Eberhard Bosslet

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Eberhard Bosslet
Born (1953-07-08) 8 July 1953 (age 65)
Known forPainting, Sculpture, Installation art, art intervention
MovementContemporary artist
Eberhard Bosslet, Schrott & Sonne (Scrap Metal and Sun), 1982

Eberhard Bosslet (born 1953) is a German contemporary artist who has been producing site-specific art and architectural-related works, such as sculpture, installation, light art and painting, all indoors and outdoors, since 1979. Born in Speyer, Germany, and living in Berlin and Dresden, he co-founded the artist group, "Material & Effect" (Material & Wirkung) in Berlin in 1981, and since 1980, has been the co-director of the artistspace "MOPEDS" in Berlin/Kreuzberg that is involved in curating and managing non-conventional artshows.

Dossier of works[edit]

  • 1979: Self-referential works in words and writing-form of painting, photography, wall-drawings, and plates; site-specific interior work with wall-drawings and plates.
  • Since 1979:
    • Sculptures and installations with electric light and electric steering;[1]
    • Performance "Per-/Re-ception" (Wahr-nehmen) in a hall at an industrial yard in Speyer, Germany, using electric installation, electric light, zinc sulfide (phosphorus); photographic details of existing situations in the hall, projected in color or black-and-white negative slides, on the situations themselves.
  • 1980: Wood panels, coated with colored varnish, and variably arranged in layers.
  • Since 1980: Broken glass-panes, site-specific and installation works, as well as paintings with partially colored-coated broken glass, acrylic panes and flexible PVC sheets indoors and outdoors. view1. view2
  • 1981: Works with roadway markings and roadblocks.
  • 1982: "Mobilien & Immobilien" (Movables & Immovables), a series of photographs, produced with a painted Vespa motor scooter, and colored house facades at Tenerife/Canary Islandes. view
  • 1982 - 84: "Mobiliar" (Furniture), and "Stand der Dinge" (Status Quo); photographs of interior designs in which the backgrounds and objects were painted. view
  • Since 1982:
    • Series of color photographs at the Canary Islands, Spain;
    • Urban exploration: so-called "scrap metal and sun"; Abandoned cars in southern landscape view;
    • "Interventions" in public space, site specific art,[2]
  • 1983: Works of rubble at a waste dump.
  • 1983–2011:
    • Works with ruins, so-called "Re/formations and side effects"; here, stabilization and destabilization of perception of conditions of industrial and residential buildings by white painted lines or black painted color fields;
    • Side-specific outdoor intervention. view
  • 1985 - 88: Painting — each form complex has its own color and paint material; the "facade ground" is a significantly visible component, and is of equal value as the variables, "form, color, and paint material". view
  • Since 1985: "Supporting Measures" — indoor, space-related installations and sculptures with items of the building trade; here, new arrangement of space, apparent stabilization and destabilization of the building material and the space itself, by building in structural bodies. view
  • 1986: "Basements" — low, floorplan-like sculptures, with concrete blocks and copper pipe, or bricks and copper pipe.
  • 1987 - 1989|89: Sculptures of "Filing Cabinets" with wood, steel strips; tension and pressure keeps the new order of components stable. view
  • Since 1989:
  • "Tapestry" of industrial textiles, with no "ground" due to the color-form-material complexes, sewed up next to each other;
  • Wall fixtures, varying in type and shape, have a supporting and visual function. view
  • Since 1989:
    • Project drawings for planned sculptures and installations, computer-generated using a pixel-oriented program, and printed with a 24-needle printer;
    • "Pneumatic Pieces" — Free-standing works, with hydraulically or pneumatically driven lifting devices for inside; "contraptions" made of items from industrial and domestic parts. view
    • "Pneumatic Installations" — Installed works, with hydraulically or pneumatically driven lifting devices for both inside and outside; "contraptions" made of items from industrial and domestic parts. view
  • 1993 - 98:
    • "Bilaterale Beziehungen" (Bilateral Relations); [3]
  • "Screens": Lattice-structures of rubber- or polyurethane-mounted on both sides of a wall; anchor bars inserted into holes in the walls, helical pressure springs, and anchor nuts have a visual function and hold the parts together.
    • "Gloriolen": cast reliefs, mounted on both sides of a wall, using the same principle as in "Screens", the cast reliefs are held together through anchor bars, helical pressure springs, and anchor nuts that also have a visual function. view
  • Since 1995: "Barrieren" (Barriers) — foundation-like, knee-high constructions in concrete and steel reinforcement, made on site, designed for the dimensions of the space, and blocking the evident path through the room. view
  • 1998–2001: "Spacelab" — made out of living room lights from the 1950s–1970s, hanging from the ceiling. view
  • Since 2000:
    • "Analogic Discs"
    • Paintings: Trampolines are the support, which is a constructive and visual part of the appearance. The support, the form, the material and the color are different, and they are piled on each other. view
  • Since 2001
    • Biomorphic sculptures "Stool Archipelago", "Island growth"[4], "stump stools" [5] are groups of sculptures made of fibreglass plastic on the basis of known organic forms.
  • Since 2003
    • Colour photo series entitled Falsches Wasser (Fake Water) featuring ships and boats on land in town or countryside settings on the Canary Islands, Spain. [6]
  • Since 2006
    • EinRaumHaus (OneRoomHouse) colour photo series of small buildings in the landscape of the Canary Islands, Spain.[7]
    • Instant sculptures: The sculpture entitled "roundabout" for the public space, consisting of industrial units such as trolleys and fences, which contrary to its conventional use are connected to mega-structures. [8][permanent dead link]


