Coinciding with the opening of Berlin’s Gallery Weekend on Thursday evening, Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis held court at high-end concept store The Corner to present her newest paintings.
The exhibition “Coincidental Similarities — Berliner Gesichter,” running from April 29th to July 2nd, showcases 41 personalities the Princess links to the city and follows a spate of creative endeavors. Von Thurn und Taxis has held exhibitions of her paintings in Rome, Paris and New York’s Chelsea Hotel throughout the past two years and published a much talked-about picture book about her 500-room estate St. Emmeram Palace earlier this year.
“When Emmanuel de Bayser and Josef Voelk asked me to do something for The Corner I decided to paint faces of interesting personalities linked to Berlin. I asked my friends who they would consider most important, looked up the names via Google and picked out the faces most interesting to me,” she said. These include Berghain’s bouncer Sven Marquardt, art collectors Karen and Christian Boros, artist Jonathan Meese and U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson, who was present at the opening.
Painting professionally has only been a recent calling: “We’ve been raised to be creative at leisure, and painting has always been a pleasure for me. When I went to buy painting supplies about three years ago, the shop assistant told me I had to paint one picture every day if I wanted to get better. So I painted one face every day. At some point I had so many faces that I wanted to pursue this in a slightly more professional manner.”
Once dubbed “punk princess” or TNT for her illustrious outfits and parties, Gloria von Thurn und Taxis has lived through numerous identities. Upon her late husband’s death, she became a business woman to preserve the family fortune of the princely House of Thurn und Taxis, then a sobered Roman Catholic activist, and now, an artist.
“I’m not as much a fashion victim as I was 30 years ago, but fashion still inspires me,” she notes, raving about the Céline and Dior collections hanging in the store. Her former nickname TNT, along with princely titles, passed on to her daughter Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis, a writer and style editor at large at U.S. Vogue.