Coming soon:

Zacheta, Warszawa, Poland, Curator: Anda Rottenberg (Solo) (Cat)

28.11.2014 -

Current exhibitions:

Liebeslaube, Volksbühne Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Curators: Thomas Martin, Henning Nass (Solo)

15.09.2014 - 23.11.2014
Liebeslaube, Haus u r, Rheydt, Gregor Schneider
Rheydt 1995, room within a room, construction made of blockboard and wood, 1 window, 1 lamp, 1 tub, 1 radiator, 1 cupboard, grey wooden floor, white plastered walls and ceiling (416x285x315cm (LxWxH)), Haus u r, Rheydt, Germany 1995-96
© Gregor Schneider / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

More info:

Kunstmuseum, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Bochum, Germany, Curator: Heiner Goebbels (Solo)

29.08.2014 - 12.10.2014
Kunstmuseum Bochum
© Gregor Schneider / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Gregor Schneider will realise his new work KUNSTMUSEUM for the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum.

Opening on 29th August 2014 at the Kunstmuseum Bochum.

Gelsenkirchen/Bochum, 22nd July 2014 – Gregor Schneider will realise a new work for the Ruhrtriennale at the Kunstmuseum Bochum. Under the title KUNSTMUSEUM he will investigate the location and function of the art museum. Following the cancellation of his planned site specific sculpture totlast for the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg by the Lord Mayor of the city of Duisburg, realising this work in Bochum is a considerable achievement. The exhibition will open on 29th August, two weeks after the beginning of the festival, but will remain open after the festival in October.

I am looking forward to closing the main entrance of the museum. Taking us through a new entrance – „a waste pipe“ – into hidden spaces inside the museum, into a remote world within the museum which is not normally accessible.
(Gregor Schneider in an e-mail to Heiner Goebbels in July 2014)

For KUNSTMUSEUM Gregor Schneider inserts an new construction into the museum in Bochum, thus entirely altering the building’s form, function and appearance. For the duration of the installation KUNSTMUSEUM visitors will enter the museum through a new entrance. Through this “back door”, spaces including existing function rooms will become accessible to visitors which they are not usually allowed to enter. The sequence of spaces creates a literally inverted architectonic course through a museum in a museum.

Heiner Goebbels, Artistic Director of the Ruhrtriennale: We are delighted that despite the circumstances Gregor Schneider has been able to develop a large new work for the Ruhrtriennale in KUNSTMUSEUM. That we are able to open the exhibition in such a short time is thanks above all to our partners. In addition to Gregor Schneider I would like to pass on heartfelt thanks to Museum Director Hans Günter Golinski and everyone else of the city of Bochum who has made this possible.

Gregor Schneider is interested in the effects of socially relevant spaces and in what they communicate beyond the visible. His spaces are reconstructions of existing rooms, in which the observer barely has a chance to view the work in its entirety: walls are built in front of walls, rooms inside rooms, objects are invisibly walled in, or parts of the room move imperceptibly. Things which are hermetically sealed, buried or hidden play a central role in his works.

No other artist has focussed in such a decisive way upon space and the manifold levels on which it can be perceived. Whether in Totes Haus u r (Venice 2001), Die Familie Schneider (London 2004) or most recently Hauptstraße 85 a (Stommeln, 2014), Schneider‘s works are characterized by a distorted vision of normality. They are imaginative spaces, which function like catalysts and confront visitors in an existential manner with themselves.

Gregor Schneider (born 5th April 1969 in Rheydt, now Mönchengladbach-Rheydt) is a visual artist. His main work, the Haus u r / Totes Haus u r 1985 – heute, is regarded as one of the most significant contemporary installations, for which he was awarded the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Biennale.

What to do with tickets for Duisburg
There will be no Ruhrtriennale events at the Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg in 2014. The discussion with the artist on 14th September has also been moved to Kunstmuseum Bochum. Tickets which have already been purchased for the Lehmbruck Museum remain valid for the installation in Bochum. Alternatively, they can be returned immediately: patrons can be refunded for tickets they have already purchased by filling in a form available on the Ruhrtriennale website.

Tickets for KUNSTMUSEUM are now available online at and from all the Ruhrtriennale’s other advance sales outlets. Patrons who have purchased tickets in advance have priority entry.

Save the Date for Journalists/Media:
The press conference for KUNSTMUSEUM will provisionally be held on 28th August at 12.00 hours at the Kunstmuseum Bochum. The artist will be in attendance. An invitation will follow.

Press contact:
Hendrik von Boxberg,, +49 (0)209. 60507 137 / 210 ,

The Ruhrtriennale receives support from the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and by the European Union – European Regional Development Fund. Proprietors: State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Regional Association Ruhr.

More info:
More info:

Candy Colored Clown, Herrmann Germann Contemporary, Zürich, Switzerland

28.08.2014 - 04.10.2014

German Angst, Yokohama Triennale 2014, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan, Curators: Morimura Yasumasa, Sumi Hayashi (Cat)

01.08.2014 - 03.11.2014

German Angst, Gregor Schneider, Yokohama German Angst, Gregor Schneider, Yokohama

German Angst, Gregor Schneider, Yokohama German Angst, Gregor Schneider, Yokohama

Yokohama 2014, masoned room within a room with concrete floor and mud tank, plasterboard on ceiling, 1 door, 2 lamps, 2 ventilation grids, 1 locker, mud, stone, cement, gypsum, paint, varnish, fat, silicone, sperm, coffee (1.122x587x224cm (LxWxH) S. 19cm), Yokohama Triennale 2014, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan 01.08.2014 - 03.11.2014
© Gregor Schneider / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

More info:

Hauptstrasse 85a, Synagoge Stommeln, Pulheim, Germany, Curator: Angelika Schallenberg (Solo) (Cat)

03.07.2014 -
Hauptstrasse 85a
Stommeln 2014, wall construction in front of walls, chipboards on a wooden construction, 1 door, 4 windows, 1 garage door, 1 lamp, 1 letter box, 1 house number, 1 bell button, yellow and white stucco on the walls, anthracite pedestal (910x710x770cm (LxTxH) S. 14,5cm), Synagoge Stommeln, Pulheim, Germany 03.07.2014 -
© Gregor Schneider / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

The synagogue in Stommeln, today a part of the City of Pulheim, is one of the few synagogues in Germany that were neither damaged during the pogroms of 1938 nor razed during the urban renewal surge that started in the 1970s. The “Synagoge Stommeln” project was founded in 1990 in order to do justice to the synagogue's significance, and to generate public awareness of this historic site. Each year, the Culture Department of the City of Pulheim asks one artist of acclaim to develop an artwork that interacts with this place – including its architecture, its history.

In July 2014, the exhibition series will continue with its next oeuvre, “Hauptstrasse 85 a” by Gregor Schneider. Schneider will be the first artist to involve the entire building in an architectonic approach. His intervention makes the original synagogue vanish, and thus inquires into the presence and absence of the religious sphere. Moreover, he assigns a proprietary address to this “lost place” which did not use to have a postal address.

Opening of the exhibition:
Thursday, 03 July, at 19:00 CEST
Welcome note: Frank Keppeler, Mayor
Opening remarks: Dr. Ingrid Stoppa-Sehlbach, Head of the Department of Museums, Art, and Film at the Ministry of Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia
Keynote: Ulrich Loock
Gregor Schneider will be in attendance

“Hauptstrasse 85 a” is sponsored by the Ministry of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Stommeln Synagogue. A Project by the City of Pulheim.
Stommeln Synagogue
New Address:
Hauptstrasse 85 a, D-50259 Pulheim
Opening hours through 26 October
Fridays 15:00 - 18:00 CEST, Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 - 18:00 CEST
Thereafter upon arrangement

Gregor Schneider, totlast, Ruhrtriennale im Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany, Curator: Heiner Goebbels (Solo)

totlast, Gregor Schneider, Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg
Screenshot, 22nd July 2014

What would happen if we found a new way of entering the museum, what if it disappeared behind it? Artist Gregor Schneider builds spaces that become accessible sculptures, now inviting the public to view his new work Totlast in Duisburg. In a first for Lehmbruck Musuem, with its outstanding collection of international modern art and a focus on sculpture, completely built rooms are shown that alter the building in terms of form, function, and appearance. Suddenly a museum can become a house to dwell in, or we find ourselves in a secret high-security prison. Gregor Schneider stages a path towards disorientation:

“I am looking forward to digging up the museum and the park. To leading us in the museum into a ‘remote underworld’. Very close to the forgotten graves deep in the earth, we are suddenly cast back into the world. We will lie in one another’s arms, what a great park, how lovely life is.” (Gregor Schneider to Heiner Goebbels).

Totlast (or dead weight) is a technical term, that refers to the weight of objects or devices that themselves bear or transport weight. Gregor Schneider uses this title to refer to a huge structure that Albert Speer 1941 had cast in concrete in order to see how deep his monumental constructions would sink into the sandy ground of the German capital. The impenetrable monolith can still be found in Berlin-Tempelhof today.

Schneider is interested in the effect of such socially relevant locations, what they communicate beyond the visible. His spaces are reconstructions of existing spaces in which the beholder has the possibility to recognize the work in its totality: walls are placed before walls, rooms in rooms, objects are invisibly walled in, or parts of the space move unnoticeably.

No other artist has explored space with its various levels of perception in such a decisive way. Whether in Totes Haus u r (Venice, 2001) or Die Familie Schneider (London, 2004), Schneider’s works are shaped by a distorbing vision of normality. They are spaces of imagination that operate like triggers and confront the visitors in an existential way with themselves.

