Christian Falsnaes

Born in Copenhagen / lives and works in Berlin

Education:

2005 - 2011    Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
2001 - 2003    Philosophy studies, University of Copenhagen

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 Staatstipendium für Bildende Kunst, Austria  
2008  
H13 Prize for Performance   
International Prize for Performance (shortlist) 

Selected solo exhibitions:

2017
Rise, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Force, U-Turn, arteBA, Buenos Aires
Video Artist. Kunstverein Neuhausen, Neuhausen
2016
Front, Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku
Thousand Faces, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen
First, 1646, The Hague
2015    
Many
, Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires
Available, Kunstverein Braunschweig
Front (Kareth Schaffer), KIOSK, Ghent
The title is your name, Bielefelder Kunstverein
2014    
Performance Works
, PSM, Berlin
Justified Beliefs, Art Basel Statements, Switzerland
2013    
Opening
, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin
One, DREI, Cologne
2011    
ELIXIR, PSM, Berlin
2010    
There and Back
, Skånes Konstförening, Malmö, Sweden
2008    
Rational Animal
, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna

Selected group exhibitions:

2017
Bienal de Performance BP.17, Buenos Aires
Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev
Cool, Calm and collected, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus
Portfolio Berlin 03, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock
Conditions of Political Choreography,  n.b.k. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Sæt pris på kunsten, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde
Instructions for happiness, 21'er Haus, Vienna
Duet with artist, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
Dejima - concepts of in- and exclusion, GAK, Bremen
Fun and Fury, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich
2016    
Conditions of Political Choreography, 
CCA, Tel Aviv
20 Years, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
The gestural, 21'er Haus, Vienna
Head to Head, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
Today's Art Festival, The Hague
Take Up Your Space, KAI10 / Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf
Manifesta 11, Zurich
Im Raum mit, BNKR, Munich
Stellung nehmen, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
2015    
Preis der Nationalgalerie 2015Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Political Populism, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Expanding the field of play, Centre Pompidou, Paris
The city is the star, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe
Reset I - Galerie Priska Pasquer, Cologne
History is a warm gun, n.b.k. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Life in a Castle. Works from the Collection, Musée départemental d'art contemporain de Rochechouart
Per4m, Artissima, Torino
European Media Art Festival, Kunsthalle Osnabrück
Destination Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
More Konzeption conception now, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
The Lulennial - a slight gestuary, Lulu, Mexico City
30 + 30 retro/ perspektiv, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg
2014    
Reykjavik Dance Festival
, Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik
Public, Art Basel Miami Beach
Performance proletarians, MAGASIN - Centre National d’art Contemporain de Grenoble
Vertigo of reality, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Vor Ort, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld
Is it Y(ours)?, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich
Now and again – Performance for video, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen
2013    
Ihre Geschichte(n),
 Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn
Gelatin - Stop - Anna Ly Sing - Stop, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin
Grundfrage (Question Fondamentale), Crac Alsace, Altkirch
Regionalismus, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
Enten/Eller, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centre, Copenhagen
Entweder/oder, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
2012    
Immer Bunter – Aktuelle Malerei aus Österreich
, Galerie im Taxis Palais, Innsbruck
Realness Respect, Kunstverein Medienturn, Graz
Catch a glimpse of me, W139, Amsterdam
Regionale12, Festival for contemporary art, Austria
2011    
REGRESS-PROGRESS
, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
ACTS, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark
Performance as lecture, Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna
Sequences Real time Art Festival, Reykjavik
2010    
Speak & Spell
 - curated by Spike Art Quarterly, COCO, Vienna
2008    
International Prize for Performance
, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy

 

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