*1946 Lübeck – lives in Berlin

Jakob Mattner, who studied at the State University of Fine Arts Berlin (1967 – 1972) and was supported by grants and awards in Italy and France (Villa Serpentara in Olevano, DAAD in Rome, Villa Romana in Florence, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris), has been creating graphic, painterly and sculptural work in the transitions between light and dark.

The iconicity of Malevich or the light dynamics of Moholoy-Nagy, the post-revolutionary constructivism, the Chiaroscuro from Caravaggio to the simple means of Arte Povera have influenced him. In his art Jakob Mattner has created a singular freedom of a continued avant-garde.
Pontus Hultén wrote about his work that it was shaped by the mystery of perspective, researched and enhanced by the means of light. In “Blick zur Sonne” he cooperated with astrophysicists from the Einstein Tower in Potsdam and displayed the overlapping of art and research in several exhibitions. He has been creating light stages as echo spaces for readings for the Berlin International Literature Festival since 2001.
Jakob Mattner’s work has been exhibited in museums, biennials and galleries in Europe, Russia, the USA and South America. The artist lives in Berlin.

‘One Minute, One Question’


Solo exhibtions (selection)

2018 Centre of Contemporary Art, Toruń/Poland | 2016 Kunstraum Kesselhaus, Bamberg | Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin | 2015 Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz | 2014 Galerie Haas AG, Zurich | 2013 Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin / Berliner Festspiele (stage since 2001) | 2012 Villa Wessel, Iserlohn | 2011 Museum Weserburg / Landesvertretung Bremen in Berlin | Galerie 401contemporary / Artissima Turin | Galeria Alejandro Sales, Barcelona | 2010 401contemporary, London | 2009 Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg | 2007 Bistum Bamberg, Szcecin | 2006/07 Museum der Moderne Salzburg | 2006 Museum Weserburg, Bremen | 2005 Museum Wiesbaden | 2004 Percussion, Luckenwalde | 2001 Akademie der Künste, Berlin | Moritzburg Halle | 1998 Galerie Farideh Cadot, New York | 1996 Hebbeltheater, Berlin | 1989 Galerie Pervaja, Moscow | 1988 Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover | Galerie Farideh Cadot, Paris | 1987 Nationalgalerie Grundkreditbank, Berlin | 1985 Galerie Carpenter & Hochmann, New York | 1983 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin | 1980 DAAD-Galerie, Berlin | Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster | 1977 Stanza Notturna, Palazzo Pitti, Firenze

Grants and awards

2012/13 Villa Concordia, Bamberg / Stipendium Bayerisches Staatsministerium | 2012 project grant der Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn | 2004/06 project grant Bundeskulturstiftung and BMBF | 1994 art award from the Heitland-Foundation, Celle | 1981 artist grant from the Kunstfonds Bonn | 1977 Villa Romana Preis, Firenze | 1974/75 grant from the Federal Ministery of the Interior | Cité des Arts, Paris | 1973/74 DAAD grant for Rome | 1972 Grant from the Akademie der Künste Berlin | Villa Serpentara, Olevano


Exhibitions with Jakob Mattner