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.






Karl-Ströher-Preis der Stadt Frankfurt, Germany

Senatsstipendium der Stadt Berlin, Germany

Artist in Residence / Villa Romana, Florence, Italy



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

Solo exhibitions


Unlimited, Art Basel 2019, Basel, Switzerland 



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



Alpha St, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria



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



Interior/Exterior, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Normex, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany



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



Isolated Imagery, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA

Bonkers, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany



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



Excerpts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Underground, U-Bahnhof Berlin Alexanderplatz, Neuen Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, Germany



TILT, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany

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



Marc Brandenburg, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany



Tiergarten, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany

Marc Branenburg, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany




Hirnsturm, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany

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



Marc Brandenburg, Chelsea Kunstraum, Cologne, Germany

Marc Brandenburg, Kuntraum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

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



Full Circle, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany



White Rainbow, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany



Meddle, XL Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Draw Stranger, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada



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



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



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



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



Zehn Tage im Leben, Kumpelnest 3000, Berlin, Germany

Entwine, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, France



Adieu, Schneederbauer, Berlin, Germany



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

Group exhibitions


The world on paper, Palais Populaire, Berlin, Germany

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

Erotica, Erotica, Berlin, Germany



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

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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



Lebenslänglich 14, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany

Blick aufs Ich, Kunstverein mannheim, Mannheim, Germany; Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany



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

Summer Show, Laura Mars Group, Berlin, Germany



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



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



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



Draw, Stranger, Plug In Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada



Infected Culture, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK       

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



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

Toms Erben, Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany

A Bonnie Situation, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany



Jonge Duitsers, Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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



Multiple und Originale, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany



Die Hormone des Mannes, Schwules Museum, Berlin, Germany

Galerie der Glücklichen, Galerie Martin Schmitz, Kassel, Germany

Hausgeist, NGBK, Berlin, Germany



Public and private collections


Museum der Moderne, Salzburg


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


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Harlem Studio Museum, New York, NY