General Info

Born 1957 in Vienna, Austria
Lives and works in Cologne, Germany

Solo Exhibitions

2021
The Mephisto Hours, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin

2020
Josef Strau: Spirits and Objects… and How Non-Productive Love Is Sometimes Contained in Them…, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf

2019
How to be an Angel Painter, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zürich
The Prototype, Gaga, Los Angeles, CA

2018
Tears And New Tears, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, NY

2017
Invitation Epiphany, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen

2016
Rainy Day and Hundred of Water and Everything, dépendance, Brussels
“THE POSTORS”, Goton, Paris
Loyalties, House of Gaga, Mexico-City

2015
A Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment), Secession, Vienna

2014
Turtles + 8 Paintings + Yellow Brown Blue, Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv
My Divid’ed House
, Vilma Gold, London
The New World, Application for Turtle Island, The Renaissance Society, University of Chicago

2013
Greetings from our Garden of Condesa, The Jewels of Moctezuma, Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services, New York
Übersetzungsbüro – Office for Duplication, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
EDITION REPETION COMPETITION, House of Gaga, Mexico-City

2012
Exercises ab initio…, Greene Naftali, New York

2011
3 Exercises: anrufen, bekennen, wegwerfen, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

2010
The Balalaika Moment, dépendance, Bruxelles
The Why Does This All Happen To Me Experience, House of Gaga, Mexico City
Vienna and Jerusalem (with Martin Guttman), Pro Choice, Vienna

2009
The Space of Words, MUDAM, Luxembourg
The Oriental Therapies
, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin
Vorschlag zur Erneuerung des Gedenkens an den Tod des Autors und auch zur gleichzeitigen Erweiterung durch die Leselampe der Schreiber, WHITE HEAT, presented by Künstlerhaus Stuttgart/ Hermes und der Pfau, Stuttgart
Iniquities Suspend, RowleyKennerk Gallery, Chicago

2008
18 Iniqities, Greene Naftali, New York
A Dissidence Coincidence But WHCTLJS, Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo

2007
Voices and Substitutes, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Voices, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
The Tabernacle on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Institut im Glaspavillon, Berlin
“Why Doesn’t my Plant Grow Anymore?” and Other Works of Lament (…), Vilma Gold, London
Josef Strau, dépendance, Brussels

2006
Don’t Climb the Pyramids, Greene Naftali, New York
Invited by Yilmaz Dziewior, Bibliothekswohnung Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Berlin

2002
Nazis of Suburbia, Greene Naftali, New York

1998
a, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne

Group Exhibitions

2020
Busan Biennale 2020: Words at an Exhibition–an exhibition in ten chapters and five poems,Busan – curated by Jacob Fabricius

2019
Holly Village, Bodega, New York
“Il est une fois dans l’Ouest”, Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, Bordeaux

2018
Lampen, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich
dog chews shoes, Ampersand, Lisbon
Role Models, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland – curated by Rob McKenzie

2017
Souvenir, Alto Refugio, Paternal, Buenos Aires
Section Littéraire
, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
L’image, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich – curated by Vincent Romagny
Infected Foot, Greene Naftali, New York
Passages of Neo-Avantgarde, Austrian Culture Forum, Warsaw and at the polish institute, Budapest

2016
“…and yet one more world”, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg
Pure Fiction, Marian Goodman, Paris
Night Thoughts, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of the Art, New York
Quodlibet, Lempertz, Brussels
The Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner collection, Centre Pompidou, Paris – curated by Christine Macel, Elisabeth Suss man, and Elisabeth Sherman
Pure Fiction, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris
Night Thoughts, CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York – curated by Jody Graf
Poesie der Veränderung, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

2015
to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer, Mumok, Vienna
Welcome You’re in the Right Place, organized and designed by AIRBNB Pavilion, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
Works on Paper, Greene Naftali, New York
A Turtle Dreaming (… Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphon ic Treatment), Wiener Secession, Vienna

2014
No Such Thing as History: Four Collections and One Artist, Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich
Über Das Radikale Nebeneinander – On Radical Juxtaposition, Halle für Kunst, Luneburg
Abandon the Parents, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
House of Gaga presents Single Moms,
Vilma Gold, London
KARST, FAX, Plymouth
The Promise, Arnolfini, Bristol
A Needle Walks Into a Haystack, Liverpool Biennial, collaboration with Stefan Tcherepnin, Southard Reid, curated by Sarina Basta and Mary Rinebold, London

2013
Letter Tunnels, Frieze Projects, London
Pétrone/Pétrole, AIR DE PARIS, Paris
Some Redemptions, Soloway, New York – curated by Josef Strau
X-Mas show, Galerie Franscesca Pia, Zürich
Counter-Production (Part 2), Index – Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm
The Whole Earth, Haus der Kulturen und der Welt, Berlin

