biography

Was born on March 25, 1950 in Metzingen, Germany. He began to study medicine in 1968 at the university of Tübingen and became doctor in 1974.

Since then he has worked exclusivly as an artist. In 1975 he made his first milk stones; in 1977 he collected the first pollen; in 1983 he began the first works with rice, in 1987 with beeswax etc. He has spent time in the Far East and in New York. He lives in a small village in southern Germany and maintains a studio in South India.


Awards

1987

  • Arnold-Bode-Price of documenta, Kassel, Germany


Solo Exhibitions


2017

  • Wolfgang Laib. Where the Land and Water End, Secretary Building Yangon, Myanmar
  • Somewhere Else, Church of Santa Maria della Spina, Pisa, Italy




2016

  • Wolfgang Laib,  Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Napoli




2015

  • Wolfgang Laib, Buchmann Box, Berlin
  • Kenji Taky Gallery




2014
  • Wolfgang Laib Ailleurs - La chambre des certitudes, Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
  • Wolfgang Laib Lebensfries - Frieze of Life Düsseldorf, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany





2013
  • Pollen from Hazelnut, Museum of Modern Art, New York



2012

  • Passageway inside – downside, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Halle 
  • Passageway inside, Vehedra Art Gallery, D-53 Defence Colony, New Delhi




    2011

    • Gallery André Buchmann, Berlin
    • Unlimited Ocean (SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL)



    2010 

    • Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt
    • Manzana Uno Art Gallery, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
    • Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia



    2009   

    • Fondazione Merz, Turin
    • Gallery Sperone, Sent, Switzerland
    • Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico –City
    • Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City
    • Gallery Sean Kelly, New York



    2008   

    • Musée de Grenoble
    • Gallery Buchmann, Berlin
    • Gallery Artiaco, Naples



    2007   

    • Gallery Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
    • Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid
    • Palacio de Crystal, Madrid
    • Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
    • Gallery Sean Kelly, New York
    • Gallery Buchmann, Lugano



    2006   

    • Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lasalle-SIA, Singapore
    • Gallery Lelong, Paris
    • Gallery Beyeler, Basel
    • Gallery Buchmann, Berlin



    2005   

    • Kunstmuseum Bonn
    • Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth
    • De Pont Museum, Tilburg
    • Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
    • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
    • Museum of Contemporary Art, MACRO, Rome
    • Fondation Beyeler, Basel
    • Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand



    2004   

    • Gallery Buchmann, Cologne
    • Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China
    • Gallery Rizziero Arte, Pescara
    • University of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam

     



    2003  

    • Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota City
    • The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
    • Gallery Kenji Taki, Tokyo
    • Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art,
    • Marugame, Japan
    • Gallery Buchmann, Lugano
    • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
    • Gallery Caratsch, de Pury &Luxembourg, Zurich



    2002  

    • Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla,  San Diego
    • Gallery Chantal Crousel, Paris
    • Folkwang Museum, Essen
    • The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
    • Haus der Kunst, Munich
    • Gallery Leslie Tonkonow, New York



    2001  

    • Henry Art Gallery,Seattle
    • Gallery Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
    • Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
    • Gallery Buchmann, Lugano
    • Sprengel Museum, Hannover
    • Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, Arizona



    2000  

    • Gallery Buchmann, Cologne
    • Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
    • Gallery Anthony Meier, San Francisco
    • University Art Museum, Berkeley
    • Hirshhorn Museum, Washington



    1999  

    • Carrée d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes
    • Gallery 1000 Eventi, Milan
    • Kunsthaus Bregenz



    1998 

    • The Arts Club of Chicago
    • Gallery Sperone Westwater, New York
    • Galleria Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy



    1997  

    • Gallery Kenji Taki, Nagoya
    • Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe
    • Gallery Kenji Taki, Nagoya and Tokyo
    • Gallery Artiaco, Naples



    1996  

    • Gallery Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
    • Diözesanmuseum, Cologne
    • Gallery Ropac, Salzburg
    • Gallery Artek, Helsinki
    • Gallery Chantal Crousel, Paris
    • Gallery Kenji Taki, Nagoya



    1995 

    • Installation Museum Sprengel, Hannover
    • Gallery Sperone Westwater, New York



    1994  

    • The Henry Moore Sculpture Trust, Halifax
    • Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst
    • Gallery Ropac, Salzburg
    • Camden Arts Centre, London



    1993  

    • Gallery Sperone Wetswater, New York
    • De Pont Fondation, Tilburg
    • Gallery Buchmann, Basel



    1992  

    • Centre Pompidou, Paris
    • Gallery Artiaco, Naples
    • Museo Comunale, Ascona
    • Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
    • Kunstmuseum Bonn
    • Capc, Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux
    • Moca, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles



    1991  

    • Gallery Sperone Westwater, New York
    • Gallery Senda, Hiroshima
    • Gallery Buchmann, Basel
    • Gallery Karansha, Tokyo
    • Gallery Crousel/Robelin, Paris       
    • Center of Contemporary Art, Santa Fe



