Thorsten Goldberg

Art in Public Space/Multimedia Artist

The work of Thorsten Goldberg represents an important contribution to the evolution of art in the public sphere, whose classical localization he suspends by removing crucial determinants in favor of a utopian dimension. His work tells the story of a journey to places that embody the yearnings of our time. By proffering definitions of places that are as specific as they are deliberately incomplete, Goldberg unfolds the spectrum of his artistic reflection before us: from the historic Land of Cockaigne to the virtual palm-lined beach adorning a screensaver, from directions guiding us along the 54th parallel to far-off islands and the radiant cloud we might follow to reach remote paradises.

The often awarded visual artist is realizing projects in public space throughout Europe and Canada. He taught at art academies in Münster, Munich, Linz, and recently as Professor of Art and Media in Kiel. As a member of various committees for public art, he is involved in selection and organization of competitions and of documentation and archiving of art projects in public space. Thorsten Goldberg was a member of the Advisory Committee on Art in Berlin, spokesman for the Bureau of art in public space of the cultural work of the BBK Berlin and is the founder and co-editor of “Public Art Wiki, an imagined library”, the Internet lexicon of art in public space.

Artist Info

THORSTEN GOLDBERG


Biography


Born in 1960 in Dinslaken, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany 

Teaching

2017-2018

Lecturer, Burg Giebichenstein, Halle/DE

2007-2009

Professor for Arts and Media, Muthesius Art Academy, Kiel/DE

2003-2004

Visiting Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich/DE

2003-2008

Adjunct Professor for Art in Public Space, Art Academy Linz/AT

2002

Visiting Professor for the Sculpture Project “umfluegen” with master class students of the Art Academy, Muenster/DE

2001-2003

Adjunct Professor for Photography in Public Space, Alice-Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin/DE

1994-2001

Adjunct Professor for Experimental Sculpture and Photography, Free Art Academy, Berlin/DE

Solo Shows

2017

Center for Polish Sculpture, Oronsko/PL (upcoming)

2013

51°15min., Municipal City Gallery, Viersen/DE
54°20min., Laznia – Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk/PL

2012

54°4min., Museum Herbert-Gerisch Foundation, Neumuenster/DE

2010

Constructing clouds, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2005

things are generally different behind closed doors, Espai 13, Fundació Miró, Barcelona/ES

2004

Galeria Amfilada, Szczecin/PL

2002

“HEINZGERDKURTKLAUS“ Gallery HO, Berlin/DE
generic profile, Gallery RLBQ, Marseille/F
Gallery Hafemann, Wiesbaden/DE
detached village, City Exhibition Hall, Muenster/DE

2001

XX1 Gallery, Warsaw/PL

1999

Gallery Hafemann, Wiesbaden/DE

1998

Bellevuegallery, Wiesbaden/DE

1997

birdies inside, Gallery Wohnmaschine, Berlin/DE

1996

senatorial chair, Senate of Culture, Berlin/DE
birdies, Wewerka Pavillon, Muenster/DE
remotes, Gallery Wohnmaschine, Berlin/DE

1995

schmutz, Museum of Fine Arts Heidenheim/DE

1994

Gallery Wohnmaschine, Berlin/DE

1993

Glamor and Misery, Gallery Noeth, Kirchheim/DE

1992

one weekend, Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart/DE

1989

half the rent, Stuttgart/DE

1985

media exposure, Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart/DE

Career and education

Since 2011

Member of the Advisory Commitee for Art in Public Space (BAK) of the Senate of Berlin/DE

Since 2007

Initiator and Co-Publisher of Public Art Wiki, the Internet library for Art in Public Space in Germany

Since 1999

Spokesman of the Artists Board of the Office for Art in Urban Environment, Kulturwerk Berlin/DE

Since 1995

Competitions, Seminars und Juries on Art in Urban Environment

1998

City of Wiesbaden-Stipend for Art-Projects, Wiesbaden/DE

1991

Senate of Berlin-Stipend for Photography, Berlin/DE

1990

Forum-Junger-Kunst-Award, Kunsthalle Kiel, Museum Wolfsburg, Museum Bochum/DE

1984-1991

Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart/DE

Public collections

Collection Haupt, Berlin
Daimler Art Collection
Herbert Gerisch Foundation
The Art-Museum Heidenheim
The Charité University Clinicum Berlin
The City of Bergen/N
The City of Gdansk/PL
The City of Heidenheim
The City of Lippstadt
The Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development
The Land of Berlin
The Martin-Gropius-Hospital Eberswalde

Selected group exhibitions

2017

Transaktionen, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin/DE
Kunstverein Neuhausen/DE

2016

Dotyk III, Galeria Miejska bwa, Bydgoszcz/PL
The Touch, BWA Gallery, Kilece/PL

2014

Art Market Budapest art fair, with WHITECONCEPTS, Budapest/HU
Connection? The space between Architecture and Art, aquabit Gallery, Berlin/DE
Just Fair, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
COPYLEFT #1, COPYRIGHT, Berlin/DE
Die Kunst der Interventionen III, rk Gallery, Berlin/DE

2013

Art Market Budapest art fair, with WHITECONCEPTS, Budapest/HU
La Grande Migration, Millenaris Park, Budapest/HU
Money Works, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2012

The Golden Cage, KunstBüroBerlin, Berlin/DE

2011

Preview Aftershow, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
PREVIEW BERLIN, with WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
The eye of…, Transmediale, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2010

Uprising Art, Art Museum and public space, Radom/PL
milk&honey/Blickwechsel, Museum for History of the City, Ratingen/DE
Kreuzbauten, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Bonn/DE
Blick in die Landschaft, Gallery Hafemann, Wiesbaden/DE

2009

Zeigen. An Audio Tour through Berlin by Karin Sander, Temporaere Kunsthalle, Berlin/DE
falscher Hase oder vom Leben in den Waeldern, Gallery M, Berlin/DE
Space Matrix 01, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE

2008

Tiefenrausch, OK Center for contemporary art, Linz/AT

2007

I´m longing for …, House of Iranian Artists, Tehran/IR

2006

Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden/DE

2004

Kunstmuseum Heidenheim/DE

2002

discurski, Arsenal Gallery, Bialystok/PL

2000

Intrigue and Provocation, Ciurlionis Museum, Kaunas/LT

2001

sybaris, Baltic Biennial, Szczeczin/PL
Gallery Hafemann, Wiesbaden/DE

2000

Intrigue and Provocation, Ciurlionis Museum, Kaunas/LT

1999

and II, Sound-Art-Festival Wiesbaden/DE
NGBK, Berlin/DE

1998

Gallery Hafemann, Wiesbaden/DE
Westend, Karl-Hofer-Society, Berlin/DE

1996

Gallery Hafemann, Wiesbaden/DE

1995

Fraeulein Eislingen, Kunstverein Eislingen/DE
Gallery Wohnmaschine, Berlin/DE

1994

Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart/DE
Ethnographical Museum, St. Petersburg/RU
Widerstand heute, Villa Merkel, Essligen/DE

1993

Gallery Wohnmaschine, Berlin/DE
Kunst im Weltmaßstab, (T.B.) Kunsthalle Kiel/DE

1992

Jahreslabor, (T.B.) Berlinische Gallery/DE
special appearance (T.B.) at H.-P. Feldmann´s, Gallery D. Buchholz, Cologne/DE

1991

Forum Junger Kunst, Kunsthalle Kiel, Museum Wolfsburg, Museum Bochum/DE
Stuttgart-Duesseldorf, Citymuseum Duesseldorf/DE
Dem Ornament, Gallery Hafemann, Wiesbaden/DE

1990

Galeria M+, Bratislava/SLO

1989

Gallery Babel, Heilbronn/DE

1987

Die erste Spielerei, Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart/DE