Born in 1979 in Velden / Vils, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin

Michael SAILSTORFER

Michael Sailstorfer primarily works in sculpture and installation, as well as painting, performance, photography and film. His conceptual-adjacent aesthetics revolves around a notion of sculptural expansion, which refers to the ability of his art to transcend its own format by deploying into the surrounding space. Ranging in scale from nearly imperceptible interventions to highly elaborate productions, his minimalistic and often absurd visions poetically disrupt the everyday. Whether car tires, wrecking balls, popcorn machines or simple trees, familiar objects are systematically diverted from their original functions and frames of references into alternative contexts of meaning. While he is deeply interested in the possibilities offered by formal instability, the recurrent use of kinetic devices paired with his ever-subtle preparation and transformation of materials actually allows him to introduce temporality and life into his oeuvre. Michael Sailstorfer further pushes his practice beyond physicality by playfully experimenting with intangible qualities such as smell, sound, energy and light.

 

education

2006
- International Studio Program, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Oslo

2005
- Villa Aurora Residency, Los Angeles, CA

2003-2004
- MA Fine Arts, Goldsmiths College, London

1999-2005
- Studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München

solo shows

2019
- Space is the Place, BNKR Art Center, Munich, Germany
- Tear Show, Perrotin Gallery, New York, USA
- König Galerie, Berlin, Germany 

2018
- Brainspotting, Avlskarl Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 
- We love them all, Carbon 12, Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
- König London, London, UK

2017 
- Kunsthal Moen, Askeby, Denmark
- Gräflicher Park Bad Driburg, Bad Driburg, Germany
- Schloss Neuhardenberg, Neuhardenberg, Germany
- Michael Sailstorfer, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Hitzefrei, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany
 
2016
- Michael Sailstorfer. Maze, Senatsverwaltung für Justiz, Berlin
- Michael Sailstorfer. Troubling matter, Galerie Jahn, Landshut
- Michael Sailstorfer. Silver Cloud, Performance, Studio Michael Sailstorfer, Berlin

2015
- Michael Sailstorfer. Freundschaft, Michael Zink, Waldkirchen
- Michael Sailstorfer, Kunstverein Wiesen, Wiesen
- CentrePasqArt, Kunsthaus Centre d’art, Biel, Switzerland

2014
- Beakwater, Loushy, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, USA
- Every piece is a new problem Contemporary Art Center, CAC, Cincinnati, OH, USA
- Kofp un Körper, Museum Kurhaus Kleve - Ewald Mataré-Sammlung, Kleve, Germany
- B Side, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
- Reibungsverlust am Arbeitsplatz, Grieder Contemporary, Zürich, Switzerland
- Antiherbst, ST AGNES, Berlin

2013
- Freedom Fries am Arbeitsplatz, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- Try to reach the goal without touching the walls, Carbon 12, Dubai, UAE
- Young West, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen, Germany

2012
- Solarkatze, Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
- Forst (Vattenfall Contemporary), Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
- Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France
- Frac Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France
- Solarkatze, Zero.., Milan, Italy
- Josef Sailstorfer & Michael Sailstorfer, Johann König, Berlin, Germany

2011
- Tornado,Public Art Fund New York, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York, NY, USA
- Hang over, BDI; Kulturkreis, Berlin T 72, Galleri K, Oslo, Norway
- Clouds, Modern Art, Oxford, UK
- Raum und Zeit, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium
- Fur immer Strom, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
- Crash, Zeppelinmuseum und Kunstverein, Friedrichshafen, Germany
- Sonar / Implicit Sound, ESPAI 13 / Fundació Juan Miró, Barcelona, Spain

2010
- Forst, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
- T-72, Kunstverein, Bremerhaven, Germany
- Wolken, K20, Düsseldorf, Germany
- Knoten wie Wolken,Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
- Schwarzwald, Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany

2009
- Backyardoutdoorsculptureseries #2: Wohnen mit Verkehrsandbindung, Johann Köning, Berlin, Germany
- Pulheim gräbt, Pulheim, Germany
- No Light, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany
- No Light, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
- Zero..., Milan, italy

2008
- Michael Sailstorfer, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
- Ritter-Stiftung für Bildende Kunst 2008, Weytterturm, Straubing, Germany
- 10,000 Steine, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt , Germany
- Mollstr. Galeri K, Oslo, Norway

2007
- 800M, Parkus im Malkastenpark, Düsseldorf, Germany
- Wand über Kopf, Sorry we’re closed, Sébastien & Rodolphe Janssen Project Space, Brussels, Belgium
- U6, 14 Grad 34, 790N / 60 Grad 50, 969W, Kasseler Kunstvereinsheim, Kassel, Germany
- U1-U13, Galleria Zero, Milan, Italy

