Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg

Born in Berlin in 1965, Marc Brandenburg grew up in the USA and Germany. He lives and works in Berlin.

At first glance, Brandenburg's almost spectrally delicate pencil drawings seem like negatives of snapshots from a bizarre parallel world. His inverted realistic scenes of everyday life, such as gatherings of diverse groups of people, found objects or portraits and interiors based on historical models have an unsettlingly threatening effect. The silvery, shiny materiality of the graphite surfaces is combined with finely-nuanced, gently tapering contours. Everything is bathed in a blaze of unreal light. Brandenburg examines in drawing the masks and symbols of a ruthless event culture.

His works, created in series, are based on his own photographs, which attempt to capture experienced moments, and their motifs, in mutual dialogue, are thus more than the sum of their parts.

Marc Brandenburg gained a wide reputation during the 1990s with his distinctive pencil drawings. Today, his works are represented in collections worldwide, including the MoMA/New York, Deutsche Bank, Kupferstichkabinett/Berlin, Kunsthalle/Hamburg, Harlem Studio Museum/New York, Kupferstichkabinett/Dresden, Städtische Galerie/Wolfsburg and Museum Moderner Kunst/Frankfurt, and have been exhibited in international museums. In recent years, Kunsthaus/Stade (2015), Städtische Galerie/Wolfsburg (2012), Kunsthalle/Hamburg (2011) and Denver Art Museum (2010) have devoted major solo exhibitions to his work.

Awards

2005                 


Karl-Ströher-Preis der Stadt Frankfurt, Germany


Senatsstipendium der Stadt Berlin, Germany


Arist in Residence / Villa Romana, Florence, Italy


 


2002                 


Kunstfond Bonn e.V./ Arbeitsstipendium, Bonn, Germany


Solo exhibitions

2017


Alpha St, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2015


Zeichnung I Skulptur I Performance, Museen Stade, Stade, Germany


 


2013


Interior/Exterior, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2012


NORMEX, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany


 


2011                 


Marc Brandenburg, 032c Workshop, Berlin, Germany


Marc Brandenburg: Zeichnungen, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


Mont Blanc Staircase Gallery, Hamburg, Germany


Off/site: Version, Wyoming Building, Goethe Institut New York/The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA


 


2010                 


isolated imagery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, Denver Art Museum, DAM Contemporaries, Denver, Colorado, USA


Bonkers, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


 


2008


Vomit, Form and Fictitious Movement, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2007                 


Excerpts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Underground, U-Bahnhof Berlin Alexanderplatz (Ausstellungsrunde der Neuen Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst), Berlin, Germany


 


2006                 


TILT, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany


TILT, André Schlechtriem temporary, New York, NY, USA


 


2005                 


Marc Brandenburg, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany


 


2004                 


Tiergarten, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany


Marc Branenburg, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany


 


 


2003                 


Hirnsturm, Galerie Ascan Crone, Andreas Osarek, Berlin, Germany


Full Circle (Excerpts from Negrophobia), Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria


 


2002                 


Chelsea Kunstraum, Cologne, Germany


Kuntraum Bonn, Bonn, Germany


Hirnsturm, Gallery Paul Morris, New York, NY, USA


 


2001                 


Full Circle, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany


 


2000                 


White Rainbow, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


 


1999                 


Meddle, XL Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1998                 


Draw Stranger, Plug In, Winnipeg, Canada


 


1996                 


The Dangling Conversation: From Electric Lane to Lavender Hill, Morris Healy Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


1995                 


A Bonnie Situation, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


 


1994                 


Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Teenage Topics and Metal Gurus, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany; Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


 


1993                 


The House of deep essential shit and Disco Therapeutics, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


Oceans of Violence (mit 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


 


1992                 


Punk and Circumstances along the Yellow Brick Road: Liebeskummer, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany


 


1991


Zehn Tage im Leben, Kumpelnest 3000, Berlin, Germany


Entwine, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, France


 


1990                 


Adieu, Schneederbauer, Berlin, Germany


 


1989                 


Elf der legendären Gute Nacht Bilder, Schneederbauer, Berlin, Germany 


Group exhibitions

2016


Zeichnungsräume, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


Zeitgeist: Art da nova Berlin, CCBB / Goethe Institut, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Letztes Jahr in Marienbad, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic


The O.P.E.N - Singapore International Festival of Arts, Sigapore


 


2015


So Far So Long, Centro Cultural Contemporáneo Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, Spain


A man walks into a bar…,me Collectors Room Berlin, Berlin, Germany


DISEGNO, Zeichenkunst für das 21. Jahrhundert, Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungern Dresden, Dresden, Germany


Zeitgeist - Arte de nova Berlin, CCBB / Goethe Institut, Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Letztes Jahr in Marienbad, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany 


 


2014
Weltreise, Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, Russia


10, Halle am Berghain, Berlin, Germany
Kunst Ist Chef, WIMMERplus A GLOBAL NETWORK IN ART, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany
The Paths of German Art from 1949 to the present, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Moscow, Russia


 


2013


Portraitgalerie, Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany


Weltreise / Kunst aus Deutschland unterwegs: Werke aus dem Kunstbestand des IFA 1949 bis heute, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany


Forever Young: Über den Mythos der Jugend, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Germany


Disaster / The End of Days, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Mozart-Bilder - Bilder Mozarts, Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria


 


2012


16th Line, Rostov-on-Don, Russia 


Tender Buttons, Berlin, Germany


KIDS, Contemporary Fine Arts Galerie, Berlin, Germany


Berlin zeichnet, Städtische Galerie Kiel, Kiel, Germany


Berlin zeichnet, Städtische Galerie Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen, Germany


Death can Dance, Townhouse Art Exhibit, Zürich, Switzerland


PAPER, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


Berlin tut gut, 16th Line Gallery, Rostov am Don, Russia


 


2011                 


Collected, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA


LINIE LINE LINEA, Museo Nacional de Artes Visuales, Montevideo, Uruguay


Kompass: Zeichnungen aus dem Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany


 


2010                 


Berlin zeichnet, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück, Germany


Berlin zeichnet, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany


40 Jahre gegenwart, 40 Künstler aus der Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bank Luxembourg, Luxembourg


There’s a tear in my beer, Berlin, Germany


Wings: der Flügel in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


JQKA, Galeria Joan Prats, Barcelona, Spain


LINIE LINE LINEA, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany


The end of the line: Attitudes in drawing,a touring exhibition: Hayward Gallery, London, UK; MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK; The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, UK; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, UK


 


2009                 


Donation Thaddaeus Ropac, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria


SPiRiTS, La Chose, Stadtbad Wedding, Berlin, Germany


Compass in hand: selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation contemporary drawings collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


The End of the Line: Attitudes in drawing, City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol, UK


The End of the Line: Attitudes in drawing, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK


The End of the Line: Attitudes in drawing, MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Middlesbrough, UK


 


2008


Paul Thek: Werkschau im Kontext zeitgenÖssischer Kunst, Sammlung Harald Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany


Just Different!, Cobre Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Marc Brandenburg / Heinz Peter Knes: Marlies - Unverstehen, September, Berlin, Germany


Gegen den Strich: Experimentierfeld Zeichnung, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany


 


2007


Exposures - The Contemporary Self-Portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Great Expectations, Union Gallery, London, UK


10 Jahre Weltempfänger, Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


Gegen den Strich, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany


very asherbovenkerkerkbrandenburgvaneedenpalmesalic, Wetering Galerie, Amsterdam


                 


2006                 


Abgebrannt, Kunstbank in der Berlinischen 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, Japan


 


2004


Emotion Eins, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany


Emotion Eins, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany


Happy Days Are Here Again, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Contemporary Art From Germany, European Central Bank, Frankfurt, Germany


Roots, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA


 


2003                 


Lebenslänglich 14, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany


Blick aufs Ich, Kunstverein mannheim, Mannheim, Germany


Blick aufs Ich, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany


 


2002                 


Man in Middle, Deutsche Bank, Eremitage, St. Petersburg, Russia


Summer Show, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany


 


2001                 


Group Show, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY, USA


 


2000                 


Ortsbegehung 6 - paper marks, Neuer Berliner Kuntverein, Berlin, Germany


ANP at S&H de Buck, Gallery s&h de Buck, Ghent, Belgium


Paper marks, Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany


 


