Matthias Bitzer

Born 1975 in Stuttgart, lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Education

1998-2004 State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe with Erwin Gross

Awards

2010 Otto Dix Price, Gera Art Collection
2007 Type Price City Nordhorn
2004 Scholarship for Graduates, State Academy of Fine Arts

Collections (Selection)

LACMA, Los Angeles, USA
MARTA Herford Museum, DE
Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, DE
Kunstsammlung Gera, DE
German Bundesbank Collection, Frankfurt, DE
Rosenblum Collection & Friends, Paris, France
CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain

Solo Exhibitions

2016 New York, NY, BOESKY EAST, Matthias Bitzer: a different sort of gravity.
Francesca Minini Gallery, Matthias Bitzer: Immaculate Cloud
Hechingen, Germany, Kunstverein Hechingen, KNOCK / KNOCK / NEPOMUK
2015 “Islands Chains” Isa Gallery, Mumbai, IN
2014 “The collapse of features,” Kadel Willborn, Dusseldorf, DE “The disintegration of the properties”, K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Dusseldorf, DE “Matthias Bitzer. Saturnine Swing “, Marianne Boesky, New York, US
2013 “Amherst Ether Fields”, Francesca Minini, Milan, IT “Anatol Echo”, Almine Rech, Paris, FR
2012 “Fever / Fields”, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, BE
2011 “Absence and autopilot”, Galerie Kadel Willborn, Karlsruhe, DE
2010 “Vertex”, Kunstverein Hannover, DE “Maison Automatique”, Francesca Minini, Milano, IT “The Mercury Window”, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, FR “King Rat”, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, IR
2008 “Seasick Sailor”, Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe, DE Art Basel Miami Beach / Art Positions / Galerie Iris Kadel, US “Between Two Oceans”, Francesca Minini, Milano, IT Karma International, Zurich, CH
2007 Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, DE German Bundesbank Collection, Frankfurt, DE Georg Kargl, Vienna, AT
2006 “Ocean mosaic”, Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe, DE
2005 “Correspondance (l’èspace mêlé)”, Galerie Iris Kadel at Open Space / Art Cologne, DE
2004 “L’espace tissé”, Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe, DE

Group Exhibitions

2016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands, GRIMM, A Question of Perspective, curated by Jane Neal
2014 “Dans un intérieur. Meubles, Oeuvres Murales Textiles d’Artistes, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, FR
2013 “. Sign language pictures -. Signature in art since the 1960s,” Städtische
Galerie, Karlsruhe, DE “Matthias Bitzer in dialogue with Otto Dix (Otto Dix -” whores, wives and Madonnas – woman pictures between apotheosis and reality “)” , Galerie Albstadt, Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Albstadt
“Occident”, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, DE “Young Collectors” Maison Particulière, Brussels, BE
“Jump Cut”, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, US “19, rue de Saintonge”, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, FR
“Under the Volcano”, Hanarart Festival, French Embassy, ​​Japan, curated by Anissa Touati, J “Mise-en-Scène. Sculptural rhetoric “Kwadrat, Berlin, DE, curated by Ursula Ströbele
2012 “WYSIWYG” Rosenblum Collection and Friends, Paris, FR “Gallery Utopia / The Forgotten Bar Project: The Garden of Eden”, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR, curated by Tjorg Douglas Beer “Bitzer Dahlem Hildebrandt” Philara, Dusseldorf, DE
2011 “What You (NGS) See Is What You Get,” Rosenblum Collection, Paris, FR “works from the pencil area,” Van Horn, Dusseldorf, DE “Space Oddity”, CCA – Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, ES “Past Present Future. Le Collezioni unicredit a Verona “Palazzo della Ragione, Verona, IT” Chess “, Museum Mühlheim an der Ruhr, DE
2010 “Invisible Shadows” MARTA Herford Museum, DE “King Rat”, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, IR “Memories of the Future”, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, USA, curated by Laurent Grasso “Otto Dix Prize of 2010. Young German Contemporary Art “, Orangerie Kunstsammlung Gera, DE
2009 “Glo (ball)”, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA “Hellwach present. Views of the collection Marta “MARTa Herford Museum, DE” longing for the image -. The simple portrait through the ages “, Kunsthalle Krems, AT” Roots “, Galerie Jan Wentrup, Berlin, DE” Un plan 1/3 (Perspective ) “, Centre d’Art MIRA PHALAINA, MAISON POPULAIRE, Montreuil, FR” Constructivismes (a visual essay), “Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, US
2008 “Sphinxx” Modern Institute, London, UK “Legend”, Departmental Domain Charmande, FR, curated by Alexis Vaillant
2007 “Surface Wave”, Foxy Production, New York, US
2004 “150 Years of State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe,” DE “protégés”, Kunstverein Pforzheim, DE
2003 “Avoidworet” Poly Produzentengalerie, Karlsruhe, DE
2002 “ATE – our sky cross strange gods”, State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, DE
2001 “The expulsion of the merchants from the temple”, 2yk Gallery, Berlin, DE “Popbastille” Güterbahnhof Dusseldorf, DE “students of the Academy of Karlsruhe”, Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall, DE

Bibliography

2014 Stefania Facco, “2 pm Studio Visit: Matthias Bitzer”, in: Berlin getting to know one of the most figurative artists on the contemporary scene, look Lateral, No. 2/2014, p. 107-118 Roberta Smith, “Upstairs and Behind Doors, Creative Passion. Roberta Smith’s tour of the Sizzlers on the Upper East Side “, in: The New York Times, April 3, 2014
2013 “Art in great demand”, in: Cosmopolitan May 2013 p. 18 ‘Matthias Bitzer. Amherst / ether / Fields “, in: mousse. Contemporary Art Magazine, Issue 40 – October / November 2013 Magdalena Kröner, “Here no desire will be in vain”, in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, January 20th 2013, “characters. Language. Images. Scripture in art since 1960 “, catalog, Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, p. 14-15
2011 Iris Cramer, “interim report”, the art collection of the German Bundesbank, Cologne 2011 p260 – 261 Alexander wax, “pencil neuroses”, in: The World, July 2011, p. 28
2010 “Matthias Bitzer. Les choses de la nuit, catalog “Kunstsammlung Gera, Gera, 2010” Invisible Shadow – Images of uncertainty “, catalog, MARTA Herford Museum, 2010.” Un plan simple-Perspective, Scene, écran “Éditions B42 / Maison populaire, Paris 2010
2009 Karolina Dankow, “Reviews, Matthias Bitzer, Galerie Iris Kadel, Karlsruhe”, in: Flash Art International, Vol XLII, No.. 264, p. 102
2008 Tim Ackermann, “In Karlsruhe Matthias Bitzer looks into the heart of darkness”, in: monopoly, No. 11/2008, p.. 105 “Matthias Bitzer” Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Revolver Verlag für Aktuelle Kunst, Nordhorn Barbara Glasner, Ursula Schöndeling, Petra Schmidt, “Patterns 2. Design and Art and Architecture”, Birkhauser Verlag, 2008
2007 German Bundesbank: “Matthias Bitzer”, Frankfurt Ulrike Fuchs, “Tracing the identity of invention – work of Matthias Bitzer”, in: artprofil, No. 6, p. 46-47
2006 Klaus Heid, “through-composed necromancy”, in: Regioartline, May 22nd. 2006
2005 Reto Krüger / Susanne Düchtung Kerstin Pluem, ignorance, Essen 2005 Gregor Jansen, “Metropolis”, in: m, June 2005 Cornelia Böhm Barbara Martin, “Matthias Bitzer – L’éspace tissé”, n ° 7, June, p. 44-45
2004 Magdalena Kröner, “The Blue Flower skin in the eye”, in: The daily, n ° 7344, 2004, p. 15
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Matthias Bitzer’s first solo exhibition in India at Galerie Isa presents a selection of paintings, sketches and sculptures set out to enter into a dialog within the space. Their installation seeks to expand the attentive viewer’s intellectual horizon, revealing a common thread – if you like – consistent in his work over the years.Matthias Bitzer works with multiple media to create abstract sculptures, drawings, and paintings. Interested in personal identity, Bitzer plays with the visual language of modernism, combining figurative portraits with abstract, geometric designs.Taking a new perspective on classical modernism, the artist combines portraits and geometric constructions and often takes recourse to the formal language, stories, and intellectual historical contexts of the nineteenth and early twentieth century’s. A profound interest in questions of authenticity, the construction of reality and hypnagogia (transition from wakefulness to sleep), as well as a preoccupation with structures of manifold personality development and clandestine identity networks are characteristic for the Berlin-based artist.

Protagonists from 19th century literature, film, music and dance, such as Austrian author and dramatist,Arthur Schnitzler,American poet, Emily Dickins,Portugese poet, Fernando Pessoa,Argentine story writer and poet,Jorge Luis Borges and Anita Berber, German dancer, actress, and writer who was the subject of an Otto Dix painting,these serve as starting points and inspiration for Bitzer’s artistic research. Comparable to the reverberation of familiar sounds they grant images from the past a (modified) revival in the present, a certain mindfulness that phenomenologist Edmund Husserl attributes to the memory: “Perception is the act here […] that originally constituted the object. The opposite is mindfulness, representation as the act that conjures up an object […] in the mind’s eye.” Time as a crack in space? The interactive diffusion of past and present, the reoccurring flash of a moment thought to be extinct bring to mind German philosopher Walter Benjamin’s concept of ‘Jetzt-Zeit’ (now-time). These multiple facets reflect Bitzers’ „Phosphor Notes“, wall installations reminiscent of pictorial atlases or visual diaries. Even after multiple viewings the single panels retain their enigmatic aura releasing only traces of their seemingly heterogeneous origin.

Based on these poetic ‘figures of thought’ Matthias Bitzer uses abstract-figurative works to explore extended space-time concepts: Space, as a moment of doubt (French novelist-Georges Perec) that blurs the boundaries between the inside and the outside, whereby figures and backgrounds are in part inextricably interwoven like a kaleidoscope and space that emerges only through dialogic processes and is primarily disclosed in subject-related, physical intuition (French philosopher-Maurice Merleau-Ponty). “You reflect everything and your reflection is in everything” – an apt line of Bitzers’ poetry, or to describe the steady path pursued in the words of Francis Ponges,the 19th century French essayist and poet: “Consider the artist as a (tough, eager, crazed) researcher, a selfless labourer, who sometimes will strike gold. (Hence the aesthetics of the slow approach, of stoic repetition etc.) […] Someone who sometimes makes a discovery, but shows little interest in the findings as such: the artist continues the search.”

Matthias Bitzer,born in 1975 in Stuttgart,Germany now lives and works in Berlin. Recent shows include The Collapse of the Features, Dusseldorf,Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21, July 2014 – July  2015 & Saturine Swing,New York,Marianne Boesky Gallery,March 27 – April 26,2014 . In 2010, Bitzer was the recipient of the prestigious Otto Dix Prize, awarded annually to an emerging artist from a German-speaking country.

Text: Ursula Ströbele