Anselm Reyle - portrait

Anselm Reyle

Germany 1970

Installation, Abstract Art

Anselm Reyle
Anselm Reyle
March 19, 2017

Berlin-based, born in 1970 Anselm Reyle’s work are characterized by various found objects that have been removed from their original function, altered visually and contextually reinvented. His works are inspired by early abstract painter Otto Freundlich and his technique by innovators Jackson Pollock and Barnett Newman. Reyle self-consciously revives aspects such as Hard-Edged stripes and the gestural brushstrokes of Abstract Expressionism.

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Anselm Reyle – Artworks- photo via

Reyle’s History

The artist studied at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. In 1998, he moved to Berlin and opened a gallery community with other artists, such as John Bock, Berta Fischer, and Michel Majerus. His installations with neon are indeed elaborate pieces of art. His career escalated quickly with solo shows in Berlin, followed by Rome, and finally New York, at which point his path to a rising international art star was certain. The artist worked for several art institutions in Germany, such as Berlin University of the Arts and Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, where he was appointed as a professor of painting and drawing in 2009.

His installations keep provoking the art scene

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Anselm Reyle – Installations – photo via

Rebel Against Good Taste

Growing up in an artistic household, with a mother who painted abstracted landscapes, it is no wonder that Anselm himself, took an early interest in landscape design. Music was also his field of interest before he finally found himself in painting and sculpture. Reyle works in different media, utilizing strategies of painting, sculpture, and installation and working in serial, structured work groups. He uses a vast and diverse group of materials taken from traditional art, commercial milieus and useless everyday garbage taken from urban areas. Reyle removes these materials from their contexts and masks their original function, thus varying the degree to which each retains its respective visual reference. Utilizing formulas of appropriation the work lets the viewer shift between moments of identification of individual elements within the work, and periods of alienation due to their new context. Some US critics have taken Reyle’s luxurious work as uber-kitsch, which is straight on point to what Reyle was aiming for. This obviously comes from his early age when his artistic parents wanted to teach him good taste, but he kept rebelling. His monochrome works are considered to be a middle finger to the art world.

Some US critics have taken Reyle’s work to be uber-kitsch

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Anselm Reyle – Artworks – photo via

Tin Foil Art

The highly celebrated abstract works of Anselm Reyle are his foil paintings. These pieces are created by arranging foil, and installing it in colored Perspex boxes. The foil trapped in the box gives a shimmering glow and invites the viewer to engage in a tactile experience, which the viewer is being denied at the same time. The foil exudes a spatial presence with its dynamic surface. It is also this rigid geometrical surface that contradicts the fragile nature of folded foil. It’s ironic how Reyle is being criticized as kitsch, while his fascination with high gloss effect and decorative material is derived from the merchandising world only to frame his own critique of kitsch. This clash of low-culture in its consumerist form, and what is known to be high art, is the focal point of Reyle’s art, confronting the viewer with the thin line at which these two categories meet.

Anselm currently lives and works in Berlin.

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YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumGroup/Solo
2014When Now is Minimal - The Unknown Side of the Sammlung GoetzMuseum for modern and contemporary art , Bolzano, ItalyGroup
2014Somos LibresMATE - Asociación Mario Testino, Lima, PeruGroup
2014Colour me inEsbjerg Kunstmuseum, Esbjerg, DenmarkGroup
2014PilageGagosian Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Into the VoidKaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, JapanGroup
2013Electric SpiritGary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2013Ultracore, Anselm ReyleMagasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, FranceSolo
2013BubeDameKoingAss.Michael Kunze, Anselm Reyle, Thomas ScheibitzNeue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013Mostly West: Franz West and Artist CollaborationsInverleith House, Edinburgh, UKGroup
2013Back to EarthGerisch Stiftung, Neumunster, GermanyGroup
2013Schon komplex – komplex schonKasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, GermanyGroup
2012Mystic SilverDeichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2012Anselm ReyleKaikai Kiki Gallery, Taipei, ChinaSolo
2012Anselm ReyleArken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, DenmarkSolo
2012Stolen Fantasy (with Franz West)Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2012Surface TensionFuture Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2012GrenzgängeVilla Schöningen, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2012Brucennial 2012VMS LLC Vito Schnabel, New York, USAGroup
2012Raw materialsVom Baumarkt ins Museum fur Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, GermanyGroup
2012Collaborations & InterventionsCCA Andratx, Mallorca, SpainGroup
2012Undervaeker-Mestervaerker fra danske privatsamlinerKunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, DenmarkGroup
2011Golden SpiderMichael Schultz Gallery Seoul, South KoreaGroup
2011Anselm ReyleArken Museum, Ishøj, DenmarkSolo
2011Anselm ReyleKaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokio, JapanSolo
2011Anselm ReyleDes Moines Art Center, IA, USASolo
2011HalleluhwahABTART, Stuttgart, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, GermanyGroup
2011Säen und Jäten - Volkskultur in der zeitgenössischen KunstCobra Museum, Amstelveen Group
2011Lustwarande 2011 – Blemishes, Park De Oude WarandeMuseum De Pont, Tilburg, NetherlandsGroup
2011Indian Mylar VisionGalerie Isa, Mumbai, IndiaGroup
2011Meissen Debris AcropolisGagosian Gallery, Athens, GreeceGroup
2011Anselm Reyle feat. Franz WestAlmine Rech Gallery, Paris, FranceGroup
2011Anselm ReyleAndersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2011Little CodyContemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Art, Stars & CarsMercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2011On Taste – The Good, the Bad and the Really ExpensiveStaatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, GermanyGroup
2011Con Amore – Leif Djurhuus SamlingARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, DenmarkGroup
2011MEISSEN ArtCampusLeipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, GermanyGroup
2011We the artists: An exhibition bringing together local and foreign artistThe National Museum and Art Gallery, Trinidad and TobagoGroup
2010Anselm ReyleMuseum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, BelgiumSolo
2010Anselm ReyleKukje Gallery Seoul, South KoreaSolo
2010AriseSammlung Heiner Bastian, Berlin, GermanySolo
2010Exquisite Corpse ProjectTanja Grunert, New York, NY, USAGroup
2010So many choices in the world, so many boys, so many girlsVera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2010Säen und Jäten – Volkskultur in der zeitgenössischen KunstStädtische Galerie Wolfsburg, GermanyGroup
2010Bilder über Bilder - Diskursive Malerei von Albers bis ZobernigDaimler Kunstsammlung, Mumok, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2010Gegen die Form, Informel 1954-2010Cruise&Callas, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2010Wall and FloorGalerie Almine Rech, Paris, FranceGroup
2010Illuminations (After Rimbaud)Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2010Western Art ExhibitionKaikaikiki, Taipeh, ChinaGroup
2010Director´s ChoiceArken Museum, Ishøj, DenmarkGroup
2010Summer ExhibitionRoyal Academy of Arts, London, UKGroup
2010High Ideals & Crazy DreamsVera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2010Harte GefühleSILVER SHED, New York, USAGroup
2010Think PinkGAVLAK, Palm Beach, Florida, USAGroup
2010Anselm ReyleStädtische Galerie Bietigheim, Bietigheim, GermanySolo
2010Missing BeatSommer Contemporay Art, Tel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2009Aspekte des SammelnsEssl Museum, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2009Minimal MeansThe Frank Cohen Collection, Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UKGroup
