Marc Brandenburg

Marc Brandenburg

Born in Berlin in 1965, Marc Brandenburg grew up in Texas 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 realistic scenes with public demonstrators, flag-waving football fans, clowns and fairgrounds, his portraits of friends and relatives and his water fountains 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. He draws from his own photographs, which attempt to capture the moment of veering from one motif to another. What concerns him is the interval between them.

He gained a wide reputation during the 1990s with his distinctive pencil drawings. Today, his works are represented in collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art/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


Artist in Residence / Villa Romana, Florence, Italy


 


2002                 


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


Solo exhibitions

2019


Unlimited, Art Basel 2019, Basel, Switzerland 


 


2018


Camouflage Pullover 1-12, Kunstraum Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany


 


2017


Alpha St, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


 


2015


Zeichnung, Skulptur, 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, New York, NY, USA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, USA


 


2010                 


Isolated Imagery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, 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, Neuen Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany


 


2006                 


TILT, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany


TILT, André Schlechtriem Contemporary, 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 Crone, Berlin, Germany


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


 


2002                 


Marc Brandenburg, Chelsea Kunstraum, Cologne, Germany


Marc Brandenburg, 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 Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada


 


1996                 


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


 


1994                 


Marc Brandenburg, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Teenage Topics and Metal Gurus, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany


Marc Brandenburg, 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

2018


The world on paper, Palais Populaire, Berlin, Germany


Black is the new Black, Gußglashalle Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany


Erotica, Erotica, Berlin, Germany


 


2017


German Encounters / Contemporary Masterworks from the Deutsche Bank collection, Qatar Museum, Qatar


Paperfile # - oqbo, Raum für Bild Wort Ton, Berlin, Germany


 


2016


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


The O.P.E.N – Singapore International Festival oft he Arts, Singapore


Zeichnungsräume, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


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


Zeichnungsräume, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany


 


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


DISEGNOZeichenkunst für das 21. Jahrhundert, Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany


Letztes Jahr im Marienbad, Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen Germany


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


 


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, 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, Nuremberg, Germany


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


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


 


2012


16th Line, Rostov am 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-on-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 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 Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK; 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, The Netherlands


                 


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, 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 Harlem Studio Museum, New York, NY, USA


 


2003                 


Lebenslänglich 14, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany


Blick aufs Ich, Kunstverein mannheim, Mannheim, Germany; 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 OpenDeutsche Gegenwartskunst, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany


Loveolution, XL Gallery, New York, NY, USA


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


 


1998                 


Draw, Stranger, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada


 


1997      


Infected Culture, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK       


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


 


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, MN, 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


 


 


Public and private collections

AUSTRIA


Museum der Moderne, Salzburg




GERMANY


Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin


Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg


Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt


IFA – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart


Sammlung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland


Kupferstichkabinett Dresden, Dresden


Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg


Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich




USA


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY


Harlem Studio Museum, New York, NY