Albert Oehlen



Albert Oehlen is once again dealing with “hand-made painting”. A form of painting that nonetheless explicitly knows its opposite and, as such, playfully neutralises it. Contemporary, but… Therein lies their ‘contemporaneity’, which today almost sounds like melancholy. Perhaps a little bit of comfort and gentle, complex dreams after all? Hopefully. Thus the works can be “simultaneously abstract and representational” and, in spite of all criticism and cynical harshness, extend beyond the mere present, like the "trees" which also unfold upon them. If “you follow this minimal rule”, there really are trees: “If you say there is something thicker in the middle which gets thinner on the outside, and strokes that move away from it, it is a tree. And if you look at one of the branches, you can see that it has its own ideas. In this way I have fulfilled the representational but can likewise satisfy the ‘task of the abstract artist’ and allow for the most unusual combination of lines to be found.” It is not the digitalised world of goods that “helps [him] with painting” but, on the contrary, it might be that Albert Oehlen, painting precisely with these outlandish lines, offers impressive ‘points of assistance’ in the understanding of the images of our present.

Albert Oehlen was born in 1954 in Krefeld, Germany. He graduated in 1981 from Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg. From 2000 to 2009, he worked as a professor in painting at Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf. He lives in Switzerland. Since 1979 he has had numerous solo exhibitions and his work can be found in many public collections including: Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Carré d’Art, Nîmes. Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland. De Appel, Amsterdam. Deichtorhallen, Hamburg. Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna. Guggenheim Bilbao. ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, London. Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover. Kunsthalle Basel. Kunsthalle Zürich. Kunstmuseum Bonn. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf. Kunstverein Reutlingen. LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havanna. Museum Brandhorst, München. Museum Folkwang, Essen. Museum Ludwig, Köln. Museum Wiesbaden. Neue Galerie Gladbeck. New Museum, New York. Renaissance Society, Chicago. Städel, Frankfurt am Main. Whitechapel Gallery, London.



Albert Oehlen is born in Krefeld

(lives and works in Switzerland)


Studies at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Hamburg


Professorship in Painting at the Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf

Selected Solo Shows


Carroll Dunham. Bäume Trees – Sprengel Museum, Hanover


Bäume | Trees (with Carroll Dunham) – Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

Albert Oehlen – Serpentine Gallery, London


Cows by the Water – Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice

Albert Oehlen I Julian Schnabel – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Albert Oehlen and Peppi Bottrop. Line packers” – Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles


Grau – Nahmad Contemporary, New York

Jahn und Jahn, Munich

Ö̈ – Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana

Elevator Paintings. Trees – Gagosian Gallery, New York


Albert Oehlen. Woods Near Oehle – The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

Recent Works – Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao

Georg Baselitz + Albert Oehlen – Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen

Works on Paper – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Gagosian Gallery, London


Gagosian Gallery, New York

Albert Oehlen. Home and Garden – New Museum, New York (cat.)

An Old Painting in Spirit – Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich


Fabric Paintings – Skarstedt Gallery, New York

Die 5000 Finger von Dr. Ö – Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden (cat.)

Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles (cat.)

Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris (cat.)


Interieurs – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (cat.)

Albert Oehlen. Malerei – mumok - museum moderner kunst, stiftung ludwig wien, Vienna (cat.)

Albert Oehlen. Recent work – Gagosian Gallery, Geneva


Drawings – Gagosian Gallery, Rome (cat.)

New Paintings – Gagosian Gallery, New York (cat.)

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (cat.)


Carré d'Art Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes (cat.)

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (cat.)


Albert Oehlen. Werke aus der Sammlung – Sammlung Grässlin, St. Georgen

Emil Schumacher Museum, Hagen

Alfonso Artiaco, Naples


Papier – Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main

Réalité abstraite – Musée d' Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (cat.)

Computer Paintings – Skarstedt Gallery, New York

Luhring Augustine, New York

Museo di Capodimonte, Naples (cat.)


Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (cat.)

Paintings 1988–2008 – John Berggruen Gallery, New York

Thomas Dane Gallery, London (cat.)


Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main


I Will Always Champion Bad Painting – Whitechapel Gallery, London (cat.)

Painter of Light – Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York (cat.)

I Will Always Champion Good Painting – Arnolfini, Bristol (cat.)

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (cat.)

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle

Darren Almond, Albert Oehlen. Time 2 Kill – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin


I know whom you showed last summer – MOCA - Museum of Modern Art, Miami (cat.)

New Paintings and Collages – Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

Rennkostüm y los U.D.O.s – Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid

Spiegelbilder 1982–1985 – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (cat.)

FRAC Auvergne - Ecuries de Chazerat, Clermont-Ferrand (cat.)

Albert Oehlen. Paintings 1980–1981 – Skarstedt Fine Art, New York Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich


Secession, Vienna (cat.)

Albert Oehlen. Malerei 1980–2004. Selbstportrait mit 50millionenfacher Lichtgeschwindigkeit – Musée Cantonale des Beaux

Arts, Lausanne; Domus Artium 2002; Salamanca, 2004; Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, 2005 (cat.)

Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo

Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

The Good Life – Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York

Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne


Alfonso Artiaco, Naples

Vier Gemälde – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main

Tree-drawings – Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles


Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg, Strasbourg (cat.)

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (cat.)


