Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg

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  • Introduction

  • CV

  • Exhibitions

In the face of new media, Marc Brandenburg, born in 1965 in Berlin, decided with pencil and paper to pave the way for drawing. In an almost old-fashioned way, his works force us to take a closer look, which puts him in good company with Dürer, Menzel, and Richter. Brandenburg's works are in collections such as MoMA (New York), Deutsche Bank, or the Kupferstich Kabinett (Berlin). In 2005 he received the renowned Karl Ströher Prize.

His research tool is the camera, and with it Brandenburg finds his motifs in his immediate urban surroundings, capturing them with the camera. His work's detail and magnificence, on the other hand, are the antithesis of his snapshots. Self-portraits, protests, thickets, or hustle and bustle – his drawings looks like the afterimages burnt into the retina after being blinded by blazing brightness. In their negative reversal, white becomes gray like ash, shadows become light.

For these plates, Brandenburg created two self-portraits as reflected in water and launches the series of art editions LUMAS is developing with Rosenthal Porcelain.

In the 1950s Rosenthal porcelain manufacturer was the first in Europe to develop a creative new beginning. Based on the realization that "originals of the times" would maintain their worth, exciting projects were undertaken with prominent artists such as Günter Ferdinand Ris, Victor Vasarely, Henry Moore, and Lucio Fontana to create unique art editions. Salvadore Dali, HAP Grieshaber, and other well-known artists painted, for example, the surfaces of main pieces in the famous "Suomi" series service after their own designs, overruling the artistic division of art and function. Above all, the collaboration with various artists made these Rosenthal pieces appealing to art collectors.

LUMAS has now again coupled with this tradition to develop this edition with Marc Brandenburg and Rosenthal. Brandenburg's design was digitized and adapted by an elaborate reproduction process so that it can later be converted to the three-dimensional porcelain pieces. Through such a process is it able completely to retain the artist's hand and the character of the original. The plate originates from Rosenthal's "TAC 1" collection. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius designed "TAC 1" in the late 1960s in collaboration with The Architects' Collaborative (TAC), a group of young, avant-garde architects.

1965born in Berlin, Germany
lives and works in Berlin, Germany


Awards (Selection)

2005Karl Ströhler Prize Frankfurt, Germany
Senate's fellowship Berlin, Germany
Artist in Residence/Villa Romana, Florence, Italy
2002Working fellowship, Kunstfonds Bonn e.V., Germany


Collections (Selection)

Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Harlem Studio Museum, USA

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2007Galerie Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Underground, Metro Station Berlin Alexanderplatz (Exhibition of the Neuen Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst), Berlin, Germany
2006TILT, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany
TILT, André Schlechtriem temporary, New York, USA
2005Marc Brandenburg, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany
2004Tiergarten, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany
Marc Brandenburg, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
2003Hirnsturm, Galerie Ascan Crone, Andreas Osarek, Berlin, Germany
Full Circle (Excerpts from Negrophobia), Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
2002Chelsea Kunstraum, Cologne, Germany
Kunstraum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
Hirnsturm, Gallery Paul Morris, New York, USA
2001Full Circle, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany
2000White Rainbow, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
1999Meddle, XL Gallery, New York, USA
1998Draw Stranger, PLUG IN, Winnipeg, Canada
1996The Dangling Conversation – from Electric Lane to Lavender Hill, Morris Healy Gallery, New York, USA
1995A Bonnie Situation, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
1994Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Teenage Topics and Metal Gurus, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany
Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
1993The House of deep essential Shit and Disco Therapeutics, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Ocean of Violence (with Sabina Maria von der Linden), Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Marc Brandenburg & Attila Richard Lucas, I, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
Marc Brandenburg & Attila Richard Lucas, II, Gallery III, School of Art, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Close to you, The Spectrum, Winnipeg, Canada
1992Punk and Circumstances along the Yellow Brick Road - Liebeskummer, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany
1991Zehn Tage im Leben, Kumpelnest 3000, Berlin, Germany
Entwine, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, France
1990Adieu, Schneederbauer, Berlin, Germany
1989Elf der legendären Gute Nacht Bilder, Schneederbauer, Berlin, Germany


Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2008Just different!, Cobra Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gegen den Strich – Experimentierfeld Zeichnung, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany
2007Great Expectations, Union Gallery, London, UK
10 Jahre Weltempfänger, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Gegen den Strich, Künstlerhaus Bethanien GmbH, Berlin, Germany
very asherbovenkerkerkbrandenburgvaneedenpalmesalic, Wetering Galerie, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006Abgebrannt, Kunstbank in der Berlinerischen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Das achte Feld – Geschlechter, Leben und Begehren in der Kunst seit 1960, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Heimat als Utopie, Goethe Institut Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
2004Emotion Eins, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-UÖ, Germany
Emotion Eins, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
Happy days are here again, David Zwirner Gallery, New York
Contemporary Art from Germany, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany
Roots, The Harlem Studio Museum, New York, USA
2003Lebenslänglich 14, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany
Blick aufs Ich, Kunstverein Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Blick auf Ich, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
2002Man in Middle, Deutsche Bank, Eremitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Summer Show, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany
2001Group Show, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, USA
2000Ortsbegehung 6 – paper marks, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
ANP at s&h de Buck, Gallery s&h de Buck, Gent, Belgium
Paper marks, Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
1999German Open, Deutsche Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Loveolution, XL Gallery, New York, USA
Gallery Swamp, Contemporary Fine Arts at Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK
1998Draw, Stranger, PLUG INN, Winnipeg, Canada
Infected Culture, CUBITT GALLERY, London, UK
1997Art on Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
1995Summer Exhibition 1995, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, USA
Toms Erben, Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany
1994Jonge Duitsers, Fons Welters, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Corpus Imperfectus, Montgomery Glasoe Fine Art, Minneapolis, USA
1993Multiple und Originale, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany
1992Die Hormone des Mannes, Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany
Galerie der Glücklichen, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany
Hausgeist, NGBK, Berlin, Germany


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