2012
Florbelles (after Sade), Air de Paris, Paris
La Demeure Joyeuse II, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich
Perros Negros Presents Perros Negros, A Post-Posteriori, New Jersey, Basel
Counter-Production
, Generali Foundation, Vienna
Keine Zeit, 21er Haus – Belvedere Wien, Vienna
Context Message, Zach Feuer, New York
How do it know?, Essex Street, New York
Donde el lenguaje es al material, Casa del Lago, Mexico-City

2011
Jahresgaben 2011 / 2012, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Quodlibet III – Alphabets and Instruments, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin
Dystopia, CAPC, Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux
Time Again, Sculpture Centre, New York
A Different Person, Badischer Kunstberein, Karlsruhe
True Faith, Andersen’s Contemporary Copenhagen, Copenhagen
FAX, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge

2010
Novel, dépendance, Brussels
The Pursuer, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
The Evryali Score, David Zwirner, New York
The Baghdad Batteries, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Queens
At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Negation, Subtraction, Dissolution, arranged by Front Desk Apparatus, Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles
Josef Strau and Clegg&Guttman, Pro Choice, Vienna and Jerusalem
The Inhabitants, Vilma Gold, London
Light from Light, MAAP, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and Shanghai Library, Shanghai – curated by Kim Machan
The Milk Drop Coronet, Camera Austria, Graz

2009
Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
My Summer Show, Galerie Lelong, Paris
evas arche und der feminist (carte blanche), The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis
Scorpio ́s Garden, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin
Looking Back, White Columns, New York
The Space of Words, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

2008
Manifesta 7, Trentino
One Season in Hell, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin
Novel,
Bibliothekswohnung Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Berlin
iamb: Through the Limbo of Vanity: R.H.Quaytman + Josef Strau
, Vilma Gold, London
Galerie Catherine Bastide and dépendance, Brussels
Works on Paper by Gallery Artists and Ricci Albenda, Greene Naftali, New York
“Neutre Intense. It ́s gonna rain”, Maison populaire, Montreuil,
France – curated by Christophe Gallois

2007
Secret-Flix, Neue Alte Brucke, Frankfurt
Years-In-Review-Installation, Vilma Gold – organized by Joseph Strau
Door Slamming Festival, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin – curated by Dominic Eichler
dépendance at Galerie Neu, Galerie Neu, Berlin
Wonderwall—Constructing the Sublime, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo – curated by Anna Cathatina-Gebbers
Shandyismus, Wiener Secession, Vienna – curated by Helmut Draxler
New Domestic Landscape, Kjubh Kunstverein, Köln – curated by Caroline Nathusius
design by accident, Croy Nielsen, Berlin

2006
…:ICAL KRBBR PRDLY PRSNTS GART JAS, JON KLSY, JOSF STRA, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main
Make Your Own Life: Artists In and Out of Cologne, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; curated by Bennett Simpson (Additional Venues: Power Plant, Toronto; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, 2007)
Looking Back, White Columns, New York
Next to Kin, Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Minotaur Blood, Galerie Fortescue Avenue, London – curated by Gionata Bonvicini
La maman et la putain, Air de Paris, Paris – curated by Eva Svennung
Our Marvellous Ambition, Vilma Gold Project Space, Berlin
Von der Abwesenheit des Lagers, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden

2005
The Gone Wait, Gagosian Gallery Berlin – curated by Tobias Buche
Possession, Paul-Linke-Ufer, Berlin – curated by Dominique Eichler

2004
Mg, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Zeichnungen Werkleitzbiennale, Halle – curated by Ariane M Fligen Arbeitsschutz, Wandbilder, WBD, Berlin
Editionen 4 Jahre WBD, Berlin

2003
Photo +, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
Photo +, Prague Biennale 1, Prague

2002
The Nazis of Suburbia, (Ökonomien der Zeit) – curated by Hans-Christian
Dany and Astrid Wege, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Pictures, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

2000
The Inheritage, Video for Coal By Any Other Name, organized by S. Dillemuth, Colin De Land Fine Art, New York
hey, international competition style, TENT, Rotterdam – curated by Amelie von Wulffen and Dirk Schmidt
Produktivität und Existenz, organized by Die Beute, Bethanienhaus, Berlin
Deutsche Kunst in Moskau, Central House of Artists, Moscow
Snowflake Office, organized by C. Kr, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

1999
The Castle (with Amelie von Wulffen), Snowflake Office, Galerie Walbr Dorf

1998
SUUM SUUN AKVY `73, Laden Schillerstr. 32, Berlin
Kunstb60, Wien with The Nazis of Suburbia

1997
Die krumme Pranke, Video with A. Creischer, A. Siekmann, A. von Wulffen

1993
Friesenwall 120, Cologne, co-curated with Stefan Dillemuth 1990-1993, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne
Pat Hearn Gallery, New York (with S. Dillemuth)
Parallax View: New York-Cologne, P.S. 1, New York
Four Walls, New York (with S. Dillemuth)

1991
Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne
Kunstraum Daxer, M (with S. Dillemuth)

1990
Raum Masse 10, Hamburg (with C. von Bonin)

Selected Public Collections

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
ZKM Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe