Erik Niedling

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Erik Niedling
The Future of Art - Shoot the Freak.jpg
Niedling and Niermann in their 2010 documentary The Future of Art
Born (1973-10-18) 18 October 1973 (age 41)
Nationality German
Known for Photography
Notable work Redox (2010), The Future of Art (2010), Chamber (2012)

Erik Niedling (born 1973 in Erfurt, Thuringia) is a German artist. He is also known for his 2010 film The Future of Art, a documentary on the contemporary art scene.

Life and works[edit]

Niedling was raised in Erfurt and lives in Berlin.[1] His works revolve around the construction of history, the traces that history left in the collective mind. Along with the German writer Ingo Niermann he directed and produced the documentary The Future of Art. It consist of interviews with contemporary artists, critics, and collectors such as Olafur Eliasson, Harald Falckenberg, Damien Hirst, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Marina Abramović, Olaf Breuning, Terence Koh, Genesis P-Orridge, Boris Groys, and Tobias Rehberger.[2]

Selected exhibitions[3][edit]

  • 2005; Archiv, Goethe-Institut, Bratislava
  • 2006; Was ist deutsch? (group exhibition), Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
  • 2008; Formation, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin
  • 2009; Gastspiel (group exhibition), Hetjens-Museum, Düsseldorf
  • 2010; Status, Angermuseum, Erfurt
  • 2010; Redox, Hamish Morrison Galerie, Berlin
  • 2011; Wahlverwandtschaften III (group exhibition), Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar
  • 2011; "Mein letztes Jahr", Tobias Naehring, Leipzig
  • 2012; 18.10.1973—29.02.2012, Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar


  • Wolfram Morath-Vogel, ed. (2006). "Fotografien = Photographs / Erik Niedling." Cologne:
  • Österreichisches Institut für Photographie und Medienkunst, ed. (2007). "Status / Erik Niedling." Vienna: ÖIP.
  • ZERN, ed. (2008). "Formation / Erik Niedling." Contributions by Bernd Stiegler and Ingo Niermann. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz.
  • Erik Niedling with Ingo Niermann (2012). "The Future of Art: A Diary." With texts by Tom McCarthy, Erik Niedling, Ingo Niermann, and Amy Patton. Berlin: Sternberg Press.


  1. ^ Biography on the website of Hamish Morison Galerie.
  2. ^ See reviews in the art magazines "Monopol" and "art."
  3. ^ Cf. the complete list of exhibitions on the artist's homepage or on

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