Florian Slotawa

Germany 1972

Installation, Sculpture, Conceptual Art, Photography

Florian Slotawa
Florian Slotawa
February 5, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Florian Slotawa is a German conceptual artist born 1972 in Rosenheim. Rather than creating new objects, Slotawa rearranges and recontextualizes what already exists.

In his early years as an art student, he asked, “What is there left to make when there is already so much stuff in the world?” Aware of excess, he questioned the necessity of his own possessions. As a cathartic personal exercise, he began to bring all of his belongings into the studio for installation, including items left at this parents’ house or gifts and things kept in storage. The ontological practice seemed to assert: “Here I am, at this time and place”, much like the work of conceptual artist On Kawara, who made this textual declaration in postcards decades before.

For Slotawa, material culture, and specifically his own personal possessions, represent a rich, recyclable resource for sculptural forms and installations. Before the idea of an ecological footprint, he was already tracking what this meant concretely in his daily life in Berlin. His belongings, in their new role as “art”, found new functions and performative qualities and iconography. In one museum show, he mapped out Michelangelo’s The Last Judgment in piles of personal objects, for another, he created an even more abstract work, inspired by Piet Mondrian’s Pier and Ocean. Throughout his process, he photographed aspects of the exhibition and re-installed these images to provide new angles into their carved-out space. Eventually, his continual practice responded more specifically to the received circumstances with which he was presented. In a museum project in Switzerland, he invited the director to displace her entire collection of personal possessions, thus challenging the hierarchy of artist and institution. More and more, his work dealt with museum collection strategies and curatorial functions, as well as the art market, in unusual ways.

Slotawa has exhibited his works worldwide, in Berlin, San Antonio, London, Brussels, Basel and Chicago, among others.

