Galli (b. 1944, lives in Berlin) established herself in the West Berlin art scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when she carved out her own niche amidst the masculine transgression of the painterly style of Die neuen Wilden, by depicting bodies in states of vulnerability, disfigurement and ecstatic joy. Galli’s works pay close attention to corporeality and explore the inexhaustible potential in depictions of a human body. Her work is exuberant, wide-ranging and endlessly surprising. It comprises a complex mixture of figures, signs, disembodied parts, porous shapes, scribbles, words, interiors, animated architectural elements and domestic objects, art historical motifs and references.


From 1962 to 1967, Galli studied painting at the Saarland Art School in Saarbrücken. In 1969 she began further studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin (today UDK). From 1992 to 2005, she taught at the FH Münster. Relevant exhibitions include Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden (2023) (current); CCA Goldsmiths, London (upcoming, 2023); Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid (solo, 2023); Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin (solo, 2022); Spaced Out, Gut Kerkow (solo, 2022); brunand brunand, Berlin (solo, 2021); 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, KW, Berlin (2020); Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (solo, 2015); Saarländische Galerie im Palais am Festungsgraben, Berlin (solo, 2008); Kunstverein Augsburg (solo, 2005); Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken (2003); Museum St. Ingbert (solo, 2004); Musées de la Cour d’Or, Metz (2001); Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken (solo, 1992); Villa Romana, Florence (solo, 1990); Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (solo, 1989); Städtisches Bodensee-Museum, Friedrichshafen (solo, 1985); Gropius Bau, Berlin (1983); Moderna Galerija Ljubljana (1983); Galerie der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin (solo, 1981); Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin (solo, 1980); Modersohn-Becker-Haus, Bremen (solo, 1978).

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