Education

MFA Art Practice: Low Residency Program at School of Visual Arts, New York
2009
National scholarship for Photography, Vienna, Austria
 
Selected Solo Exhibitions

2018
Staging Nature, Kirchner Museum, Davos, Switzerland

2017
Artifacts & Other Errors of Perception, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder
Simulacrum - Virtual Worlds, Palmengarten, Frankfurt, Frankfurt Germany

2016
Between Image and Matter: (The Camera as a Producer), Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany
California Dreamin, Site Lab (Art Prize), Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
Here and Now!, Kunsthalle Rotterdam, Netherlands
California Dreaming, Rise Project, London, UK

2013
Social Landscape, Volta Art-fair, New YorkHere and Now!, Kunsthalle Rotterdam, Netherlands
Construction of Landscape, FiFi Project, Monterrey, Mexico
In Cold Blood, Y Gallery, New York City (two man show with Andrea Galvani)

2012
From Copernicus to Cyberspace, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
After Sublimity, FiFi projects, Mexico City, Mexico

2011
I'll Survive, Rosphoto (Nat. Museum for Photography), St. Petersburg, Russia
After Nature,  GL Holtegaard Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark
Рοсфото, The State Russian Centre of Photography, St. Petersburg, Russia

2010
The Taste of Discovery, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Nowhere to be found, Volta art fair, New York
Natural Fictions, Brotfabrik Berlin, Germany
The Taste of Discovery, ME Contemporary Copenhagen, Denmark

2009
The Taste of Discovery, Kunstraum Dornbirn, Austria

2008
The Taste of Discovery, habres+partner, Vienna, Austria

2007
Kunst Zuerich 07, Artfair, habres+partner, Zürich, Switzerland
The end of the world…, Visual Drugs, Zürich

2006
Secluded Nights, Winkleman / Plus Ultra Gallery, New York, USA

2005
Secluded Nights, habres+partner, Vienna, Austria

2004    Secluded Nights, 2300 Studio/Gallery, LLC, Miami Design District, Florida
I love Paradise, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico
Collaboration with Johan Grimonprez
Looking for Alfred, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

2003
I love Paradise (performance), Muestra Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico
I love Paradise (performance), Odeonsplatz / U-Bahnstation, München
a certain regard, habres+partner, Vienna, Austria
I love Paradise (performance), Scope Art Fair Miami Beach, USA

2001
0 Gravity, Onefront Gallery, New York, USA
Chiapas, Galería Emma Molina, Monterrey, Mexico
Saatchi & Saatchi, Advertising Headquarters NY, New York, USA

2000
Net Works, habres+partner, Wien, Austria

1999
Net Works, D 8 Gallery, Linz, Austria

 
Selected Group Exhibitions

2019
Inspiration Meisterwerk + Pirating Presence, Museum Villa Rot, Ulm, Germany

2018
Big Botany, Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Kansas
Eiskalt, Eres Stifftung, Munich, Germany

2017
Constructing Paradise, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York
con•tin•u•ums (time beyond lifetimes), SVA Curatorial Practice, Pfizer Building, New York
Visions of Nature, Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Oh les beaux jours! Biennale 9, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

2016
Spring Exhibition 2016, Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Sun Placed in the Abyss, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio
RE-CODING, Galerie Elisabeth and Klaus Thoman,Vienna, Austria
Empire, Dada and current positions in art, Museum Macura, Belgrad, Serbia
The Castle of Perseverance, Crush Curatorial, Sag Habor, Long Island, NY

