Presentation

Jana Gunstheimer (born in Zwickau in 1974; lives and works in Germany) draws on the world as a reservoir of undiscovered possibilities, ferreting out what is concealed and mysterious. Reality turns out, in her art, to be a conglomerate of labyrinthine spaces and fantastic stories. Fact and fiction can no longer be clearly separated.
 
Gunstheimer’s works always operate with possible truths, deftly taking up past or contemporary events and spinning them out, with striking logical consistency, into the realm of invention. In so doing, they employ the means of irony and black humor in such subtle doses that the artist’s confabulations, rather than appearing to the naked eye, operate in this play of absurdities as brilliant moments of artistic irritation and amusement.

Biography

Born in 1974, in Zwickau, Germany. Works and lives in Jena, Germany.

 


EDUCATION


1993–1998
- Master’s degree, Social Anthropology and History of Art Studies at Leipzig University, Germany


1997–2003
- Art studies at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle, Athens Academy of Fine Arts, Athens, and Ohio University, Athens, USA

 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2017

- "______/______ (awkward silence)", Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany

- "The Gap", La Galerie Particulière, Paris


2016
- "Kosmos", Galerie Römerapotheke, Zürich, Switzerland
- "Image in Meditation", Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

- "Punished Image", Goethe-Institut, Paris

- Prix du dessin contemporain Fondation Guerlain, Salon du dessin, Palais Brongniart, Paris


2015
- "Mentale Duelle", GEM Musem, The Hague, Netherlands


2014
- "Irrige Vorstellungen kausaler Zusammenhänge", Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany
- "Mental Duels", Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany
- "The Aristocratic Principle", Galerie Zink, Berlin, Germany


2013
- "Mentale Duelle: 1. Teil: Selbstbetrachtung eines Bildes", Galerie Römerapotheke, Zürich, Switzerland


2011
- "Methods of Destruction", Galerie Römerapotheke, Zurich, Switzerland
- "In den Bleikammern", Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany

- "Black Flash", Philara, Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, Düsseldorf, Germany


2010
- "Dass es ernst ist, wissen wir, aber wir glauben es nicht", Galerie Römerapotheke, Zürich, Switzerland
- "Ich bin ein Schwein. Macht mich Heilig", Landesmuseum Innsbruck, Galerie Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria
- "Ressentez-vous les insectes dans la nature comme une gêne ?", FORDE, Genève, Switzerland


2009
- Kunsthaus Erfurt, Germany


2008
- "Heiligsprechung - Letzte Chance", Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany
- "Heiligsprechung", SBK, FILIALE Berlin, Germany


2007
- "Status L. Phenomenon", The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
- Galerie Römerapotheke, Zürich, Switzerland
- "Geheime Gesellschaften" (with Dennis Rudolph), Kunstverein Dortmund, Germany
- "Über F.", Kunstverein Hildesheim, Germany


2006
- "Der Fall Stammsitz", Städtische Museen, Jena, Germany


2005
- Galerie Römerapotheke Zurich, Switzerland (catalog)
- "Stammsitz", Galerie Condrads, Düsseldorf, Germany
- "Künstlerische Forschungen", Galerie Quinque-Wessels, Berlin, Germany


2004
- "Stammsitz", Galerie im Künstlerhaus 188, Halle/Saale, Germany
- "Personen ohne Aufgabe", Kunsthaus Essen, Germany (catalog)


2003
- "reset, Antrittsausstellung Stipendium Junge Kunst", Kunsthaus Essen, Germany
- "NOVA PORTA", Volkspark Halle/Saale, Germany


2002
- "Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung", Schloss Wendgräben, Germany

 


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2018

- Falkenrot Preis 2018, Galerie Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

 

2017

- "In friction with fiction. Wahn und wirklichkeit", Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany
- 10ème Prix du dessin Fondation Guerlain, Centre Pompidou, Paris
- "Vermisst. der turn der blauen pferde von Franz Marc", Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

 

2016

- "Ach, die sind ja heute so unpolitisch", Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, Germany
- "Intrigantes incertitudes", Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Étienne
- "The Haunted House", avec Thomas Rentmeister, Benedikt Hipp, Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Veronika Veit, Rathausgalerie, Munich, Germany


2015
- "Vom Grossen und Ganzen", Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumunster, Germany


2014
- "Wahrheiten, zeitgenössische Kunst im Dialog mit alten Meistern", Bayer Kulturhaus, Leverkusen, Germany
- "Choices, works on paper", Galerie Conrads, Berlin, Germany


2013
- "Drawings, Voilà! A Selection from the Museum Collection", Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
- "Empire Strategies", Kunsthaus Erfurt, Germany
- "TILDE", Klinger Forum, Leipzig, Germany
- "jetzt hier. Gegenwartskunst. Aus dem Kunstfonds", Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresde, Germany
- "Visionen. Atmosphären der Veränderung", Marta Herford, Herford, Germany


