Gregor Schneider (German, b.1969) was born in Rheydt, Germany. He had his first art show in 1985, when he was 16, at Galerie Kontrast in Stockholm, Sweden. He went on to attend multiple art institutions between 1989 and 1992, including the Art Academy of Düsseldorf and the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany. From 1999 to 2003, he was a professor at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg, and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Schneider’s work revolves around the reconstruction of rooms and other architectural spaces, which is epitomized in his Haus u r, where he redesigned the interior of a house in Rheydt, Germany. Taking this idea one step further, he constructed a similar house at the 2001 Venice Biennale called Totes Haus u r, which won him the Golden Lion prize. In 2007, he created a divisive 400 square meter installation made up of 21 cells on Bondi Beach in Australia. Schneider was the center of controversy in 2008 when he declared his desire to create a space for someone to die in. In 2011, he presented his Sterbraum at Kunstraum Innsbruck in Austria.

Timeline

1969
Born in Rheydt, Germany
1985
Construction of the House u r, Rheydt
1989–1991
Construction of the completely insulated, dead rooms, Giesenkirchen
1990–1991
Construction of an unknown work in the disappearing village of Garzweiler
1995
Construction of the completely insulated guest room, Rheydt
1995
Art Awards NRW
1995
Grant from the Kunstfonds e.v., Bonn
1995
Grant from the Foundation for Art and Culture, NRW
1996
Grant from the Institute of Foreign Relations, Stuttgart
1996
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff Grant
1997
Award for the Promotion of Catalogues from the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung
1998–1999
Grant from the City of Bremerhaven
1999
Grant from the Villa Romana, Florence
2001
Golden Lion Prize for the Best National Participation, 49th Venice Biennale
2002
Paper-Art-Award, Verband Deutscher Paperfabriken VDP
2006
Best Exhibition Of The Year, Contemporary Art in Belgium 2006
2010
Günther Peill Kunstpreis
2011
GREGOR SCHNEIDER. Toter Raum, Rom 2010, Fondazione Volume
2011
GREGOR SCHNEIDER DOUBLE, 40 Jahre Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
Lives and works in Rheydt

Exhibitions

2012–2013
Kabinettstücke, Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany
2012
Nahum Tevet and Gregor Schneider, Pension, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2012
connected - verbunden, Villa 1912, Kröpelin, Germany
2012
Haus ur 1 u 14 (Schlafzimmer), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2012
Oh, Plastiksack!, Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland
2012
Lost Places, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2012
Keller, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2012
Art and Press, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
2012
Utopie Gesamtkunstwerk, Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
2012
Stadt und Land, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
2012
Sterberaum, Muzeum Narodowe w Szczecinie, Szczecin, Poland
2011–2012
DEAD_LINES? Todesbilder in Kunst-Medien-Alltag, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
2011–2012
minimal and beyond, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2011–2012
Sterberaum, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria (solo)
2011–2012
Polen-Deutschland. 1000 Jahre, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2011–2012
Punto Muerto, Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2011
The Second Strike, The Third Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel
2011
Gregor Schneider Doubel, 40 Jahre Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2011
GARAGE 2009, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (solo)
2011
Façade: Through a Glass Darkly, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, United Kingdom
2011
Intensif-Station, K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
2011
it´s all Rheydt, Cima Gallery Private Ltd, Kolkata, India (solo)
2011
Investigations of a dog, DESTE Foundation, Athens, Greece
2011
LEO BAECK SALON NO. 9 (THE FINE ART ISSUE), Tolmien, Berlin, Germany
2011
Investigations of a dog, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
2011
Gregor Schneider Fotografien, Galerie Nelson - Freemann, Paris, France (solo)
2010–2011
Schöner wohnen, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010–2011
Minimal, maximal, Klasse Schneider Bahrain, Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya, Manama, Bahrain
2010–2011
Figura cuncta videntis (the all-seeing eye) / Homage to Christoph Schlingensief, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, Austria (cat.)
2010–2011
Margins of Silence, The Helga de Alvear Foundation, Caceres, Spain
2010–2011
Investigations of a Dog, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
2010–2011
Von Carl Andre bis Gregor Schneider. Dorothee und Konrad Fischer: Archiv einer Haltung, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany
2010–2011
neues rheinland. die postironische generation, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (solo)
2010
Fotografie und Skulptur, Gallery Sadie Coles HQ, London, Great Britain (solo)
2010
Double, 40 Jahre Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2010
La Disparition, New Galerie, Paris, France
2010
Gregor Schneider, Gallery Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2010
special vision: deeper than surface, Deutscher Künstlerbund e.V., Berlin (solo)
2010
ISTANBUL, ATHENS, MARRAKECH, PALERMO, CATANIA, museo d'arte contemporanea della sicilia, Catania, Italy
2010
Intensif-Station, K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010
Away and Boil Your Head, Fondazione Puglisi Cosentino, Catania, Italy (solo)
2010
More is more, Center of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Toruñ, Poland
2010
En Privat 2. L'opció desamble, Museu d'Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
2010
Toter Raum, Tokio 2010, Gallery Wako Works of Art, Tokyo, Japan
2010
Gallery, Galerie, Galleria, Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin, Italy
2010
Aufbau, Klasse Schneider Bremerhaven, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany
2010
Erste Veränderung, Gregor Schneider, Kunstmuseum Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany (Solo)
2010
Wegen Sanierung der Toilettenanlage ist das Kabinett geschlossen, Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany (solo)
2010
Toter Raum, Rom 2010, Fondazione Volume!, Roma, Italy
2010
With a Probability of Being Seen. Dorothee and Konrad Fischer. Archives of an Attitude, Museu D'art Contemporani De Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2010
Cube Neuchâtel 2011, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
2010
Silent Revolution - Eine neue Sammlungspräsentation, K21, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010
Aber Schwarz ist doch gar keine Farbe!, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
2009–2010
Investigations of a Dog, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
2009–2010
Collection: MOCA's first thirty years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
2009–2010
Zeigen. Eine Audiotour durch Berlin von Karin Sander, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2009–2010
Double, 40 Jahre Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2009–2010
Kaldor Public Art Projects: 40 years, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2009–2010
Garage 2009, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach, Germany
2009
Gregor Schneider Beach Cells, Herzliya Beach, Herzliya Museum, Herzliya, Israel (solo)
2009
Kunstfehler - FehlerKunst, ACC Galerie Weimar, Weimar, Germany
2009
Political/Minimal, ms - Muzeum Sztuki, Lódz, Poland
2009
Time, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
2009
Gregor Schneider, Dommuseum zu Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria (solo)
2009
Kunstfehler - FehlerKunst, HALLE 14, Leipzig, Germany
2009
Subversive Spaces, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, Great Britain
2009
Goldfish Suddenly Dead, Extra City Centre for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
2009
Nothingness and Being, Seventh Interpretation of La Coleccion Jumex, Fundación/Colección Jumex, Ecatepec, Mexico
2009
n/a, NS - Dokumentationszentrum Köln, Köln, Germany
2009
Take the Money and Run, Warehouse de Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2009
Cube Documentation, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland
2009
Gregor Schneider, Herzliya Museum, Herzliya, Israel (solo)
2009
Come-in: Interior Design as a Contemporary Art Medium in Germany, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
2009
MAN SON. 1969 - Vom Schrecken der Situation, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2009
Subversive Spaces, The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchenster, Great Britain
2009
Cella, Complesso Monumentale di San Michele a Ripa Grande, Roma, Italy
2008–2009
Political/Minimal, KW Kunst-Werke Berlin, Germany
2008–2009
Medium Religion, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany
2008
End, Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany (solo)
2008
MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
2008
La Maison Rouge, Paris
2008
DOUBLINGS, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Switzerland
2008
Wako Works of Art: 15 Years/Part IV, Wako Works of Art, Tokyo
2008
süßer duft, La Maison Rouge, Paris
2007
lines, squares and cubes, Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Germany
2007
connected., Altes Museum / BIS-Zentrum, Mönchengladbach, Germany, curated by Hubertus Wunschik
2007
WEISSE FOLTER, K20K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany, curated by Julian Heynen, Brigitte Kölle (solo, cat.)
2007
Timer 01, Triennale Bovisa, Milano, Italy
2007
18:Beckett, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, Canada
2007
19-20:30UHR 31.05.2007, Magazin der Staatsoper Berlin, Germany
2007
1st Athens Biennial 2007 'Destroy Athens', Technopolis of the City of Athens, Greece, curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio, Augustine Zenakos
2007
RAUM. Orte der Kunst, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany, curated by: Matthias Flügge
2007
spectacular space, galerie bob van orsouw, Zurich, Switzerland
2007
Visit(e), Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium, curated by Eugen Blume, Anette Hüsch (cat.)
2007
Bondi Beach, Kaldor Art Projects, Bondi Beach, Australia, curated by John Kaldor
2007
Bodycheck, 10. Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach, Germany, curated by Matthias Winzen
2007
Okkult. Filme und Videos zu Spuk und Psychokinese, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
2007
MARTa schweigt., MARTa Herford gGmbH, Herford, Germany, curated by Jan Hoet, Michael Kröger (Cat.)
2007
Reality Bites - Kunst nach dem Mauerfall, Stiftung Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim, Germany, curated by Sabine Eckmann (Cat.)
2007
Rockers Island. Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, curated by Thomas Olbricht (Cat.)
2007
La cittá che sale. We try to build the future, ARCOS - museo d´arte contemporanea sannio, Benevento, Italy
2007
Into Me / Out of Me, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, Italy, curated by Klaus Biesenbach
2007
What does the jellyfish want? Fotografien von Man Ray bis James Coleman, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
2007
Das schwarze Quadrat Hommage an Malewitsch, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, curated by Hubertus Gassner (Cat.)
2007
Wonderwall - Constructing The Sublime, Tomio Koyama Gallerie, Tokyo, Japan, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers
2007
Milwaukee art Museum, Milwaukee, USA, curated by Margaret Andera (solo)
2007
Reality Bites, Mildred Lane Kamper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA, curated by Sabine Eckmann
2006–2007
Into Me / Out of Me, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, curated by Klaus Biesenbach
2006–2007
Bilderhaus Schattenraum, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland
2006–2007
My Private escaped from italy, Centre international d'art et du paysage de L'île de Vassivière, Ile de Vassivière, France, curated by Barbara Casavecchia, Anna Daneri (Cat.)
2006–2007
18:Beckett, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, Canada, curated by Séamus Kealy (Cat.)
2006–2007
Glaskultur - ¿Qué pasó con la trasparéncia?, Centre d’Art la Panera, Lérida, Spain
2006–2007
Andreas Slominski und Gregor Schneider, Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, curated by Jürgen Wesseler, Udo Kittelmann
2006
Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy (solo)
2006
Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2006
Testigos/Witnesses, NMAC Foundation, Cadiz, Spain
2006
Mapping the Studio, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2006
18: Beckett, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
2006
MY PRIVATE escaped from Italy, Centre International d'art et du paysage, Ile de Vassiviére, France
2006
3Farben - BlauWeissRot 13, Rohkunstbau 13, Berlin, Germany, curated by Mark Gisbourne
2006
Dark Places, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, USA (group)
2005
Empreinte Moi, Galrie Emmanuel Perrotin (group)
2005
Cube Venice 2005, Venice Biennial, 2005 (group)
2005
Bidibidobidiboo: Works from the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Torino, Italy (group)
2005
Threshold, Max Wigram, London, Great Britain (group)
2005
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal, curated by Ulrich Loock (solo, cat.)
2005
Der Kunst Ihre Räume, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
2003
Gregor Schneider. Hannelore Reuen, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany(cat.)
2003
My Private # 1, via Pasteur 21, Milan, Italy
2003
Dead Haus u r, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA at The Geffen Contemporary (Cat.)
2003
Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
2003
Aspen Art Museum
2002
Haus u r, Stiftung DKM (Foundation for Art and Culture, Duisburg), Duisburg, Germany (solo) (Cat.)
2002
Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany
2002
Fotografie und Skulptur, Museum für Gegenwartkunst, Siegen, Germany (cat.)
2002
Performing Buildings, Moderna Museet, Swedish National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Stockholm, Sweden
2001
Die Samlung Olbricht Teil 2, Firtst View, Wolfgand Schoppman and Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen and Sammlung Olbrecht, Essen, Germany
2000
Amateur/Eldsjäl, Variable Research Initiatives 1900 & 2000, Gothenborg Konstmuseum, Sweden
2000
00: Drawings 2000, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA (cat.)