Pinturas y Dibujos – Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid

Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York

Self Portraits – Skarstedt Fine Art, New York (cat.)

Checkers – Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main (cat.)

Kerlin Gallery, Dublin

Patrick Painter, Inc., Santa Monica

Art & Public, Geneva

Terminale Erfrischung. Computercollagen und Malerei – Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (cat.)


Bernier / Eliades, Athens

Albert Oehlen. Malerei – Kunsthalle Vierseithof, Luckenwalde (cat.)

Hände weg von der Liebe – Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg

Der Ritt der sieben Nutten. Das war mein Jahrhundert (with Markus Oehlen) – Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (cat.)

Das Privileg – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin; Patrick Painter, Santa Monica

Höre auf zu arbeiten, die Erregung nimmt Dir die Kraft – Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne


refuse, light and a joke invented in drunkenness – Luhring Augustine, New York; Galerie Freund / Wind, Vienna

Wings of Chickens – Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York

Wollen sie mitmachen - ohne Handgranaten? – Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main

Bereits Katzen werden auf die Spitze getrieben – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Lord, Pferdeflüsterer, Antichrist – Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid and Sevilla


Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen (with Georg Herold)

Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

AT – Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main

INIT Kunst-Halle, Berlin

Galerie Freund / Wind, Vienna

Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris


Kunsthalle Basel, Basel

Sala Rekalde, Bilbao

Galleri K, Oslo

Albert Oehlen. Malerei – Kunsthalle Vierseithof, Luckenwalde (cat.)

Lass spielen (Vergessene Kinder) – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Baladas Heavy – Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

Achenbach Kunstausstellungen, Düsseldorf


IVAM Centre del Carme, Valencia (cat.)

Obras Recientes – Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid; Luhring Augustine, New York


Oehlen Williams 95 (with Christopher Williams) – Wexner Center for Arts, Columbus (cat.)

Galerie Samia Saouma, Paris

Gemälde – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (cat.)

Abortion of the Cool – Gesellschaft für Gegenwartskunst, Augsburg (cat.)

Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

Bionic Rollo – Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main

Vergessen. Unmut-Runde Kugeln (with Rainald Goetz ) – Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

Drawings from Abortion of the Cool – Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York

Recent Paintings – The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago


Villa Arson, Nice (cat.)

Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid

Galerie Borgmann Capitain, Cologne

Zwei Gemälde – Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Malerei – Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (cat.)


K-Raum Daxer, Munich

Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (cat.)

Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna (cat.)

Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt/Main (cat.)

Galerie Samia Saouma, Paris

Galerie der Stadt Wels, Wels


Bruno Brunnet, Berlin

Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne (cat.)

Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid

Luhring Augustine, New York


Luhring Augustine, New York

Drawings – Luhring Augustine Hetzler, Santa Monica

Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg

Galleri Nordanstad-Skarstedt, Stockholm

Zeichnungen – Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (cat.)


Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna

Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels

Die grüne Tür – Galerie Grässlin - Ehrhardt, Frankfurt/Main

Realidad Abstracta (with Markus Oehlen) – Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo, Santander (cat.)

Vom Heissen Süden nach dem Weiten Osten – Friedrichshof, Zurndorf / Burgenland Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne


Obras Recientes (with Martin Kippenberger) – Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid (cat.)

Galerie Grässlin - Ehrhardt, Frankfurt/Main

Galerie Bleich - Rossi, Graz

Linolschnitte – Forum Stadtpark, Graz (cat.)

Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne (cat.)

Luhring Augustine Hetzler, Santa Monica


Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne

Zeichnungen und Linolschnitte – Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

Estrechiamento De Mente – Edition, Julie Sylvester, New York


Retrospektive – Galerie Susan Wyss, Zurich

Abräumung. Prokrustische Malerei 1982–84 – Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich (cat.)

Der Übel – Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (cat.)

Oelbilder – Galerie Bleich - Rossi, Graz

Teppiche –Galerie Grässlin - Ehrhardt, Frankfurt/Main (cat.)

19 Bilder – Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg (cat.)


Sinnlich. sittliche Wirkung der Farbe – Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne

Das Medium der Fotografie ist berechtigt, Denkanstösse zu geben – CCD Galerie, Düsseldorf; Ileana Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Galerie Six Friedrich, Munich (cat.)

Maximilian Verlag. Sabine Knust, Munich

Zeichnungen – Galerie Borgmann - Capitain, Cologne (cat.)

Das Geld – Galerie Max Hetzler, Cologne (cat.)

Der Geist, der allen Menschen Geld leiht, ist der Liebe – Galerie Klein, Bonn


Farbenlehre – Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg (cat.)

Abstrakte Bilder – Galerie Six Friedrich - Maximilian Verlag / Sabine Knust, Munich


Hebben de Klassieken geleefd? – Galerie Paul Andriesse - Helen van der Meij, Amsterdam

My Mother was a Friend of the Enemy of the People – Galerie Peter Pakesch, Vienna


Die Feinde unserer Feinde sind auch unsere Feinde – Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne

Ewige Feile – Maximilian Verlag - Sabine Knust, Munich (cat.)


Montparnasse, da war das Leben klasse – Galerie Max Hetzler, Stuttgart

Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg


Bevor ihr malt, mach ich das lieber – Galerie Max Hetzler, Stuttgart

Gucken, lecken, kaufen – Galerie Magers, Bonn Forum Kunst, Rottweil