2009Anselm ReyleKunsthalle Tübingen, GermanySolo
2009Anselm ReyleGagosian Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2009Anselm ReyleAlmine Rech Gallery, ParisSolo
2009Säen und Jäten – Volkskultur in der zeitgenössischen KunstStädtische Galerie Ravensburg, GermanyGroup
2009Berlin 2000Pace Wildenstein, New York, NYGroup
2009Magritte et la LumièreAlmine Rech Gallery, BrusselsGroup
2009Aye Pop Ping! with Peter HalleyPatricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, SwitzerlandGroup
2009With You I Want to Live: An Exhibition of Paintings, Sculputures, and Photographs from the Collections of Gordon Locksley and Francie Bishop Good + David HorvitzMuseum of Modern Art, Fort Lauderdale, USAGroup
2009Schickeria – PhotogalaBabette Bar, BerlinGroup
2009Beyond Black, White, and GrayL&M Arts, New YorkGroup
2009Antes de ayer y pasado manana; o lo que puede ser pintura hoyMACUF Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, La Coruna, SpainGroup
2008White EarthAlmine Rech Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2008ROOMING IN! Claus Andersen visits Patricia LowPatricia Low Contemporary, Gtsaad, SwitzerlandGroup
2008UnmonumentalThe New Museum, New York, NY, USAGroup
2008Eurocentric, Part 1Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, USAGroup
2008Abstract VisionThomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2008Kusama, Parrino, ReyleGagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USAGroup
2008Abstrakt – AbstractMuseum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, GermanyGroup
2008Always thereGalerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008Räume 1Boros Collection, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008ZuordnungsproblemeGalerie Johann König, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008DepletionThe Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, IsraelGroup
2008TechneGalerie Haas und Fuchs, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2008The HamsterwheelMalmö Konsthall, Malmö, SwedenGroup
2008NOW: Selections from The Ovitz Family CollectionArizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USAGroup
2008Biennale van de schilderkunst - Het genot van het kijkenMuseum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, BelgiumGroup
2008Is it tomorrow yet?Singapore Art Museum, SingaporeGroup
2007Re-dis-playHeidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, GermanyGroup
2007A Fair Show: Slang and Cool OrthodoxyGalleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, ItalyGroup
2007Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities – Section III: Department of Pigments on Surface: Very Abstract and Hyper FigurativeThomas Dane Gallery, London, UKGroup
2007The Artist’s Dining Room: Manfred Kuttner, Anselm Reyle, Thomas ScheibitzLevel 2 Gallery, Tate Modern, London, UKGroup
2007Organic AbstractionGallery Peleton, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2007Die Macht des Dinglichen. Skulptur heute!Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007Ruinöse Abstraktion: Es gibt Dinge, die kann man nicht erklärenBonner Kunstverein, Bonn, GermanyGroup
2007Old Space New Space: Anton Henning, Katy Moran, Anselm Reyle & Hayley TompkinsGagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USAGroup
2007The 7th DreamGavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY, USASolo
2007The 5th DreamThe Modern Institute - Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow, UKSolo
2007The Construction of HarmonyGalerie Almine Rech, Paris, FranceSolo
2007Sequence 1Palazzo Grassi, Venice, ItalyGroup
2007Grotjahn, Hirst, Parrino, Reyle, Richter, Stingel, WarholGagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USAGroup
2007Eurocentric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell Family CollectionRubell Family Collection - Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, USAGroup
2007Mario Testino: At homeYvon Lambert Gallery, New York, USAGroup
2007Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st CenturyThe New Museum, New York, USAGroup
2006PAINT-O-MANIA: Neue Malerei aus DeutschlandStadtgalerie Kiel, GermanyGroup
2006New Abstract PaintingKrammig & Pepper Contemporary, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006Big City LabArt Forum Berlin, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006Berlin – Zurich, Arndt & PartnerZurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2006Boisterous - Loud And EnergeticANDERSEN_S, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2006Black, White & Chewing GumKrobath Wimmer, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2006TastyKonsortium, Dusseldorf, GermanyGroup
2006Caput MortuumGalerie Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, SpainSolo
2006Valley Of The Snake LadiesANDERSEN_S, Copenhagen, DenmarkSolo
2006ARS NOVAKunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, SwitzerlandSolo