Was wäre, wenn wir einen neuen Zugang in das Museum fänden, was, wenn es dahinter verschwände? Der Künstler Gregor Schneider baut Raume, die zu begehbaren Skulpturen werden, und lädt mit seiner neuen Arbeit Totlast nach Duisburg ein. Damit werden zum ersten Mal im Lehmbruck Museum – mit seiner herausragenden Sammlung internationaler moderner Kunst und dem Schwerpunkt Skulptur – vollständig gebaute Raume gezeigt, die das Gebäude in Form, Funktion und Aussehen verändern. Plötzlich kann ein Museum ein bewohnbares Haus sein, oder man findet sich in einem geheimen Hochsicherheitstrakt wieder. Gregor Schneider inszeniert eine Führung in die Orientierungslosigkeit:

»Ich freue mich, das Museum samt Park umzugraben. Uns im Museum in eine ›abseitige Unterwelt‹ zu führen. Ganz nah den vergessenen Gräbern tief in der Erde werden wir plötzlich wieder auf die Welt geworfen. Wir werden uns in den Armen liegen, wieder tief Luft holen. Was für ein toller Park. Wie schön ist unser Leben.« (Gregor Schneider an Heiner Goebbels)

›Totlast‹ ist ein technischer Begriff, der das Eigengewicht von Gegenständen oder Geräten bezeichnet, die Lasten aufnehmen oder transportieren. Gregor Schneider bezieht sich mit seinem Titel auf einen riesigen Baukörper, den Albert Speer aus Beton gießen lies, um zu prüfen, wie tief seine Monumentalbauten im märkischen Sand absacken würden. Noch heute findet man diesen undurchdringlichen Monolith in Berlin-Tempelhof.

Schneider interessiert die Wirkung solcher gesellschaftlich relevanten Orte – das, was sie über das Sichtbare hinaus transportieren. Seine Räume sind Nachbauten vorhandener Räume, bei denen der Betrachter kaum die Möglichkeit hat, das Werk in seiner Gesamtheit zu erkennen: Wände sind vor Wände gebaut, Räume in Räume, Objekte sind nicht sichtbar eingemauert, oder Teile des Raumes bewegen sich unmerklich. Das hermetisch Geschlossene, das Unterirdische, das Verborgene spielen in seinen Arbeiten eine zentrale Rolle.

Kein anderer Künstler hat den Raum mit seinen vielfältigen Wahrnehmungsebenen auf solch entschiedene Weise thematisiert. Ob in Totes Haus u r (Venedig 2001) oder Die Familie Schneider (London 2004), Schneiders Arbeiten sind geprägt von einer verstörenden Vision von Normalität. Sie sind Vorstellungsräume, die wie Auslöser funktionieren und den Besucher auf existenzielle Weise mit sich selbst konfrontieren.

Gregor Schneider (geboren am 5. April 1969 in Rheydt, jetzt Münchengladbach-Rheydt) ist bildender Künstler. Sein Hauptwerk, das Haus u r / Totes Haus u r 1985 – heute zahlt zu den wichtigsten Raumkunstwerken der Gegenwart, für das er 2001 mit dem Goldenen Löwen der Venedig-Biennale ausgezeichnet worden ist.


Press Release Ruhrtriennale (englisch)
Press Release Ruhrtriennale (deutsch)
Press Release Mayor Duisburg
Press Release DPA / Schneider
"Debatte über Sören Links Entscheidung", WDR, 10th July 2014
"Lehmbruck-Freunde fordern Überprüfung der Absage von Duisburgs OB", WAZ, 10th July 2014
"Duisburg stoppt Kunstwerk. Ist das Zensur?", Deutschlandradio Kultur, 8th July 2014
"Gregor Schneider Installation Banned", artnet news, 8th July 2014
"Gregor Schneider's labyrinthine work pulled from Ruhr triennial", The Art Newspaper, 7th July 2014
"Auf ein Wort Rückruf mit guten Gründen", Westfälische Rundschau, 10th July 2014
"Loveparade: Die offene Wunde", Westdeutsche Zeitung, 23rd July 2014
"Duisburg: Pro-Kunst-Demo im Rathaus-Foyer gestoppt", xtranews, 28th July 2014
"Der Duisburger Bürger ist noch NICHT REIF",, 28th July 2014
"Kultur-Aktivisten stürmen das Duisburger Rathaus", Rheinische Post, 29th July 2014
"Leihgeber fordert Kunstwerke zurück", Rheinische Post, 6th August 2014
"Gregor Schneider entfacht Kunstdebatte in NRW", Die Welt, 6th August 2014

photo by Wonge Bergmann / Heiner Goebbels / Ruhrtriennale