Gregor Hildebrandt - Schwarzes Kleid es wird Zeit fur den Ball (Jens Friebe), 2018 (detail)

Gregor Hildebrandt

Germany 1974

Installation, Minimal Art, Conceptual Art

Gregor Hildebrandt
Gregor Hildebrandt
December 28, 2014

Gregor Hildebrandt is a German contemporary artist, whose main artistic mediums are cassette tape and vinyl records. The tapes are applied directly onto canvases and photographic prints and in room-sized installations.

Born 1974 in Bad Homburg, Germany, Gregor Hildebrandt graduated from Hochschule der Künste, Berlin in 2002, after he studied previously at the University of Mainz. Hildebrandt was awarded a Studienstiftung scholarship in 1998 and received a scholarship at the Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venice the following year, while still a student.

In his paintings, he adheres the coated side of cassette tapes onto a canvas, presses on it with a brush or roller, and rips the tape off to create the defined, yet sporadic lines on his works. He repeats the process before finally gluing them onto the canvas for good to create what he calls the negative painting. For sculptures, he shapes vinyl records into bowls, sometimes stacking them to create what the artist calls a ‘sonic wall made of pillars of records.’

Although Hildebrandt’s work makes formal reference to Minimalism, the addition of a great number of subjective and autobiographical citations actually deliberately repudiates this strategy. Gregor Hildebrandt makes great use of pre-recorded cassette tapes as material in his pictures and installations. For Hildebrandt, the cassette tape as artistic medium, especially in its original function of storage medium, fulfils an important function in that way that it enables the artist to add a further invisible, hidden dimension to his pictures, creating a layer of additional meaning. Playing with perception in this way is a major characteristic of his work – the picture is completed in the head of the viewer.

If the contemplation of his art incorporates the varied cosmos of Gregor Hildebrandt’s references to music, film, literature and, last but not least, art history, his works turn out to be complex montages, in which pictorial associations from different spheres combine and intertwine. Hildebrandt employs the material of his every-day environment without aesthetic or theoretical inhibition and playfully links aspects of conceptual art and minimal art with his personal life and experience of pop culture.

Gregor Hildebrandt is represented by Wentrup in Berlin, Grimm Gallery in Amsterdam, Almine Rech Gallery in Paris, Brussels and London and Emmanuel Perrotin in New York.

Currently, he lives in Berlin with fellow artist Alicja Kwade.

