Bjørn Melhus

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Bjørn Melhus is a German media artist of Norwegian ancestry born in Kirchheim/Teck, Germany, in 1966.

Originally rooted in an experimental film context, Bjørn Melhus's work has been shown and awarded at numerous film festivals and exhibitions internationally. Melhus’ work has been screened at the Tate Modern and the LUX in London, the Museum of Modern Art (MediaScope) in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris,[1] amongst others. His work has been exhibited in shows such as The American Effect at the Whitney Museum New York, the 8th International Istanbul Biennial,[2] solo and group shows at FACT Liverpool, Serpentine Gallery London, Sprengel Museum Hanover, Museum Ludwig Cologne, ZKM Karlsruhe and the Denver Art Museum.

Since 2003 Bjørn Melhus has been a Professor for Virtual Realities at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany.[3]


Bjørn Melhus studied photography at the Adolf-Lazi-Schule in Stuttgart German from 1985 to 1987. After completing his technical education, Melhus went on to study film and video at HBK Braunschweig School of Arts, Braunschweig Germany from 1990 until graduating in 1997. During his time in Braunschweig, Melhus took part in the European Media Artist in Residence Exchange through the EMARE-Program in Budapest, Hungary (1996).[4] After completing his education Melhus went on to additional residency programs at the California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles through a DAAD Fellowship (1997-1998), Prize of the Art Association, Hanover (2000), the International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York (2001-2002),[5] the Kyoto Art Center, Japan (2005), Civitella Ranieri, Italy (2006) and GI Mexico City (2009).[6]


  • 1992
    • Nachwuchspreis Videofest Berlin (Young artists award)
    • Sonderpreis des Marler Videokunstpreises (Special Award, Marl)
    • Video Art Award, Bremen
  • 1994
    • Kubo-Award, Bremen
  • 1998
    • Marler Videokunstpreis, (Video Award, Marl, Germany)
    • Prix Elida -Fabergé, Munich
    • 2nd Award, Transmediale Berlin
    • Prize of the German Filmcritics, EMAF, Osnabrueck
    • NEW VISIONS VIDEO 1998, Long Beach Museum of Art, (Production Grant)
    • Certificate of Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival
    • Förderpreis Film des Landes Niedersachsen
  • 2000
    • Honor 'The special show' by the International Art Critics Association, (Germany) for the solo show "Gute Freunde", Museum Schloß Hardenberg, Velbert
  • 2001
    • Prize of the Sprengel Museum, Hannover
  • 2002
    • Special Mention Video Award, Marl, Germany
  • 2003
    • HAP-Grieshaber-Preis der VG Bild Kunst
    • German Competition, 49. International Shortfilfmfestival Oberhausen


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