Bjørn Melhus  (German, 1966) 

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Bjørn Melhus Biography
1966   Born in Kirchheim/Teck, Germany
1985 - 1987   Adolf-Lazi-Schule Stuttgart (Technical college for photography + audiovision)
1988 - 1996   HBK, Braunschweig School of Arts, (Film / Video)
1996   EMARE-Program, Budapest, (European Media Artists in Residence Exchange)
1997 - 1998   DAAD-scholarship, Los Angeles, USA (California Institute of the Arts)
1998   K&ST Fonds, Braunschweig, Germany, (scholarship)
1998   Video Award, Marl, Germany
1998   Prize of the German Filmcritics, EMAF, Osnabrueck, Germany
1998   2nd Award, Transmediale Berlin, Germany
1999   Prize of Kunstverein Hanover 1999 / 2000 (scholarship / studio residency)
1999   Guest Lecturer for Video at the Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany
2001   Prize of the Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
2001 - 2002   New York residency at the ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Program) Sponsered by the Ministry for Sience, Research and Culture, Lower Saxony, Germany
2001 - 2002   Sponsored by the Ministry for Science, Research and Culture, Lower Saxony, Germany
2002   Special Mention Video Award, Marl, Germany
2003   Professor for Video at the Kunsthochschule, Kassel, Germany
2003   German Competition, 49. International Shortfilmfestival Oberhausen, Germany
2005   Residency Kyoto Art Center
Selected Exhibitions
2009   Image Battles - 2000 Years of News from War, Osnabrück, Germany
2009   Comunidad Ficticia, Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile
2009   THREE. The Triptych in Modern Art, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
2009   Gemeinsam in die Zukunft, Kunstverein Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2009   Berlin 89/09, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2009   Organ Mix, Total Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
2009   Mars recovery, Gallery Andreas Grimm, Munich, Germany (solo)
2009   Stil men out there, Operation Room, American Hastanesi, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2009   2. Bienal del fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
2008   Screensavers, Seven Screens, OSRAM, Munich, Germany (solo)
2008   Auto Center drive, Mia Sundberg Galleri, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2008   Deadly storms, GMG gallery Moscow, Russia (solo)
2008   SWITCHER SEX: Video Works and Photography from the Teutloff Collection, Slought Foundation, Pennsylvania / USA
2008   Keine Angst, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany (
2008   Worlds on Video, Palazzo Strozzi, Florenz, Italy
2008   Female Trouble, Pinakothek der Moderne, München, Germany
2008   40jahrevideokunst.de, MAMCS – Museé d´Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
2008   Contour Specials, Kunsthalle Dominikaner Kirche, Osnabrück, Germany
2008   Call & Response, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand- Duc Jean, Luxemburg
2008   After the Light: Moving Image displayed at Night, Radialsystem V., Berlin, Germany
2008   Captain/ Deadly Storms, Denver Art Museum: FUSEBOX, Denver/ USA (solo)
2008   Seven Screens, OSRAM, München, Germany (solo)
2007   The Castle – The Meadow – The City, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2007   art_clips .ch.at.de, ZKM | Center for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
2007   Made in Germany, Sprengel-Museum, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany (group)
2007   Abstraction from the world, Millenium Galleries, Sheffield / UK curated by David Thorp
2007   My Vision, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany
2007   The Evil Part 2 – Pop und Politik, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany
2006   Satellite of Love, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2006   It’s not a Photo, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
2006   Silvercity 1+2, Viafarini, Milan, Italy (solo)
2006   Captain, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy (solo)
2006   Photo-Trafic, Center for Contemporary Images, Geneva, Switzerland
2006   Das 8.Feld. Geschlechter, Leben und Begehren in der Kunst seit 1960, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
2006   40jahrevideokunst.de - Digitales Erbe Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany
2006   It’s not a Photo, Chelsea Art Museum, New York
2006   Lisbeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles
2006   Heavenly Bodies, San Jose Museum of Art
2006   Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
2006   Anstoß Berlin – Kunst macht Welt, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
2006   8 Tage, Leibniz Rechenzentrum, Munich
2006   play station, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
2006   Neuer Reichtum, Kunstverein Kassel
2006   what makes you and I different, Tramway 2/ Project Room, Glasgow
2006   ›Schattenspiel‹ Licht und Schatten in der zeitgenössischen Kunst. Eine Hommage an Hans Christian Andersen, Landesgalerie am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum, Linz
