Thorsten Goldberg

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Thorsten Goldberg born 1960 in Dinslaken is a German multimedia artist.


From 1982 to 1991 Thorsten Goldberg studied sculpture at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart in the class of Inge Mahn. In 1991 he won the first prize of the Forum of Young Art for his photographic work, "Class of 97" with exhibition stations at Kunsthalle Kiel, Kunstverein Mannheim, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (de), Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart and Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden. Along with the screenwriter Wieland Bauder he created the fictional character Thomas Bauer for joint artistic performances. When Thomas Bauer received the scholarship for photography by the Berlin Senate in 1991, he then took part in the art exhibition “Art on a world scale” at the Kunsthalle Kiel in 1993. Since 1995 and in addition to photographs and video works Thorsten Goldberg has been creating site-specific works and public art. He realized numerous projects in public space throughout Germany, in Poland, Norway and Canada and taught at various academies. 2003 - 2008 he was Adjunct Professor for Art in Public Space at the Art Academy Linz/AT and 2007 - 2009 Professor (repress.) for arts and media at the Muthesius Art Academy Kiel/Germany.

As a member of different committees and advisory boards he is involved in the election and organisation of competitions for art in public. Thorsten Goldberg is Initiator and Co-Publisher of „Public Art Wiki“, a Germany-wide internet archive for art in public space in the German-speaking-area ( He is also Co-Publisher of „Kunst in der Großsiedlung (art in the large-housing-area) Marzahn-Hellersdorf“ a printed documentation of more than 460 public works and author of several texts on public art.

Thorsten Goldberg lives in Berlin/Germany.

Realized permanent and temporary works in public space[edit]

  • 1991 going home, being home, staying home, (T.B.), 10 billboards, Stuttgart/DE
  • 1993 International sculpture (T.B.), Kunsthalle Kiel/DE
  • 1996 reichweite, griffhoehe, permanent neon installation, Berlin-Hellersdorf/DE
  • 1997 big game (hunt), (colab. A. Kaufmann, R. Reitermann), Central Square Luedenscheid/DE
  • 1997 Rock-Paper-Scissors, randomized neon signs as a permanent marking of the former frontier crossing point, Oberbaumbridge, Berlin/DE
  • 1998 Once very much of all, permanent sculpture, planting, Levillain-Park, Museum Heidenheim/DE
  • 2000 Hunger and Thirst, Cola and Sausage, intervention with three singers, sculpture project, Wiesbaden/DE
  • 2000 stand-by Potsdam, horizontal gas flame on a chimney of a fallow industrial area, Potsdam/DE
  • 2001 concierge, temporary sculpture, brick doorpost with integrated plate and entryphone, Bergkamen-Heil/DE
  • 2002 curtain mov., permanent installation, slow moving curtain, kinetic installation, State Hospital, Eberswalde/DE
  • 2002 finger walks, permanent video installation on 5 large TFT Panels, State Hospital, Eberswalde/DE
  • 2003 milk & honey, historical map of the land of milk and honey as a large back light display, Unter den Linden, Berlin/DE
  • 2004 next stop - milk & honey, Hauptstrasse Heidenheim/DE
  • 2005 Wismar depot, neon writing on a shallow storage building in the old harbour of Wismar/DE
  • 2006 Rivers of wine and beer, neon sculpture, temporary installation in Wiesbaden/DE
  • 2006 Inventory of the historical busts and bases, Charité Hospital Berlin/DE
  • 2009 Cumulus 08.07, neon-sculpture for „Lichtpromenade“-Lichtkunst-Skulpturenpfad, Lippstadt/DE
  • 2010 die Potsdamer (film production "Horsewoman" on Potsdamer Strasse), Berlin/DE
  • 2010 Cumulus Berlin, sculpture for the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Berlin/DE
  • 2010 milk & honey, Blickwechsel, Museum for History of the City, Ratingen/DE
  • 2012 60°N 05°E (encased waterside) - land-art and light sculpture in Bergen/NO
  • 2012 Cumulus 11.08, sculpture for the Herbert-Gerisch Sculpture park in Neumuenster/DE
  • 2013 And honey upon hawthorn grows, sculpture in the park Nadmorski in Gdansk/PL
  • 2014 Radom Cumulus, light sculpture made of 19 layers of curved neon contours, Mazovian Centre of Contemporary Art - Elektrownia, Radom/PL
  • 2015 reflected ministry, interactive video projections at the Kreuzbauten, Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Bonn/DE

