Artists

Maria Loboda

Maria Loboda, born in 1979 in Krakow, Poland, composes installations and sculptures with which the artist investigates cultural codes, represented by pictorial signs and the grammar of various materials and objects. Throughout her work, Loboda engages with the historical narratives attributed to certain objects and juxtaposes them with contemporary interpretations and modern references in order to address the transformation of meaning of objects and images, tracing their paths from conveyance to encounter. Her research stems from the fields of poetry and history and leads to a formal equation of language and materiality, whose interactions she examines and uses in order to question what they express beyond their common readings. Loboda thus, through the deconstruction and reorganization of common forms and symbols, has become a unique voice in what is described as contemporary archaeology. As a kind of re-enacting of semiotics, Loboda’s works are subversive as well as critical towards power structures.

Maria Loboda studied at the renowned Städelschule in Frankfurt a.M., where between 2003 and 2008 she was a student of Mark Leckey. She preceded her training as an artist at the Steinhardt School of Culture, New York, from 2007 to 2008. From 2015 to 2016, she taught as a guest lecturer at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste, Zurich. In 2012, she received the Edward Steichen Award, comprised of a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City. In the same year she also participated in the International Residency at Les Recollets in Paris. She received a scholarship of the Hessian Cultural Foundation for London in 2009-2010 as well as a scholarship of the Cultural Foundation of Dresdner Bank in 2010. Loboda’s wide-ranging exhibition activities encompass the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), Taipei Biennial (2014), and documenta 13 (2012). Important solo exhibitions include Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a.M. (2018/19), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2019), Kunsthalle Basel (2017), Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne (2017), The Power Plant, Toronto (2016), and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012). Furthermore, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Contemporary Art Center, Singapore (2018), MADRE, Naples (2018), Modern Art Oxford (2016), Sprengel Museum Hannover (2015), Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2015), Ludlow 38, New York (2012), MMK – Museum für Moderne Kunst (2010). Loboda lives and works in Berlin.

SELECTED  SOLO  EXHIBITIONS

2019
Hearing Otherworldly Music, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
Woman observing the Alpha Persei Cluster, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin Germany
Construir un negocio que nunca verá su fin, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Sitting Here Bored Like a Leopard, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

2018
Idyl in an electronics factory, SCHIRN Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2017
I am Radiant, I am Radiant, I am Radiant in my Defeat, CAC Vilnius, Lithuania
Havoc in the Heavenly Kingdom, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
La Fête, La Musique, La Noce, Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France

2016
Mmmmhhmmmmm, Centro de Arte Caja, Burgos, Spain
Some weep, some blow flutes, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
Domestic Affairs and Death, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain

2015
Movements that Mattered, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland
The pursuit of illusions and the dissipation of energy on false choices. Under rare and extreme circumstances, may indicate the revelation of transcendental spiritual truth, CAPRI, Düsseldorf, Germany
Night Conquers Day, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Tatra Museum, Zakopane, Poland

2014
The Plutonian House, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
A Rapid Approach or more likely Departure, Schleicher/Lange, Berlin, Germany
Dead Guardian, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany

2013
Chalcedony into Onyx, South London Gallery, London, England
Las Fieras, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Frieze Projects, Randalls Island, New York, USA
General Electric, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA

2012
The Tempest, Ludlow 38, New York, USA
The Messenger (Be aware of the one who appears not to be moving), Schleicher/Lange, Paris, France

2011
Peril, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain
Dynamite Winter Palace, Schleicher/Lange, Paris, France

2010
In the Autumn the Electricity withdraws into the Earth again and rests, Krome Gallery, Berlin, Germany
New thoughts, Old Forms, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany

2009
Conversational Style, Schleicher/Lange, Paris, France

2006
Moderne Ehe, Ritter & Staiff, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

 

SELECTED  GROUP  EXHIBITIONS

2019
May You Live in Interesting Times, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Yorkshire Sculpture International, Henry Moore Foundation, England

2018
Oh, that I had a thousand tongues, Tinos Quarry Platform, Tinos, Greece
Free Jazz II, Contemporary Art Center, Singapore
Beyond the River, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
Infinity has its limits, Salts Basel, Switzerland
The Future Is Certain; It’s the Past Which Is Unpredictable, Blaffer Art Museum, Texas, USA and MADRE, Naples, Italy
A sedução de uma vírgula bem colocada, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Elvas, Portugal
Oh that I had a thousand tongues, Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Tinos, Greece
Enchanted Bodies / Fetish for Freedom, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy

2017
Days are Dogs – Carte Blanche à Camille Henrot, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Giles Round. They bow. Curtain. No applause., Spike Island, Bristol, England
Si Sedes Non Is, The Breeder, Athens, Greece

2016
Completely Something Else, Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus
Back to Mulholland Drive, La Panacée, Montpellier, France
The Winter of our Discontent, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria
The Vanished Reality, Modern Art Oxford, England
In One’s Own Time, San Giuseppe delle Scalze, Naples, Italy
I Go Where I Don’t Belong, Vulcano Extravaganza, Stromboli, Italy
The Tarantallegra, HESTER, New York, USA
A Change of Heart, Hannah Hofmann Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Buffalo Head: A Democratic Storytelling Experience, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Contemporary Art from Poland, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The portent of light, MeetFactory, Prague, Czechia
Folly, Dunmore Pineapple Airth, Falkirk, Scotland

2015
Dans la Bataille Pense a Moi, Institue d’ art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
ArtLine 30 Projects for the Contemporary Park, Milano, Italy
Moving Image Department, Chapter III, curated by Adam Budak and Jen Kratochvil, National Gallery, Prague, Czechia
Stranger than Paradise, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany
Zehn Räume, Drei Loggien und Ein Saal, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
Words Aren’t the Thing, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
Psychic Lighthouse, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
Trouble in Paradise, Kunsthalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany
Parliament of things, Firstsite, Colchester, England
The Grantchester Pottery Paints the Stage, Jerwood Space, London, England
DZ Hosts The Violet Crab: Nights of Cabaret, DRAF – David Roberts Art Foundation, London, England
132,54 m2, Schleicher/Lange, Berlin, Germany

2014
Tatra Conference, Zakopane, Poland
Lives of Performers, Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson, Marne-la-Vallée, France
Pier 54, High Line, New York, USA
Taipei Biennial 2014, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
Leaving to come back, Cuenca’s Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador
Breaking News from the Ether, La Pancée, Centre de culture contemporaine, Montpellier, France
A Bridge between Luxembourg and New York, Edward Steichen Award 2004 – 2014, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Abracadabra | Disappear like this word, Galeria Aleksander Bruno, Warsaw, Poland

2013
Because the world is round, it turns me on, Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany
The things we know, Henningsen Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Girls can tell, GAK-Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany
AB, Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy
Champs Elysées, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Entre lo fugitivo y lo infinito, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain
There’s no place like home, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
I Know You, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Revolution from Within, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Italy
Ground. Materiality nº2 (earth), Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø, Denmark
Archeology of Memory, Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø, Denmark
Republic of letters, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., USA

2012
Castle in the Air, Zamek Poznan, Poznan, Poland
Art by Telephone… recalled, ESBA TALM site d’Angers, EBABX Bordeaux, CAPC, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, Barnard College, Columbia Universitiy, San Francisco Art Institute, USA
Estate, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
Le fond de l’aire effraie, Grand Tour Biennale de Belleville, Atelier Camille Henrot, Paris, France
A Guide to Insults and Misanthropy, Ludlow 38, New York, USA
Soundworks, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
dOCUMENTA (13), Karlsaue, Kassel, Germany
Coded Transmission, Schleicher/Lange, Berlin, Germany
The Exact Weight of Lightness, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
Objekty i Dezintegracje, Galeria Miejska, Gdansk, Poland
(entre)ouverture, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Objects and Disintegrations, Galeria Miejska, Gdansk, Poland
Into the Woods, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France

