David Zwirner is pleased to present Filmed Film, an exhibition of new work by Berlin-based Michael Riedel. In 2007, the artist was the focus of a one-person exhibition at Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria. His work has been exhibited at prominent venues throughout Europe including the Lyon Biennale, Lyon, France (2007), the Moscow Biennale at the Lenin Museum, Moscow, Russia (2005), and the Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria (2003). In October, he wil have an exhibition at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany. This is Riedel's second solo exhibition at David Zwirner.
In 2000, Riedel began staging simulations in an abandoned building in Frankfurt. With collaborator Dennis Loesch, the artist notably recreated concurrect exhibitions in nearby galleries, gaining him international acclaim. In the book Oskar, which documents these activities from 2000-03, it states: "Based on a false event, the documentation of Michael Riedel and Dennis Loesch's exhibition practice is already questionable. In the exhibition space Oskar-von-Miller Strasse 16, the two have reiterated the languages of public cultural offers, often with no understanding of what is said." Riedel's conceptual simulacra operate on numerous levels: as imitations of existing works of art, facsimilies of architectural structures, and remakes of events and cultural situations. By nature these replicas mark a distance from the world to which they refer.