    1990  

    • Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
    • Gallery Buchmann, Basel
    • Galerie des Beaux - Arts, Brussels
    • Kunstmuseum Luzern
    • Gallery Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf
    • Gallery Burnett Miller, Los Angeles
    • Gallery Rhona Hoffmann, Chicago
    • Watari-um, Tokyo Lightseed (together with Cy Twombly Michel Verjux)



    1989  

    • Musée de Rochechouart
    • Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona
    • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (together with Merz and Walther)
    • Gallery Buchmann, Basel
    • Gallery Crousel/Robelin, Paris
    • Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart



    1988  

    • Gallery Lelong, New York
    • Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines
    • Gallery Burnett Miller, Los Angeles



    1987 

    • Gallery Buchmann, Basel



    1986 

    • ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris
    • Gallery Maeght Lelong, New York
    • Gallery Crousel/Hussenot, Paris
    • Capc, Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux



    1985                     

    • Gallery Maeght Lelong, New York (together with Ryman and Wilson)
    • Kunstverein St. Gallen
    • Whitechapel Art Gallery, London



    1984                  

    • Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven



    1983                 

    • Museum Mönchengladbach
    • Gallery Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf



    1982                 

    • Gewad, Gent
    • Gallery Konrad Fischer, Zürich
    • Biennale, Venice, German pavilion (together with Darboven and Graubner)



    1981                  

    • Gallery Sperone Westwater Fischer, New York
    • Gallery Max Hetzler, Stuttgart
    • Gallery Chantal Crousel, Paris
    • Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven



    1980                   

    • Ink, Zürich (together with Marden, Merz, Zorio)



    1979                  

    • Gallery Sperone Westwater Fischer, New York
    • Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven
    • Gallery Jean & Karen Bernier, Athens



    1978         

    • Gallery Salvatore Ala, Milan
    • Gallery Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf



    1976         

    • Gallery Müller-Roth, Stuttgart
    • Kunstraum München
    • Gallery Rolf Preisig, Basel




    Group Exhibitions

    2016

    • (Sus)tentations, La Brasserie, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Foncquevillers, France
    • Gärten der Welt, Museum Rietberg, Zurich
    • La Ville Au Loin (The City Faraway), FRAC - Centre, Orleans, FR
    • MOMAT Collection, National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT)
    • Giorgio Morandi, Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA), New York
    • Ether, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, France
    • Colori. L’emozione dei colori nell’arte, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli; Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino




    2015

    • Lugano Mostra Bandiera , Lakefront, Lugano
    • Endless House: Intersections of Art and Architecture, MoMA- Museum of Modern Art
    • AAA Art Altstetten Albisrieden , Eichbuhl Cemetery, Zurich
    • I Love Art 13 - 100 artists from the Watari - Um Collection, Wateri-Um .Tokyo
    • Konigsklasse III, Zeitgenossische Kunst aus der Pinakothek der Moderne in Schloss Herrenchiesmsee, Herrenchiesmsee palace , Herrenchiesmsee
    • Proportio, Axel & MayVervoordt Foundation, Venice
    • De Picasso a Warhol - Une décennie d'acquisitions, Musee de Grenoble
    • Adam,eve & rhe Devil, Marres- centre for contemporany Culture , Maastricht




    2014

    • Senusret III, a Legendary Pharaoh, Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, Lille, France
    • Basilica of Sant' Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna, Italy




    2011

    • "180°: Die Sammlung im Kubus Willi Baumeister, Dieter Roth, Otto Dix, Wolfgang Laib", Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
    • "Auf den zweiten Blick - Werke aus der Sammlung", Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm
    • "Private Passions", Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany




    2010                   

    • Retour vers le future, capcMusée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux
    • With a Probability of Being Seen. Dorothee and Konrad Fischer,
    • Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona
    • "ColorForms", Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpturre Garden, Washington DC
    • "Personal Structures Time Space Existence", Künstlerhaus Plais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz
    • "Transparency – Art for renewable Energy", Macro Testaccio, Rome and Madre; Naples
    • Architectural Biennal, Venice
    • "Dorothee und Konrad Fischer: Archiv einer Haltung", Museum Kurhaus Kleve
    • "Bild für Bild – Film und zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Sammlung des Centre Pompidou", Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund



    2009

    • Taswir, Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
    • Just what it is, ZKM, Museum fuer Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe

     



    2008

    • L’ivresse de l’absolu,Fondation Salomon,Alex, Annecy
    • The Immediate Touch, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis
    • Origins, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York
    • Now You see it, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado



    2006         

    • Visions, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota City
    • Le mouvement des images, Centre Pompidou, Paris
    • Freundschaftsspiel, Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
    • Against the Grain, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
    • Still Points of the Turning World, Sixth International Biennial, Site Santa Fe
    • La Grande Promenade, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
    • Enjoyable House, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
    • Incontro,  with Mario Merz,Villa Massimo, Rome
    • Selections from the Collection of Edward R. Broida,
    • National Gallery of Art, Washington
    • Japan und der Westen, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg



    2005         

    • Light Sculpture Scultura leggera, 503 Mulino, Vicenza
    • Seeking Transcendence, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
    • Blumenmythos, Von Van Gogh bis Jeff Koons, Fondation Beyeler, Basel
    • Kyoto Art Walk, Kasa-tei, Kodai-ji temple, Kyoto



    2004                  

    • Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated),Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
    • Monocromos, De Malevich al presente, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
    • The World of Objects, Helsingin Taidehalli, Helsinki
    • Transcultures, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
    • Art and the Spiritual, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis
    • Yellow, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
    • Neuerwerbungen zeitgenössischer Kunst, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe
    • Intuition/(Im)Precision, Gallery Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
    • Wow, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle



    2003       

    • mind space, Ho-Am Art Gallery, Seoul
    • Horizonte, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
    • G 2003, Vira Gambarogno, Switzerland



    2001         

    • The Inward Eye,Transcendence in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston   
    • El Instante Eterno, Espai d’Art Contemporani, Castelló,Spain                                                                                        



    2000                     

    • L’ombra della ragione, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna
    • Around 1984, P.S.1, New York
    • Enclosed & Enchanted, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
    • Openends, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 

          



    1999                     

    • La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
    • Licht auf Weimar, Weimar Kulturhauptstadt Europa 1999
    • Das XX.Jh . Ein Jahrhundert Kunst in Deutschland, Nationalgalerie, Berlin
    • Kunstwelten im Dialog. Von Gauguin zur globalen Gegenwart, Museum Ludwig, Cologne



    1998         

    • Geistes Gegenwart, Diözesanmuseum, Freising/Munich
    • Orientalismus, KM Kulturunuea, San Sebastian
    • Être Nature, Fondation Cartier, Paris
    • Magie der Bäume, Fondation Beyeler, Basel
    • Sentimentale Journée, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain,Strasburg



    1997                     

    • Epicenter Ljubliana, Moderna Galerija, Ljubliana
    • Città/Natura, Palazzo dei Esposizioni, Rome
    • Still Life, The Museum of Modern art, New York
    • La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
    • Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
    • Biennale Kwangju, Korea



    1996                   

    • Luis Barragán, San Ildefonso, Mexico City
    • Spirit and Place, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney



    1995                 

    • Fondation Cartier, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
    • Auf Papier : Kunst des 20.Jh aus der Deutschen Bank, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
    • Entre le ciel et l’eau, capc Musée d`art contemporain, Bordeaux
    • Kunst in Deutschland, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn



    1994                   

    • Figur, Natur, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
    • Entre le ciel et l’eau, Lenbachhaus, Munich



    1993                  

    • GAS, Grandiose Ambitieux Silencieux, capc Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux
    • Das 21.Jh., Kunsthalle Basel
    • Château d’Oiron, Oiron, France
    • Les pensées bleues, Baselitz, Cucchi, Laib, Paik, Raynaud, capc Musée d’art  
    • Contemporain, Boreaux



    1992                   

    • Vorhut aus dem Hinterland, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen
    • Exposition  Sentimentale, Musée d’Art Moderne, Collioure
    • Territorium Artis, Kunst – und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn
    • De Opening, De Pont Fondation, Tilburg



    1991                        

    • Un Détail immense, Palais des Beaux – Arts, Charleroi
    • Das Goldene Zeitalter, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart



    1990                   

    • Threshold, The National Museum of Contemporary Art , Oslo
    • Signs of Life, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia



    1989                 

    • Hortus Artis, Orto Botanico, Turin
    • Color and/or Monochrome, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto
    • Glanzlichter, Städtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn
    • Einleuchten, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg



    1988                  

    • Zeitlos, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
    • Rosc, Dublin
    • Defacto, Charlottenburg, Copenhagen
    • Carnegie International, Pittsburgh



    1987                  

    • Wechselströme, Kunstverein Bonn
    • Documenta 8, Kassel
    • Century 87, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam



    1986                   

    • Falls the Shadow, hte Hayward Annual, Hayward Art Gallery, London
    • Sydney Biennale, Sydney
    • 3. Triennale des Kleinplastik, Fellbach



    1985                     

    • 1945 bis 1885, Kunst in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Nationalgalerie Berlin
    • East West Visual Arts Encounter, Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
    • Castello di Rivoli, Turin



    1982                        

    • University Art Museum, Providence, Rhode Island
    • Documenta 7, Kassel
    • Kunst wird Material, Nationalgallerie, Berlin



    1983                   

    • Ars 83, Helsinki
    • Kosmische Bilder in der Kunst des 20. Jh., Kunsthalle Baden-Baden and The Tel Aviv  Museum
    • Spuren, Skulpturen und Monumente ihrer präzisen Reise, Kunsthaus Zürich
    • De Sculpture, Vienna
    • SkulpturSein, Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf



    1981                  

    • Art Allemagne Aujourd’hui, ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris
    • Annemarie – und – Will – Grohmann - Stipendium, Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden



    1980

    • I. Exhibition of Jürgen-Ponto-Fondation, Frankfurt

                  

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