Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein

 

Astrid Klein (b. 1951) is one of Germany’s most distinguished conceptual artists. Collage constitutes the main formal and artistic principal of her work. Her large-scale wall pieces often combine found images with her own text or quotes from philosophy, theory or science to illuminate suppressed aspects of the collective unconscious and to question conventional power structures and modes of representation. Her oeuvre—comprising photographic work but also neon and mirror sculptures, installations, painting and drawing—oscillates between poetry and criticism, skepticism and longing. The Cologne-based artist has been associated with the gallery since 1996.

Key features of Klein’s artistic and intellectual grammar can be traced to her earliest body of work. Her so-called Schwarze Bilder or Black Paintings (1974–77) on black silk depict faceless female bodies in miniature scenes steeped in mythology and symbolism; their imagery is juxtaposed with handwritten texts and hieroglyph-like signs. The series represents an almost somnambulistic attempt to situate oneself outside of patriarchal and political power structures, or at least take them on.

Klein radicalizes this grammar even further in early collages, including her iconic Les tâches dominicales (Sunday Works) (1980). The groundbreaking series incorporates visual material from photo-novels and stills from French New Wave and Italian neo-realist films. The artist combines these images—mostly photographs of women—with suggestive lines of text in French, English or German: “Tout est dans le regard,” “ich spüre nichts von dem, was er spürt” or “and realizes that any moment, any second her turn is coming.” Klein treats images and text as equally important visual elements. In doing so, she not only strips the photographic source material of its narrative logic; she also injects it with moments of ambivalence and subtle disturbance, engages sensually with media culture and sheds light on political and socio-critical issues.

While a number of Klein’s early collages find her using typewriter-labelled adhesive tape to connect individual image elements, the artist’s large-scale photographic works are created in a complex darkroom process that involves enlarging the found material in several steps, layering and adding drawing elements. The resulting “collage” is condensed in a single, large-scale photographic print. Series including CUT I–X (1986–96) or Frauenbilder (Images of Women, 2002–05) show, almost by virtue of their medium, how all power and representation structures—and the historical and social ideologies they entail—are nothing more than cultural constructs, there to be taken apart and reassembled. Informed by psychoanalysis, feminism and linguistics, Klein has applied her deconstructive approach to other media as well. The Weiße Bilder or White Paintings (1988–1993), rendered in white-on-white, make the invisible visible. Her Fliegenfänger sculptures (Flycatchers, 1981–91) incorporate mechanical and electrical fly traps while Spiegelarbeiten (Mirror Works, ongoing since 1991) find the artist taking up a 9mm revolver and spraying mirrors with bullet holes, shattering the viewer’s perception. Klein’s Neonskulpturen (Neon Sculptures, ongoing since 1991) are complex structures of neon tubes imprinted with enigmatic texts. While their lines are reminiscent of drawings, they also transpose the principle of collage into space.

Whatever medium Astrid Klein uses, the ultimate focus of her work is always the viewer. Her oeuvre never stops at simply undermining power structures and representation mechanisms or rendering them visible; it aims to dismantle them and to destabilize conventional pictorial. Poignant and impactful, her works often trigger a surprising moment of reflection in the viewer—and a possible interrogation of their own social constructs and ways of being in the world.

 

 

Astrid Klein: Transcendental homeless centralnervous
Falckenberg Collection, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, March 24–September 2, 2018
© Matthias Schönebäumer/Deichtorhallen Hamburg 2018

 

Works
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996

Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996
Transparent film
257 × 367.1 cm
101 1/8 × 144 1/2 inches

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (je ne parle pas, ...), 1979

Astrid Klein
Untitled (je ne parle pas, …), 1979
Photograph based on a Collage
166.5 × 126 cm
65 1/2 × 49 5/8 inches

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (What has happened to me?), 1992

Astrid Klein
Untitled (What has happened to me?), 1992
Scanachrome on canvas
190 × 150 cm
74 7/8 × 59 inches

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993
Mirrors, dimensions variable
each: 165 x 124 x 2 cm
each: 65 x 48 7/8 x 7/8 inches

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (LEPOSSIBLE), 1980

Astrid Klein
Untitled (LEPOSSIBLE), 1980
Photography based on collage
196 × 140 cm
77 1/8 × 55 1/8 inches

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Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1979

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1979
Photowork, zinc white on canvas
141.4 × 103 cm
55 1/2 × 40 5/8 inches

