Anselm Reyle (German, b.1970) was born in Tübingen, Germany. He studied at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. In 1998, he moved to Berlin and opened a gallery community with other artists, such as John Bock (German, b.1965), Berta Fischer (German, b.1973), and Michel Majerus (Luxembourger, 1967–2002). In 1999, Reyle worked in the artists’ co-operative gallery Andersen’s Wohnung and Montparnasse. He worked for several art institutions in Germany, such as Berlin University of the Arts and Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, where he was appointed as a professor of painting and drawing in 2009.

In his works, Reyle combines Abstract elements with various materials. For instance, his foil paintings are made of colored foil and Plexiglas, and his stripe paintings are made of car paint. For his African sculptures, he used traditional motifs and techniques, but with an exciting ambivalence regarding reflection and glaze. Since 2001, Reyle has worked in his atelier in Berlin with a team of assistants.

The artist’s works have been shown worldwide, including at solo exhibitions held at Kunsthalle Zürich in 2006, Kunsthalle Tübingen in 2009, and Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, in 2012.


Born in Tübingen, Germany
Graduated from the Karlsruhe Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe, Germany
Received the ARKEN Art Prize
Lives and works in Berlin


Into the Void, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Electric Spirit, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Ultracore, Anselm Reyle, Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (solo)
BubeDameKoingAss.Michael Kunze, Anselm Reyle, Thomas Scheibitz, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Mostly West: Franz West and Artist Collaborations, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, UK
Back to Earth, Gerisch Stiftung, Neumunster, Germany
schon komplex – komplex schon, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany
Mystic Silver, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Anselm Reyle, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Taipei, China
Anselm Reyle, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark (permanent exhibition)
Stolen Fantasy, Schinkel Pavillon (with Franz West), Berlin, Germany
Surface Tension, Future Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Grenzgänge, Villa Schöningen, Berlin, Germany
Brucennial 2012, VMS LLC Vito Schnabel, New York, USA
Raw materials-Vom Baumarkt ins Museum fur Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, Germany
Collaborations & Interventions, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Undervaeker-Mestervaerker fra danske privatsamliner, Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
Golden Spider, Michael Schultz Gallery Seoul, South Korea
Anselm Reyle, Arken Museum, Ishøj, Denmark (solo)
Anselm Reyle, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokio, Japan (solo)
Anselm Reyle, Des Moines Art Center, IA, USA (solo)
Halleluhwah, ABTART, Stuttgart; Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Germany
Säen und Jäten - Volkskultur in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Cobra Museum, Amstelveen //travelling exhibition
Lustwarande 2011 – Blemishes, Park De Oude Warande, Museum De Pont, Tilburg, Netherlands
Indian Mylar Vision, Galerie Isa, Mumbai, India
Meissen Debris Acropolis, Gagosian Gallery, Athens, Greece
Anselm Reyle feat. Franz West, Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France
Anselm Reyle, Andersen’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
Little Cody, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Art, Stars & Cars, Mercedes‐Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany
On Taste – The Good, the Bad and the Really Expensive, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden‐Baden, Baden‐Baden, Germany
Con Amore – Leif Djurhuus Samling, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
MEISSEN ArtCampus, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
We the artists: An exhibition bringing together local and foreign artist, The National Museum and Art Gallery, Trinidad and Tobago
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (solo)
Kukje Gallery Seoul, South Korea (solo)
Arise, Sammlung Heiner Bastian, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Exquisite Corpse Project, Tanja Grunert, New York, NY, USA
So many choices in the world, so many boys, so many girls, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Säen und Jäten – Volkskultur in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany
Bilder über Bilder. Diskursive Malerei von Albers bis Zobernig aus der Daimler Kunstsammlung, Mumok, Vienna, Austria
Gegen die Form. Informel 1954-2010, Cruise&Callas, Berlin, Germany
Wall and Floor, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
Illuminations (After Rimbaud), Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery, New York, USA
Western Art Exhibition, Kaikaikiki, Taipeh, China
Director´s Choice, Arken Museum, Ishøj, Denmark //travelling exhibition
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
High Ideals & Crazy Dreams, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Harte Gefühle, SILVER SHED, New York, USA
Think Pink, GAVLAK, Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Städtische Galerie Bietigheim, Bietigheim, Germany // travelling exhibition
Missing Beat, Sommer Contemporay Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Aspekte des Sammelns, Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria
Minimal Means, The Frank Cohen Collection, Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK
Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany (solo)
Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Almine Rech Gallery, Paris (solo)
Säen und Jäten – Volkskultur in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Städtische Galerie Ravensburg, Germany
Berlin 2000, Pace Wildenstein, New York, NY
Magritte et la Lumière, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels
Aye Pop Ping! with Peter Halley, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
With You I Want to Live: An Exhibition of Paintings, Sculputures, and Photographs from the Collections of Gordon Locksley and Francie Bishop Good + David Horvitz, Museum of Modern Art, Fort Lauderdale, USA
Schickeria - Photogala, Babette Bar, Berlin
Beyond Black, White, and Gray, L&M Arts, New York
Antes de ayer y pasado manana; o lo que puede ser pintura hoy, MACUF Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Union Fenosa, La Coruna, Spain
White Earth, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
ROOMING IN! Claus Andersen visits Patricia Low, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gtsaad, Switzerland
Unmonumental, The New Museum, New York, NY, USA
Eurocentric, Part 1, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, USA
Abstract Vision, Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland
Kusama, Parrino, Reyle, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Abstrakt/Abstract, Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Germany