He lives and works in Berlin.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Florian SlotawaVon Bartha, S-chanfsolo
2014SPOT ONHamburger Kunsthallegroup
2014Fair Play - Beyond Limits and BoundariesMAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Romegroup
2014Everyday LifeNationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlingroup
2014Room Service,Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Badengroup
2014Die Liebe zu den DingenKunsthalle Münstergroup
2013Chambres de luxeKunstmuseum Thungroup
2013Florian SlotawaGalleria Suzy Shammah, Milansolo
2013Risk Society - Individualization in Contemporary Art from GermanyMoCA, Taipeigroup
2013Awakening. Where Are We Standing? Earth, Memory and RessurectionAichi Triennale 2013, Nagoyagroup
2013Andate e Ricordo. Souvenir de voyageMART, Roveretogroup
2013Defining SpaceBastei, Kölngroup
2013schön komplex - komplex schönKasseler Kunstvereingroup
2013Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern LifeVancouver Art Gallerygroup
2013Correspondences. Modern Art and UniversalismMuzeum Sztuki, Lodzgroup
2012Sammlung Haubrok - No DesasterSammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg-Harburggroup
2012Florian Slotawa, Andere RäumeArp Museum Bahnhof Rolandsecksolo
2012Fotografie TotalMuseum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Maingroup
2012Parts and LabourCamberwell Space, Londongroup
2012Florian SlotawaLocal Plants, Artpace, San Antoniosolo
2012Sammeln, was man liebtMuseum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburggroup
2012Es gibt...-There is...b-05, Montabaurgroup
2012TransitHamburger Kunsthallegroup
2012Im Raum des Betrachters - Skulptur der GegenwartPinakothek der Moderne, Münchengroup
2012UmstülpungGalerie Nordenhake, Berlingroup
2011ZuhauseMuseum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Maingroup
2011KölnSkulptur #6Skulpturenpark Kölngroup
2011I love ALDIWilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafengroup
2011Rectangle and Square - Von Picasso bis JuddKunstmuseum Berngroup
2011Thank Youhaubrokshows, Berlingroup
2011Totem and Tabooquartier21, MuseumsQuartier Wiengroup
2011Interrogative IncertitudeArt Feature project, Art 42 Baselgroup
2011Florian SlotawaSies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorfsolo
2011Wert/SacheTagesspiegel-Areal, Berlingroup
2011Auf die PlätzeSport und Gesellschaft, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresdengroup
2011Out of StorageProvisoire & Définitif, Marres Maastrichtgroup
2010Florian SlotawaGalleria Suzy Shammah, Milansolo
2010The Library of Babel, In and Out of Place176 Zabludowicz Collection, Londongroup
2010Rogalskihaubrokshows, Berlingroup
2010Das Fundament der Kunst. Skulpturen und ihre Sockel in der ModerneArp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Remagengroup
2010La Cidade InterpretadaSantiago de Compostela, Spaingroup
2010Studio BoxArt Unlimited, Art 41 Baselgroup
2010Vive l´intimeMusée départemental de Beauvaisgroup
2010Everyday IdeologiesKunstmuseum Magdeburggroup
2010Das Fundament der Kunst. Skulpturen und ihre Sockel in der ModerneGerhard-Marcks-Haus, Bremengroup
2010Destroy DesignMUDAC, Lausannegroup
2009Florian SlotawaGalerie Nordenhake, Berlinsolo
2009Sammeln verpflichtetKunstmuseum Solothurngroup
2009Stepin OutKunsthalle zu Kielgroup
2009PhotodimensionalMuseum of Contemporary Photography, Chicagogroup
2009Besitzarbeit XIIP.S.1, MoMA, Long Islandsolo
200915 Jahre Sammlung - Gegen den StrichKunstmuseum Wolfsburggroup
2009Das Fundament der KunstSkulpturen und ihre Sockel in der Moderne, Städtische Museen Heilbronngroup
2009CargoAutocenter, Berlingroup
2009Interieur-Exterieur. Wohnen in der KunstKunstmuseum Wolfsburggroup
2008Visit[e]Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonngroup
2008Solothurn, aussenKunstverein Solothurnsolo
2008Tempo, TempoOpelvillen Rüsselsheimgroup
2008Wenn Handlungen Form werdenNeues Museum Nürnberggroup
2008Past-Forward176 Zabludowicz Collection, Londongroup
2008Inside-OutsideMuseum für Moderne Kunst Küppers Mühle, Duisburggroup
2008Florian SlotawaSies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorfsolo
2008UnknownSammlung Boros, Berlingroup
2008Inside out - Outside inPinakothek der Moderne, Munichgroup
2008Vertrautes TerrainAktuelle Kunst in & über Deutschland, ZKM Karlsruhegroup
2007Florian SlotawaGalleria Suzy Shammah, Milansolo
2007SEE history 2007Kunsthalle zu Kielgroup
2007One After The OtherArthouse, Austinsolo
2007Made in GermanySprengel-Museum, Hannovergroup
2007between two deathsZKM, Karlsruhegroup
2007Neue HeimatBerlinische Galerie, Berlingroup
2007Re-dis-playKunstverein Heidelberggroup
2007Florian SlotawaGalerie Friedrich, Baselsolo
2007Visit[e]ING Ausstellungshalle, Brusselsgroup
2007Tourist´s TaleAarhus Kunstbygning, Aarhusgroup
2007TouchdownGalerie Friedrich, Baselgroup
2006Human Game, When Movement Becomes FormStazione Leopolda, Florencegroup
2006Of Mice and Men4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Artgroup
2006Anstoss BerlinHaus am Waldsee, Berlingroup
2006Florian SlotawaModern Art, Londonsolo
2006Objet à partLa Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec, Parisgroup
2006Nichts weiter als ein RendezvousKünstlerhaus Bremengroup
2006Punching through the cloudsTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New Yorkgroup
2006Alice doesn t live here anymoreGalerie Nordenhake, Stockholmgroup
2006La Boum IGalerie Ben Kaufmann, Munichgroup
2005Land gewinnenHaus am Waldsee, Berlinsolo
2005Florian SlotawaGalerie Friedrich, Baselsolo
2005Florian SlotawaSies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorfsolo
2005SpielräumeWilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburggroup
2005Der Kunst ihre RäumeBonner Kunstvereingroup
2005PrologAkademie der Künste, Berlingroup
2005Boite à ConservesProduzentengalerie Hamburggroup
2005What is important3rd Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, Malmö Konsthallgroup
2005kurzdavordanachSK Stiftung Kultur, Kölngroup
2004Bonn ordnenBonner Kunstvereinsolo
2004ActionbuttonRussian Museum, St. Petersburggroup
2004Besitzarbeit XIVRIZA, Amsterdamsolo
2004No MoneyKunsthalle zu Kielgroup
2004What is important3rd Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, Contemporary Art Center Vilniusgroup
2004Unknown9. Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbachgroup
2004Cremers HaufenWestfälisches Landesmuseum Münstergroup
2004Die Sammlung HanckMuseum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorfgroup
2004KünstlervideosHamburger Kunsthallegroup
2004Made in BerlinArt Forum Berlingroup
2004Abstrakter Expressionismus in der zeitgenössischen SkulpturGalerie Johann König, Berlingroup
2003Florian SlotawaKunstmuseum Thunsolo
2003ActionbuttonHamburger Bahnhof, Berlingroup
2003Florian SlotawaRosenheimer Schätze, Städtisches Museum Rosenheimgroup
2003Warum! Bilder diesseits und jenseits des MenschenMartin-Gropius-Bau, Berlingroup
2003Presentation of the CollectionLudwig Forum, Aachengroup
2003SachgemäßKunstraum Dornbirngroup
2003ProsessiKiasma Museet för Nutidskonst, Helsinkigroup
2003What is important3rd Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art, Stadtgalerie Kielgroup
2002RäumeGalerie Friedrich, Baselgroup
200240 Jahre: Fluxus und die FolgenWiesbadengroup
2002Florian SlotawaSies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorfsolo
2002No Return, Sammlung HaubrokMuseum Abteiberg Mönchengladbachgroup
2002GesamtbesitzKunsthalle Mannheimsolo
2001Florian Slotawa, Schätze aus zwei JahrtausendenMuseum Abteiberg Mönchengladbachsolo
2001Szenenwechsel XXMuseum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Maingroup
2001Junger WestenKunsthalle Recklinghausengroup
2000Hector-Kunstpreis 2000Kunsthalle Mannheimgroup
2000EinräumenHamburger Kunsthallegroup
2000Florian Slotawa, Besitzarbeit VIISies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorfsolo
1999Florian SlotawaSub 11, Munichsolo
1999Rundgang 3Museum Fridericianum, Kasselgroup
1999StrassenarbeitenKunstbunker Tumulka, Munichgroup
1997Besitzarbeit VMöbel Böhmler, Munichgroup
1997Besitzarbeit IVAkademie der Bildenden Künste Münchengroup
1997Besitzarbeit IIIprivate apartment, Munichsolo
1996Besitzarbeit IIHochschule für bildende Künste Hamburggroup
1996Besitzarbeit IHochschule für bildende Künste Hamburggroup