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (prendre les hommes à d'autres pièges), 1988-93

Astrid Klein
Untitled (prendre les hommes à d'autres pièges), 1988-93
Acrylic, gypsum alabaster, mirror film, zinc white on canvas
165 × 160 cm
65 × 63 inches

Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (failure), 1987

Astrid Klein
Untitled (failure), 1987
Photowork (8 parts)
320 × 910 cm
126 × 358 1/4 inches

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Flag II, 1988-93

Astrid Klein
Flag II, 1988-93
Oil on canvas
210 × 293 cm
82 3/4 × 115 3/8 inches

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (Moral ist ein Loch im Kopf), 1991

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Moral ist ein Loch im Kopf), 1991
Scanachrome
160 × 161 cm
63 × 63 3/8 inches

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (Spieler), 1979

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Spieler), 1979
Collage
163 × 127 cm
64 1/8 × 50 inches

Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (Die giftigen Fliegen …), 1988-93

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Die giftigen Fliegen …), 1988-93
Acrylic, gypsum alabaster, photo, zinc white on canvas
156 × 220 cm
61 3/8 × 86 5/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (j'ai enfermé hermétiquement un homme dans la pièce), 1980

Astrid Klein
Untitled (j'ai enfermé hermétiquement un homme dans la pièce), 1980
Inscribed tape, photo on cardboard
117 × 88 cm
46 × 34 5/8 inches

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein
Untitled (memory overflow), 1998/2012

Astrid Klein
Untitled (memory overflow), 1998/2012
Neon sculpture: neon writing, cable, light bulb
183 × 240 × 23 cm
72 × 94 1/2 × 9 inches

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Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996
Transparent film
257 × 367.1 cm
101 1/8 × 144 1/2 inches

Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996 (detail)

Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996 (detail)

Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996
CUTs, installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, 2019

Astrid Klein
CUT II, 1986/1996
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (je ne parle pas, …), 1979
Photograph based on a Collage
166.5 × 126 cm
65 1/2 × 49 5/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (je ne parle pas, ...), 1979
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (je ne parle pas, …), 1979 (framed)

Astrid Klein
Untitled (je ne parle pas, ...), 1979
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (je ne parle pas, …), 1979
Eau de Cologne, installation view, Sprüth Magers, Hong Kong, 2019

Eau de Cologne
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, HK, March 27–April 12, 2019
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (What has happened to me?), 1992
Scanachrome on canvas
190 × 150 cm
74 7/8 × 59 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (What has happened to me?), 1992
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (What has happened to me?), 1992 (installation view)

Astrid Klein
Untitled (What has happened to me?), 1992
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993
Mirrors, dimensions variable
each: 165 x 124 x 2 cm
each: 65 x 48 7/8 x 7/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993
transcendental homeless centralnervous, installation view, Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Falckenberg Collection, 2018

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993/2011
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993
mirror
165 x 124 x 2 cm
65 x 48 7/8 x 7/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993/2011
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993 (detail)

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1993/2011
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (LEPOSSIBLE), 1980
Photography based on collage
196 × 140 cm
77 1/8 × 55 1/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (LEPOSSIBLE), 1980
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (LEPOSSIBLE), 1980 (framed)

Astrid Klein
Untitled (LEPOSSIBLE), 1980
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (LEPOSSIBLE), 1980
Broken Heart, installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, 2010

Astrid Klein
Broken Heart, Arbeiten von 1980–1995
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 3–October 23, 2010
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1979
Photowork, zinc white on canvas
141.4 × 103 cm
55 1/2 × 40 5/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled, 1979
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
transcendental homeless centralnervous
Installation view, Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, 2018

Astrid Klein
transcendental homeless centralnervous
Installation view, Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, March 24–September 2, 2018
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (prendre les hommes à d'autres pièges), 1988-93
Acrylic, gypsum alabaster, mirror film, zinc white on canvas
165 × 160 cm
65 × 63 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (prendre les hommes à d'autres pièges), 1988-93
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (failure), 1987
Photowork (8 parts)
320 × 910 cm
126 × 358 1/4 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (failure), 1987
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (failure), 1987
transcendental homeless centralnervous, installation view, Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Falckenberg Collection, 2018

Astrid Klein
transcendental homeless centralnervous
Installation view, Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, March 24–September 2, 2018
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (failure), 1987
KLEIN/OLSON, installation view, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2017