2006
- Michael Sailstorfer, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
- High, Studio im Zumikon, Institut für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany

2005
- Zeit ist keine Autobahn, Rote Zelle, Munich, Germany
- U, Galerie Zink & Gegner, Munich, Germany
- Michael Sailstorfer – Skulptur, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
- Hoher Besuch, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
- Der Schein trügt, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Zeit ist keine Autobahn, Galleria Zero, Milan, Italy
- My private, Cernusco sul Naviglio, Milan, Italy

2004
- Dämmerung, Attitudes - espace d‘art contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

2003
- Welttour - Galerie Markus Richter, Berlin, Germany
- D-IBRB, Transit, Mechelen, Belgium

2002
- Und sie bewegt sich doch!, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
- Heimatlied, Galerie Markus Richter, Berlin, Germany

group shows

2019 
- Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland 

2018
- Kunst und Kohle, Hommage an Jannis Kounellis, MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
- Rehearsal Exhibition, Tai Kwun Foundation, Hong Kong, China
- Eruption from the Surface, The Origami Principle in Art, Marta Herford Museum of art, Herford, Germany 
- NGORONGORO II, Artistweekend, Berlin, Germany 
- Riga International Biennal of Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia 
- Cat scan, Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin
- Zeitspuren – The Power of Now, Kunsthaus Pasquart Biel
- Art Biesenthal, Wehrmühle Biesenthal
- Art Weekend Bad Gastein, Bad Gastein

2017
- La lama di Procopio, Nuovo Spazio di Casso, Italy
- Das Auto in der Kunst. Rasende Leidenschaft, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany 
- FACADE, Middelburg, Netherlands
- Art and Alphabet, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
- Adele, Galerie Zink, Waldkirchen, Germany 
- Transaktionen, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany 
- Meet me in Heaven, Schloss Tüssling, Tüssling, Germany 
- Luther und die Avantgarde, Wittenberg, Germany 
- Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Painting or not, Kaviar Factory, Henningsvær, Norwegen
- Warum bin ich eigentlich Deutscher?, Kunstverein Wiesen, Wiesen, Germany 
- Outdoor Sculpture, IGA Berlin, Germany 
- The act of drinking a Coke by myself is the lowest form of art, Galleria ZERO, Milano, Italy
- Mexibility, Museum Casa del Lago, Mexico City, Mexico 
- Warten, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany 
- SMALL – an exploration of miniature, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin, Germany 
- Under Construction, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany 
- Condo, Emalin, London, UK
- Attics of My Life, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, USA

2016 
- Jeder sollte in der Lage sein Kunst zu erwerben, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen
- Open Windows – Reflections on Beuys, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin
- Kommt zusammen, Galerie Jahn, Landshut
- Drama Queens, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
- ach, die sind ja heut so unpolitisch, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin
- Head & Shoulders, Michael Sailstorfer & Johannes Wohnseifer, Galleri K, Oslo
- Auftrag Landschaft, ZKR – Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin
- Mon art à moi, CentrePasquArt, Biel
- Lichtparcours Braunschweig 2016, Braunschweig
- The Difference Between Sunrise and Sunset, Sammlung Wemhöner, Schloss Tüssling
- About Painting. Positionen der Sammlung Wemhöner, Galerie Judin, Berlin
- Partoftheprocess7, Galleria ZERO, Milan
- K A R L, Parkhaus im Malkastenpark, Düsseldorf
- Brutal schön – Gewalt und Gegenwartsdesign, Marta Herford GmbH, Herford
- ICH, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt
- Statement 3: New Sculpture from Germany, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2015
- About Trees, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
- Transient Material, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
- Arcadia Unbound, Funkhaus, Berlin, Germany
- Das Gedächtnis des zukünftigen Materials, Bergakademie Freiberg, Freiberg, Germany
- Paperworlds, Museum Buchheim, Bernried, Germany
- A Focus on Sculpture in the Würth Collection – The Winners of the Robert Jacobsen Prize of the Würth Foundation. Würth Collection and Loans, Museum Würth, Künzelsau, Germany
- Ka-boom, Kunstverein Wiesen, Wiesen, Austria
- Alicja Kwade, Michael Sailstorfer, Thomas Rentmeister, Sprovieri Gallery, London
- Lichtparcours: Auftakt, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
- NGORONGORO, Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin, Germany
- Grand Opening Sankt Agnes, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
- Material, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
- Vom Großen und Ganzen. Die Sammlung Haus N, Villa Wachholzt, Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster, Germany
- F.E.G.L., LYKK* zu Faserstein - In Memoriam Peter Lang, Kosmetiksalon Babette, Berlin, Germany
- Ärger im Paradies, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Bonn, Germany
- Das Mechanische Corps. Auf den Spuren von Jules Verne, HMKV im Dortmunder U, Dortmund
- Mainzer Ansichten. 110 Künstler/innen in einem Büro, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz
- Sammeln für morgen. Neue Werke im Museion, Museion, Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bolzano, Italy
- Artisti per Frescobaldi Award, Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy

2014
- Ciclo, CCBB SP e BH / Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
- Folkestone Triennial 2014, Folkestone, UK
- W-A-R, Mostyn, Llandudno, UK
- Scheinwerfer. Lichtkunst in Deutschland im 21. Jahrhundert, Kunstmuseum Celle mit Sammlung Robert Simon, Celle, Germany
- Das Mechanische Corps. Auf den Spuren Jules Vernes, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
- A place like this - Klöntal Triennale 2014, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland

2013
- Happy Birthday Galerie Perrotin / 25 ans, Tripostal, Lille, France
- Disaster / The End of Days, Galerie Ropac, Pantin, Paris, France
- The Unansewered Question. Iskele 2, Iskele, Cyprus
- TANAS und Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
- When now is minimal, Die undekannte SEite der Sammlung Goetz, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Nümberg, Germany
- Risk Society, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan

2012
- Group Show, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- Atouchoflife, Anita Beckers, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
- Die dunkle Seite des Mondes, Carbon12, Dubaï, UAE
- Wie kommt das Neue in die Welt», Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany

2011
- Sculpture, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Light in Darkness, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA, USA
- Car Fetish. I drive, therefore I am, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
- Fetisch Auto. Ich fahre also bin ich, Museum Tinguely, Basel Commercial Break, Garage Moscow, Venice
- Mobilitätsausstellung, Zeppelinmuseum Friedrichshafen, Germany
- Höhenrausch 2, OK Centrum, Linz, Austria
- The guerrilla Design Show, Conduits, Milan, Italy
- Informell Nature, Sabine Knust, Munich Ivoluntary, Ford Projects, New York, NY, USA
- Art & Stars & Cars, Daimler Kunstsammlung, Stuttgart, Germany
- Under Destruction Chapter 1, Swiss Institute, New York, NY, USA
- Implicit Sound, ESPAI 13/Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
- Echoes, Centre Cultural Suisse, Paris, France

2010
- Passanten ’10 Pods, City Centre, Tilburg, Germany
- The New Decor, Hayward Gallery, London; Garage, Moscow
- As soon as Possible, CCCS – Strozzina, Florence, Italy
- Totem and Taboo, Oratorio Basilica St. Ambrogio, Milan, Italy
- Silent revolution, K21, Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany

2009
- Berlin meets Vienna, Salon Österreich, Wien, Austria
- Circus Hein, FRAC Orleans and Atelier Calder, Saché, France
- Variation time, Galerie der Künstler, BBK München und Oberbayern e.V., Munich, Germany
- The Secret Live of Objects, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Can birds fly?, Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
- Spacioux, Lambretto Art Project, Milan, Italy
- Romantische Maschinen - Kinetische Kunst der Gegenwart, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
- Dank an, Galerie Isabella Czarnowska, Berlin, Germany
- Micro House, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany
- The Quick and the Dead, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MN, USA
- 2. Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- KölnSkulptur5, Skulpturenpark, Köln, Germany
- Paradies-Neue Blicke auf einen alten Traum, Diözesanmuseum, Freising, Germany
- Short Circuits, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York, NY, USA

2008
- Younivers, Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, biacs3, Sevilla, Spain
- Leftovers, Mariano Pichler Collection, Berlin, Germany
- Disarming Matter, Dunkers Kulturhus Helsingborg, Helsingborg, Germany
- In Parallel Worlds, Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
- Zero, Milan, Italy
- L'Art en Europe, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
- Walls in the Street, Siemens Art Program, Belgrade, Serbia
- There is No Story to Tell, Tang Contemporary, Beijing, China
- ad absurdum – Zeitgemäße Apparate, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn und Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
- God is Design, Galpão Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
- Merkwürdige Maschinen, Phaenomenale 2008, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

2007
- Erasing the edge, Uovo/Miami, Lidia Building, Miami Design District. A project by Uovo Magazine, curated by Micaela Giovannotti, Miami, FL, USA
- Michael Sailstorfer, Nathan Hylden, Grieder Contemporary, Zürich, Switzerland
- Perspektive 07, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
- My sweet sixteen Party, Gallery Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
- Neue Heimat, Berlinsche Galerie, Berlin, Germany
- Made in Germany, kestnergesellschaft, Kunstverein, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
- Bodycheck, 10. Triennale für Kleinplastik, Fellbach (curated by Matthias Winzen), Germany
- Kasseler Kunstvereinsheim, Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
- Ironie der Objekte, Museion, Bozen, Italy
- Absent without Leave, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
- Ars viva 06/07 Erzählung / narration, Stadtgalerie, Saarbrücken, Germany
- OEen Group Show, OEen Group, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Still Life: Art, Ecology and the Politics of change, Sharjah Biennial 8, Sharjah, EUA
- Förderpreis Schering Stiftung Neue Heimat, Berlinsche Galerie, Berlin, Germany
- My private escaped from Italy, Centre international d’art, Ile de Vassiviere, France
- Moscow Biennale, Moscow , Russia

2006
- Ars viva 06/07, Czech Republic
- Momentum 2006, Nordic Art Festival, Moss, Norway
- Villa Holiday Warsaw, Galerie Raster, Warschau, Poland
- On The Move, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
- YBA – Young Bavarian Artists, Gagosian Gallery, Berlin, Germany
- Inaugural Exhibition, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
- Bühne des Lebens, Rhetorik des Gefühls, Kunstbau, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany

2005
- Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
- Talk to the Land, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Yokohama Triennale 2005, Yokohama (curated by Taro Amano, Takashi Serizawa, Shingo Yamano), Japan
- Rückkehr ins All, Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
- LIGHT LAB. Alltägliche Kurzschlüsse, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
- Things Fall Apart All Over Again, Artists Space, New York, NY, USA
- FAVORITEN - Neue Kunst in München, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München, Germany
- Light Sculpture - Scultura Leggera, 503 mulino, Vicenza, Italy
- We Disagree, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Window Cleaning Days Are Over, The Empire, London, UK

2004
- Manifesta 5, San Sebastian 2004, International Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- On Reason and Emotion, Sydney Biennale, Sydney (curated by Isabel Carlos), Australia
- BHF live set + Sailstorfer, Zero, Milan, Italy

public collections

Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium
About change, Berlin, Germany
Sammlung Boros, Berlin, Germany
Sammlung Wemhöner, Berlin, Germany
Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany
Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany
Stiftung Museum Modern Art Hünfeld - Sammlung Jürgen Blum, Hünfeld, Germany
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich, Germany
MUSEION, Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst , Bolzano, Italy
Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy
My Private, Milan, Italy
Mariano Pichler Collection, Milan, Italy 
Jerry Speyer, New York, USA
Steven Cohen, New York, USA
Vanharrents Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Heinz Peter Hager, Bolzano, Italy
Sabine DuMont Schütte, Cologne, Germany
Paolo Kind, London, USA
Mark van Moerkerke, Ostende, Belgium
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany
MARta, Herford, Germany
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany 
Städelmuseum, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA

awards

2017
- August-Macke-Preis des Hochsauerlandkreises

2010 - 2008
- Scholarship of the Günther- Peill-Stiftung, Düren

2007
- Preis der Dr. Franz- und Astrid-Ritter Stiftung, Straubing

2006
- ars viva-Förderpreis des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V.

2003
- Stipendium der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

2002
- Preis der Darmstädter Sezession - Förderpreis der Christian Karl Schmidt Stiftung, Art - Forum Berlin - Ida-Wolff-Gedächtnispreis der Stadt München - A. T. Kearney Akademiepreis der Akademie der Bildenden Künste, München

Michael Sailstorfer - Tear Drop

Michael Sailstorfer - Tear Drop

ditions d'artiste

300,00 €

Michael Sailstorfer - Reaktor

Michael Sailstorfer - Reaktor

Monographies et livres d'artiste

14,22 €

Michael Sailstorfer - "REIBUNGSVERLUST AM ARBEITSPLATZ"

Michael Sailstorfer - "REIBUNGSVERLUST AM ARBEITSPLATZ"

Catalogues d'exposition

37,82 €

Michael Sailstorfer - 10 000 Steine

Michael Sailstorfer - 10 000 Steine

book

  • épuisé   
  • mars 2019
    Press Release - Michael Sailstorfer TEAR SHOW — 2 PAGES

  • août 2016
    Vogue Korea — 6 PAGES

  • février 2016
    S Magazine — 9 PAGES

  • septembre 2014
    Artforum — 1 PAGE

  • août 2014
    The Guardian — 3 PAGES