Since the late 1990s, Michael Riedel has advanced a self-sustaining artistic production whereby new work is generated from existing material in seemingly endless loops and permutations. While his practice—which incorporates painting, text, audio, video, photography, publishing, architecture, and performance—may at first glance seem to share a conceptual affinity with Pop and appropriation art, it represents a departure from the issues of mechanical reproduction and simulacra that preoccupied these earlier generations. More specifically, it engages with the aesthetic possibilities derived from the basic principles of recording, labeling, and playback, and uses the idea of the transfer as new content in its own right.
The artist was born in 1972 and currently lives and works in Frankfurt, where he received a Meisterschüler at the Städelschule in 2000. The same year, he launched the experimental artist space Oskar-von-Miller Strasse 16 in Frankfurt. Using the building’s address as the name for the space, Riedel restaged cultural events—book readings, film screenings, art exhibitions, and music concerts—held at other locations throughout the city, effectively duplicating them in space and time. In 2004, communal dinners were introduced at the venue, which following a temporary relocation to Berlin now exists in its third iteration at a new address in Frankfurt. The communal dinners continue under the name Freitagsküche.
Since joining David Zwirner in 2004, Riedel has had four solo exhibitions at the gallery in New York: Neo(2005), Filmed Film (2008), The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog (2011), and PowerPoint (2013). His first solo presentation at the gallery’s space in London, Laws of Form, was on view in 2014. In 2016, Michael Riedel marked the artist’s sixth solo exhibition with David Zwirner.
In 2017, a major museum solo exhibition of Riedel’s work will be presented at the Kunsthalle Zürich. The Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt will host a survey of the artist’s work in May 2018.
Over the past decade, Riedel has participated widely in solo and group exhibitions at prominent venues throughout the United States and Europe. In 2012, his work was the subject of a major survey, Kunste zur Text, at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. From 2013 through 2015, Riedel presented three site-specific installations at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, where he used speech recognition to create text from audio recordings of the deinstallments of major museum shows: Jacques comité [Giacometti] (2013), Dual air [Dürer] (2014), and EFFJ KNOOS [JEFF KOONS] (2015). In 2014, an installation of his Poster Paintings, an ongoing body of work, was presented by the Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst (MAK) in Vienna, and in 2015, Le Box – Fonds M-ARCO in Marseille also hosted a solo exhibition of the Poster Paintings.
Other venues which have hosted recent solo exhibitions include The Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2015); Kunstverein Hamburg (2010); Städel Museum, Frankfurt (2009 and 2008); and the Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2007). Group shows include those organized by the Sprengel Museum Hannover (2012); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2011); Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM), Turin (2010); Tate Modern, London (2009); Kunsthalle Bern (2008 and 2006); Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art, France (2007); Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2005); and the Secession, Vienna (2003).