Astrid Klein
KLEIN/OLSON
Installation view, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, April 22–June 18, 2017
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Flag II, 1988-93
Oil on canvas
210 × 293 cm
82 3/4 × 115 3/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Flag II, 1988-93
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Flag II, 1988-93
transcendental homeless centralnervous, installation view, Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Falckenberg Collection, 2018

Astrid Klein
transcendental homeless centralnervous
Installation view, Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, March 24–September 2, 2018
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Moral ist ein Loch im Kopf), 1991
Scanachrome
160 × 161 cm
63 × 63 3/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Moral ist ein Loch im Kopf), 1991
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Moral ist ein Loch im Kopf), 1991 (installation view)

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Moral ist ein Loch im Kopf), 1991
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Spieler), 1979
Collage
163 × 127 cm
64 1/8 × 50 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Spieler), 1979
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Die giftigen Fliegen …), 1988-93
Acrylic, gypsum alabaster, photo, zinc white on canvas
156 × 220 cm
61 3/8 × 86 5/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (Die giftigen Fliegen …), 1988-93
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (j'ai enfermé hermétiquement un homme dans la pièce), 1980
Inscribed tape, photo on cardboard
117 × 88 cm
46 × 34 5/8 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (j'ai enfermé hermétiquement un homme dans la pièce), 1980
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (j'ai enfermé hermétiquement un homme dans la pièce), 1980
transcendental homeless centralnervous, installation view, Deichtorhallen Hamburg – Falckenberg Collection, 2018

Astrid Klein
transcendental homeless centralnervous
Installation view, Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, March 24–September 2, 2018
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (j'ai enfermé hermétiquement un homme dans la pièce), 1980
KLEIN/OLSON, installation view, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2017

Astrid Klein
KLEIN/OLSON
Installation view, The Renaissance Society, Chicago, April 22–June 18, 2017
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (memory overflow), 1998/2012
Neon sculpture: neon writing, cable, light bulb
183 × 240 × 23 cm
72 × 94 1/2 × 9 inches

Astrid Klein
Untitled (memory overflow), 1998/2012
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Untitled (memory overflow), 1998/2012 (detail)

Astrid Klein
Untitled (memory overflow), 1999/2012
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Current and Upcoming
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein, Zwischenbereich, 1986

Von Becher bis Blume
Group Exhibition
Photographien aus der Sammlung Garnatz und der Photographischen Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur im Dialog
SK Stiftung Kultur/ Die Photographische Sammlung, Cologne
Through August 8, 2021

The exhibition focuses on photographs from the collection of Ute and Eberhard Garnatz in dialogue with works from the Photographic Collection/SK Stiftung Kultur. On display will be over 150 exhibits, some of them extensive serial works by 22 artists who have significantly shaped recent German photography through innovative contributions and continue to have a major influence on the artistic medium.

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Pictures and Promises
Group Exhibition
Vancouver Art Gallery
Through August 22, 2021

Drawn from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s rich photographic holdings, Pictures and Promises focuses on lens-based works that employ the structures, conventions and formal qualities used in mass media, fashion and advertising. The works then deploy these strategies to play on collective understandings of the world around us and to investigate the iconography of consumerism. Given advertising’s shift from denotative to connotative meaning, both artistic and commercial production have created chains of signification to imply meaning that surpasses the work or object itself.
Featured artists include Vikky Alexander, Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, Gu Xiong, Richard Hamilton, Astrid Klein, Barbara Kruger, Ken Lum, Yasumasa Morimura, Andy Warhol and O Zhang.

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Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein, Spiralsturz, 1984
Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein, Normale Wahnvorstellung, 1983

Jetzt oder nie – 50 Jahre Sammlung LBBW
Group Exhibition
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
November 13, 2021–February 20, 2022

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the LBBW Collection and the long-standing cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, outstanding works from the LBBW Collection will be presented in a major special exhibition. For the first time, the entire spectrum of the LBBW Collection will be on display, from classical modern art to contemporary positions.

Works by Nevin Aladağ, Georg Baselitz, Willi Baumeister, Otto Dix, Anselm Kiefer, Astrid Klein, Josephine Meckseper, A. R. Penck, Elizabeth Peyton, Neo Rauch, Martha Rosler, Thomas Ruff, Cindy Sherman, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel and Anna Witt, among others, will be on display.

