WOLFGANG STILLER

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Wolfgang Stiller

WOLFGANG STILLER

BIOGRAPHY


Born
1961 Wiesbaden, Germany

Residence
Berlin, Germany

Education
1981 – 84
Study communications design, GHS Wuppertal, Germany
1984 – 89
Study art “Kunstakademie Düsseldorf”, Germany
1996
Living and working in Istanbul (8 months), Turkey
2000 – 2007
Living and working in New York, USA
2007 – 2008
Living and working in Beijng, China
2007
Guest professor for NYU (New York University), Shanghai, China
2009
Living and working in Berlin, German

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The Impermanence of life

The Impermanence of life

German artist Wolfgang Stiller’s sculptural installations are innovative, very direct and intelligent. Stiller who has had more than 30 solo exhibitions internationally including Greece, Italy, USA, Japan and Czech Republic, presents one of his finest art installations called Matchstick Men. The installation consists of several larger than life half burnt matchsticks which represent people suffering the insecurities. Through his installation, Stiller aims at highlighting the most common issues of – the impermanence of life- in the modern day society. The installation illustrates the harsh impact of the syndrome on human life and how this state of vital exhaustion can create a permanent damage to the physical and mental well being.

Artist Statement “Matchstickmen”

“I had some head molds sitting in my studio left over from a mannequin production I did for a movie in China. Back then, I was living in Beijing. I also had some pieces of thick bamboo wood lying around from another installation that I had done. I was playing around with those two elements and after a while the heads ended up on the bamboo sticks.
The meaning and content of a work grows while I’m in the process of doing the physical work. I really like the literal aspect of “matchstick head” in German, (which is) called, “Streichholzkopf.” It refers to an actual head (and) is stronger in the German language.
One could read those burned matches as worn-out or burned-out human beings. The installation can appear like a battlefield or just like some playground where someone played around with matches and dropped them. All the heads I’ve used so far are from Chinese people. This sometimes leads to the assumption that this is a criticism of the Chinese government. One can read it that way, but I think this metaphor could be used for any western system as well. The matchboxes could be simply seen as formal elements within the installation, as coffins or simply as matchboxes. I actually like to keep it open since I don’t like art that leaves no space for one’s own imagination.”
D ZineTrip Magazine

AWARDS AND GRANTS

1986 ART Stiftung Plaas, Germany
1991 Kunst und Kirche Heilbronn, Germany
1991 Arbeitsstipendium, Senat Berlin, Germany
1991 Kunstpreis Sickingen, Germany
1993 Artist in residence, Tokyo, Japan
1996 Artist in residence, Istanbul (Berliner Senat)
2000 ISP studio program, New York, USA
2009 Kunstfonds grant

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
-Galerie Benjamin Eck Projects (with Ray Caesar), Munich, Germany
2017
-Mark Hachem Gallery Beirut, Lebanon
2016
-Tändstickmuseum ,Janköpping, Sweden
-Mark Hachem Gallery , Paris
2015
-Galerie Schmalfuss, Berlin, Germany
2014
Galerie Albert Benamou – Veronique Maxé
-Yeni Cami, former archeolog. museum,Thessaloniki, Dimitria Festival Greece
2013
-Python Gallery, Erlenbach/Zurich, Switzerland
-Art Issue Projects, Taipei, Taiwan
-Voss Kunstlag – Banksmidja, Voss, Norway
-Gallery Basement, Voss, Norway
2012
-Mube,Skulpturenmuseum Sao Paulo, Brazil
-Delloro Contemoporary Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany
-Galeria Simon Nolte, Porto Colom,Mallorca, Spain
-Pingpong Artspace, Taipei, Taiwan
2011
-Kalos & Klio showroom in collaboration with Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2010
-Kunstverein Gera, Germany
-Galerie Ling , Berlin, Germany
2009
-Galerie Epikur, Wuppertal Kunstverein Gera, Germany
-Galerie Schmalfuss, Marburg, Germany
2008
-Emerson Gallery Berlin, Germany
2006
-Galleria Cal D’oro Rome, Italy
2005
-Yamamoto Gendai Gallery,Tokyo, Japan
-Emerson Gallery Berlin, Germany
2003
-C 3 Gallery, New York, USA
2001
-Westbeth Gallery, Nagoya, Japa
-“Humanus”, Paulina Kolczynska Fine Art, New York, USA
2001
-Vernon Holdings Fine Art, Prague, Czech Rep.
2000
-Roentgen Kunstraum, Ikeuchi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1999
-Galleria Scognamiglio & Teano, Napoli, Italy
-Galerie Epikur, Wuppertal, Germany
1998
-Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
-ART Frankfurt, Förderkoje ,Galerie Markus Nohn, Trier, Germany
-Galerie Markus Nohn, Trier, Germany
1997
-Galerie Markus Nohn, Trier, Germany
-Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg
-Roentgen Kunstraum, Ikeuchi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1996/97
-Galerie Cato Jans, Hamburg, Germany
1996
-Galerie Markus Nohn, Trier, Germany
-Museum Bochum, Germany
1995
-Carsten Neumärker Galerie, Cologne, Germany
1994
-Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Germany
-Galerie Epikur, Wuppertal, Germany
-Roentgen Kunstintitut, Ikeuchi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
-Goethe Institut Tokyo, Japan
-Artium Gallery, Fukuoka, Japan
-Goethe Institut Kyoto, Japan
1993
-Roentgen Kunstinstitut,Ikeuchi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1992
-Staedt. Galerie Schloss Oberhausen, Germany
1991
-Studio Galerie Hamburg, Germany
-Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen, Germany
-Petruskirche Berlin, Germany
-Wartbergkirche Heilbronn, Germany
1990
-Kunst und Museumsverein Wuppertal, Germany
1989/90
-Martin Gropius Bau, Werkbund Archiv, Berlin, Germany
1988
-Galerie Kosmos, Essen, Germany
1986
-Atelier und Galerie Kollektiv, Wuppertal, Germany

