Michael Riedel  b. 1972


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 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 was on view April 5 to May 31, 2014. 


In 2013, Riedel was invited by the Palais de Tokyo in Paris to create a series of three site-specific installations in the museum's event space. His first presentation in the space was shown July 2013 to April 2014. Titled Jacques comité [Giacometti], the artist covered the walls and floor with 4073 "o's" extracted from the transcript of a recording made during the deinstallation of a Giacometti exhibition at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. Recently on view was Riedel's second installation, Dual air [Dürer], which repurposed materials from a recent Albrecht Dürer show at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt (April 2014 – January 2015). Currently on view through May 2015 is the final installation of the series, EFFJ KNOOS [JEFF KOONS]. The artist reuses and reactivates a piece of display furniture originally intended for selling exhibition merchandise, such as posters, tote bags, and catalogues, from the 2012 Jeff Koons show at Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung in Frankfurt.


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 Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Other venues which have hosted recent solo exhibitions include the Kunstverein Hamburg (2010); Städel Museum, Frankfurt (2009 and 2008); and the Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2007). The artist has participated in a number of international group shows, including 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).


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