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Exhibitions at Sprüth Magers
Astrid Klein

Eau de Cologne
Rosemarie Trockel, Cindy Sherman, Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Astrid Klein, Marlene Dumas, Kara Walker, Cady Noland
March 27–April 12, 2019
Hong Kong

Eau de Cologne began as a series of exhibitions and three publications, organized by Monika Sprüth between 1985 and 1989, which sought to create a new dialogue around contemporary art. The exhibitions introduced a select group of young women artists, each of whom individually represented powerful attitudes and practices.

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Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
La Société du Spectacle
January 25–February 23, 2013
Berlin

The artist’s second solo show at the Berlin gallery will showcase work produced in the 1980’s, alongside a new series of collages. The title of the exhibition is taken from a work of philosophy and Marxist critical theory by French philosopher and artist Guy Debord. Published in 1967, the text focuses on ideas surrounding the degradation of human life, mass media and commodity fetishism, and comparisons between the role of religion and mass media marketing. Debord's critical view on social functions, values and structures of behavior are frequently repeated themes in Astrid Klein's work.

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Astrid Klein
Broken Heart
September 3–October 23, 2010
Berlin

The painter and sculptor Astrid Klein has been working at integrating text into her paintings for over three decades. In 1972, before she had even started her degree in Cologne (1973-77), she began to write several texts which she later printed onto hand-made paper. The topics of her own texts, as well as her later use of other textual sources, bear witness to her thoughts on literary, aesthetic, philosophical and scientific writings. In a fragmented and concealed way these various sources are incorporated into her Schriftbilder (text paintings) which make up the large majority of the exhibited works in Berlin.

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Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Les tâches dominicales
April 1–May 3, 2008
London

Born in 1951 and trained as a painter and sculptor, Klein is a manipulator of the photographic medium. Her photographs, paintings and installations contaminate, deconstruct and revive the relationship between the photographic image and text and can be interpreted as a metaphor for the estranged personal self and its representation in society. Like the work of Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman, Klein’s art is an expression of the burgeoning media culture of Western society in the 1970s.

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Shadow and Light
Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, Matthew Barney, George Condo, Walter Dahn, Olafur Eliasson, Martin Fengel, Peter Fischli  David Weiss, Dan Flavin, Sylvie Fleury, Gilbert & George, Dan Graham, Thomas Grünfeld, Andreas Gursky, Stefan Hirsig, Jenny Holzer, Axel Kasseböhmer, Stefan Kern, Karen Kilimnik, Astrid Klein, Louise Lawler, Anne Loch, Paul Morrison, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Bruce Nauman, Manuel Ocampo, Nam June Paik, Hirsch Perlman, Lari Pittman, Barbara Probst, Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman, Frances Scholz, Andreas Schulze, Cindy Sherman, Paul Sietsema, Rosemarie Trockel, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Christopher Wool, Martin Wöhrl, Philip-Lorca diCorcia
July 26–August 31, 2003
Salzburg

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers will open a temporary space in Salzburg together with their London partner Simon Lee for the duration of the Salzburg Festival. One of the main reasons for this was the fact that the galleries are traditionally closed in August and that exhibition operations are shut down, but at the same time cultural life is at its peak in Salzburg, not far from our Munich location. It makes sense to contribute something to the cultural climate with a precisely formulated group exhibition and at the same time to reach a sophisticated international audience.

Astrid Klein
Astrid Klein

20th Anniversary Show
John Baldessari, Alighiero Boetti, George Condo, Walter Dahn, Thomas Demand, Thea Djordjadze, Peter Fischli  David Weiss, Sylvie Fleury, Andreas Gursky, Jenny Holzer, Gary Hume, Axel Kasseböhmer, Karen Kilimnik, Astrid Klein, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Nina Pohl, Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Frances Scholz, Andreas Schulze, Cindy Sherman, Rosemarie Trockel, Andrea Zittel, Philip-Lorca diCorcia
April 25–October 18, 2003
Cologne

In 1983, Monika Sprüth opened her Cologne based gallery with a solo show by Andreas Schulze. Starting from the idea to establish a forum for young and unknown artists, the central focus of the gallery concept was developed in the discourse of the 80s. The gallery program was completed by recourses to artistic attitudes of the last 40 years. This research, motivated by reflection on contemporary art history, was more and more realized in cooperation with Philomene Magers who directed her Bonn gallery since 1992. After a few years of loose cooperation, Monika Sprüth Gallery and Philomene Magers Gallery aligned with each other after, and together the Monika Sprüth / Philomene Magers Gallery opened up in Munich in 1999.

Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
Wie kommt die Zeit ins Hirn
September 4–October 31, 1998
Cologne

Astrid Klein
Neue Fotoarbeiten
December 9–January 18, 1984
Bonn

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Press

Das Erscheinen eines jeden in der Menge
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Online, article by Renate Meinhof, January 28, 2021

Dass vollkommene Liebe die Angst austreibe
Kunstforum International, article by Jolanda Drexler, October 2020, July 31, 2020

Pistolenschuss durchs Spiegelbild
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Online, review by Victor Sattler, July 31, 2020

Astrid Klein in der Galerie Sprüth Magers: Keimzellen einer künstlerischen Revolte
Der Tagesspiegel, article by Dorothea Zwirner, March 7, 2019

Critic’s Picks: Astrid Klein
Artforum International, article by Pujan Karambeigi, February 21, 2019

Wohin führt die Revolution?
Welt am Sonntag, review by Swantje Karich, February 3, 2019

Astrid Klein: Die Leitwölfin
Zeit Online, article by Tim Ackermann, June 11, 2018

Astrid-Klein-Retrospektive: Die Herrin der Fliegen
Süddeutsche Zeitung, article by Till Briegleb, April 18, 2018

Astrid Klein & B. Ingrid Olson // Profile of the artists
The Seen, interview by Alfredo Cramerotti, Spring 2017

Biography

Astrid Klein (*1951, Cologne) lives and works in Cologne. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Käthe Kollwitz Prize endowed by the Academy of the Arts, Berlin (1997) and the KUNSTKÖLN-PREIS (now known as the Cologne Fine Art & Antiques Art Prize) in 2001. Her work has been the subject of many institutional solo exhibitions, including the work presentation at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2020), at the Falckenberg Collection/ Deichtorhallen, Hamburg Harburg (2018); The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2017); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2005); Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (2003); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2002); Neues Museum, Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design, Nuremberg (2001); Kunsthalle Bielefeld (1989), travelling exhibition by the Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover; ICA, London; Vienna Secession and Forum Stadtpark, Graz (1989), and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul (1981). She has also participated in important group exhibitions, including those at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2021); Vancouver Art Gallery (2021); Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf (2016); Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2015); Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe (2013); Weserburg Bremen (2011); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2005). The artist also took part in the 14th Sharjah Biennial (2019), documenta 8 (1987) and the 42nd Venice Biennale (1986).

Education
1973–77 Fachhochschule für Kunst und Design, Cologne
Teaching
1993–2017 Professor, Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst, Leipzig
1986 Visiting Professor, Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
Awards, Grants and Fellowships
2001 Kunstpreis des Bundesverbandes der deutschen Kunstverleger
2000 Helmut-Kraft-Preis
1997 Käthe-Kollwitz-Preis, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
1992 Stipendium für Zeitgenössische Deutsche Fotografie. Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung
1991 B.D.I. Preis für gestaltete Räume (ARS VIVA)
1987 Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff-Stipendium
1986 Förderpreis Glockengasse, Cologne
1985 Annemarie-und-Will-Grohmann-Stipendium
1984 Förderpreis der Stadt Köln, Cologne
1983 Förderpreis NRW
1982 Arbeitsstipendium Kunstfonds e.V. Bonn
1980 Stipendium des Deutsch-Französischen Jugendwerks
Public Projects
2010–13 Neon installation, Neues Quartier am Fischmarkt, Muenster
1994 Leviathan, neon installation, Jakob-Kaiser-Haus, parliament building, Berlin
1991 Kalldewey - Farce, stage design, Botho Strauss, Theater Darmstadt
1986 Endzeitgefühle II (1982), Billboard, Subway Central Station, Hamburg
Public Collections
Bundeskunstsammlung - Sammlung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Fundación "la Caixa", Madrid
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf
Kunstsammlungen - Museen der Stadt Nürnberg, Nuremberg
Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg
Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig
Museum Folkwang, Essen
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Museum Ostwall, Dortmund
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Sammlung Falckenberg/ Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
Sammlung Viehof, Mönchengladbach
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden
Tate, London
The Schaufler Foundation, Schauwerk Sindelfingen
Victoria and Albert Museum, London