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
-Madison Gallery San Diego,Solana Beach, USA
2018
-Changwon Sculpture Biennale, Korea
2017
-Verleihung der Narrenkappe „ Mact/Cact Contemporary Art Museum Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland
-Gallery Lola Nikolaou,Thessaloniki, Greece
2015
-Python Gallery, Zürich Erlenbach. Switzerland
-Agalaus Kunstfestival, Voss, Norway
-Kulturfabrik Apolda, Germany
-Wuhan Fine Art Museum, Wuhan , China
-Hôtel de Gallifet/ artcenter, Aix en Provence, France
-Künstlerverein Walkmühle, Wiesbaden, Germany
-18 + festival, Cluj – Napoca, Romania
-Galerie Simon Nolte, Münster, Germany
Nanjing 2nd International Art Festival, Nanjing, China
2014
-2 man show with Florian Fausch, Galerie von Fraunberg, Düsseldorf, Germany
-Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
2013
-Bienal de Curitiba,Curitiba, Brazil
-“Kunstlandskap Fjaler 2013”, in collaboration with NKD and Kjell Erik Ruud, Dale i Sunnfjord, Norway
-Lola Nikolaou Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece
-“stronger than fear is hope”, curated by Bodo Korsig, Schmalfuss Gallery, Berlin,Germany
2012
2nd International Art festival Kathmandu, Nepal
2011
-“Memory_Identity ” MK2 Space, Beijing, China
-“softpower” Galerie Kvant ,curated by Franziska Leuthäußer, Berlin, Germany
-“Nordart 2011”, Rendsburg, Germany
-“Worldpeacefestival” Freies Museum Berlin, Germany
-Galerie Nolte, Münster, Germany
-“5C/5C ” KT&G Sangsangmadang Gallery , Seoul, Korea
-“5C/5C” CIAC, Centro internationale per L’arte contemporanea, Rome Italy
2010
-“Lingering Whispers” St. Pancras church, London, England
-“Nordart “ Deutschland
-Delloro Gallery, Rom , Italy
-“Ereignis Druckgrafik 2 “ Leipzig, Buchmesse, Germany
2009
-Galerie Horschick, Dresden, Germany
-Kolbe Museum – Souterrain Sammlung Hoffmann “ Tier Perspektiven “ Teil 2, Berlin, Germany
2008
-”critical mass” curated by marc Hungerbuehler, HYCA Contemporary Art Center ,Beijing, China
-“Sewn” East Asia Contemporary Gallery, Shanghai , China
-“Black and White “, Gallery 49, Beijing , China
-“Chinese Character Biennial”, Beijing , (China)
2007
-”SURGE” curated by Marc Hungerbuehler , 798 international Art Festival , Beijing, China
-”Dream Palace ” curated by Alfredo Martinez, A-Space, Beijing, China
-”Lost Boorders ” curated by Alessandro Rolandi , Art Channel Gallery ,Beijing, China
-”Must be Gallery ,798 Beijing, China
-“SEWN” curated by Nikoykatiushka, Segment Space,Beijing, China
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