Since the late 1990s, Michael Riedel has advanced his own model of a self-sustaining artistic production, continuously using reproductions as a means to “reintroduce the system of art into the art system.” His practice has incorporated a wide range of media and included large-scale works on canvas, fabric works, film and video, audio recordings, installations, and events. A central focus is the production and design of books, catalogues, brochures, posters, and invitation cards; these works often accompany and document his exhibitions.
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 three solo exhibitions at the gallery: Neo (2005), Filmed Film (2008), and The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog (2011). PowerPoint marked his fourth solo show at David Zwirner, New York, which was on view from February 16 – March 23, 2013. A forthcoming monograph on the artist’s work will be published by David Zwirner and Steidl in Spring 2013.
Over the past decade, Riedel has shown in both 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 the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. Other recent solo exhibitions include the Kunstverein Hamburg (2010); Städel Museum, Frankfurt (2009); and the Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2007). He has participated in a number of international group shows, including 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).
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