Timeline

1973
Born in Hobro, Denmark
1996–1997
Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (Prof. Thomas Bayrle)
1994–1998
The Academy of Fine Art, Bergen
Lives and works in Oslo

Exhibitions

2012
The Devil’s Fidelity, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
2012
Remote Control, ICA, London, UK
2012
Documenta 13, Kassel, Germany
2011
Matias Faldbakken, The Power Station, Dallas, US (solo)
2011
Television/Moonshine, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, US (solo)
2011
One Night Only, UKS, Oslo, Norway (solo)
2011
To the Arts, Citizens, curated by Joao Fernandez and Oscar Faria, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
2011
Abstract Possible, curated by Maria Lind, Museu Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico
2011
Sculpture Now, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
2011
Anonyme Skupturen, Video und Form in der zeitgenössichen Kunst, Galerie im Taxipalais, Innsbruck, Austria
2011
Situation as Object (Framed), Galerie D.O.R, Brussels, Belgium
2011
Le Printemps de Septembre, curated by Anne Pontegnie, Toulouse, France
2011
Show co-curated by Runa Islam and Arnolfini, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
2011
Secret Societies, curated by Christina Ricupero, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2011
Show curated by Shamin Momin, LAND, Marfa, USA
2011
Stonescape, Napa Valley, USA
2011
Home of Metal, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
2010
Group Show (Almost A4 Person Group Show), (Curator: Brian Kennen), 2nd Cannon Project Space, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2010
Groupshow, Praz-Dellavalade, Paris, France
2010
The Mass Ornament, (Curator: John Rasmussen), Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2010
Galerie Giti Noubakhsch, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2010
You Think You Go But You Gon't, Objectif, Antwerp, Belgium (solo)
2010
The Hills, Standard, Oslo (solo)
2010
Known to Few, Unknown to Fewer, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2010
The Death of Which One Does Not Die, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (solo)
2010
War After Peace (After War), Neue Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen (solo)
2010
The Second Today's Documents, Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
2010
The Moon is an Arrant Thief, The David Roberts Arts Foundation, London, UK
2010
Destruction, Negation, Subtraction, Dissolution, Kentor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
2010
Fresh Hell, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France
2010
To the Arts, Citizens!, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
2010
Suppose it is true after all? WHAT THEN?, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö
2010
An Alpha Disguised as a Beta, Galerie Giti Noubakhsch, Berlin, Germany
2010
The Secret Knows, The Virgin Mobile Free House, Austin, TX, USA
2010
Forms of Organizations I, Red House, Sofia
2010
Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
2009
Shocked Into Abstraction, IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK (solo)
2009
Extreme Siesta, Kunsthalle St. Gallen, Switzerland (solo)
2009
Annen Etage, the annex at the Faculty of Visual Arts, KHiO, Oslo (solo)
2009
Reen Spaulings Fine Art, New York, NY, USA (solo)
2009
The Malady of Writing. A project on text and speculative imagination, (Curator: Chus Martinez), Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, (MACBA), Barcelona, Spain
2009
Black Hole, (Curator: Friedrike Nymphius), Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, Minima Moralia, Marvelli Gallery, New York, US
2009
Our Mirage, Art:Concept, curated by Caroline Soyez-Petithomme), Paris, France
2009
A Completely Normal Exhibition - Overgaden - Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009
Lessons In The Art Of Falling - Norwegian Performance And Process Art 1966-2009 - Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
2009
Paintings by - Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
2009
The Secret Life of Objects - Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, US
2009
FLOORS / WALLS - Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
2008
The Station, curated by: Nate Lowman and Shamim M. Momin, Miami, US
2008
Imaginary Thing, curated by Peter Eeley, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, US
2008
The Reality Effect, curated by Tone Hansen, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway
2008
Shifting Schisms, curated by Kristian Skylstad, Rekord, Oslo, Norway
2008
Occupancy by more than 6 682 685 387 persons is dangerous and unlawful, curated by Pierre Bismuth, Cosmic Galerie, Paris, France
2008
Possibilities of an Island, curated by Ruba Katrib, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, Miami, US
2008
The Station, curated by Shamim M.Momin and Nate Lowman, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, US
2008
ART TLV, at Helena Rubenstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2008
We have never met before, but it's with great anticipation of your understanding that I'm writing you and I hope you will in good faith give a deep consideration to my proposal below, curators: Mikkel E. Astrup and Eivind Furnesvik, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
2008
Revolutions – Forms That Turn, Biennial of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2008
That’s Not How I Remember It, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, US
2008
Records Played Backwards, curated by Daniel Baumann, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
2008
35% VRAI 60% FAUX, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
2008
Zuordningsprobleme, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
2008
Norsk Hydro's Collection, The Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo, Norway