2006   Satellite of Love, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands (group)
2006   Urban Creatures, Pori Art Museum, Pori
2006   Canalgrande, Modena
2006   EGOmania, Just When I Think I've Understood..., Palazzina dei Giardini, c.so
2005   Auto Center Drive, CGAC, Santiago de Compostella (solo)
2005   Bjørn Melhus, Selected Works, Kyoto Art Center, Kyoto (solo)
2005   Eastern western park, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2005   Screening Happy Rebirth, MOMA, New York (solo)
2005   No sunshine, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga (solo)
2005   Geschichtenerzähler, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany (group)
2005   Groupshow, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
2005   Schattenspiel, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense
2005   Me Myself I, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
2005   Fast forward, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain
2005   Eastern western park, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA (solo)
2005   Alias & Alibi, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2005   Kinderszenen – Child’s Play, XII. Rohkunstbau, Schloss Groß Leuthen, Germany
2005   Paisatges Mediátics, Mediascapes Fundció La Caixa, Girona, Spain
2005   Masculinities, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany
2005   Rückkehr ins All, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2005   36x27x10.im White Cube Berlin, Palast der Republik, Berlin, Germany
2004   Tv today, Montevideo, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2004   Face Off, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, USA
2004   PRIMETIME, FACT, Liverpool / UK (solo)
2004   State of Play, Serpentine Gallery, London
2004   Schizorama, NCCA, Moscow
2004   paradise views, Tokyo
2004   Depicting Love, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin / D; Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
2003   über MENSCHEN. Schiller Museum / ACC Galerie Weimar (catalogue)
2003   8th International Istanbul-Biennial (catalogue)
2003   MediaScope, Museum of Modern Art, New York / USA (solo)
2003   Retrospective, Goethe Institute, Kyoto, Japan (solo)
2003   The American Effect, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (catalogue)
2003   STILL MEN OUT THERE, Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt/Main (solo)
2003   STILL MEN OUT THERE, Projektraum, Dt. Künstlerbund, Berlin (solo)
2003   WEEPING Satellite, New York (solo)
2003   Selected Retrospective Screenings: MediaScope, Museum of Modern Art, New York (solo)
2003   Retrospective, Arsenal, Berlin (solo)
2003   PRIMETIME, FACT, Liverpool, UK (solo)
2003   Auto Center Drive, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
2002   Bjørn Melhus - Video, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany (catalogue, solo)
2002   Early Video Works, Goethe-Institut, New York (solo)
2002   Primetime, Lothringer 13 / halle, Munich, Germany (catalogue, solo)
2002   TWINS (with Christoph Girardet) The Garage, Stavanger, Norway (solo)
2002   Sometimes, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY (solo)
2002   Videodrome II, New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, USA
2002   Hautnah, (Selection from the Goetz Collection) Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany(catalogue)
2002   momenta art, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2001   On the Side of the Screen / Video of the 90s, Expopark Exhibition projects, Moscow, Russia
2001   Utopien Heute / Utopia Today, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (catalogue)
2001   I am Someone Else, The Art Connexion, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2001   Du bist nicht allein/you are not allone, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken (catalogue, solo)
2001   Du bist nicht allein/you are not allone, Kunsthalle Göppingen (catalogue, solo)
2001   Primetime, Kunstverein Hannover (catalogue, solo)
2001   Sivercity 1+2, Sprengel-Museum, Hannover, Germany (solo)
1998 - 2001   LIMBOLAND (Film- Video Retrospectiv, selected venues): Goethe Institut Los Angeles / Goethe Institut Toronto / International Videofestival Casablanca / VOID New York / Aurora Picture Show , Housten TX / Ritz Austin TX / KoKi Freiburg / KoKi Stuttgart / KoKi Karlsruhe / Cinemayance Mainz / Babylon Berlin / Caligari Wiesbaden / Lichtmeß Hamburg / Koki Hannover, Halle f. Kunst Lüneburg (solo)
2000   Kennen wir uns, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
2000   Times are changing / Auf dem Wege!, Kunsthalle Bremen, selected pieces of the collection sept. 2000 (catalogue)
2000   DIVE IN, Kunstpanorama, Lucerne, Switzerland
2000   again & again, Galerie Birner und Wittmann, Nürnberg, Germany (solo)
2000   Gute Freunde, Schloß Hardenberg, Velbert, Germany (solo)
2000   Gute Freunde, Kunstverein Wolfenbüttel, Germany (solo)
1999 - 2000   Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
1999   ich bin du, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl (catalogue, solo)
1999   Again & again,Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (solo)