2015
Wie wir leben (The Way We Live), Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
Social Glitch, Radikale Ästhetik und die Konsequenzen extremer Ereignisse, Ausstellungsprojekt, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna Austria
California Dreaming, Rise Projects, 2 Lansdowne Rise, London, UK
Conference: Hypernatürliche Landschaften im Anthropozän (Landschaft in den Künsten und den Kulturwissenschaften), Kunsthaus Graz, Foyer, Lendkai 1, Graz, Austria
Landscape in Motion, Cinematic Visions of an Uncertain Tomorrow, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Mind the Gap II, A project of Bäckerstrasse4 and Radiator Gallery New York, Bäckerstrasse 4, Vienna, Austria
2014
Art Untitled 2014, Galerie Heike Strelow, Miami
The Matricide (An Artificial Grammar for Nature), Curatorial Practice Projects Space at SVA, New York City
autoimmun, Vohn Gallery, New York City
{macro}biologies 1: the biosphere, Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany
Jenseits der Ansichtskarte, Die Alpen in der Fotografie, Landesmuseum Vorarlberg, Bregenz, Austria
2013
{UN}NATURAL LIMITS, Austrian Cultural Institute New York, New York
Comfort Zones, Frontal Lobe Gallery at Bragg's Pie Factory, Phoenix, Arizona
Poison Green, Czech Gallery Center, New York City
No-Men's Land, 7 Positionen zeitgenössischer Kunst, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Germany
[UN]NATURAL LIMITS, Austrian Cultural Forum New York City
2012
The Nature of Disappearance, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City
Ground Control, Kunsthaus Muerzuschlag, Muerzuschlag, Austria
Our House, Austrian Cultural Institute, New York, USA
2011
Lost Paradise, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City
Höhenrausch 2, OK Linz, Linz, Austria
2010
Nowhere to be found, Eikon, Vienna, Austria
Another Green World, Carriage Trade, New York, USA
Above and Beyond, Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria
2009
Portrait Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria
hoch hinauf, Kunstforum Montafon, Schruns, Austria
Point of intersection linz, Art Museum Linz - Lentos, Linz, Austria
Crown of the Lost, Fifi Projects, New York, USA
Neue Mitglieder, Künstlerhaus Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz, Austria
2008
GO NYC, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria
MACO, Artfair, habres+partner, Mexico City, Mexico
2007
Aqua Art Miami, Artfair, habres+partner, Miami Beach, FL USA
MACO, Artfair, habres+partner, Mexico City, Mexico
Collaboration with Johan Grimonprez
Looking for Alfred,  Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2006
Year 06 Art Fair, Winkleman / Plus Ultra Gallery, London, UK
The Invention of Landscape, Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Fotografia, Galería Fernando Zubillaga, Caracas, Venezuela
Salzburg Sites 2006, HangART-7, Salzburg, Austria
urban maze, habres+partner, Vienna, Austria
2005
Arco Artfair, Emma Molina Gallery, Madrid, Spain
Aqua Artfair, Plus Ultra Gallery, FL USA
Looking for Alfred, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
Artist House, Oslo, Norway
Mead Gallery, University of Warwick Arts Centre, UK
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK
2004
Slice and Dice, Visual Arts Gallery, New York
2003
Forehand, Red Dot Gallery, New York
Paris Photo, Artfair, Emma Molina Gallery, Paris
2002
Augenblicke Foto Kunst, Sammlung Essl, Vienna, Austria
For Skin, Generous Miracles Gallery, New York
Muestra Artfair, Galería Emma Molina, Monterrey, Mexico
ARTNEW YORK, Kunstraeume auf Zeit, Linz, Austria
One Week Style Seduction, Steffl, Vienna

 

Awards

Scholarship: MFA Artpractice, School of Visual Arts, New York, 2009
Staatsstipendium fuer Fotografie, Vienna, Austria, 2009

Lectures and Presentations

Conference: Hothouse Archives: Plants, Pods, and Panama Red, School of Visual Arts, November 16–18, 2018
“Nowhere to Be Found,” Kuenstlerhaus Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz, Austria, June 2016
“Nowhere to Be Found,” Curatorial Practice SVA, New York, March 2016
“Nowhere to Be Found,” IFK (International Research Center for Cultural Studies), New York, January 2016
“Nowhere to Be Found,” ACFNY, New York, January 2015
“Naturally Hypernatural III. Landscapes in the Anthropocene,” Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, June 2015
“BFA Senior Workshop,” School of Visual Arts, New York, March 2014
“Landscape and Punishment in the Renaissance,” lecture, School of Visual Arts, New York, November 2013
“On Photography,” MFA Photography at School of Visual Arts, New York, February 2012
“Are we sawing off the branch we're sitting on? The Place of Nature in the Narrative,” panel discussion, Architecture of Modern Culture, Austrian Cultural Institute New York, February 2013
Embodied Fantasies International Conference, School of Visual Arts, 2011, New York, 2011
ARS Electronica, Electro Lobby, Linz, Austria, September 2002

Residencies

London / Fotoapartment, BMUKK (Austrian Ministry of Culture), London, UK, September - November 2017
Artist in Residency, Rise Projects, London, UK, June 2015
Rom / Paliano, Kunst Vorarlberg, Rome, Italy, November 2014
Hatch House, Cape Cod Modern House Trust, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, USA, May 2014
Artist in Residency, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, December 2013
Hatch House, Cape Cod Modern House Trust, Wellfleet, Massachusetts, USA, May 2013
Land Vorarlberg, Berlin, Germany, October 2012

Collections

Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria, 2015
Museum Vorarlberg, Austria, 2006 and 2012
Colleccion Cisneros, New York, 2001 and 2004
Landesmuseum Linz, Austria, 2011
Illwerke Collection, Austria, 2009
21c Museums Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, 2012

Selected Bibliography

KUNSTFORUM International, Kunstnatur, Band 258, Tote Natur, Hartmut Boehme

KUNSTFORUM International, Kunstnatur, Band 258, Konstruktion und Dekonstruktionen des Natürlichen, Judith Elisabeth Weiss

Naturally, Hypernatural, The Anthropocene and Art by the Example of Mathias Kessler’s Work, Sabine Flach, Eikon Magazine for Media and Photography, Issue 101, March 2018
“Big Botany Explores Humanity’s Sometimes Dysfunctional Relationship with the Plant World,” Hyperallergic, March 27, 2018.
https://hyperallergic.com/433380/big-botany-explores-humanitys-sometimes-dysfunctional-relationship-plant-world/Sabine Flach, “The Anthropocene and Art by the Example of Mathias Kessler's Work,” Eikon, no. 101, March 2018: 49-62.

Lorenz Gatt, “Palmengarten: Fototapeten und einen Totenschädel zeigt der Künstler Mathias Kessler unter dem Titel ‘Simulacrum – virtuelle Welten,” Strandgut: Das Kulturmagazin, July 6, 2017.
http://strandgut.de/palmengarten-fototapeten-und-einen-totenschaedel-zeigt-der-kuenstler-mathias-kessler-unter-dem-titel-simulacrum-virtuelle-welten/

Carrie Davidson, “Reality or fantasy: Mathias Kessler’s exhibition at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art invites viewers to walk between two worlds,” Boulder Weekly, May 11, 2017.

“Aus dem Tod wächts neues Leben,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, May 10, 2017.

Thomas Stillbauer, “Palmengarten Frankfurt: Virtuelle Welten, bewachsene Schädel,” FrankfurterRundschau, May 4, 2017.
http://www.fr.de/frankfurt/palmengarten-frankfurt-virtuelle-welten-bewachsene-schaedel-a-1272545

“Palmengarten: Similacrum – Virtual Welten,” Art Kaleidoscope, April - June, 2017.

Brianna Dascher, “Creative passions displayed in BMoCA's series of presentations: From surrealist film to fly-fishing, program gives view of Boulder culture,” Daily Camera, March 3, 2017.
http://www.dailycamera.com/entertainment/ci_30829070/creative-passions-displayed-bmocas-series-presentations

Michael Slenske, “Paradise Lost,” Cultured Magazine, February 2017.
http://www.culturedmag.com/mathias-kessler/

Sydney A. Braat, “CRUSH Curatorial To Host Exhibit In Conjunction With The Hamptons International Film Festival,” Hamptons.com, October 2016.
http://www.hamptons.com/The-Arts/In-the-Galleries/22611/CRUSH-Curatorial-To-Host-Exhibit-In-Conjunction.html#.Wf-fYxNSzBI

Johanna Hofleitner, “Schauplätze: Curated by. Zum Saisonauftakt gibt sich die Wiener Galerieszene (fast) geschlossen,” Die Presse – Schaufenster, September 2, 2016.
http://diepresse.com/home/kultur/kunst/5078957/Schauplaetze_Curated-by

Jose Villarreal, “First solo exhibition in the Netherlands by Mathias Kessler on view at The Kunsthal Rotterdam,” Art Daily, September 2016.
http://artdaily.com/news/81617/First-solo-exhibition-in-the-Netherlands-by-Mathias-Kessler-on-view-at-The-Kunsthal-Rotterdam#.Wf-hBhNSzBJ

Michael Slenske, “Home grown: Asad Raza stages art show in his one-bedroom NYC apartment,” Wallpaper Magazine, December 11, 2015.
http://www.wallpaper.com/art/artist-producer-asad-raza-stages-an-art-show-in-his-one-bedroom-new-york-apartment#biA6sJ6BdIlAb8sI.99

Susie S. Lee, “Staging Nature: the art of Mathias Kessler,” heads up! Magazine,
September 1, 2015.
https://www.heads-up.cc/single-post/2015/09/01/Staging-Nature-the-art-of-Mathias-Kessler

Arnaud Gerspacher, “autoimmune,” Art Agenda, October 28, 2014.

Christoph Schütte, “Eisberg, Wüste, Wolkenmeer,” Frankfurter Allgemeine, July 20, 2014.

Patricia Cohen, “A Collector Bets His Eye and His Gut,” New York Times, December 6, 2013.

Chloe Wyma, “Free Beer! No, Really, Heike Strelow’s Booth at Volta,” Blouin Artinfo, March 8, 2013. http://blogs.artinfo.com/artintheair/2013/03/08/free-beer-no-really-heike-strelows-booth-at-volta-has-free-beer-but-its-coors-light/
 
Katya Kazakina, “Warhol’s ‘Piss’ Painting, Human Skull, Clutter: Hot Art,” Bloomberg, July 12, 2012. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2012-07-12/warhol-s-piss-painting-human-skull-clutter-hot-art

Tiffany Jow, “Beautiful Decay,” Artlog, October 12, 2012. http://www.artlog.com/2012/408-beautiful-decay#.UMYfI6WmBUN

Alix Lambert, “Mathias Kessler: Art, Science, and Adventure,” The Great Immensity Skype Interview Series, November 16, 2011. http://thegreatimmensity.org/2011/mathias-kessler-art-science-and-adventure/

Christof Habres, “Das letzte Geheimnis der Erde,” Wiener Zeitung, June 26, 2011.

Lee Ann Norman, “Fragmented Heaven on Earth,” ArtSlant, August 17, 2011. http://www.artslant.com/9/articles/show/24258

Anderson Heather, “Interview: Mathias Kessler,” Kopenhagen.dk, October 19, 2010.

Jan Falk Borup, “Mathias Kessler: I’ll Survive,” Kulturguiden P2, DR Radio, October 2, 2010.

Jens Rebensdorff, “I’ll Survive: Mathias Kessler,” Aok.dk, September 29, 2010.

Thomas Kuhn, “Volta - Pulse - Scope & Co. Die Nebenmessen: Kometen, Satelliten unda freie Radikale, New York, 3.3. - 7.3.2010,” Kunstforum, March 2010.

Stephen Maine, “Carriage Trade’s Another Green World,” New York Foundation for the Arts, November 20, 2010.

“The Great Barrier Skull,” Studio 360, March 10, 2010.

Dieter Buchhart, “Against the Unspoiled,” Eikon, no. 69, February 2010: 28-33.

Wolfgang Schmutz, “Immer der Nadel nach,” Der Standard, December 28, 2009.

Verena Straub, “Mathias Kessler im Kunstraum Dornbirn,” art-in.de, September 15, 2009.

“Ausstellung ‘Mathias Kessler,’ Kunsthalle Dornbirn,” Orf a.viso, Sat3, September 12, 2009.

Ariane Grabher, “Eine Nase voll Abenteuer,” Vorarlberger Nachrichten, September 10, 2009.

Ernst Schmiederer, “Bei Neumond in der Einsamkeit,” Die Zeit, April 4, 2009.

Irene Müller, “Forscherdrang,” Kunstbulletin, November 1, 2009: 49.

Karlheinz Pichler, “Künstler in gebirgigen Phasen, Ausstellung: Hoch hinaus – Alpinismus in der zeitgenössischen Kunst,” Kultur, no. 5, September 1, 2009.

“Kunstraum: Clear,” Die Presse, September 7, 2009.

Julia Urbanek, “Lentos im Wechsel der Perspektive,” Wiener Zeitung, July 18, 2009.

“GO NYC,” Kunsthalle Krems, October 2008: 40-53.

“Technology and the Body,” Prefix Photo, no. 18, November 2008: 46-49.

“GO NYC,” Eikon, no. 64, November 2008: 78.

“Expeditionen ans Ende der Welt,” Kunstinvestor, no. 2, Summer 2008: 20-21.

“Selected Views,” Catalog: Metro Verlag Wien, December 2007.

“Zwischen Jagdtrophäen, Eisbergen und Cyborgen,” Art Magazine.cc, Kunstmessen, November 3, 2007.
 
Calin Kruse, “Die Nacht,” Magazin für Fotografie, Gestaltung und Subkultur, no. 2, 2007.

Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Catalog: Cruce de Miradas, Visiones de America Latina, August 2006: 185.

“Manger / Eat”, Coromandel Press, June 1, 2006: 162.

“For Skin,” ArtNexus, No. 46, Vol. 4, 2005: 158-159.

“Watchlist,” Der Standard, September 6, 2005.

“0 Gravity,” Wiener Zeitung, May 4 2005: 12.

“Exposición MACO Musuem,” El Norte, May 7, 2004: 64–70.

Wiltrud Hackl, “Artnew York,” ZIB 3, ORF 2, September 11, 2002.

Wiltrud Hackl, “Artnew York,” OÖ Heute, ORF, September 11, 2002.

“Kulturnotizen Artnew York,” Radio Österreich 1, September 11, 2002.

“Eine kleine Geschichte der Photographie,” Der Standard, February 21, 2002.

“Blow Up, Close Up, Pin Up,” ART Magazine, February 21, 2002.

“Diskurs mit der Linse,” Die Presse, February 19, 2002.

“Augenblicke Fotokunst,” Ö1 Kulturjournal, Radio Österreich 1, February 13, 2002.

“Augenblicke Fotokunst,” Radio Österreich 1, February 14, 2002.

“Augenblicke Fotokunst,” Sammlung Essl, February 2002: 32-33.

Kaylan Melik, “Pieces of the Week: Coromandel ‘Manger-Eat’”, Forbes Magazine, June 27, 2001.

Aric Chen, “Tubby,” Dutch Magazine, no. 33, May/June 2001.

“Forum,” Camera Austria, no. 65, 2000: 70.