2008
Lights On, The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
2008
The Soft Shields of Pleasure, Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark
2008
E-Flux Video Rental, Centro de Arte Moderna Jose de Azeredo Perdigao – Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal
2008
The Way of the Bummer, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2008
Empty Glass, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008
Simon Lee Gallery, London (solo)
2008
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin (solo)
2007
STANDARD, Oslo (solo)
2007
Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis (solo)
2007
A Hideous Disease, Statements , Art Basel 38, Basel, under the auspices of STANDARD, Oslo (solo)
2007
Possibly Pushed Back Indefinitely – Paintings, Props and Problems (Still Unresolved), STANDARD, Oslo
2007
Memorial to the Iraq War, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
2007
Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2007
E-flux Video Rental, Centre culturel Suisse, Paris and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA
2007
Dislocations (Don't Try Popping Them Back Into Place), STANDARD / Arco, Madrid
2007
Fade Away and Radiate, Cohan and Leslie, New York
2007
Nothing Doing, Standard (OSLO), Oslo, Norway (solo)
2007
I Don't Think So, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, USA (solo)
2007
Depiction Perversion Repultion Obsession Subversion, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2007
Painting, props and Problems (Still Unresolved), STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
2006
Belgrade Culture Centre, Serbia
2006
Room for International Art, Hamburg, and Space Other, Boston, US
2006
Stages of Life - Rhetorics of Emotions, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
2006
E-Flux Video Rental, Arthouse at the Jones Center – Contemporary Art for Texas, Austin, US
2006
47th October Salon, Oktobarski Salon/October Salon, Belgrade, Germany
2006
KAPITEL VII : Buhne des Leben – Rhetorik des Gefuhls”, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich, Germany
2006
Defamation of Character, PS1 MoMA, New York
2006
I Missed the Part Where That's My Problem, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam (solo)
2006
II, Schnittraum, Cologne (solo)
2006
Art, Life and Confusion – The 47th October Salon, ICA / Belgrade Culture Centre
2006
Deep Into That Darkness Peering, Galerie Joanna Kamm, Berlin
2006
The Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo
2006
The Metaphysics of Youth, Fuoriuso, Pescara
2006
A Forest, Filter - the Project Room for International Art, Hamburg, and Space Other, Boston
2006
White Stains, STANDARD (OSLO) / Extra City, Antwerpen
2006
Theater of Life - Rhetorics of Emotions, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich
2006
Mafia (Or One Unopened Packet of Cigarettes), STANDARD, Oslo
2006
Entgrenzung (De-Limitation), Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunste, Berlin
2006
Cluster, The Participant, New York
2006
Draft Deceit, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
2006
Down by Law, Whitney Museum of American Art / Whitney Biennial 2006 / The Wrong Gallery, New York, curators: Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick
2005
Parallel Life, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main
2005
Blast, G Fine Arts, Washington DC
2005
15 Minutes Show, Stedelijk Museum Burau Amstedam, Amsterdam
2005
Start Kapital, STANDARD, Oslo
2005
Populism, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2005
Populism, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main
2005
Populism, The National Museum, Oslo
2005
Populism, CAC, Vilnius
2005
All That Fall, STANDARD, Oslo (solo)
2005
Sharing Space. Dividing Time, The Nordic Pavillion, La Biennale de Venezia, Venice (solo)
2005
New Works, Gallery Huuto, Helsinki (solo)
2005
Social Democracy Revisited, Apexart, New York, US
2005
E-Flux Video Rental, Portikus, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2005
La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (solo)
2004
New in Norwegian Photography, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
2004
Rank Xerox, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen (solo)
2004
Now And Ten Years Ago, Kunst-Werke, Berlin
2004
Standard Escape Routes, ISCP, New York
2004
Criss Cross – Video/Film/Documentary Programme, NIFCA (Touring Exhibition)
2004
LISTE 04, Basel
2004
On Reason and Emotion, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
2004
MOMENTUM – Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss
2004
Emotion Eins, Frankfurter Kunstverein/Ursula Bickle Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main / Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim
2003
Art to the People, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Tromsø Fine Arts
2003
Society, Tromsø; Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arenda
2003
Deathtime, 27. Canal, New York
2003
Getaway, Fotogalleriet, Oslo (solo)
2003
Total Motiviert, Kunstverein München, München
2003
BEKMÖRK, CCAB; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Belgrade
2002
Where Am I? 2, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bjørvika, Oslo
2002
Touching from a distance, Germinations 13, Cork
2001
Gallery Konstakuten, Fanzine 1, Stockholm
2001
The UKS-biennial, Oslo
2001
Osculum Infame, NIFCA Gallery, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki (solo)
2000
Fotogalleriet, Spring exhibition, Oslo
2000
The City Theatre, Stockholm
1998
MAC - Museum of Contemporary Art, All or Nothing (videoscreening), Marseilles
1998
The Society of Young Artists (UKS), Oslo
1998
MK Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas
1997
Kommunikationszentrale, Videoabend
1997
Bockenheim, Frankfurt
1996
Henie Onstad Artcenter, ELECTRA – video room, Oslo

