8 July 1953 |
|Known for||Painting, Sculpture, Installation art, art intervention|
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
- 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;
- 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:
- 1983: Works of rubble at a waste dump.
- 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); 
- "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.
- 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:
- Since 2001
- 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. 
- Since 2006
- EinRaumHaus (OneRoomHouse) colour photo series of small buildings in the landscape of the Canary Islands, Spain.
- 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. 
One man shows
- 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).
- Kunstraum Wuppertal, Germany.
- Galerie Gilles Peyroulet, Paris, France.
- Interventionen II, VERBAU, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany (catalog).
- PLANEN, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany (catalog).
- 1998: Fundamental wie Bilateral, Kunsthalle Mannheim, CD-ROM for PC, Germany.
- Satellites, Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf, Germany.
- Interventions, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
- 2002: "Analog Discs", Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf, Germany.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Eberhard Bosslet & Lawrence Gipe, Kunstverein der Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalog).
- John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
- La Laiterie, Amnesty International, Strasbourg, France.
- 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).
- WorldWatchers, Kunsthaus Dresden (catalog), Germany
- Konstruktion I Statik, Rüdiger Lange -Loop - Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Berlin, Germany
- 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
- 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
- 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,
- Universum, Temporärer Kunstraum Harkort, Leipzig, Germany ** Kunst in der Villa Körbling, Speyer End of the dream, MicaMoco, Berlin, Germany
- 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
- Site specific art
- Environmental sculpture
- Environmental art
- Installation art
- Land Art
- Art intervention
- Street Art
- Light art
- List of German painters