Featured image: Gregor Hildebrandt – Schwarzes Kleid es wird Zeit für den Ball (Jens Friebe), 2018 (detail). Cassette tape on canvas. 22 4/5 × 22 4/5 in. 58 × 58 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Gregor Hildebrandt - Coming By HazardGalerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Hong KongSolo
2015Man in the MirrorVanhaerents Art Collection, BrusselsGroup
2015A man walks into a bar. . . .Me Collectors Room Berlin, BerlinGroup
2015AlptraumSalon de Lirio, Velim, SalceteGroup
2014Gregor Hildebrandt - Solo ShowAlmine Rech Gallery, LondonSolo
2014Gregor Hildebrandt - Die Geschichte Läuft Über UnsGalerie Emmanuel Perrotin, New York City, NYSolo
2014One Way: Peter MarinoBass Museum of Art, Miami, FLGroup
2014SalondergegenwartSalondergegenwart, HamburgGroup
2014Finish Fetish: Textural PlayVivian Horan Fine Art, New York City, NYGroup
2014Loi­te­ring With In­tentGalerie Börgmann,MönchengladbachGroup
2014Wurzeln weit mehr Aufmerksamkeit widmenHochschule für Bildende Künste Saar, SaarbrückenGroup
2014Music palace. The power of music seen by visual artistsVilla Empain - Boghossian Foundation,BrusselsGroup
2014Abstraktion figurationGalerie am kleinen Plan, CelleGroup
2014CoveredNK Gallery, AnversGroup
2014Im DschungelKVFM – Kunstverein Familie Montez e.V., FrankfurtGroup
2014Love Story - The Anne & Wolfgang Titze CollectionBelvedere, ViennaGroup
2014Love Story – Sammlung Anne & Wolfgang Titze21er Haus, ViennaGroup
2014A  Private View Präsentiert: Die Rocca StiftungAutocenter, BerlinGroup
2014PlatformAlmine Rech Gallery, BrusselsGroup
2014Das Mechanische CorpsKünstlerhaus Bethanien, BerlinGroup
2014AlptraumMaribor Art Gallery, MariborGroup
2014GirlGalerie Emmanuel Perrotin, ParisGroup
2014Drive the Chance100plus, ZurichGroup
2014Booster - Kunst Sound MaschineMARTa Herford, HerfordGroup
2013Gregor Hildebrandt - Du stehst im Licht, du stehst im SchattenSommer Contemporary Art,Tel AvivSolo
2013Gregor Hildebrandt - In Jade stände eine StadtWentrup, BerlinSolo
2013Never Mind The BollocksJRGallery, BerlinGroup
2013Pophits & AlptraumArtspace RheinMain, OffenbachGroup
2013Young CollectorsMaison Particulière, BrusselsGroup
2013Klaus Nomi 2013Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, AachenGroup
2013SilentAvlskarl Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2013Cinque Garzoni II - Piccola GermaniaCinque Garzoni, VeniceGroup
2013Pictorial FieldD + T project, BrusselsGroup
2013Nieuw, nieuwer, nieuwst [1]Museum van Bommel van Dam, VenloGroup
2013Gestohlene Gesten (Stolen Gestures)Kunsthaus Nürnberg, NurembergGroup
2013Weltenschöpfer. Richard Wagner, Max Klinger, Karl MayLADEN FUER NICHTS, LeipzigGroup
2013AbendlandProduzentengalerie Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2013Decenter: An Exhibition On The Centenary Of The 1913 Armory ShowAbrons Art Center, New York City, NYGroup
201319 Rue De SaintongeAlmine Rech Gallery, ParisGroup
2012Apokalypse UtopieGalerie Pankow, BerlinGroup
2012ChainsHorse, BerlinGroup
2012Alptraum - The Nightmare Never EndsX project space, BerlinGroup
2012Beyond The SurfaceKAI 10 Raum für Kunst , DusseldorfGroup
2012The Forgotten Bar Project : The Garden Of EdenPalais de Tokyo, ParisGroup
2012Other Voices - Other RoomsAvlskarl Gallery, CopenhagenGroup
2012Bitzer Dahlem Hildebrandt - PhilaraSammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, DusseldorfGroup
2012Take Off Your Silver Spurs And Help Me Pass The TimeGalerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, SalzburgGroup
2012A House Full Of Music - Strategien In Musik Und KunstMathildenhöhe, DarmstadtGroup
