Hans-Peter Feldmann

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Hans-Peter Feldmann

Hans-Peter Feldmann (born 1941 in Düsseldorf, Germany) is a German visual artist. Feldmann's approach to art-making is one of collecting, ordering and re-presenting.

Early life and career[edit]

In the 1960s, Feldmann studied painting at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz in Austria. He began working in 1968, producing the first of the small handmade books that would become a signature part of his work. These modest books, simply entitled Bilde (Picture) or Bilder (Pictures), would include one or more reproductions from a certain type—knees of women, shoes, chairs, film stars, etc.--their subjects isolated in their ubiquity and presented without captions. In 1979 Feldmann decided to pull out of the art world and just make books and pictures for himself. In 1989 the curator Kasper König persuaded Feldmann to exhibit in a gallery again.[1]

Hans-Peter Feldmann: "David" (2006) in Cologne
Birgit book cover


Hans-Peter Feldmann is a figure in the conceptual art movement and practitioner in the artist book and multiple formats. Feldmann's approach to art-making is one of collecting, ordering and re-presenting amateur snapshots, print photographic reproductions, toys and trivial works of art. Feldmann reproduces and recontextualizes our reading of them in books, postcards, posters or multiples.[2]

Feldmann made his first series of books between 1968 and 1971. Works from the early 1970s include 70 snapshots depicting All the Clothes of a Woman and four Time Series projects including, for example, a row of 36 pictures of a ship moving along a river. Feldmann's series Photographs Taken From Hotel Room Windows While Traveling clusters 108 nondescript, unframed snapshots of buildings, streets and parking lots. (Like other Feldmann projects, this calls to mind Ed Ruscha's photographic catalogs.) 11 Left Shoes presents 11 shoes borrowed from 303 Gallery employees, in a row on the floor. Que Sera has the words of the song of that title handwritten on the wall. Bed With Photograph simulates part of a hotel room with a slept-in bed, a side table and a framed photograph of a woman in leopard-print pants.[3]

Feldman's photographic essays might have a more intimate singularity in book form. His book Secret Picturebook (1973) is a thick, densely printed, scholarly tome with little pictures of women's torsos in sexy underwear inserted at intervals. It most pointedly embodies the artist's mischievous relationship to high culture.[4] Another book, “1967-1993 Die Toten” reproduces images from newspapers of all of the lives lost due to the violence and terrorism that permeated contemporary German history.[5]

Creating carefully conceived installations from everyday images is what Feldmann is best known for. In 2004-5 MoMA P.S. 1 showed “100 Years,” an exhibition made up of 101 photographic portraits of people ages 8 months to 100 years. And at the International Center of Photography in 2008 he filled a room with the framed front pages of 100 newspapers — from New York, Paris, Dubai, Sydney, Seoul and elsewhere — printed on Sept. 12, 2001.[6]


Hans-Peter Feldmann has been named winner of the eighth Biennal Hugo Boss Prize in 2010. This prize includes an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in May 2011.[7]


Feldmann's work features in prominent private and public collections, such as that of the Fotomuseum Winterthur and the MACBA in Barcelona. In 2012, the artist donated one of his key work, Die Toten (The Dead), to the Berlin State Museums in Berlin.[8]

Art market[edit]

Hans Peter Feldmann is represented by Mehdi Chouakri Gallery in Berlin, Simon Lee Gallery in London, Galerie Francesca Pia in Zürich, Galerie Martine Aboucaya in Paris and 303 Gallery in New York. He does not limit the number of editions of his works, nor does he sign them.[9][10]


  • 1972 - Billeder af Feldmann (Bilder von Feldmann), Daner Galleriet, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1977 - Eine Stadt: Essen, Museum Folkwang Essen
  • 1990 - Hans-Peter Feldmann, das Museum im Kopf, Portikus, Frankfurt; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
  • 1999 - Hans-Peter Feldmann: Bücher, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen
  • 2001 - Hans-Peter Feldmann, 100 Jahre, Museum Folkwang Essen 2001
  • 2001 - Hans-Peter Feldmann 272 pages, Fundacio Antoni Tàpies Barcelona
  • 2002 - Hans-Peter Feldman 272 pages, Centre nationale de la photographie Paris, Fotomuseum Winterthur
  • 2006 - Hans-Peter Feldmann in der Antikensammlung der Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kunsthalle Kiel der Christian Albrechts-Universität, Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein Kiel
  • 2007 - Hans-Peter Feldmann, Museum am Ostwall in Dortmund, Die Toten, RAF bis heute
  • 2007 - Hans-Peter Feldmann, Skulptur Projekte Münster 2007, Sanierung, bzw. Neugestaltung der Toilettenanlagen am Domplatz
  • 2010 - Hans-Peter Feldmann, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden[11]
  • 2010 - An Art Exhibition, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía MNCARS, Madrid, Spain
  • 2010 - Hans-Peter Feldmann, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
  • 2010 - Les Rencontres d'Arles, France.
  • 2010 - Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf.
  • 2012 - Hans-Peter Feldmann, Serpentine Galleries, London.[12]

Survey exhibitions[edit]

Publications (selected)[edit]

  • Eine Stadt. Essen. Ausst.-Kat. Museum Folkwang, Essen 1977
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Telefonbuch. AQ-Verlag, Dudweiler 1980. ISBN 3-922441-16-5
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Das Museum im Kopf. Ausst.-Kat. Frankfurt, Düsseldorf. Walther König, Köln 1989. ISBN 3-88375-117-0
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Eine Firma, Siemens. München 1991
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Arbeiten. Kunstverein Heinsberg 1991
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Kunstgeschichten. Paris 1992
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Portrait. Schirmer/Mosel München 1994
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Ferien, Secession. Wien 1994
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Voyeur 1.Aufl. La Fleche 1994
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Voyeur 2.Aufl. König, Köln 1997
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Ein Energieunternehmen, EVN. Maria Enzersdorf 1997
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Die Toten. Düsseldorf 1998
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Bücher. Ausst.-Kat. Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen 1999 (Serie Sammlung der Künstlerbücher Bd. 23). ISBN 3-928761-44-7
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Alle Kleider einer Frau. Düsseldorf - Toronto 1999
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann, C. Konrad: Die Johanneskirche in Düsseldorf. 1999
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Graz. Camera Austria 2000
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Profil ohne Worte. 2 Magazine 2000
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: 100 Jahre. Anlässlich der Ausstellung im Museum Folkwang Essen. Schirmer/Mosel, München 2001. ISBN 3-88814-975-4
  • Celine Duval, Hans-Peter Feldmann: cahier d’images. 7 Magazine 2001
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Bilder / Pictures. 2002
  • Helena Tatay: Hans-Peter Feldmann 272 pages, Ausst.-Kat. Centre nationale de la photographie Paris u.a. ISBN 3-9807903-0-4 (Englisch-Deutsch)
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Vistas desde habitaciones de hotel. Barcelona 2003
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: 1941. Düsseldorf 2003
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Babel ‘About Beauty’. Berlin 2004
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Das kleine Mövenbuch. Walther König, Köln 2004
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Abstrakte Kunst. Salon Verlag 2004
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Frauen im Gefängnis. Walther König, Köln 2005
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Paris. Salon Verlag 2005
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Liebe/Love. Walther König, Köln 2006
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Die beunruhigenden Musen. Hans-Peter Feldmann in der Antikensammlung der Kunsthalle zu Kiel. Ausst.-Kat. Kunsthalle Kiel, Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein, Kiel. Walther König, Köln 2006. ISBN 3-86560-080-8
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Birgit. Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver 2006
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Blau. Walther König, Köln 2006
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Zeitungsphotos. Walther König, Köln 2006
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Foto. Galerie Langhans, Praha 2006
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Voyeur 3.Aufl.. König, Köln 2006
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Buch / Book # 9. Sprengel Museum Hannover 2007
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Smoke. Walther König, Köln 2007
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Album. Walther König, Köln 2008
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Voyeur 4.Auflage. Walther König, Köln 2009
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann: Interview zusammen mit Hans Ulrich Obrist. Walther König, Köln 2009


  1. ^ Elizabeth Jobey (April 7, 2012), Vernacular spectacular Financial Times.
  2. ^ Elizabeth Jobey (April 7, 2012), Vernacular spectacular Financial Times.
  3. ^ Johnson, Ken (2000-08-04). "ART IN REVIEW - ART IN REVIEW; Hans-Peter Feldmann - Review - NYTimes.com". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  4. ^ Johnson, Ken (2000-08-04). "ART IN REVIEW - ART IN REVIEW; Hans-Peter Feldmann - Review - NYTimes.com". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-07.
  5. ^ Hans-Peter Feldmann, November 13 2004 - January 8 2005 Archived 2011-07-12 at the Wayback Machine 303 Gallery, New York.
  6. ^ Carol Vogel (April 28, 2011), Artist’s Guggenheim Show: 100,000 $1 Bills on the Wall New York Times.
  7. ^ Vogel, Carol (2010-11-04). "German Artist Wins $100,000 Prize". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-11-04.
  8. ^ Hans-Peter Feldmann. The Dead, 9 February 2012 - 27 January 2013 Archived 2012-12-15 at archive.today Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.
  9. ^ Elizabeth Jobey (April 7, 2012), Vernacular spectacular Financial Times.
  10. ^ Dominic Eichler, Hans-Peter Feldmann Archived 2012-04-28 at the Wayback Machine Frieze, Issue 63, November–December 2001.
  11. ^ "Contemporary Art Daily". Archived from the original on 2010-08-08. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  12. ^ Hans-Peter Feldmann exhibition at the Serpentine Galleries 2012

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