2012
- "Disegno", Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany
- "Geschichten zeichnen. Erzählung in der zeitgenössischen Grafik", Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
- "Robert Walser - Dr Spaziergang", Galerie Zink, Berlin, Germany
- "Demonstrationen - Vom Werden Normativer Ordnungen", Kunstverein Frankfurt, Francfort, Germany


2011
- Villa Massimo Rom im Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
- "Dreitausenddreihundertachtundvierzig und eine Nacht", Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
- "Wie Geschichten erzählt werden sollen", Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
- "Rom - sehen und sterben", Kunsthalle Erfurt, Germany


2010
- "The Right to Protest", Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
- "Schritte ins Verborgene", Kunst und das Geheimnisvolle, Kunstmuseum Thurgau Kartause Ittingen, Warth, Austria


2009
- "Future or Ruin", Galerie Charlie Smith, Londres, England
- "Pièces de résistance", Kunstmuseum Thun, Thoune, Switzerland
- "POIK* II", Galerie Jette Rudolf, Berlin, Germany


2008
- "Dorothea von Stetten Kunstpreis", Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
- "Wild signals", Wurtenbergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany


2007
- "Reduce to max", Galerie Römerapotheke, Zurich, Switzerland
- "Compilations III", Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Germany
- "Geheime Gesellschaften", Kunstverein Dortmund, Germany


2006
- "Scary Tales", FILIALE, Berlin, Germany
- "Girlpower/Boyhood", Brandts Kunsthaller, Odense, Denmark
- "Girlpower/Boyhood", Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
- "Cross the Line", Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf, Germany
- "Mitchell", Innes & Nash, New York, USA


2005
- "AQUAREELL", Galerie Römerapotheke, Zurich, Switzerland
- "Preis der Marion-Ermer-Stiftung", Oktogon Dresden, Dresde, Germany (catalog)


2004
- "World Watchers", Galerie Kunst Haus Dresden, Dresde, Germany


2003
- "Kunststudenten stellen aus", Kunsthalle der Bundesrepublik Bonn, Germany
- Marburger Kunstverein, Marburg, Germany


2002
- Grosse Kunstausstellung Halle, Kunsthalle Villa Kobe, Halle-sur-Saale, Germany


2001
- "die länder und die träume", Galerie Kunstlerhaus 188, Halle-sur-Saale, Germany
- Franckesche Stiftungen, Halle-sur-Saale, Germany
- Museum Schloss Bernburg, Bernbourg, Germany


GRANTS AND PRIZES


2010
- Work scholarship of Federal Republic of Germany, Villa Massimo, Rome, Italia
- Walter Dexel grant of the city of Jena, Germany


2009
- Work scholarship CCA andratx, Balearic Islands, Spain


2007
- Project scholarship of the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany


2006
- Studio scholarship NARS, New York, USA


2005
- Marion-Ermer prize, Dresden, Germany


2004
- Work scholarship of the Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn, Germany


2003
- Junge Kunst scholarship, Kunsthaus Essen, Germany
- Bildende Kunst promotion of the Federal Ministry, Germany
- Work scholarship, Villa Vigoni, Loveno, Italia


2002
- Special Prize of the Wilhelm and Lotte-Neufeld Foundation, Germany


2001
- Erasmus grant for Athens Academy of Fine Arts, USA

 


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

- Kunstsammlung der Stadt, Zurich, Switzerland
- Kunstsammlung Freistaat Sachsen, Dresden, Germany
- Stadt Essen fur das Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
- Museum Schloss Bernburg, Bernbourg, Germany
- Konrad–Adenauer–Stiftung, Paris
- Basler Kantonalbank, Basel, Switzerland
- Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Germany
- Sächsische Landesbibliothek, Dresden, Germany

 


PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

 

- Collection Frey, Austria
- Collection Reinhofer, USA
- Collection Jllien, Switzerland
- Collection Ganz-Heim, Switzerland
- Collection Grosman, USA
- Collection Bronzini, USA
- Collection Hort, USA
- Collection Brown/Diefenbach, USA
- Collection Wallace, USA
- Collection Schweber, USA
- Collection Isshiki, Japan
- Collection Friedman, USA
- Collection Hilpman, USA
- Collection Szold, USA
- Collection Felberbaum, USA
- Collection Baeriswyl-Holzach, Switzerland
- Collection Kleinberger, Switzerland
- Collection Sanchez-Cortez Ramirez, Spain
- Collection Oehmen, Germany
- Collection Niemann, Germany
- Collection Vanden Berghe, Belgium
- Collection Brown, Netherlands
- Collection Trigano, USA

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