1999                 


German Open, Deutsche Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany


Lovelution, XL Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Gallery Swap, Contemporary Fine Arts at Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK


 


1998                 


Draw, Stranger, Plug In, Winnipeg, Canada


Infected Culture, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK


 


1997                 


Art on paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA


Infected Culture, CUBITT GALLERY, London, UK


 


1995                 


Summer Exhibition 1995, Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Toms Erben, Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany


A Bonnie Situation, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany


 


1994                 


Jonge Duitsers, Fons Welters, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Corpus Imperfectus, Montgomery Glasoe Fine Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA


 


1993                 


Multiple und Originale, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany


 


1992                 


Die Hormone des Mannes, Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany


Galerie der Glücklichen, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany


Hausgeist, NGBK, Berlin, Germany


Bibliography

2015


Disegno: The Art of Drawing for the XXI Century, Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany


 


2010


Lakeberg, Hendrik: Im Transit. Marc Brandenburg zeichnet die Geschwindigkeit der Stadt. In: Intersection, Herbst 2010, S.65-67.


Coburn, Tyler: Marc Brandenburg: Bonkers. In: Art Review, Nr. 41, Mai 2010, S. 104.


Honigman, Ana Finel: Marc Brandenburg. In: www.artforum.com, April 2010.


Schröder, Christian: Meschugge geht die Welt zugrunde. In: Der Tagesspiegel, Nr. 20 565, 21. März 2010, S. 30.


Lorek, Leonhard: Bockwurst, Suff und Chinapfanne. In: DU & ICH, Dezember 2009 / Januar 2010, S. 86, 87.


 


2009


Nedo, Kito: Willkommen im Club. Art Magazin, Oktober 2009, S. 22-29.


Riechelmann, Cord: Fenster zur Nacht. In: Jungle World, Nr. 31, 30, Juli 2009.


Dax, Max, Kedves, Jan: Zerstörerische aggressive Energie. In: Spex, Nr. 321, Juli / August 2009, S. 102-105.


Sack, Adriano: Berlin artist uses three different types of pencils. In: Butt, Nr. 26, Frühling 2009, S. 77-81.


 


2008


Diederichsen, Diedrich: VOMIT, FORM, FICTITIOUS MOVEMENT, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris · Salzburg 2008


Ackermann, Tim: Macht kaputt, was euch kaputt macht!. In: Welt am Sonntag, 21. Dezember 2008, S. 60.


Sagen Sie jetzt nichts. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Nr. 50, 12. Dezember 2008, S. 4.


Poschardt, Ulf: Hoffentlich überlebt Obama seine Amtszeit. In: Welt am Sonntag, 9. November 2008.


Durch die Nacht mit Marc Brandenburg. In: De: Bug, Nr. 127, November 2008, S. 46f.


Völzke, Daniel: Die Nacht aus Blei. In: Monopol, Nr. 11, November 2008, S. 34-56.


Nedo, Kido: Gemischtes Gewühl. In: Dummy, 20. September 2008, S. 88-95.


Egan, Maura: Ich bin ein Artist. In: N.Y. Times Style Magazin, 7. September 2008, S.164 f.


Drucks, Achim: Melodien fürs Auge. In: Front, Juli 2008, S. 20.


Nedo, Kito: Zu Gast bei Marc Brandenburg. In: Die Art Home Story (9), Art, April 2008, S. 16.


Karcher, Eva: Offen wie die Sehnsucht. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 9. Februar 2008, S. 18.


 


2005


Marc Brandenburg. White Rainbow 2ème édition Zeichnungsbuch. Vol. 20 Erschienen im Maas Media Verlag, 2005


Fricke, Harald: Im Dunkel der Erinnerung. In: U_Spot Kunstmagazin Ausgabe 01/2005, S.34-39


Schacht, Martin: Ich bin schon ein sehr kitschiges Teil. In: taz, die Tageszeitung


Public and private collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA


Harlem Studio Museum, New York, NY, USA


Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany


Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany


Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria


IFA – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart, Germany


Sammlung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland


Kupferstichkabinett Dresden, Dresden, Germany


Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany


Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany