Markus Schaller

Born in 1967 in Germany, Markus Schaller lives and works in Berlin.


Schaller's work embodies the intrinsic nature of humanity by merging the mind with its physical grounds. While studying at the Berlin University of the Arts under Professor Rebecca Horn, new media were all the rage; but Schaller opted for a different path when he favored steel, an ancestral if not archaic medium. The act of forging is an intensively physical and arduous process which unites two primordial elements: fire and iron. The elementary shapes that compose Schaller's steel figures also go back to this primitive roots of mankind, while their elongated silhouettes is what lifts them above the animal stage.  Each piece is infused with its own distinctive character, hence becoming immediately recognizable as Schaller's work.  In addition to this, they are all stamped with letters in unexpected locations. These linguistic clues can be either read individually like a reminiscence of ancient inscribed tablets or combined to create poems. Beyond the artist's passion for literature and prose, they underlie man's ability of thought and speech or, as suggested by Wieland Schmied, are attempts to make us aware of the legibility of the world.


More recently, Schaller's interest for the origins of matter have lead him to investigate the scientific theme of Quasicrystals. The Aluminium-Manganese alloys produced the unusual diffractograms which today are seen as revelatory of quasicrystal structures. This intricate molecular pattern, similar to the Arabic Meshrebiya, continues to fascinate Schaller for, as he says, it "refers to human history and nature in many different ways". They can be seen anywhere if one pays attention: tiles, fabric, flowers, etc. Translating these in his own creative language, Schaller uses a 300t hydraulic press to emboss elegant patterns on aluminum sheets.

 


Since 1993, he has exhibited in private galleries, museums and sculpture gardens worldwide. His monumental sculptures have been major attractions during the 2000 and 2004 Vancouver Sculpture Biennales and he regularly participates in the Venice Biennale in Italy.

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Markus Schaller Né / Born : Hof/ Saale, Germany 1967
Vit et travaille / Live and works : Berlin, Germany


PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES / SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010

Gallery Jones, Vancouver (Canada)
2009

Georg Kolbe Museum Berlin (Germany)
Kunstverein Hof, Hof/Saale (Germany)
2008

Guardini Galerie, Berlin (Germany)
2002 -2004

Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Los Angeles (United-States)
BuschlenMowatt Galleries, Palm Desert (United-States)
1999

Galerie Mitterrand, Paris (France)
1996

Galerie Lucio Amelio, Basel Art Fair (Switzerland)
Galerie Alberto Weber, Turin, (Italy)
1995

Galerie Lucio Amelio, Naples (Italy)
Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin (Germany)
1993

Galerie Mulack 23, Berlin (Germany)
Galerie Lucio Amelio, Basel Art Fair (Switzerland)
1992

Galerie Mulack 23, Berlin (Germany)
1991

Galerie Mulack 23, Berlin (Germany)
Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek, Frankfurt (Germany)


PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES / SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
ART FAIRS / FOIRES
2011

Arte Istanbul, Istanbul (Turkey)
Nomads, Pan Museum (Nepal)
2010

Transitstation, Kopenhage (Denmark)
2009

Royal Palace, Caserta (Italy)
Galleria Pio Monti, Rome (Italy)
Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin (Germany)
Gallery Jones, Vancouver (Canada)
Galerie Sakamoto Contemporary, Berlin (Germany)
L?arte Fatta a Pezzi, Bologna (Italy)
Manifesta7, Trentino (Italy)
Galerie Frebel, Sylt (Germany)
2007

Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Vancouver (Canada)
Transitstation, Edinburgh (United-Kingdom)
JGM. Galerie, Paris (France)
2005

German Arts Projects, Chattanooga (Canada)
Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Vancouver (Canada)
2004

BuschlenMowatt Galleries, Palm Desert (United-States)
JGM. Galerie, Paris (France)
2003

BuschlenMowatt Galleries, Palm Desert (United-States)
JGM. Galerie, Paris (France)
?Fragile Beauty?, Stiftung Starke, Berlin (Germany)
BuschlenMowatt, Vancouver (Canada)
2002

Galerie Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand, Paris (France)
Art of Century, Paris-New York (United-States)
Museo Castell Nuovo, Naples (Italy)
2001

Marco Polo Glass Gallery, Venice (Italy)
Platoon in the Mirror, De Crescenzo & Viesti, Rome (Italy)
BuschlenMowatt Galleries, Vancouver (Canada)
JGM. Galerie, Paris (France)
2000

Buschlen Mowatt Galleries, Vancouver (Canada)
International Sculpture Project, Vancouver (Canada)
1999

Il Luogo Degli Angeli, San Angelo (Italy)
Cord D?Angeli, Lucca (Italy)
JGM. Galerie, Paris (France)
1998

La Macchina Dei Sogni, Caserta (Italy)
JGM. Galerie, Paris (France)
Galerie Jan Wagner, Berlin (Germany)
1997

Europarte, XLVII Biennale di Venezia, Venice (Italy)
1996

Galerie Im Marstall, Berlin (Germany)
1995

Galleria In Arco, Torino (Italy)
Galerie Brockstedt, Berlin (Germany)
Janeiro del Arte Parnaiba, Parnaiba (Brazil)
Galerie Mulack 23, Berlin (Germany)
Basel Art Fair with Galerie Lucio Amelio (Switzerland)
1994

Basel Art Fair with Galerie Lucio Amelio (Switzerland)
1993

Galerie Mulack 23, Berlin (Germany)
Janeiro del Arte Parnaiba, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
1992

Galerie Mulack 23, Berlin (Germany)
1991

Galerie Mulack 23, Berlin (Germany)
1990

Mulack 23, Berlin (Germany)
1988

Kunstverein Berlin-Charlottenburg, Berlin (Germany)


COLLECTIONS
Sculpturen in Public Space
Flint Arts Museum, Michigan
Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA
Nizza, Nice, France
Hof/ Saale, German
Istanbul, Turkey

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