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Norbert Bisky

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Portrait of Bisky, Berlin 2007

Norbert Bisky (born 1970) is a German artist based in Berlin. He is one of the most important representatives of a new figurative painting in the 21st century.[1][2][3]

Life[edit]

Norbert Bisky was born in Leipzig and grew up in the former German Democratic Republic[4] as "part of a very Communist family that really believed in all that stuff".[5][6]

From 1994 to 1999 Norbert Bisky studied painting at Hochschule der Künste in Berlin where he was a Master Student of Georg Baselitz and at the Salzburg Summer Academy in the class of Jim Dine.

In 1995, he spent a year as an exchange student in Madrid, where he discovered the works of Francisco de Goya, Francisco de Zubaráns and Jusepe de Ribera.

Bisky was a guest professor at the HEAD Academy of arts in Geneva from 2008 to 2010 and from 2016 to 2018 at HBK Braunschweig.[7][8] In 2015, he swapped studios with Tel Aviv based artist Erez Israeli for three months.[9]

Work[edit]

Norbert Biskys early paintings are most commonly described as heavily influenced by socialist realism, the official art of the GDR. Comparing the belief in communism to a religion, he processed his childhood memories by painting "those images of paradise" and "false promises" into dazzling bright images of idealized bodies and untouched nature.[10]

In later years, Bisky's large-size paintings, often depicting adolescents, increasingly shifted towards darker themes. Personal loss, the experience of terror, travels to Brazil and media reports inspired him to examine subjects such as violence, sexuality and destruction symbolized by figures, in many cases floating, falling or tumbling without any gravitational axis.[11][12] Firmly established in the public conscience through media images following the September 11 attacks, these falling figures explore the transience of youth, the loss of autonomy, isolation and the disintegration of modern civilization.

The aesthetic tumult surrounding the figures is punctuated by the cross pollination of cues from Christian ideology, art history, gay culture, pornography and apocalyptic visions.[13][14] Through this, Bisky transmits an impression of instability on the canvas that distinctly resonates with our contemporary state of affairs.[15]

In May 2013, Norbert Bisky created his first stage set for the piece "Masse" by the Berlin State Ballet that premiered in the legendary Berlin Nightclub Berghain in May 2013 and was the subject of a TV documentary by German director Nicole Graf.[16]

Since May 2017 Norbert Bisky's large-format painting "Vertigo" is prominently displayed in Berghain's entrance hall as part of the club's art concept, which also features works by Wolfgang Tillmans and Joseph Marr.[17]

For World Press Freedom Day, Norbert Bisky created the painting "Rauschen" which was printed on the title page of numerous German daily newspapers, in collaboration with the Federal association of German newspaper publishers (BDZV: Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger) on 3 May 2019.[18][19]

Bisky is being represented by Fabienne Levy Gallery in Lausanne, Switzerland.[20] Until 2023, he was also represented by König Galerie in Berlin.[21]

Exhibitions[edit]

2024

2023

  • "Im Freien", Kunstverein Freunde Aktueller Kunst, Zwickau[23]
  • "Swing State", Navot Miller & Norbert Bisky, Weserhalle, Berlin[24]

2022

2021

  • „DISINFOTAINMENT", G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany[30]

2020

2019

  • "RANT", Villa Schöningen, Potsdam, Germany[35] / "POMPA", St. Matthäus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany[36]
  • "Tainted Love/Club Edit", Villa Arson, Nizza, France[37]

2018

  • "Fernwärme", Museum Langmatt, Baden, Switzerland[38]
  • "Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros", curated by Eric Fischl, Hall Art Foundation, Reading, USA[39]
  • "Boezemvriend" (with Grit Hachmeister), Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands[40]

2017

  • "Trilemma", König Galerie, Berlin, Germany[41]
  • "Die Revolution ist tot. Lang lebe die Revolution!", Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland[42]
  • "MISSING: Der Turm der blauen Pferde by Franz Marc – Contemporary artists in search of a lost masterpiece", Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany[43]

2016

2015

  • "Hérésie", Galerie Daniel Templon, Brussels, Belgium[48]
  • "Levinsky Street", Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel[49]
  • "Balagan", Bötzow Berlin, Berlin, Germany[50]
  • "Black Bandits", Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany[51]

2014

2013

  • "Norbert Bisky: Special Report", MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany[55]
  • "Paraisópolis", Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany[56]

2012

  • "Stampede", Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA[57]
  • "I am a Berliner", Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel[58]
  • "Laboratories of the Senses", MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany[59]

2011

  • "A Retrospective. Ten Years Of Painting", Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, Cully, Switzerland
  • "Decompression", Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

2010

  • "befall", Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany[60]
  • "Maudit", Galerie Charlotte Moser, Geneva, Switzerland

2009

  • "Mandelkern", Kunstverein Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany[61]
  • "crossing jordaan", Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam und Amsterdam, Netherlands[62]
  • "Nefasto Máximo", Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid, Spain[63]
  • "Norbert Bisky: Paintings", Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel[64]

2008

  • "cloud cuckoo land", Gallery Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
  • "privat", Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany[65]
  • "minimental", Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam[66]

2007

  • "Ich war's nicht", Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany[67]
  • "What's wrong with me", Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA[68]
  • "Behind Innocence", Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, South Korea[69]

2006

2005

  • "Norbert Bisky", Studio d'Arte Cannaviello, Milan, Italy[71]
  • "Déluge", Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris, France
  • "Malerei", Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2004