Literature

2012
Punto Muerto, Gregor Schneider, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, Spain
2011
GREGOR SCHNEIDER DOUBLE, 40 Jahre Kabinett für Aktuelle Kunst, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2011
GREGOR SCHNEIDER. Toter Raum, Rom 2010, Fondazione Volume, Rome, Italy
2010
END, edited by and with essays by Anita Shah and Susanne Titz
2010
Das Sterben als Kunstwerk?, Wako Works of Art Co.,Ltd., Japan
2009
Gregor Schneider Cubes, Edited: Ory Dessau, Herzliya 2009
2009
Andreas Slominski und Gregor Schneider - Hochzeit, Edited: Mario Kramer & Moritz Wesseler, Bremerhaven 2009
2008
MÖMA, Edited: Anke Johannes & Jan Koch, Berlin 2008
2008
Stations: 100 Masterpieces of Contemporary Art, DuMont Buchverlag, Köln, 2008
2008
You Dig the Tunnel, I'll Hide the Soil, White Cube, 4 April - 10 May 2008.
2008
Gregor Schneider Doublings, Museum Franz Gertsch, 18 April – 15 June 2008
2008
Paixóns Privadas, Visións Públicas Collections D.O. Galicia, Museo de Arte
2008
Contemporánea de Vigo, Vigo, Spain
2008
Raab, Thomas, et al, Gregor Schneider, Walther König
2007
Fischer, Hartwig, Rockers Island Olbricht Collection Museum Folkwang, Essen 5.Mai- 1. Juli 2007, Steidl/Folkwang Museum, Essen, 2007.
2007
Timer: Intimacy, Ed. Gianni Mercurio and Demetrio Paparoni, Skira Editore, Italy, 2007
2007
Into Me/Out of Me, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2007
2006
Schmidt, Jason, Artists, Edition 7L, Paris, 2006