200623Sydney Non Objective, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
2006Painting As Presence - This Is Not A Love SongKünstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006Faster! Bigger! Better!ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2006MushroomsKurimanzutto, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2006Strange I’ve seen that Face beforeStädtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, GermanyGroup
2006Classical: Modern I - Klassische Moderne aus der Sammlung DaimlerChryslerDaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006Surfaces PolyphoniquesCentre Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète, FranceGroup
2006Painting in TonguesMOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2005Born AgainAustellungsraum Ursula Werz, Tübingen, GermanySolo
2005Life EnigmaGalerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, GermanySolo
200536 x 27 x 10White Cube Berlin at the former Palast der Republik, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005Lichtkunst aus KunstlichtZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2005Expanded PaintingPrague Biennial 2, Prague, Czech RepublikGroup
2005Das neue SchwarzGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, GermanyGroup
2005Sculptures d’appartementMusée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, FranceGroup
2005Kir Royal – SchickeriaCarlos Depot, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2005Split, The ApproachLondon, UKGroup
2005Mallorca Open. Principles of ConstructionCentro Cultural Andratx, Majorca, SpainGroup
2005La nouvelle peinture AllemandeCarré d’art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes, FranceGroup
2005Start KapitalStandard, Oslo, NorwayGroup
2004Trilogy Of Broken LightThe Modern Institute - Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, UKSolo
2004The Art Of Anselm ReyleGavin Brown‘s enterprise, New York, NY, USASolo
2004Formalismus - Moderne Kunst heuteKunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2004Minimalism And After IIINeuerwerbungen DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2004It’s All An Illusion, A Sculpture ProjectMigros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, SwitzerlandGroup
2004The Hollows Of GlamourHerbert Read Gallery, Canterbury, UKGroup
2004Sculpture now!Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt - Main, GermanyGroup
2004Anselm ReyleGalerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, GermanySolo
2004Anselm ReyleThe Modern Institute, Glasgow, UKSolo
2004Licht und FarbeNeuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, GermanyGroup
2004La partie continue 2Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry, Ivry-sur-Seine, FranceGroup
2003Silver ConventionGalerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2003Elephant Juice (o sexo entre amigos)Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
2003Inaugural Group ExhibitionGavin Brown‘s enterprise, New York, NY, USAGroup
2003Definitively ProvisionalWhitechapel Project Space, London, UKGroup
2003DeutschemalereizweitausenddreiKunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt - Main, GermanyGroup
2003Christiane und Anselm Reyle zeigen neue Arbeiten im HagenbucherHagenbucher, Heilbronn, GermanyGroup
2003UnpluggedGalleria Civica di Arte Contemporena, Trento, ItalyGroup
2003Hands Up, Baby, Hands Up!Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, GermanyGroup
2002My Head Is On Fire But My Heart Is Full Of LoveCharlottenborg exhibition space, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2002HellGalerie neugerriemschneider, BerlinGroup
2002Big Brown BagGavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NYGroup
2002Here And NowBüro Friedrich, BerlinGroup
2002At the Edge of ForeverRoma Roma Roma, Rome, ItalySolo
2002TrustJennifer Flay Gallery, ParisGroup
2001Viva NovemberKunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, GermanyGroup
2001Die Vertreibung der Händler aus dem TempelKunstfabrik am Flutgraben Treptow, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2001Circles 5ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2001MusterkarteGalerie Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, SpainGroup
2001BeyondGalerie Giti Nourbakhsch, BerlinSolo
2000Sympathie!Montparnasse, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2000Genre PaintingG7, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2000Face The BlackMaschenmode, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2000LuftgitarrenMarienstraße 1a, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2000Anselm ReyleGiti Nourbakhsch Gallery, BerlinSolo
1999Anselm ReyleAndersen´s Wohnung, BerlinSolo
1999Seekers at the gate of Dawn (with Dirk Bell)Hobby Pop Museum, Dusseldorf, GermanySolo
1999Japanische Keramik (with Klaus Winichner)Maschenmode, BerlinSolo