2012Art Foundation Mallorca Collection - Special EditionCCA Andratx, Andratx Group
2012HinterlandArch 402 Gallery, LondonGroup
2012Berlin.Status (1)Künstlerhaus Bethanien, BerlinGroup
2012Collaborations & InterventionsNymphius Projekte Berlin, BerlinGroup
2012Collaborations & InterventionsCCA Andratx, Andratx Group
2012Alptraum - Green Papaya Art ProjectMetropolitan Museum of Manila, ManilaGroup
2012Alptraum - Green Papaya Art ProjectsQuezon CityGroup
2012No. Town Beyond The Wall: Berlin Artists In DetroitElaine L. Jacob Gallery - Wayne State University, Detroit, MIGroup
2012Hang OnMichael Fuchs Galerie, BerlinGroup
2012AlptraumGoethe-Institut Johannesburg, JohannesburgGroup
2012Nächtliches Konzert (Nightly Concert)Museum van Bommel van Dam, VenloGroup
2012I Am A Berliner The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel AvivGroup
2011Gregor Hildebrandt: FÜr Kommende MorgenWentrup, BerlinSolo
2011Seiten im Buch wie Wände im RaumAlmine Rech Gallery, ParisSolo
2011Gregor HildebrandtGrimm Gallery, AmsterdamSolo
2011HALLELUHWAH!Künstlerhaus Bethanien, BerlinGroup
2011Exhibition GroupThe Margulies Collection, Miami, FLGroup
20111st Biennale of Painting - I am a BerlinerHDLU Croatian Biennale, ZagrebGroup
2011Start. ReloadedGrieder Contemporary, ZurichGroup
2011Halleluhwah! Hommage à CANGalerie ABTART, StuttgartGroup
2011SU NERO NERO (OVER BLACK BLACK)Centro d´arte contemporane,Rivara, TOGroup
2011Herbei ein Licht! Lismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co. WaterfordGroup
2011iALPTRAUM!Blank Projects, Cape TownGroup
2011Berlin Klondyke 2011The Odd Gallery, Dawson, YTGroup
2011Arbeiten aus dem BleistiftgebietVAN HORN, Dusseldorf Group
2011Pop HitsAutocenter, BerlinGroup
2011ENTROPIASammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, DusseldorfGroup
2011Abstrakt SkulpturGeorg Kolbe Museum, BerlinGroup
2011Endless SummerWentrup, BerlinGroup
2011Monte VeritàKVFM – Kunstverein Familie Montez e.V., FrankfurtGroup
2011Pop HitsAutocenter, BerlinGroup
2011FROM BERLIN Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen Group
2011Abstraction(s)Art advisory, Geneva Group
2011Prague Biennale 5Prague Biennale, PragueGroup
2011Alptraum!Anat Egbi, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011KunstaktienUferhallen, BerlinGroup
2011Private Corporate VIDaimler Contemporary, Berlin Group
2011A painting showAutocenter, BerlinGroup
2011SEARCH & DESTROY Galerie Mikael Andersen, BerlinGroup
2011¡ALPTRAUM!Projektraum Deutscher Künstlerbund, BerlinGroup
2011POP HITSTanzschule Projects, MunichGroup
2011The Activity of SoundGrieder Contemporary Projects , BerlinGroup
2011ALPTRAUM (NIGHTMARE)Cell Project Space, LondonGroup
2010Shapeless in the Dark AgainSommer Contemporary Art, Tel AvivSolo
2010Gregor Hildebrandt - Die nacht trägt den planAN HORN, Dusseldorf Solo
2010Und vor die Tür stehen weiße PferdeAlmine Rech Gallery, BrusselsSolo
2010ALPTRAUMTransformer, Washington, DCGroup
2010Missing BeatSommer Contemporary Art, Tel AvivGroup
2010PORTFOLIO BERLIN O1Kunsthalle Rostock, RostockGroup
2010Review Preview II Grieder Contemporary, ZurichGroup
2010THE RECORD Contemporary ART and VINYLNasher Museum of Art at Duke University,Durham, NCGroup
2010ART Biesenthal 2010Art Biesenthal, BiesenthalGroup
2010Fisch Gräten Melk StandTemporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, BerlinGroup
2010Wenn die Nacht am tiefstenKunstsalon Bel Etage, BerlinGroup
2010The Berlin BoxCCA Andratx, AndratxGroup
2010The Berlin BoxNymphius Projekte Berlin, BerlinGroup
2010Fred Rapid - GlassworksZero Fold, CologneGroup