2011
Èchos, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France
Livret III, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Abstraction and Storytelling, Marz Galerie, Lisbon, Portugal
Constitution of the Damned, Landings Project Space, Vestfossen, Norway
Based in Berlin 2011, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Lake of Fire, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
Fragmentations: Trajectories contre Nature, Domaine Départamental de la Garenne Lemot, Gétigné-Clisson, France
Récits anamorphiques, Frac Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France
Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes & des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Galerie Meessen Declercq, Brussels, Belgium
Somiglianze non sensibili, Galerie Opdahl, Berlin, Germany
All that is unseen, Allan/Nederpelt Gallery, New York, USA
Livret I, Schleicher/Lange, Paris, France

2010
New Frankfurt Internationals: Stories and Stages, MMK – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany
Abschüssige Heiterkeit, Galerie Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The Plurality of One, Galerie Monitor, Rome, Italy
Space Adventure, Villa Lentza, Szczecin, Poland
Es Werde Dunkel!, Kunstmuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

 

  • The Evolution of Kings, 2017
    digital print on Hahnemühle fine art cotton paper

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  • The Ngombo (1), 2016
    digital print on Hahnemühle fine art cotton paper

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  • The Ngombo (6), 2016
    digital print on Hahnemühle fine art cotton paper

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  • Business Man, 2019
    engraved brass plate

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  • Methodical Man, 2019
    engraved brass plate

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CAPTION

The Evolution of Kings, 2017
digital print on Hahnemühle fine art cotton paper
100 x 150 cm | 39 1/3 x 59 in

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The Ngombo (1), 2016
digital print on Hahnemühle fine art cotton paper
75 x 60 cm | 29 1/2 x 23 2/3 in

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The Ngombo (6), 2016
digital print on Hahnemühle fine art cotton paper
75 x 60 cm | 29 1/2 x 23 2/3 in

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Business Man, 2019
engraved brass plate
40 x 60 cm | 15 3/4 x 23 2/3 in

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Methodical Man, 2019
engraved brass plate
40 x 60 cm | 15 3/4 x 23 2/3 in

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Biography and Concept

Maria Loboda, born in 1979 in Krakow, Poland, composes installations and sculptures with which the artist investigates cultural codes, represented by pictorial signs and the grammar of various materials and objects. Throughout her work, Loboda engages with the historical narratives attributed to certain objects and juxtaposes them with contemporary interpretations and modern references in order to address the transformation of meaning of objects and images, tracing their paths from conveyance to encounter. Her research stems from the fields of poetry and history and leads to a formal equation of language and materiality, whose interactions she examines and uses in order to question what they express beyond their common readings. Loboda thus, through the deconstruction and reorganization of common forms and symbols, has become a unique voice in what is described as contemporary archaeology. As a kind of re-enacting of semiotics, Loboda’s works are subversive as well as critical towards power structures.

Maria Loboda studied at the renowned Städelschule in Frankfurt a.M., where between 2003 and 2008 she was a student of Mark Leckey. She preceded her training as an artist at the Steinhardt School of Culture, New York, from 2007 to 2008. From 2015 to 2016, she taught as a guest lecturer at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste, Zurich. In 2012, she received the Edward Steichen Award, comprised of a six-month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City. In the same year she also participated in the International Residency at Les Recollets in Paris. She received a scholarship of the Hessian Cultural Foundation for London in 2009-2010 as well as a scholarship of the Cultural Foundation of Dresdner Bank in 2010. Loboda’s wide-ranging exhibition activities encompass the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), Taipei Biennial (2014), and documenta 13 (2012). Important solo exhibitions include Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a.M. (2018/19), Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2019), Kunsthalle Basel (2017), Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne (2017), The Power Plant, Toronto (2016), and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012). Furthermore, she has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including Contemporary Art Center, Singapore (2018), MADRE, Naples (2018), Modern Art Oxford (2016), Sprengel Museum Hannover (2015), Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2015), Ludlow 38, New York (2012), MMK – Museum für Moderne Kunst (2010). Loboda lives and works in Berlin.