One man shows[edit]

  • Since 1981: "Interventions" in public space, Antwerp, Barcelona, Canary Islands, Duisburg (Belgium), Spain, Germany.
  • 1985: "Interventiones", Fundación Miró, Barcelona; Espacio P, Madrid, Spain (catalog).
  • 1986: Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, Germany (catalog).
  • 1987: Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany (catalog).
  • 1988:
  • 1989:
  • 1990:
  • 1991:
    • Kunstraum Wuppertal, Germany.
    • Galerie Gilles Peyroulet, Paris, France.
  • 1993:
  • 1995:
    • Interventionen II, VERBAU, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany (catalog).
    • PLANEN, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany (catalog).
  • 1998: Fundamental wie Bilateral, Kunsthalle Mannheim, CD-ROM for PC, Germany.
  • 2000:
  • 2002: "Analog Discs", Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2004:
    • Okkupanten, Künstlerhaus Bregenz, Palais Thurn und Taxis, Austria.
    • Interventionen und Tekko-Tische, Chiara Marzi Gallery, Berlin
  • 2005: Galerie AT, Barriere, Poznan, Poland
  • 2006: Galerie der Stadt Backnang (catalog), Germany
  • 2007: Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken, (catalog), Germany
  • 2009: Additive, Kunstverein Ingolstadt, CD-ROM-archive with booklet in softbox, Germany
  • 2010: Humboldt-University Berlin, Thaer-Saal, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011: Stump stools, Lichthof im Albertinum Dresden, Dresden, Germany
  • 2012: Dingsda, Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • 2014: Chisme-Heavy Duty, TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Group shows[edit]

  • 1987:
    • Bremer Kunstpreis 1987, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany, (catalog).
    • documenta, documenta 8, Kassel, Germany, (catalog).
  • 1988:
    • European sculpture made in USA, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA (catalog).
    • BRD abstract tendenciens in new German art, Karl Bornstein Gallery, St. Monica, California, USA.
    • Spaces 88, Museo d'arte contemporanea Prato, Italy (catalog).
    • New Poverty, MeyersBloom Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA.
  • 1989: Intuition, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
  • 1990:
    • Three German Sculptors, Bosslet, Robbe, Staehle, Anthony Ralph Gallery, New York, USA.
    • Trans-Europe-Express, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
    • Non-Sculpture, Barbara Farber Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    • The Collection 1988-90, Museo d'arte contemporanea Prato, Italy (catalog).
  • 1991: Eurocard, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
  • 1992:
    • 30th anniversary of Amnesty International, Hótel des arts, Paris, France (catalog).
    • Kunst werkt (Art works), Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Foundación Miró, Barcelona, Palacio de la Lonja, Zaragoza, Spain (catalog).
    • The 1980s, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
    • Humpty Dumty's Kaleidoscope: A new generation of German artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Australia (catalog).
    • Avantgarde Reflex Ost-West, Potsdam, Germany.
  • 1993:
    • Eberhard Bosslet & Lawrence Gipe, Kunstverein der Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalog).
    • John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
    • La Laiterie, Amnesty International, Strasbourg, France.
  • 1994:
    • New Furniture for the Villa, Villa Merkel Esslingen, Germany.
    • Villa Massimo 1988-92, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany.
  • 1997: The Pleasure of Reading, John Gibson Gallery, New York.
  • 1998: Material & Wirkung, Bosslet, Sattel, Klotz, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany.
  • 2003: Unexpected selections from the Margulies collection, The Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA (catalog).
  • 2004:
    • WorldWatchers, Kunsthaus Dresden (catalog), Germany
    • Konstruktion I Statik, Rüdiger Lange -Loop - Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Berlin, Germany
  • 2006:
    • Faszination Fußball, Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern, Catalog, Germany
    • Filzfabrik Speyer, Künstlerbund Speyer, Germany
    • Das Jahrhundert moderner Skulptur, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, Germany
  • 2007: 1plus aus Dresden, Schloss Waldthausen bei Mainz, D
  • 2008:
    • Ostrale 08, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden, D
    • 2nd Bienal de Canarias, Arte, Arquitectura y Paisaje, La Regenta,

Las Palmas Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

    • „berufen", Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, Germany
  • 2009:
    • Ostrale 09, Ausstellung internationaler zeitgenössicher Künste, Dresden, Germany
    • 1st Biennale für Internationale Lichtkunst Ruhr, (Catalog), Curator Matthias Wagner K, Germany
  • 2010: Liebhaberstücke, Kunstmuseum Mülheim, Germany,
  • 2011:
    • Universum, Temporärer Kunstraum Harkort, Leipzig, Germany ** Kunst in der Villa Körbling, Speyer End of the dream, MicaMoco, Berlin, Germany
  • 2012:
    • Participar, El Matadero, Madrid, Spain
    • art claim impulse, Berlin, Germany
    • 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ekaterinburg, RUS (catalog)


  • Camps Miro, Teresa und Picazo Gloria: Eberhard Bosslet Intervenciones/Interventionen, Catalog of the Fundación Miró, Barcelona 1985, Spain.
  • Stecker, Raimund: documenta 8, Catalog, Germany
  • Cameron, Dan: European Sculpture made in U.S.A., Catalog of the John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA 1988.
  • Day, Peter: Spaces 88, Catalog of the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Prato, Italy 1988.
  • Rubinstein, Meyer Raphael: Eberhard Bosslet at John Gibson Gallery, in: Flash Art, Summer 1988, p. 136.
  • Deckter, Joshua: Eberhard Bosslet at John Gibson Gallery, in: Arts Magazine, December 1988, p. 106.
  • Weinstein, Matthew A.: Eberhard Bosslet, John Gibson Gallery, in: Artforum, December 1988, p. 121/122, USA.
  • Ottmann, Klaus: European Sculpture made in U.S.A., John Gibson Gallery, in: Flash Art, Summer 1988.
  • Nieuwenhuyzen, Martijn van: Eberhard Bosslet, Barbara Farber Gallery Amsterdam, in: Flash Art, May/June 1989 p. 125.
  • Schmitz, Britta: Eberhard Bosslet, catalog of the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, 1989, Germany.
  • Kandel, Susan: L.A. in Review, Eberhard Bosslet, Karl Bornstein Gallery, in: Arts Magazine, March 1990, p. 126, USA.
  • Pagel, David: Eberhard Bosslet, Karl Bornstein Gallery, in: Artscribe, March/April 1990, p. 82.
  • Mahoney, Robert: Eberhard Bosslet, John Gibson Gallery, in Arts Magazine, January 1991.
  • Murphy, Bernice: in Humpty Dumpty's Kaleidoscope, A New Generation of German Artists, catalog of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 1992, p. 17,34,55,58/59. Australia
  • Bochynek, Martin: Eberhard Bosslet, Catalog of the Kunsthal Rotterdam 1993, Netherlands.
  • Bosslet-Archive (electronic resource), works, essays, reviews 1979–2003; Editor Kunsthalle Mannheim. 3rd Edition, Gallery Version. Dresden, 2003

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