2010Berlin TransferBerlinische Galerie,BerlinGroup
2010Defending Our Values (Lightbox The Module)Kunstraum Innsbruck, InnsbruckGroup
2010New PaintingsGrimm Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2009Weiße Nacht hängt an den Bergen Grieder Contemporary, ZurichSolo
2009Gregor HildebrandtBerlinische Galerie, BerlinSolo
2009Daß dieser Mai nie endeWentrup, BerlinSolo
2009Defending our Values - (Lightbox The Module)  CCA Andratx, AndratxGroup
2009Gregor Hildebrandt, Michael Kalki, and Wawrzyniec TokarskGrimm Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2009The Jack Goldstein ConnectionsGalerie Anita Beckers, FrankfurtGroup
2009Christmas group show - Nice sizes, good prices!Galleri Christina Wilson, CopenhagenGroup
2009AmbientArs agenda, MunichGroup
2009Schickeria - High SocietySchickeria , BerlinGroup
2009She said no1 9 unosunove arte contemporanea, RomeGroup
2009Cargo cargo manifest cargo visionAutocenter, BerlinGroup
2009Minimal MeansInitial Access Frank Cohen Collection, WolverhamptonGroup
2009Private ViewStädtische Galerie Villingen-Schwenningen, Villingen-SchwenningenGroup
2009INKONSTRUKTION IVArt Biesenthal, BiesenthalGroup
2009XVI. RohkunstbauRohkunstbau, BerlinGroup
2009DARK SUMMERGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, BrusselsGroup
2009NARCOTICAForgotten Bar, BerlinGroup
2009Crotla presents: Lothringer13Städtische Kunsthalle München, MunichGroup
2009Altes EuropaSchickeria , BerlinGroup
2009Berlin 2000The Pace Gallery - 545 West 22nd Street, New York City, NYGroup
2009Prose pour Des EsseintesKarma International, ZurichGroup
2009PODROSTOKSox, BerlinGroup
2009ConstructivismesAlmine Rech Gallery, BrusselsGroup
2008Gregor Hildebrandt - HokuspokusKunstverein Schwerte, SchwerteSolo
2008Gregor Hildebrant - This was made to end all partiesAusstellungsraum Ursula Werz, TübingenSolo
2008Gregor Hildebrandt - Solo ExhibitContemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis, MOSolo
2008Collection Art Foundation Mallorca  CCA Andratx, AndratxGroup
2008Group ShowAlmine Rech Gallery, BrusselsGroup
2008REINVENTED: STUDY & PLAYWentrup, BerlinGroup
2008Musical PaintingsAurel Scheibler, BerlinGroup
2008l’après moderneProjet Midi, BrusselsGroup
2008The Library of Babel - In and Out of PlaceZabludowicz Collection London, LondonGroup
2008Berlin, ... - 2008Kwadrat, BerlinGroup
2008Sights from a SteepleIBID Projects, LondonGroup
2008Back to blackkestnergesellschaft, HannoverGroup
2008Hase, Krebs und NachtigallGalerie Mezzanin, ViennaGroup
2008Freunde und bekannteForum for contemporary art, BerlinGroup
2007Rauf Rüber Runter UntendurchWhite Space, ZurichGroup
2007La Bomba IVRowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2007NULL BOCKSchickeria , BerlinGroup
2007Cosmic DreamsCCA Andratx, AndratxGroup
2007Cosmic DreamsNymphius Projekte Berlin, BerlinGroup
2007Substance & SurfaceBortolami, New York City, NYGroup
2007100 Jahre Kunsthalle MannheimStädtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, MannheimGroup
2007Tension; Sex; DespairKunsthalle Exnergasse, ViennaGroup
2007Group ShowAlmine Rech Gallery, ParisGroup
2006Tanz den KommunismusSchickeria , BerlinGroup
2006Open SourceRaum 500, MunichGroup
2006RioArtnews Projects, BerlinGroup
200536 x 27 x 10Palast der Republik , BerlinGroup
2004Yellow Pages et autre projects du Team 404Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain,GenevaGroup
2004GASAG Kunstpreis2yK Galerie, BerlinGroup
2003Gregor Hildebrandt – Dunst blauer TageKunstverein Eislingen, EislingenSolo
2003Yellow PagesTurmgalerie 333, HelmstedtGroup