Exhibitions

SELECTED  SOLO  EXHIBITIONS

2019
Hearing Otherworldly Music, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
Woman observing the Alpha Persei Cluster, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin Germany
Construir un negocio que nunca verá su fin, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
Sitting Here Bored Like a Leopard, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland

2018
Idyl in an electronics factory, SCHIRN Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2017
I am Radiant, I am Radiant, I am Radiant in my Defeat, CAC Vilnius, Lithuania
Havoc in the Heavenly Kingdom, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
La Fête, La Musique, La Noce, Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France

2016
Mmmmhhmmmmm, Centro de Arte Caja, Burgos, Spain
Some weep, some blow flutes, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
Domestic Affairs and Death, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain

2015
Movements that Mattered, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Poland
The pursuit of illusions and the dissipation of energy on false choices. Under rare and extreme circumstances, may indicate the revelation of transcendental spiritual truth, CAPRI, Düsseldorf, Germany
Night Conquers Day, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Tatra Museum, Zakopane, Poland

2014
The Plutonian House, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
A Rapid Approach or more likely Departure, Schleicher/Lange, Berlin, Germany
Dead Guardian, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany

2013
Chalcedony into Onyx, South London Gallery, London, England
Las Fieras, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Frieze Projects, Randalls Island, New York, USA
General Electric, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA

2012
The Tempest, Ludlow 38, New York, USA
The Messenger (Be aware of the one who appears not to be moving), Schleicher/Lange, Paris, France

2011
Peril, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain
Dynamite Winter Palace, Schleicher/Lange, Paris, France

2010
In the Autumn the Electricity withdraws into the Earth again and rests, Krome Gallery, Berlin, Germany
New thoughts, Old Forms, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany

2009
Conversational Style, Schleicher/Lange, Paris, France

2006
Moderne Ehe, Ritter & Staiff, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

 

SELECTED  GROUP  EXHIBITIONS

2019
May You Live in Interesting Times, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Yorkshire Sculpture International, Henry Moore Foundation, England

2018
Oh, that I had a thousand tongues, Tinos Quarry Platform, Tinos, Greece
Free Jazz II, Contemporary Art Center, Singapore
Beyond the River, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany
Infinity has its limits, Salts Basel, Switzerland
The Future Is Certain; It’s the Past Which Is Unpredictable, Blaffer Art Museum, Texas, USA and MADRE, Naples, Italy
A sedução de uma vírgula bem colocada, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Elvas, Portugal
Oh that I had a thousand tongues, Cultural Foundation of Tinos, Tinos, Greece
Enchanted Bodies / Fetish for Freedom, GAMeC, Bergamo, Italy

2017
Days are Dogs – Carte Blanche à Camille Henrot, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Giles Round. They bow. Curtain. No applause., Spike Island, Bristol, England
Si Sedes Non Is, The Breeder, Athens, Greece

2016
Completely Something Else, Point Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus
Back to Mulholland Drive, La Panacée, Montpellier, France
The Winter of our Discontent, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna, Austria
The Vanished Reality, Modern Art Oxford, England
In One’s Own Time, San Giuseppe delle Scalze, Naples, Italy
I Go Where I Don’t Belong, Vulcano Extravaganza, Stromboli, Italy
The Tarantallegra, HESTER, New York, USA
A Change of Heart, Hannah Hofmann Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Buffalo Head: A Democratic Storytelling Experience, Serpentine Gallery, London, England
Contemporary Art from Poland, European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The portent of light, MeetFactory, Prague, Czechia
Folly, Dunmore Pineapple Airth, Falkirk, Scotland

