Born in Augsburg, Germany, 1968

Fachhochschule Augsburg, 1986 – 1992

Akademie der Bildenden Kunste Nurnberg, 1993 – 1995

GHK Gesamthochschule Kassel, 1995 – 1996

Hochschule fur bildende Kunste Dresden, 1996 – 1999

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 Galerie EIGEN + ART, ‘Those Bloody Colours’, Berlin, Germany.
2013 Galerie Isa, ‘Monsters of Silence’,Mumbai,India
Hauser Wirth, ‘The Collective Unconscious’,
Zurich, Switzerland GalerieEIGEN+ART,
‘DIMENSIONSVARIABLE /GeistoderLeben, 1.’, Leipzig, Germany
2012 GalerieEIGEN+ART, Berlin, Germany
2010 GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘Martin Eder. Ugly’,
Berlin, Germany
2009 Hauser Wirth London, London,
England Staatliche Kunstsammlungen
Dresden, GalerieNeue Meister, ‘Der dunkle Grund’, Dresden, Germany
2008 Monchehaus Museum fur Moderne
Kunst,’Martin Eder. Die Armen’, Goslar, Germany Kunsthalle Mannheim,
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, ‘Martin Eder. Fotografie:
Die Armen’, Germany / Netherlands
2007 GalerieEIGEN+ART, Leipzig, Germany
2006 GalerieEIGEN+ART, Die Armen’, Berlin,
Germany Marianne Boesky Gallery, ‘La Paix du Cul’, New York NY
2004 Art Basel Miami Beach, ‘fade Away – Bose Alphatiere’,
Miami FL KunstvereinLingen, ‘Die Kalt Kraft’,
Lingen, Germany GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘…the Afterlife’, Berlin, Germany
2003 Kunstverein Potsdam, ‘Phantasie der Erwachsenen’,
Potsdam, German GalerieEIGEN+ART,
All that senseless beauty, Leipzig, Germany
2002 GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘The return of
the Anti – Soft’, Berlin, Germany
2001 Stadtische Kunstsammlung Augsburg,
‘Forever Isn’t Very Long’, Augsburg, Germany Buro fur Kunst
Dresden,’BadStar’, Dresden, Germany Oktogon,
HfBK Dresden, ‘Something Slightly Different-From the
Beginning After the End’, Dresden, Germany
2000 StudiohausGalerie fur zeitgenossische
Kunst Leipzig, ‘P..P..Pipi-Paradiso,
my favourit rooms’, Leipzig, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions

2014 Bayer Kulturhaus, ‘Truths. Contemporary art in dialogue with old masters’, Leverkusen, Germany
Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, ‘Somos Libres II. Opera Dalla Collezione Di Mario Testino (Works From The Mario Testino Collection)’, Turin, Italy
2013 Patricia Low Contemporary, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, Gstaad, Switzerland Neue Nationalgalerie ‘BubeDameKonigAss. Martin Eder, Michael Kunze, Anselm Reyle, Thomas Scheibitz’, Berlin Germany
2012 Schomer-Haus, ‘The Essl Collection at the Schomer-Haus’, Klosterneuburg, Austria
2011 Essl Museum, ‘Festival der Tiere’, Klosterneuburg, Austria Schomer-Haus, ‘The Essl Collectio at the Schomer-Haus’, Klosterneuburg, Austria
2010 GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘Labor’, Berlin, Germany Centre Culturel Suisse, A rebours’, Paris, France Anhaltinische Gemaldegalerie, ‘Blickkontakte. Niederlandische Portraits des 17.Jahrhundertsim Dialog mitKunst der Gegenwart.Sammlung SOR Rusche’, Dessau, Germany
2009 Pace Wildenstein,’Berlin 2000′, New York NY Galerie Rudolfinum,’Undercurrent’, Prague Czech Republic Casino Luxembourg. Forum d’art contemporain, ‘Great expectations. Contemporary Looks at today’s bitter years’, Luxembourg, Luxembourg Hamburger Kunsthalle, Galerie der Gegenwart, ‘MANSON’, Hamburg, Germany Kunsthalle Kiel, ‘Cocker Spaniel and Other Tools for International Understanding’, Kiel, Germany
2008 GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘SommerbeiEIGEN+ ART’, Berlin, Germany
2007 Columbus art foundation, ‘anderssehen I-III’, Ravensburg, Germany Mecklenburgisches Kunstlerhaus, Schloss Pluschow, ‘Malkunst 2’, Bregenz, Austria Kunstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, ‘zurZeit – Dresden’, Bregenz, Austria Kunsthalle Mannheim, ‘100 Jahre Kunsthalle Mannheim’, Mannheim, Germany
2006 MOMA- Museum of modern Art, ‘Eye on Europe: Prints, Books Multiples / 1960 to Now’, New York NY GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘Landschaft’, Berlin, Germany Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, ‘All the best. The Deutsche Bank Collection and Zaha Hadid’, Berlin, Germany (Travelling Exhibition)Hara Museum Tokyo,’All the best.The Deutsche Bank Collection and Zaha Hadid’, Tokyo, Japan (Travelling Exhibition)Singapore Art Museum,’All the best. The Deutsche Bank Collection and Zaha Hadid’, Singapore (Travelling Exhibition)Kunsthalle Mannheim, ‘Full House – Gesichter einer Sammlung’, Mannheim, Germany Gemeentemuseum, ‘Schilderkunst Nederland -Deutschland Malerei’, The Hague, Netherlands MOCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘After Cezanne’, Los Angeles CA
2005 2. Prague Biennale, Prague, Czech Republic White Cube Berlin at the former Palast der Republik, ’36X 27X 10′, Berlin, Germany Deutsche Guggenheim, ’25 Jahre Sammlung Deutsche Bank’, Berlin, Germany Zwirner Wirth, ‘Girls on Film’, New York NY GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘Portrait’, Berlin, Germany
2004 Kunsthalle Mannheim, ‘Direkte Malerei’, Germany
2003 CRAC Alsace -“ Centre Rhenan d’Art Contemporain, ‘Coup de couer / a sentimental choice’, Altkirch, rance Sommer Contemporary Art, ‘Group Show’, Tel Aviv, Israel GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘Sommer bei EIGEN+ ART’, Berlin, Germany Kunsthalle Bremen,  Kunstpreis Bottcherstrasse 2003′, Berlin, Germany Ludwig Forum Aachen, ‘Adieu Avantgarde -Willkommen zu Haus’, Aachen, Germany
2002 National Gallery, ‘Split Points’, Prague, Czech Republic GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘Sommer bei EIGEN+ ART’, Leipzig, Germany Centre d’ Art Neuchatel, ‘Without Consent’, Neuchatel, Switzerland Curve Gallery, Barbican Arts Centre, ‘Electric Dreams’, London, England Kunstamt Kreuzberg,’Over the Moon. Grosse Gefuhle zwischen Inszenierung und Authentizitat’, Berlin, Germany
2001 Stadtische Galerie Delmenhorst, ‘Wirklichkeit in der zeitgenossischen Malerei’, Delmenhorst, Germany Orangerie und Historischer Hohler des Stadtmuseums Gera, ‘Kunstsammlung Gera’ (DIX-Preis 2001), Gera, Germany
2000 Museum Fur Moderne Kunst / Hauptzollamt Frankfurt a. M., Germany GalerieEIGEN+ART, ‘lokal’, Leipzig, Germany Akademie der Kunste, ‘Z 2000’, Berlin, Germany Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, ‘I love You too, but…’, Leipzig, Germany
1999 Alte Pinakothek Munchen, ‘W..Words Don’t Come Easy I’ (Performance), Munich, Germany Luxor Hotel, ‘W..Words Don’t Come Easy I’ (Videoscreening), Las Vegas NV Kaufhaus Esders, ‘Pitstops’, Dresden, Germany WMF, ‘Novaphorm™ Label’, Berlin, Germany Literaturhaus Munchen, ‘Novaphorm™ Textzone’, Munich, Germany
1998 Espace des Arts. Young European Artists, ‘Novaphorm™ aromastrip’, Chalon-sur-Saone, France
1997 Sammlung Hoffmann, ‘Recycling Novaphorm™ hotel’, Berlin, Germany P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, ‘heaven’, New York NY Documenta X, ‘Novaphorm™ hotel’, Kassel, Germany Haus Schwarzenberg, ‘Novaphorm™ electrolux lounge’, Berlin, Germany Voxxx Galerie, ‘Novaphorm™ chill out’, Chemnitz, Germany Gut Keferloh, ‘Postwar Disasters s,m,l,xl’, Grasbrunn, Germany
1996 Gipsstr. 23, ‘Novaphorm™ disco’, Berlin, Germany Galerie Eigen + Art im Taschenbergpalais Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Performances, Lectures and Broadcasts

