Born 1981 Mainz, Germany

Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain

 

EDUCATION

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

MFA at Hunter College, New York, NY

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

BET WEEN, Peter Blum Gallery. New York, NY

2015

Our Reality, Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania, Italy

 

CHERE: Sculpture, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

2014

GIRARE CON TE, Marino Marini Museum, Florence, Italy

 

Palomar, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

2012

Esther Kläs: Better Energy, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

 

Corpo Naturale, SpazioA gallery, Pistoia, Italy

2011

Nobody Home, Peter Blum Gallery, New York, NY

2009

You and the Dance with the Tortoise, Parkhaus, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

OFFICIAL, Envoy Gallery, New York, NY

 

SELECTED TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017

Esther Kläs & Linda Matalon, Kadel Willborn, Düsseldorf, Germany

2015

Whatness, Esther Kläs and Johannes Wald, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany

2011

Rise, Rose, Risen, with Harold Ancart, Emily Harvey Foundation, Venice, Italy

 

Stone Soup, with Thomas Fougeirol, Clearing, Brooklyn, NY

 

Opossums Persimmons, with Nancy de Holl, Bureau Gallery, New York, NY

 

Esther Kläs and Elizabeth Newman, SpazioA, Pistoia, Italy, curated by Chris Sharp

2008

Concrete Jungle, Theatergalerie, Mönchengladbach, Germany

 

Paramount, Bel-Etage, Cologne, Germany

2006

Commander 3000, Acapulco, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

Miss Commander and her Boxing Boyfriend, MAXIM, Cologne, Germany

2005

Crystal Cowboys, with Martin Weidemann, Acapulco, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

eme3, with Susanne Karrasch, Barcelona, Spain

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 - 2018

Proof of Life, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany

2017

Frammenti di Paradiso, Collezione Agovino, Le Scalze - Chiesa di San Giuseppe a Pontecorvo, Naples, Italy

2016

Karl, Parkhaus, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

Lean, curated by Elena Tavecchia, Embajada, Puerto Rico

 

Corridor Plateau VI, curated by Christian Freudenberger, Markus Karstieß, DREI, Cologne, Germany

 

Che il vero possa confutare il falso, curated by Luigi Fassi and Alberto Salvatori, Palazzo Pubblico / Santa Maria Della Scala / Accademia Fisiocritici, Siena, Italy

2015

Drawing Redefined, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

 

Houston, Island, Brussels, Belgium

2014

PART 2, Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne, Germany

 

playing by heart, KOLUMBA, Kunstmuseum des Erzbistums Köln, Cologne, Germany

 

Manners of Matter, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

 

BRACCIA #2, Museu Marino Marini, Florence, Italy

2013

Révolte logique, Part II: Slave to Art, Marcelle Alix, Paris, France

 

Prague Biennale 6, Flow, Prague, Czech Republic, curated by Zuzana Blochová and Patricia Talacko

 

Champs Elysées, at the Nouvelles Vague in Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, curated by Julie Boukobza, Simon Castets, and Nicola Trezzi

 

Art Unlimited, Basel, Switzerland, curated by Gianni Jetzer

 

Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving with a Pict, Veneklassen Werner, Berlin, Germany

 

Corridor Plateau III, DREI, Cologne, Germany curated by Christian Freudenberger & Markus Karstieß

 

KölnSkulptur #7, Siftung Skulpturenpark Cologne, Germany, curated by Friedrich Meschede

2012

Two hands and a Head, SVIT, Praha, Czech Republic

 

A Stone Left Unturned, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France

 

klaer, uglee callamari, Ramiken Crucible, New York, NY

 

Configurations, Metro Tech Center Commons, Public Art Fund, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Andria Hickey

 

Lucie Fontaine: Estate, Marianne Boesky, New York, NY

 

Heat Waves, Peter Blum Chelsea, New York, NY

 

Cave-In, Cueva Arcillas, Puerto Rico, curated by Ramiken Crucible Gallery

2011

Antic Measures, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Berlin, Germany, curated by Chris Sharp

 

Dirt Don't Hurt, Jolie Laide, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Bill Saylor

 

Waiting Ground, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY

 

Tranches de Savoir, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, New York, NY, curated by CLEARING

2010

Everything in Moderation, 106 Green, Brooklyn, NY

 

Knight's Move, The Sculpture Center, New York, NY, curated by Fionn Meade

 

Shape Langage, Nicole Klagsbrun, New York, NY

 

houseWarning, Hopkins Hall Gallery, Columbus, OH

 

Immaterial, Ballroom Marfa, TX, curated by Fairfax Dorn

2009

Jamsession, La Generale, Sèvres, France

2008

Believe Me, KIT, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

UNTER TAG (11min), Gloria Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

On Producabillity, 5533, Istanbul, Turkey

 

Jamsession, Gloria Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

Mousseux et Dames, Lepsien Art Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

46 Beard Street, Brooklyn, NY

2007

Venezia, Alte Post, Neuss, Germany

 

Von Oben Gesehen, KIK, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

BAMBY, Lepsien Art Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany

2006

Wir Waren Mal Freunde Gewesen, Gloria Halle, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

Political Wellness, Kunst im Hafen, Düsseldorf, Germany

 

PUBLICATIONS

2016

Between. New York: Peter Blum Edition

2015

Whatness: Esther Kläs, Johannes Wald. Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Germany. Cologne: snoeck

2014

Not Now. New York: Peter Blum Edition

2013

Palomar. New York: Esther Kläs

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2014

MacAdam, Barbara A., "Esther Kläs," ARTnews, June 2014, pg 94

2013

KölnSkulptur #7, Buchhandlung Walther König: Cologne, Germany. Pg 32-33, 124.

 

“Art Basel Unlimited: Preview 79 Stunning Artworks That Cannot Be Contained (PHOTOS),” Huffpost Arts & Culture, April 17, 2013

2012

Vali, Muratza , " Esther Kläs," Critics’ Pick, ArtForum, September

 

Walsh, Brienne, “Esther Kläs: Better Energy,” ArtReview, September, issue 61

 

Russeth, Andrew, “Tire Tracks, Totems and Tricked-Out Trees: Lara Favaretto and Esther Kläs at MoMA PS1, Oscar Tuazon at Brooklyn Bridge Park,” New York Observer/GalleristNY, September 4

 

Zbengheci, Raul, “First Person: Esther Kläs at MoMA PS1.” Contemporary Performance. Contemporary Performance, 14 Aug. 2012

 

Goodman, Jonathan, "Esther Kläs," Sculpture, May. Vol 31 No. 4 pg 74-75

 

Boucher, Brian, "Esther Kläs," Art in America, March. pg 165

 

Tavecchia, Elena, "Esther Kläs," Mousse Magazine, Dec 2011 - Jan 2012 Issue 33 pg.5/6

 

"Goings On About Town Esther Kläs," The New Yorker, January 2

2011

Plagens, Peter, "Abstracts (Subtle or Semi) and Bold Dimensions," Wall Street Journal,December 10

 

Heinrich, Will, "Esther Kläs at Peter Blum Gallery," New York Observer, December 5

 

Bryant, Eric, "Brooding and Delicate," Modern Painters, November. pg 17

 

Giattino, Gabrielle, "Interview with Esther Kläs and Nancy de Holl" Opossums Persimmons, February 27 - March 27

 

SELECTED GRANTS, AWARDS, & COMMISSIONS

2010

Tony Smith Award

2009

DAAD – German Academy Exchange Service, New York

2007

Lepsien Art Foundation

 

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Kolumba, Cologne, Germany

Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany


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