2015
Dans la Bataille Pense a Moi, Institue d’ art contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
ArtLine 30 Projects for the Contemporary Park, Milano, Italy
Moving Image Department, Chapter III, curated by Adam Budak and Jen Kratochvil, National Gallery, Prague, Czechia
Stranger than Paradise, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany
Zehn Räume, Drei Loggien und Ein Saal, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
Words Aren’t the Thing, CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
Psychic Lighthouse, The Model, Sligo, Ireland
Trouble in Paradise, Kunsthalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany
Parliament of things, Firstsite, Colchester, England
The Grantchester Pottery Paints the Stage, Jerwood Space, London, England
DZ Hosts The Violet Crab: Nights of Cabaret, DRAF – David Roberts Art Foundation, London, England
132,54 m2, Schleicher/Lange, Berlin, Germany

2014
Tatra Conference, Zakopane, Poland
Lives of Performers, Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson, Marne-la-Vallée, France
Pier 54, High Line, New York, USA
Taipei Biennial 2014, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
Leaving to come back, Cuenca’s Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador
Breaking News from the Ether, La Pancée, Centre de culture contemporaine, Montpellier, France
A Bridge between Luxembourg and New York, Edward Steichen Award 2004 – 2014, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Abracadabra | Disappear like this word, Galeria Aleksander Bruno, Warsaw, Poland

2013
Because the world is round, it turns me on, Arratia Beer, Berlin, Germany
The things we know, Henningsen Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Girls can tell, GAK-Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, Germany
AB, Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy
Champs Elysées, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Entre lo fugitivo y lo infinito, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid, Spain
There’s no place like home, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
I Know You, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Revolution from Within, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Italy
Ground. Materiality nº2 (earth), Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø, Denmark
Archeology of Memory, Sorø Kunstmuseum, Sorø, Denmark
Republic of letters, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C., USA

2012
Castle in the Air, Zamek Poznan, Poznan, Poland
Art by Telephone… recalled, ESBA TALM site d’Angers, EBABX Bordeaux, CAPC, Emily Harvey Foundation, New York, Barnard College, Columbia Universitiy, San Francisco Art Institute, USA
Estate, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
Le fond de l’aire effraie, Grand Tour Biennale de Belleville, Atelier Camille Henrot, Paris, France
A Guide to Insults and Misanthropy, Ludlow 38, New York, USA
Soundworks, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
dOCUMENTA (13), Karlsaue, Kassel, Germany
Coded Transmission, Schleicher/Lange, Berlin, Germany
The Exact Weight of Lightness, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
Objekty i Dezintegracje, Galeria Miejska, Gdansk, Poland
(entre)ouverture, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Objects and Disintegrations, Galeria Miejska, Gdansk, Poland
Into the Woods, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France

2011
Èchos, Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris, France
Livret III, Motive Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Abstraction and Storytelling, Marz Galerie, Lisbon, Portugal
Constitution of the Damned, Landings Project Space, Vestfossen, Norway
Based in Berlin 2011, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Lake of Fire, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark
Fragmentations: Trajectories contre Nature, Domaine Départamental de la Garenne Lemot, Gétigné-Clisson, France
Récits anamorphiques, Frac Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France
Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes & des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne, Galerie Meessen Declercq, Brussels, Belgium
Somiglianze non sensibili, Galerie Opdahl, Berlin, Germany
All that is unseen, Allan/Nederpelt Gallery, New York, USA
Livret I, Schleicher/Lange, Paris, France

2010
New Frankfurt Internationals: Stories and Stages, MMK – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany
Abschüssige Heiterkeit, Galerie Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
The Plurality of One, Galerie Monitor, Rome, Italy
Space Adventure, Villa Lentza, Szczecin, Poland
Es Werde Dunkel!, Kunstmuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany