Dellbrügge / de Moll's gouache "Ivory Tower" (1993) is part if the series "Theory becomes Material". In the depiction of a tower at a cliff scenery two speech bubbles are added, adapting a headline of the art critic Wolfgang Max Faust: "As leading figures we are through." – "Exactly! We will withdraw and devote ourselves to landscape painting."
In the same year a series of landscape paintings, "Landscapes from the Ivory Tower", based on photographic references were produced. They carry on the theoretical discourse with conventional means and conventional subjects of painting. Thus the works of Dellbrügge / de Molls are able to visualize the end of painting as discussed since the late 1980s, insofar as the painterly sign has lost any emanating meaning. On the other hand it implicates that painting, devoid of meaning, can become compatible for the mediation and continuation of theoretical discourses."
Kathrin Becker in: (Landscape) from the perspective of the 90s