Always there, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Räume 1, Boros Collection, Berlin, Germany
Zuordnungsprobleme, Galerie Johann König, Berlin, Germany
Depletion, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Techne, Galerie Haas und Fuchs, Berlin, Germany
The Hamsterwheel, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
NOW: Selections from The Ovitz Family Collection, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, USA
Biennale van de schilderkunst. Het genot van het kijken, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
Is it tomorrow yet?, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Re-dis-play, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
A Fair Show: Slang and Cool Orthodoxy, Galleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy
Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities – Section III: Department of Pigments on Surface: Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
The Artist’s Dining Room: Manfred Kuttner, Anselm Reyle, Thomas Scheibitz, Level 2 Gallery, Tate Modern, London, UK
Organic Abstraction, Gallery Peleton, Sydney, Australia
Die Macht des Dinglichen. Skulptur heute!, Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin, Germany
Ruinöse Abstraktion: Es gibt Dinge, die kann man nicht erklären, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
Old Space New Space: Anton Henning, Katy Moran, Anselm Reyle & Hayley Tompkins, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA
The 7th Dream, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY, USA (solo)
The 5th Dream, The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow, UK (solo)
The Construction of Harmony, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France (solo)
Sequence 1, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Grotjahn, Hirst, Parrino, Reyle, Richter, Stingel, Warhol, Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Eurocentric, Part 1: New European Art from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection / Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami, USA
Mario Testino: At home, Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, USA
Unmonumental: The Object in the 21st Century, The New Museum, New York, USA
PAINT-O-MANIA: Neue Malerei aus Deutschland, Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany
New Abstract Painting, Krammig & Pepper Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Big City Lab, Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Berlin – Zurich, Arndt & Partner, Zurich, Switzerland
Boisterous - Loud And Energetic, ANDERSEN_S, Copenhagen, Denmark
Black/White & Chewing Gum, Krobath Wimmer, Vienna, Austria
Tasty, Konsortium, Dusseldorf, Germany
Caput Mortuum, Galerie Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Valley Of The Snake Ladies, ANDERSEN_S, Copenhagen, Denmark (solo)
ARS NOVA, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
23, Sydney Non Objective, Sydney, Australia
Painting As Presence / This Is Not A Love Song, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Faster! Bigger! Better!, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
Mushrooms, kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico
Strange I’ve seen that Face before, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Classical: Modern I - Klassische Moderne aus der Sammlung DaimlerChrysler, DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Surfaces Polyphoniques, Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète, France
Painting in Tongues, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Born Again, Austellungsraum Ursula Werz, Tübingen, Germany (solo)
Life Enigma, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany (solo)
36 x 27 x 10, White Cube Berlin at the former Palast der Republik, Berlin, Germany
Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Expanded Painting, Prague Biennial 2, Prague, Czech Republik
Das neue Schwarz, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
Sculptures d’appartement, Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France
Kir Royal - Schickeria, Carlos Depot, Berlin, Germany
Split, The Approach, London, UK
Mallorca Open. Principles of Construction, Centro Cultural Andratx, Majorca, Spain
La nouvelle peinture Allemande, Carré d’art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes, France
Start Kapital, Standard, Oslo, Norway
Trilogy Of Broken Light, The Modern Institute/ Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow, UK (solo)
The Art Of Anselm Reyle, Gavin Brown‘s enterprise, New York, NY, USA (solo)
Formalismus, Moderne Kunst heute, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Minimalism And After III, Neuerwerbungen DaimlerChrysler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
It’s All An Illusion, A Sculpture Project, migros museum für gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland
The Hollows Of Glamour, Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury, UK
Sculpture now!, Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK
Licht und Farbe, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
La partie continue 2, le Crédac - Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry, Ivry-sur-Seine, France
Silver Convention, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
Elephant Juice (o sexo entre amigos), kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Gavin Brown‘s enterprise, New York, NY, USA
Definitively Provisional, Whitechapel Project Space, London, UK
Deutschemalereizweitausenddrei, Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
Christiane und Anselm Reyle zeigen neue Arbeiten im Hagenbucher, Hagenbucher, Heilbronn, Germany
Unplugged, Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporena, Trento, Italy
Hands Up, Baby, Hands Up!, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
RomaRomaRoma, Rome, Italy
My Head Is On Fire But My Heart Is Full Of Love, Charlottenborg exhibition space, Copenhagen, Denmark
Hell, Galerie neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Big Brown Bag, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
Here And Now, Büro Friedrich, Berlin
At the Edge of Forever, Roma Roma Roma, Rome, Italy (solo)
Trust, Jennifer Flay Gallery, Paris
Viva November, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Die Vertreibung der Händler aus dem Tempel, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben Treptow, Berlin, Germany
Circles 5, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Musterkarte, Galerie Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, Spain
Beyond, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (solo)
Sympathie!, Montparnasse, Berlin, Germany
Genre Painting, G7, Berlin, Germany
Face The Black, Maschenmode, Berlin, Germany
Luftgitarren, Marienstraße 1a, Berlin, Germany
Anselm Reyle, Giti Nourbakhsch Gallery, Berlin
Andersen´s Wohnung, Berlin (solo)
Seekers at the gate of Dawn, Hobby Pop Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany (with Dirk Bell) (solo)
Japanische Keramik, Maschenmode, Berlin (with Klaus Winichner) (solo)