Olaf Metzel

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The Galerie Klüser has been representing the Berlin-born (1952) sculptor and object artist Olaf Metzel since 1998. Based in Munich, he teaches as a professor of sculpture at the local Academy of Fine Arts. As an artist he became famous for space-oriented installations. Erected in public spaces and alluding to political and social circumstances, his works caused a lot sensation. Metzel uses objects that are symbolically charged within their specific context such as scrap, crowd barriers and stadium seats. Apart from monumental sculpture the artist also creates wall pieces that contain of imprinted and deformed aluminium plates. The subjects derive from current affairs or topics that the artist is personally engaged with. For a separate series Metzel uses scripts and manuscripts by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Arno Schmidts as well as Ernst Jünger’s letters and photographs. In 1987 the artist participated in documenta VIII in Kassel, Germany. During the fourth Berlin Biennale in 2002 he also curated the exhibition “YBA – Young Bavarian Art”.

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Biography

*1952, Berlin, Germany. The artist lives and works in Munich, Germany. Galerie Klüser has been representing Olaf Metzel since 1998.

Biography

1971-1977Freie Universität Berlin (FU) und Akademie der Bildenden Künste Berlin, Germany
1977/1978DAAD-Stipendium, Italy
1983Scholarship BDI Kulturkommitee, Cologne, Germany
1986Exhibition at the P.S.1, New York, USA
Guest Lectureship Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Hamburg, Germany
1990Professorship for Sculpture, Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Munich, Germany
1995-1999Principal Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, Munich, Germany

Selected Exhibitions at Galerie Klüser and Klüser 2

2019SHOPPING, Solo Show
2018IL MONDO BOTANICO, Group Show
ABSTRACT/ION, Group Show
2017FRAUENZIMMER, Group Show
2016SIXPACK, Solo Show
JUST BLACK AND WHITE, Group Show
2014…DEUTSCH, Solo Show
2012SELECTED DRAWINGS, Group Show
20112010…, Solo Show
2008IMMER DASSELBE, Solo Show
2007PORTRAITS UND PASTELLE, Solo Show
2005FLECHTHEIM, Solo Show

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020GUTER WILLE IST DAS GEGENTEIL VON GUTER KUNST, Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich, Germany
FEELINGS – KUNST UND EMOTIONEN, Pinakothek der Moderen, Munich, Germany
ART & FUNCTION, Rathausgalerie – Kunsthalle, Munich, Germany
2018KUNST UND KOHLE, Märkisches Museum, Witten, Germany
MIR IST DAS SCHWARZE QUADRAT LIEBER ALS DIE ROTE FAHNE (JERG-RATGEB- AWARD 2018), Städtisches Kunstmuseum Spendhaus, Reutlingen, Germany
SCULPTURAL INSTALLATION, Mishkan Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel
2017/2018A GOOD NEIGHBOUR, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2017/2018REISE NACH JERUSALEM, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
ISTANBUL BIENNALE, Istanbul, Turkey
NAH UND FERN. SKULPTUREN-TRIENNALE BINGEN, Bingen/Rhein, Germany
LUTHER UND DIE AVANTGARDE, Altes Gefängnis, Wittenberg, Germany
2016/2017ZEICHNUNGSRÄUME. POSITIONEN ZEITGENÖSSISCHER GRAPHIK- TEIL II, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2015/2016DEUTSCHE KISTE, Neues Museum, Nürnberg, Germany
OLAF METZEL – HANS VON MARÉES, EINE ANNÄHERUNG, Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
2015AVALANCHE, Kunsthal 44 Møen, Askeby, Denmark
TIROL MÜNCHEN. BEGEGNUNGEN VON 1880 BIS HEUTE, Tiroler Landesmuseum, Innsbruck, Austria
DO IT MOSCOW, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russland
INSTRUMENT ERINNERUNG. DER MNEMOSYNE-BILDERATLAS VON ABY WARBURG IM KUNSTRAUM, Kunstraum München, Munich, Germany
2014THE PATH OF GERMAN ART FROM 1949 TO THE PRESENT, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russland
2013GEGENWARTSGESELLSCHAFT, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
2010NOCH FRAGEN? Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
ZU GAST IN UNSERER SAMMLUNG, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
2009KEBAP MOMENT, Schinkel Pavillon Berlin, Germany
2007OLAF METZEL, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
BODYPOLITCX, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands
RE-DIS-PLAY, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
TURKISH DELIGHT, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

Collections

Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Germany
Burger Collection, Berlin, Germany
Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany
Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus, Dusseldorf, Germany
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Pinakothek der Moderne, Germany
Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Germany
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Munich Re Art Collection, Germany
and others

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