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 1985 media exposure, Kuenstlerhaus Stuttgart/DE
  • 1989 half the rent, Stuttgart/DE
  • 1992 one weekend, Wuerttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart/DE
  • 1993 Loock Gallery (Wohnmaschine), Berlin/DE
  • 1993 Glamor and Misery, Gallery Noeth, Kirchheim/DE
  • 1994 Loock Gallery (Wohnmaschine), Berlin/DE
  • 1995 schmutz, Museum of Fine Arts Heidenheim/DE
  • 1996 remotes, Loock Gallery (Wohnmaschine), Berlin/DE
  • 1996 birdies, Wewerka Pavillon, Muenster/DE
  • 1996 senatorial chair, Senate of Culture, Berlin/DE
  • 1997 birdies inside, Loock Gallery (Wohnmaschine), Berlin/DE
  • 1998 Bellevuegallery, Wiesbaden/DE
  • 1999 Gallery Hafemann, Wiesbaden/DE
  • 2001 XX1 Gallery, Warsaw/PL
  • 2002 detached village, Exhibition Hall, Muenster/DE
  • 2002 Gallery Hafemann, Wiesbaden/DE
  • 2002 generic profile, Gallery RLBQ, Marseille/FR
  • 2002 HEINZGERDKURTKLAUS Gallery HO, Berlin/DE
  • 2005 things are generally different behind closed doors, Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona/ES
  • 2010 Constructing clouds, WHITECONCEPTS, Berlin/DE
  • 2012 54°4 min., Herbert-Gerisch Foundation, Neumuenster/DE
  • 2013 54°24 min., Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk/PL
  • 2013 51°15 min., Municipal Gallery, Viersen/DE

Works in public collections[edit]

  • The city of Gdansk/PL
  • The Mazovian Centre of Contemporary Art – Elektrownia in Radom/PL
  • The City of Bergen/NO
  • The Land of Berlin/DE
  • The German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development/DE
  • The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Bonn/DE
  • The City of Lippstadt/DE
  • The City of Heidenheim/DE
  • The Charité University Clinicum Berlin/DE
  • The Martin-Gropius-Hospital Eberswalde/DE
  • The Daimler Art Collection/DE
  • The Art-Museum Heidenheim/DE
  • Herbert-Gerisch Foundation, Neumuenster/DE
  • The collection Stefan Haupt, Berlin/DE


  • Dr. Martin Henatsch, Eulalia Domanowska, Jadwiga Charzynska, Kristin Danger, Nicole Loeser, catalogue: 54°4MIN., DISTANZ Verlag, 2012, ISBN 978-3-942405-78-2
  • Hans-Peter Feldmann, Preface, catalogue: Goldberg, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, 1992
  • René Hirner, catalogue: schmutz, Goldberg, Bauder, Kunstmuseum Heidenheim, 1995
  • Christoph Tannert, means against amnesia, catalogue: Thorsten Goldberg, Münster 2002, ISBN 3-935730-05-5
  • Martin Henatsch, moments of fragility, catalogue: Thorsten Goldberg, Münster 2002, ISBN 3-935730-05-5
  • Frédéric Bussmann, rock-paper-scissors in: Kunst in der Stadt, Skulpturen in Berlin, edited by H. Dickel, U. Fleckner, Nicolai Verlag, Berlin 2002, ISBN 3-87584-399-1
  • Montse Badia, on milk and honey, Thorsten Goldberg's Utopia Station, in catalogue: Werk 04, Heidenheim Sculpture Symposium 2004, ISBN 3-929935-23-6
  • Katharina Klara Jung, Milk + Honey +, in catalogue: Show me the way to public sphere, Wiesbaden 2006, ed office for Art and Public, M. Henatsch, Münster and Department of Culture, Wiesbaden, Kerber Verlag, 2007
  • René Hirner, The receipts 93-08 in: TIEFENRAUSCH, Volume 2 - rapture of the deep, edited by OK Center for Contemporary Art, Upper Austria 2008, ISBN 978-3-85256-462-3

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