Public Collections

DekaBank, Franfurt am Main, Germany
The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo, Norway
Hydro Art Collection, Oslo, Norway
Telenor Art Collection, Oslo, Norway
The Speyer Family Collection, New York, NY, USA

Literature

2006
"Destination Art - Oslo", BBC World, September 2nd Røed, Kjetil: "Matias Faldbakken", Contemporary Magazine, London, No 85, September 2006, pp 32-35
2006
Faldbakken, Matias: "Matias Faldbakken – Top Ten List", ARTFORUM, New York, September, 2006
2006
Dünser, Severin; Heidmann, Patrick and others (editors): " Upping The Anti", mono.kultur #07, Berlin
2006
Woznicki, Krystian: "Comeback der Anarchie", Telepolis, April 23, 2006
2006
Anders, Friedrikke; Hoffmann, Anke, and Lahr Christian: "Auflösung", RealismusStudio / Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunste, Berlin, 2006, pp. 86-87
2006
Around Photography, January issue
2006
Fassi, Luigi and Zucca, Irina: "The Metaphysics of Youth", Pescara, catalogue
2006
Gaenshaiemer, Susanne; Höner, Julia; Mühling, Matthias, and Schafhausen, Nicolaus: "Theatre of Life - Rhetorics of Emotions", 2006, Munich, pp. 138-139
2006
Parallel Life, catalogue
2006
Draft Deceit, exhibition pamphlet
2005
Allen, Jennifer: "MF+MF" from Sharing Space Dividing Time (Catalogue for Nordic Pavillion, Venice Biennial)
2005
Kunstforum 172, p 356, Emotion Eins; Christian Huther
2004
Flash Art, No.237 July-September 2004, p 47 (Biennale of Sydney); Simon Rees
2004
Flash Art, No.237 July-September 2004, p 55 (Momentum); Arve Rød
2004
Biennale of Sydney 2004, catalogue; Mainstreams/White Terror/Coming Communities; Carissa Rodriguez, MOMENTUM, catalogue; Matias Faldbakken; Ika Kaminka
2003
Kunstverein München, Drucksache fall 2003
2003
Office for Contemporary Art Norway, New Institutionalism; Harnessing the Means of Production, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt
2003
Art to the People (catalogue), Art to the People, Jonas Ekeberg
2003
Kunstverein München; Drucksache spring 2003
2002
Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; A Jerky Flight Around a Desolate Bunker; Andrea Kroksnes
2002
Germinations 13 (catalogue); Inside the 36 Chambers of Communication; Krystian Woznicki
2001
NIFCA-info 3/01; Osculum Infame: The Dark Side of the White Cube, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt
2000
NU: the Nordic Art Review vol III # 3/00; Søren Andreassen and Lars Bang Larsen
2000
NU: the Nordic Art Review vol II # 2/00; Condensation Points, interview by Ralph McDavid