Christian Falsnaes

Born in Copenhagen / lives and works in Berlin

Education:

2005 - 2011    Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna

Selected solo exhibitions:

2018
Force, Kunstmuseen Krefeld - Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, DE
Video Artist, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, DE
Self, PSM, Berlin, DE
ICON, Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK
The Title is Your Name, ДINAMIKA, Moscow, RU
2017
Rise, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, DE
Stage, U-Turn, arteBA, Buenos Aires, AR
2016
Front, Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku, AZ
Thousand Faces, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, DK
First, 1646, The Hague, NL
2015    
Many
, Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires, AR
Available, Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE
Front (Kareth Schaffer), KIOSK, Ghent, BE
The title is your name, Bielefelder Kunstverein, DE
2014    
Performance Works
, PSM, Berlin, DE
Justified Beliefs, Art Basel Statements, Basel, CH
2013    
Opening
, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, DE
One, DREI, Cologne, DE
2011    
ELIXIR, PSM, Berlin, DE
2010    
There and Back
, Skånes Konstförening, Malmö, Sweden, SE
2008    
Rational Animal
, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna, AT

Selected group exhibitions, screenings and performances:

2019
Stance & Fall - A Wavering World, Marta Herford, Herford, DE
The Stage is Yours, Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FI
Protests, Proclamations and Celebrations, UCONN Contemporary Art Galleries, Connecticut, US
Body in Progress, Österreichisches Kulturforum, Berlin, DE
Whiteout, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf, DE
OpenART Biennale, Örebro, SE
2018
Prospectif Cinéma, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
Resistance, Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels, BE
I follow you to the sun, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, AT
Perfuch, UVeStudios, Buenos Aires, AR
Fall, The Royal Theater, Copenhagen, DK
Fake it Till You Make it, MeetFactory, Praque, CZ
Dislexia, El Gran Vidrio, Córdoba, AR
Doing Things with Words, Kunstverein Braunschweig, DE
2017
Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, UKR
Future Generation Art Prize, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT
Bienal de Performance BP.17, Buenos Aires, AR
Cool, Calm and collected, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, DK
Portfolio Berlin 03, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, DE
Conditions of Political Choreography,  n.b.k. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, DE
Sæt pris på kunsten, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK
Instructions for happiness, 21'er Haus - Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna, AT
Duet with artist, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE
Dejima - concepts of in- and exclusion, GAK, Bremen, DE
Fun and Fury, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, CH
News at last, Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen, DK
2016    
Conditions of Political Choreography, 
CCA, Tel Aviv, ISR
20 Years, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, CH
The gestural, 21'er Haus - Museum of Contemporary Art, Vienna, AT
Head to Head, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, UK
Today's Art Festival, The Hague, NL
Take Up Your Space, KAI10 / Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, DE
Manifesta 11, Zurich, CH
Im Raum mit, BNKR, Munich, DE
Stellung nehmen, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, DE
2015    
Preis der Nationalgalerie 2015, Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, DE
Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT
Expanding the field of play, Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
The city is the star, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, DE
Reset I - Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne, DE
History is a warm gun, n.b.k. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, DE
Life in a Castle. Works from the Collection, Musée départemental d'art contemporain, Rochechouart, FR
Per4m, Artissima, Torino, IT
European Media Art Festival, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, DE
Destination Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, AT
More Konzeption conception now, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, DE
The Lulennial - a slight gestuary, Lulu, Mexico City, MEX
30 + 30 retro/ perspektiv, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, DE
2014    
Reykjavik Dance Festival
, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, ISL
Public, Art Basel Miami Beach, US
Performance proletarians, MAGASIN - Centre National d’art Contemporain, Grenoble, FR
Vertigo of reality, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, DE
Vor Ort, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, DE
Is it Y(ours)?, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich, CH
Now and again – Performance for video, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DK
2013    
Ihre Geschichte(n),
 Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, DE
Gelatin - Stop - Anna Ly Sing - Stop, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, DE
Grundfrage (Question Fondamentale), Crac Alsace, Altkirch, FR
Regionalismus, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, AT
Enten/Eller, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen, DK
Entweder/oder, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, DE
2012    
Immer Bunter – Aktuelle Malerei aus Österreich
, Galerie im Taxis Palais, Innsbruck, AT
Realness Respect, Kunstverein Medienturn, Graz, AT
Catch a glimpse of me, W139, Amsterdam, NL
Regionale12, Festival for contemporary art, Austria, AT
2011    
REGRESS-PROGRESS
, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, PL
ACTS, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, DK
Performance as lecture, Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna, AT
Sequences Real time Art Festival, Reykjavik, ISL
2010    
Speak & Spell
 - curated by Spike Art Quarterly, COCO, Vienna, AT
2008    
International Prize for Performance
, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, IT

Awards and grants:

2017  
Future Generation Art Prize (shortlist) 
Working grant, Danish Arts Foundation
2016
ISCP residency, New York
2015  
Preis der Nationalgalerie (shortlist)   
Prix K-Way Per4m
2012  
BmuKK Startstipendium für Bildende Kunst, Austria  
2008  
H13 Prize for Performance   
International Prize for Performance (shortlist) 

 

About

"Unsuspecting exhibition visitors become part of Christian Falsnaes’ performances. In his work, he deals with the notions of ritual and group mentality, including himself and the role of the artist. What happens when people – especially those who are used to the rituals and dynamics of highly codified social fields such as the art world – have to give up control? Falsnaes employs directives to underscore the significance of individual will, turning the reactions of his audiences into material for their own self-reflection.”

- Arielle Bier, 2016