Torben Giehler

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Torben Giehler was born in 1973 in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. He is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 1999, he attended the New York Studio Program. He is the recipient of the James William Paige Fund and the Clarissa Bartlett Scholarship. In 2008, he has been awarded the Falkenrot Preis from the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Giehler is known for his geometric abstractions. "He is fascinated by virtual spaces which, even from the outset, always illustrate realities that are just possibilities – imaginary worlds floating between planning, construction, and unconstrained fiction." (Jens Asthoff, 2008)

His work has been widely exhibited in many prominent galleries and museums around the world, including the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (de) and Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen in Germany, the Centro de Salamanca in Spain as well as the Cleveland Museum of Art, PS 1/MOMA NY, New Orleans Museum of Art, the Carnegie Art Museum in Oxnard, CA and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 2005, Giehler was included in the Prague Biennale 2. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, the Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece, the Wolfsburg Museum, Wolfsburg, Germany, and Kunsthaus of Zurich, Switzerland.

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012 Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke, Belgium
  • 2011 "Lateralus", Leo Koenig Inc., New York
  • 2009 "Devil In The Woods", Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris
  • 2008 Falkenroth Preis, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (catalogue)
  • 2007 "Invisible Limits", Martin Geier Galerie, Algund, Italy
  • 2007 "Eis Hexe", Leo Koenig Inc., New York
  • 2006 "Alphaville", Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris (catalogue)
  • 2005 "Suspended Animation", Arndt & Partner, Zürich, Switzerland
  • 2004 "Jpeg Twister", Leo Koenig Inc., New York
  • 2004 "Sputnik Sweetheart", Arndt & Partner, Berlin
  • 2003 Paolo Curti & Co., Milan
  • 2003 Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain (catalogue)
  • 2002 Leo Koenig Inc., New York (catalogue)
  • 2002 Arndt & Partner, Berlin
  • 2000 Leo Koenig Inc., New York (catalogue)

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2012 "abstract confusion", Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2012 "Berlin.Status(1)", Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2011 "Forces of Nature: Selection from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation" curated by Milam Weisman, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 2011 "I love ALDI", Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2011 "abstract confusion", Kunstverein Ulm, Ulm, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2011 "A Sense Of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney", Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2011 "abstract confusion", B-05, Kunst- und Kulturzentrum Montabur, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2010 "Changing Soil:Contemporary Landscape Painting (Za Fukei),Nagoya/Boston MFA, Nagoya, Japan (catalogue)
  • 2010 "Celebration", curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis, The Museum Alex Mylona, Macedonian MOCA, Athens, Greece
  • 2010 "Elements of Nature, Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation", Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
  • 2008 Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • 2008 Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark (catalogue)
  • 2008 Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
  • 2007 "Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation", Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 2007 "Grups", Hydra School Projects curated by Dimitris Antonitsis, Hydra, Greece
  • 2007 "Like color in pictures", Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (catalogue)
  • 2006 "Negotiating Reality: Recent Works from the Logan Collection", Denver University, Denver, Colorado (catalogue)
  • 2006 “abstract art now - strictly geometrica”, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2006 “Made in Germany”, gip international fine art, Burgdorf, Switzerland
  • 2005 "Generation X: Young Art from the Collection", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 2005 Prague Biennale 2, Prague, Czech Republic (catalogue)
  • 2005 “Greater New York”, PS1 New York (catalogue)
  • 2005 "We Can Do It!", Gary Tatinsian Gallery, Moscow (catalogue)
  • 2004 "Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation", New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2004 "Surface Tension", curated by Manon Slome, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
  • 2004 "Treasure Islands", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
  • 2003 "A New Modernism for a New Millenium: Abstraction and Surrealism are reinvented in the Internet Age", The Logan Collection, Vail, Colorado (catalogue)
  • 2003 "Project 244: MetaScape", Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
  • 2003 "Painting Pictures",curated by Gijs van Tuyl, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (catalogue)
  • 2002 "Building a Collection: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2001 "Come on Feel the Noice", Asbaek Galerie, Copenhagen
  • 2000 "Collector’s Choice", Exit Art, New York
  • 1999 Traveling Scholarship Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (catalogue)
  • 1999 Fifth Year Competition & Exhibition, School of the Museum of the Fine Arts, Boston

Torben Giehler is also the founder of Peloton Cyclin Club Berlin


See also[edit]


  • Verena Ummenhofer: "Malerisch-virtuelle Geodäsie erdachter Welten", in KUNSTFORUM Band 206, 2010, S. 166
  • Kerstin Kohlenberg: "Atelierbesuch: Alles in Bewegung", in DIE ZEIT, 23.10.2008 Nr. 44
  • Roberta Smith: "Art in Review", in New York Times, October 4, 2002
  • David Hunt: Torben Giehler, in: Artext 78 (2002) S. 58-63.
  • Leo Koenig, Inc., New York (ed.): Torben Giehler. Köln, König 2004. ISBN 3-88375-825-6

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