jimmie DURHAM | Andreas DUSCHA | Per DYBVIG | Tracey EMIN | Paule HAMMER | Thomas HARTMANN | Peter HAUENSCHILD | Haruko MAEDA | Radenko MILAK | Philipp MUERLING | PAYER GABRIEL | Humphrey OCEAN | Manfred PECKL | Rade PETRASEVIC | Alona RODEH | Gerhard RÜHM | Maruša SAGADIN | Toni SCHMALE | Natalia STACHON | Margherita SPILUTTINI | Juergen TELLER | Roman URANJEK