2000 Columbia University,’Bring me the Head of… Martin Eder’, New York NY Universitat Witten-Herdecke, ‘Novaphorm™ translations “oeconmenta”, Witten-Herdecke, Germany
1999 Kunsthalle Basel, Lecture ‘Videokunst’ by Jan Winkelmann. ‘Sad Man..Lo.Lost it…’ ,Basel,Switzerland
1998 Universitat Witten-Herdecke, ‘Novaphorm™  Aromen’, Wittten-Herdecke, Germany Stadtische Galerie fur Gegenwartskunst Dresden, ‘Novaphorm™ Translations 96 – 99’, Dresden, Germany Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste Dresden, ‘N™ Systeme’, Dresden, Germany

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Martin Eder

Monsters of Silence

05 Dec 2013-24 Jan 2014

Galerie Isa is delighted to present Monsters of Silence, the first solo exhibition of German artist, Martin Eder in India.

Martin Eder is widely regarded as one of Germany’s most important artists. He is concerned with deconstructing the world around him and questioning the images that are presented as icons of beauty and desirability. Eder grew up in the German countryside. To outsiders it was an idyllic haven of rural beauty. Paradoxically though, there was a sense of disquiet, a feeling that underneath the perfect surface there might be something darker going on behind closed doors. Eder refers to this anxiety in the midst of Arcadia as the threat of dark ‘monsters of silence’.

The question of how to represent something dark in the midst of something beautiful has been a constant preoccupation for Eder and a persistent motif in his practice. At times he has delved into the territory of the abject in his painting, deliberately interfacing the border between sensual eroticism and unsettling- even disturbing – personifications of human desires.

Eder is adept at creating fantastical worlds. At first glance they may appear to be luxuriant, dreamy visions, but closer inspection usually reveals them to be dystopian nightmares; edgy, ugly and dysfunctional playgrounds that have become prisons for their protagonists. Whatever the situation though, the environment Eder creates is always consistently believable. As a teenager he was fascinated by the glitter balls of local discos. These moments served as a means of escape for him, where he could focus on the music, the refraction of the light on the people in the room and the throng of bodies. This short time period became a world in itself, an alternate reality that the young Eder could inhabit. The artist is still fascinated by the possibility of parallel universes as proposed by the quantum physicist Hugh Everett III, who argued that parallel universes are created every time we make a decision.

Eder’s interest in science and nature has long underpinned his work. As a musician as well as an artist, he is intrigued by chaos theory: a study of the how simple patterns can be generated by the complicated underlying behaviour of individuals within a system. An investigation of nature and the relationship between certain, symbolic animals such as the owl, and gargantuan depictions of flowers – that though beautiful, are rendered threatening because of their monstrous proportions – form the basis of this exhibition. The resulting eight paintings divide between representations of these symbols which can be interpreted as epitomising the essence of (in the case of the owls), night and winter, and (with the flowers), day and springtime.

Though the paintings have a definite beauty, as is to be expected of the keen-eyed, thought-provoking Eder, all is not what it seems in these visions of Eden. Look closely and you will discover that an intruder has broken into Paradise and darkness has crept – albeit silently – into its ecosystem.

Jane Neal