Galerie Jahn is opening the “Troubling Matter II” exhibition with new work by the internationally renowned artist Michael Sailstorfer on 9 May. The exhibition focuses on glazed ceramic wall sculptures in different formations created in elaborate firing processes. Formal references pick up on African and Oceanic art (Maya) and deal with contemporary themes of architecture, science fiction films and machine parts at the same time. The artist had a new series of masks created especially for this exhibition.
Another part of the exhibition is a group of works made from ceramic sculptures raised on plinths. They represent architectural models, which he calls old people’s homes for astronauts and cosmonauts. They are sculptures that pick up equally on motifs of Brutalism in architecture and the visual language of modern sculpture.
The “Silver Cloud” monumental sculpture is also being shown. It originates from the performance of the same name, which Michael Sailstorfer conducted during the Gallery Weekend 2016 in Berlin.
Michael Sailstorfer, born in Velden in 1979 and raised in the Landshut area, lives and works in Berlin. Since studying at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich and Goldsmiths College in London, he has shown his nationally and internationally highly respected conceptual art to the general public in several solo and group exhibitions. He took part in the Biennale in Sydney and Manifesta 5 in San Sebastian in 2004. Last year, Michael Sailstorfer was awarded the August Macke Prize and was represented in the “Deutschland 8” exhibition (the largest exhibition of German art in China after 1945) in Peking.
The Kunsthal Moen, Askeby, Denmark (2017), Centre PasquArt, Kunsthaus Centre d’art, Biel, Switzerland (2015), Museum Kurhaus Kleve - Ewald Mataré- collection, Kleve, Contemporary Arts Center, CAC, Cincinnati, USA (both 2014), Kunsthalle Recklinghausen (2013), Berlinische Galerie (2012), S.M.A.K. in Gent, Kunsthalle Nürnberg (both 2011), Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf (both 2010) and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2008) are among the venues to have presented the artist’s solo exhibitions.
Works by Michael Sailstorfer can be found in collections at the Centre Pompidou Paris, Sammlung Goetz in Munich, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Munich, Städel Museum Frankfurt am Main, Marta Herford Museum and in many other public collections.
The exhibition runs from 9 May to 15 June, 2018