  • "The Proud, the Few", Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA[72]
  • "Abgesagt", Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany
  • "Opkomst en Verval", Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands[73]

2003

2002

  • "Norbert Bisky", Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

2001

Public collections[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Texte zur Kunst art magazine, No. 78, 20th year, June 2010, p. 250
  2. ^ Article in Handelsblatt newspaper, 23 May 2019; accessed 26 November 2019
  3. ^ Article in Berliner Morgenpost newspaper, 10 January 2015; accessed 26 November 2019
  4. ^ Interview with Norbert Bisky by Herlinde Koelbl, Zeit online edition; published 18 March 2010; accessed 12 May 2019
  5. ^ Norbert Bisky in an interview with Karen Wright, in: Modern Painters, March 2005, pp. 76-81.
  6. ^ Mullins, 2006, p. 142
  7. ^ Website of HBK Braunschweig; accessed 12 May 2019[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Official website of the artist; accessed 12 May 2019
  9. ^ Article in Jüdische Allgemeine newspaper; published 27 March 2015; accessed 12 May 2019
  10. ^ Norbert Bisky in an interview with Karen Wright, in: Modern Painters, March 2005, pp. 76-81.
  11. ^ "Interview with Norbert Bisky; accessed May 12, 2019". Archived from the original on 29 October 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  12. ^ Ein großer Maler auf dem Absturz nach oben, Article by Hans-Joachim Müller for Die Welt newspaper; published 27 April 2017; accessed 12 May 2019
  13. ^ Angriff mit Farbe, Article by Elisa von Hof for Berliner Morgenpost newspaper; published 9 September 2017; accessed 12 May 2019
  14. ^ "Norbert Bisky — internationales literaturfestival berlin".
  15. ^ https://artmap.com/koenigandclinton/exhibition/norbert-bisky-2007 Exhibition text for "What's Wrong With Me?" at Leo Koenig Inc., New York, 2007
  16. ^ Website of Ballet Journal
  17. ^ Want to See Norbert Bisky's New Paintings? You'll Have to Get Into Berlin's Notorious Berghain Nightclub First, Article by Henri Neuendorf for Artnet.com; published 28 April 2017; accessed 12 May 2019
  18. ^ Website of Monopol magazine
  19. ^ TV documentation
  20. ^ Artist website at Fabienne Levy
  21. ^ Artist website at König Galerie, accessed June 7th, 2024
  22. ^ Gallery website, accessed June 7th, 2024
  23. ^ [1], accessed June 7th, 2024
  24. ^ [2], accessed June 7th, 2024
  25. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccz7GdhB6SY
  26. ^ https://www.koeniggalerie.com/blogs/exhibitions/norbert-bisky-taumel
  27. ^ https://www.cokkiesnoei.com/exhibitions/185/kurpark
  28. ^ "Norbert Bisky: Walküren-Basislager | Staatsoper Stuttgart".
  29. ^ "Mirror Society | SCAD Museum of Art".
  30. ^ Website of G2 Kunsthalle
  31. ^ "Website of Fabienne Levy". Archived from the original on 2 December 2020. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  32. ^ Website of Konig Galerie
  33. ^ Website of Le Confort Moderne
  34. ^ Website of Galerie Templon
  35. ^ Website of Villa Schöningen
  36. ^ Website of St. Matthew's Church
  37. ^ "Website of Villa Arson". Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  38. ^ Website of Museum Langmatt
  39. ^ Website of Hall Art Foundation
  40. ^ "Boezemvriend". Cookie Snoei. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  41. ^ "Website of König Galerie". Archived from the original on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  42. ^ Website of Kunstmuseum Bern
  43. ^ Website of Haus am Waldsee
  44. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  45. ^ "Norbert Bisky | A Fuga | Artsy".
  46. ^ Museum website
  47. ^ Website of CCBB
  48. ^ Gallery website
  49. ^ Gallery website
  50. ^ [boetzowberlin.de/index.php?id=52]
  51. ^ "#lützow #befreiungskriege #napoleon #waterloo : Haus am Lützowplatz".
  52. ^ Gallery website
  53. ^ Gallery website
  54. ^ Gallery website
  55. ^ "Website of MEWO Kunsthalle". Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  56. ^ "Kunstwerke von Norbert Bisky bei Galerie Crone auf artnet".
  57. ^ Gallery website
  58. ^ "Museum website". Archived from the original on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  59. ^ "Marta Herford Atelier + Kitchen = Laboratories of the Senses". Marta Herford.
  60. ^ Article in Tagesspiegel newspaper
  61. ^ "NORBERT BISKY - Mandelkern | Kalender | Monopol - Magazin für Kunst und Leben". archiv.monopol-magazin.de. Archived from the original on 22 June 2019.
  62. ^ Gallery website
  63. ^ Gallery website
  64. ^ Museum website
  65. ^ Article in B.Z. newspaper
  66. ^ Gallery website
  67. ^ "Norbert Bisky - Ich war's nicht · HAUS AM WALDSEE". 7 August 2018.
  68. ^ Gallery website
  69. ^ Gallery website
  70. ^ Gallery website
  71. ^ "Norbert Bisky - Studio d'arte Cannaviello".
  72. ^ Gallery website
  73. ^ Gallery website
  74. ^ Gallery website
  75. ^ Gallery website
  76. ^ MoMA Website
  77. ^ "Bild von Norbert Bisky in Sammlung aufgenommen". 23 June 2021.

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