Victoria Adam
27 May – 30 July 2017


"the common toad" sensitively and urgently evokes the intensity, beauty and the dread of a lost world of the senses: the sensual power of creatures, plants, blossoms, fragrances and exhalations associated with the mysterious origins and metamorphoses of the microcosm and macrocosm. The receptions of these sensory impressions, which the attempts to objectify scientifically only began in the 18th century, previously traversed medieval mysticism’s and cosmology’s cultural models as well as the chains and hierarchies that were produced by Theophrastus von Hohenheim, known as Paracelsus, Hildegard of Bingen and many other advocates of an alternative medicine. With the assistance of her space and body-related object language of her work, Victoria Adam produces substantial references to these effect aesthetics of the past.

Curator: Regina Barunke


the common toad / Parkfield Studies
Published by Temporary Gallery, Cologne
Texts by Regina Barunke, Baptist Ohrtmann
German / English


27 May 2017
Exhibition tour with Victoria Adam



Funding and Support

Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Kulturamt der Stadt Köln
Deltax Wirtschafts- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH
Hotel Chelsea


1-2 — exhibition view
3 — Victoria Adam: Blush muffle, 2017
4 — Victoria Adam: Untitled (non-greasy ♥ Psychic abilities ♥ Spirituality ♥ Transition), 2017
5 — Victoria Adam: Luna (must sours, grafts wither), 2017
Photo: Simon Vogel