Berlin, Germany, 1968.

Lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

Matti Braun’s work investigates the unexpected, often little known effects of cross-cultural dynamics, making visible patterns of artistic migrations and cultural misrecognitions. The artist’s exhibitions have often been organized around a specific example of such appropriation, taking for instance an elaborate web of interdisciplinary associations spun around the Indian physicist Vikran Sarabhai that include Mahatma Gandhi, Le Corbusier, the development of the Indian space program, the Ulm School of Design and Lynda Benglis as point of departure for displays that included textile works, objects, photographs and large-scale installations. Matti Braun’s work is characterized by a constant negotiation between concrete references and general allusions, between poetic ephemerality and an uncanny sense of visceral immediacy.

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Education

1989-1996
Städelschule, Frankfurt/Main and HBK, Braunschweig

Solo Exhibitions

2017
Singale Sugat, BQ, Berlín
R.T./S.R./V.S., Rubin Museum of Art, New York

2016
Matti Braun, Kunstverein Heilbronn
Sol Bo, OMR, Mexico

2014
Bo Lak, Esther Schipper, Berlin 2012 Ave Vala, BQ, Berlin
Gost Log, Arnolfini, Bristol 2011 Sola, Galleria s.a.l.e.s, Rome

2010
Salo, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig
Salo, La Galerie, Contemporary Art Center, Noisy-le-Sec Pierre Pierre, Esther Schipper, Berlin

2009
Pierre, L’appartement 22, Rabat
Kola, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz

2008
Özurfa, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Özurfa, Museion, Museum for Contemporary Art, Bolzano Matti Braun, BQ, Köln

2007
Galeria S.A.L.E.S, Rome Lota, Esther Schipper, Berlin

2003
R.T., The Showroom, London
S.R., Kunstverein Freiburg, Freiburg
V.S., Schipper & Krome, Berlin

2002
Bunta Garbo, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Amsterdam (cat.) Rajkot, BQ, Cologne

2000
Ghor, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, St. Gallen Matti Braun. Bali, Edo, Ghor, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Tirol

1999
Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn Edo, Schipper & Krome, Berlin

1998
Sonne, Farben, Gute Laune 3, Galerie Brigitte Weiss, Zurich Bali, Luis Campana, Colognen

1997
Sonne, Farben, Gute Laune 2, Richard Hauff bei Achim Kubinski, Stuttgart

1996
Sonne, Farben, Gute Laune, Luis Campana, Cologne

1995
Jussila, Jörn Bötnagel Projekte, Cologne

1991
Adolf Hitler, Installation und Happenings, Friesenwall 116a, Cologne

Group Exhibitions

2015
Pequod, Esther Schipper and Johnen Galerie at 11 Columbia, 11 Columbia, Monaco

2014
A Transparent Leaf Instead of the Mouth, Esther Schipper at 11 Columbia, 11 Columbia, Monaco
KIASMA HITS, KIASMA, Helsinki
Bilder zwischen den Zeilen, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin Wiederholen, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster

2013
Black Sun – Alchemy, Diaspora And Heterotopia, curated by Shezad Dawood & Tom Trevor, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon

2012
Made in Germany Zwei, Sprengel Museum, Hannover

2011
20 Jahre Ludwig Forum, Ludwig Forum, Aachen Until It Makes Sense, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris 

2010
Mental Archeology, Crédac, Ivry-sur Seine
Mental Archeology, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nürnberg
Zu Gast bei BQ: Matti Braun / Rudolf G. Smend, BQ, Berlin

2009
Zeichen Setzen: Anschein, Präsenz und Auftreten, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn Le travail de rivière, Le Credac, Ivry

2008
Santhal Family. Positions Around Indian Sculpture, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp

2007
HIRAM, Galeria Antonio Ferrara, Reggio Emilia, Italy L ́homme nu, Maison populaire, Montreuil

2006
If it Didnt Exist You’d Have To Invent It: A Partial Showroom History, The Showroom, London
Mental Archeology, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nürnberg

2005
Der Kunst ihre Räume, Ausstellung und Benefizauktion, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, Theaterfestival De Veenfabriek, Leiden

2004
Specific Objects, Galerie Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
Rhinegold: Art from Cologne, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
100 Mona Lisa valent mieux qu’une, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris Tracers, Witte de With, Rotterdam.
Made in Berlin, Artforum, Berlin
Contemporary Visions, Wäinö Aaltosen Museo, Turku

2003
iD internationell utställning för nutidskonst, different venues, Vasa
Mehrfach belichtet, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck

2002
Hinterlands, Galerie Kerstin Engholm, Wien
Come In. Interieur als Medium der zeitgenössischen Kunst in Deutschland, internationale Wanderausstellung des Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa), Stuttgart

2001
Wertwechsel, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne 
Tirana Biennale, Tirana, Albania Ars 01, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Sex Vom Wissen und Wünschen, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden 1995-2001, BQ, Cologne

2000
Waiting… (cur. by Lotta Hammer), Mjellby Konstgård, Halmstad
Dire Aids. Arte nell’epoca dell’Aids, Palazzo della Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Turin Matti Braun, Candida Höfer, Christopher Muller, Beat Streuli, Thomas Struth, Wolfgang Tillmans, Galleria S.A.L.E.S., Rome.
Dinge in der Kunst des XX. Jahrhunderts, Haus der Kunst, Munich
Being Out, Museum City Projects, Fukuoka, Japan

Collections

Bundeskunstsammlung / Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany

The Cranford Collection, London

Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden

Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki

KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz

Kadist Foundation, Paris

Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst

Aachen
MUSEION – Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst

Bozen Montblanc Art Foundation

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna