Biography

Torben Giehler was born 1973 in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany.

He lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

 

From 1995 to 1999, he was a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the New York Studio Program. After graduating, he moved to New York City, where he stayed until 2009. In 2000, Giehler had his first solo exhibition at the Leo Koenig Inc. gallery, which was followed by numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world. In 2008, he was honoured with the Falkenrot Prize and an extensive solo exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.

 

Giehler’s trademark painting style revolves around abstract compositions of geometric shapes. He photographs his hand-drawn sketches and edits them digitally before creating large canvasses, often using vibrant colours. Giehler deconstructs cities and landscapes into grids that distil the three-dimensional depth and perspective into straight lines and coloured facets. That way, he manages to capture the impressions of mountains, streets, or buildings with just a few elements. Using many layers of transparent acrylic paint creates visual planes and spaces in which the eye can move around almost as it would in a virtual reality.

 

   Through my paintings I try to understand and process our increasingly complex but also exciting digital world. am interested how we are moving between the real and virtual world. Painting helps me to stay in the real world.  

-  Torben Giehler 

  • EDUCATION

     

    1997 Scholarship I New York Studio Program, New York, USA

    1998 Diploma I School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

    1999 Fifth Year Certificate I School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

     

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

     

    2021 Herforder Kunstverein, Herford, Germany

    2020 “Cloud Of Unknowing”, Nobelhart & Schmutzig, Berlin, Germany

    2014 "Bodmin Pill", Kunstverein Reutlingen, Germany (catalogue) 

    2012 Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke, Belgium (catalogue)

    2011 "Lateralus", Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA

    2009 "Devil In The Woods", Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris

    2009 Galerie SixFriedrichLisaUnger, Munich, Germany

    2008 Falkenroth Preis, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)

    2007 "Invisible Limits", Martin Geier Galerie, Algund, Italy

    2007 "Eis Hexe", Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA

    2006 "Alphaville", Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris (catalogue)

    2005 "Suspended Animation", Arndt & Partner, Zürich, Switzerland

    2004 "Jpeg Twister", Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA

    2004 "Sputnik Sweetheart", Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany

    2003 Paolo Curti & Co., Milan, Italy

    2003 Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain (catalogue)

    2003 The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, USA

    2003 Eleni Koroneou, Athens, Greece

    2002 Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA (catalogue)

    2002 Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany

    2002 Galerie Frank, Paris, France

    2001 Art Dealers Invitational, Marseille, France

    2000 Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA (catalogue)

     

     

    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

     

    2021

    “Expedition”, curated by John Newsom, The Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT

     

    2020

    the shining", curated by DAG, glue, Berlin, Germany

     

    2019

    "Think In Pictures", curated by Animators of Paint and friends, Almenchenko, New York, NY

    XIII Bienal de La Habana, “INTERMITTENT RIVERS”, curated by Maria Magdalena Campos Pons, Matanzas, Cuba

     

    2017

    "Nepolapitelná struktura, The Ticklish Structure", Galerie ume╠îní Karlovy Vary, Carlsbad, Czech Republic

     

    2016 

    "Transformation", Galerie KROME, Luxembourg

    "Die Geschichte hat einen Fehler, zu viele Erzähler!", Kunstverein Gütersloh, Gütersloh, Germany

     

    2015

    "Synthetic Fields", Kunsthalle/PLU 41, Berlin, Germany

    "Tomorrow Is Yesterday", Mikiko Sato Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

     

    2014

    "SUMMER color SHOW", Galerie koal, Berlin, Germany 

    "Between The Lines", Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke, Belgium

    "Glückliche Krieger, Part III", Galerie Mathias Güntner, Hamburg, Germany

    "Freundschaften", Galerie Møller Witt, Aarhus, Denmark

     

    2013

    "3+4 b/w" Taubert Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

     

    2012

    "abstract confusion", Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany (catalogue)

    "Berlin.Status(1)", Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)

     

    2011

    "Forces of Nature: Selection from  the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation" curated by Milam Weisman, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    "Standing On The Never Never", Troels Aargard, Torben Giehler, Karsten Konrad

    Galerie Møller Witt, Aarhus, Denmark

    "Ceci n´est pas abstrait" curated by Nicola Stäglich, L´oiseau présente: Ballhaus Ost, Berlin, Germany

    "I love ALDI", Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (catalogue)

    "abstract confusion", Kunstverein Ulm, Ulm, Germany (catalogue)

    "A Sense Of Place: Landscapes from Monet to Hockney", Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts, Las Vegas, NV

    "abstract confusion", B-05, Kunst- und Kulturzentrum Montabur, Germany (catalogue)

     

    2010

    "Map Out", Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris

    "Changing Soil:Contemporary Landscape Painting (Za Fukei),Nagoya/Boston MFA, Nagoya, Japan 

    "Celebration", curated by Dimitrios Antonitsis, The Museum Alex Mylona, Macedonian MOCA, Athens Greece

    "Elements of Nature, Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation", Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA

     

    2009

    "If You Fake the Plane, Your Nose Will Grow", Kuttner & Siebert, Berlin, Germany

    "Elements of Nature, Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art",Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

     

    2008

    Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH

    Teaching An Old Dog New Tricks, Den Frie Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen, Denmark  (catalogue)

    Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

    "Mixed Emotions: Apuentes para una coleccion del siglo XXI", DA2-Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain

     

    2007

    "Eclectic Eye:Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation", Fine Art Center, Colorado Springs, CO

    "Grups", Hydra School Projects curated by Dimitris Antonitsis, Hydra, Greece

    "Like color in pictures", Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (catalogue)

    "Melvins", curated by Bob Nickas,The Mandrake, Los Angeles, California

    "Fang Wah", Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston, Massachusettes

     

    2006

    "Big City Lab", Artforum, Berlin, Germany

    "Negotiating Reality: Recent Works from the Logan Collection”, Denver University, Denver, Colorado (catalogue)

    “abstract art now - strictly geometrica”, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (catalogue)

    “Made in Germany”, gip international fine art, Burgdorf, Switzerland

     

    2005

    "Generation X: Young Art from the Collection", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

    Prague Biennale 2, Prague, Czech Republic (catalogue)

    “Greater New York”, PS1 New York (catalogue)

    "Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation", Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

    "Self-Preservation Society", Leo Koenig Inc., New York

    "Leaving Cockaigne", Leo Koenig Inc., New York

    "We Can Do It!", Gary Tatinsian Gallery, Moscow (catalogue)

    "From Natural to Techno Universes", Dorsky Galleries, Long Island City, New York (catalogue)

     

    2004

    "Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation"

    New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, Louisiana

    "Surface Tension", curated by Manon Slome, Chelsea Art Museum, New York

    "Old School", with Les Rogers, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida,

    "Treasure Islands", Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

     

    2003

    "A New Modernism for a New Millenium: Abstraction and Surrealism are reinvented in the Internet Age", 

    The Logan Collection, Vail, Colorado (catalogue)

    "Project 244: MetaScape", Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio

    "The Melvins Show", curated by Bob Nickas, Anton Kern Gallery, NYC

    "Painting Pictures",curated by Gijs van Tuyl, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (catalogue)

    "Contemporary Art from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation"

    Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California (catalogue)

    Elrod/Giehler/Parker, Texas Gallery, Houston, Texas

    The Dubrow International, Kravets Wehby Gallery + Roger Smith Gallery, NYC

    "There Is Always Tomorrow", Galleria Marabini, Bologna, Italy

     

    2002

    "Dubrow Biennale 2002", Kagan Martos Galerie, New York

    "Building a Collection: Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art", Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

    "Swing Club", Galerie Michael Janssen, Köln, Germany

     

    2001

    "Superimposition", Caren Golden Fine Art, New York

    Bareikis/Giehler/Saylor, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

    Goldman Teves Gallery, Los Angeles

    "Come on Feel the Noice", Asbaek Galerie, Copenhagen

    "Paper Trail, Pt.2", Brett Shaheen, Cleveland, Ohio

    "Jello", curated by Max Henry, Frederike Taylor Gallery, New York

     

    2000

    "Collector’s Choice", Exit Art, New York

     

    1999

    Traveling Scholarship Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (catalogue)

    Fifth Year Competition & Exhibition, School of the Museum of the Fine Arts, Boston 

     

     

    PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

     

    Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

    Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

    Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, USA

    Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, Greece

    Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany

    Kunsthalle Zürich, Switzerland

    Museum Of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA

    Sonesta Contemporary Art Collection, Boston, USA

    Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, USA

    Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium

    Livestrong Art Foundation, Austin, TX

     

     

    GRANTS AND AWARDS

     

    2008 Falkenroth Preis, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

    1997 101st Recipient of the James William Paige Fund, School Of The Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston

    1996 New York Studio Program Scholarship, School Of The Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston