Wolfgang Laib  (German, 1950) 

Wolfgang Laib (German, b.1950) was born on March 25, 1950, in Metzingen, Germany. He studied medicine at the University of Tubingen from 1968 to 1974. After completing his studies, he went on to focus on art and Eastern philosophies, including Taoism and Zen Buddhism.

Laib uses natural materials, such as marble, beeswax, milk, pollen, and rice in his work. The conceptual artist is best known for his use of yellow pollen in his pieces. He collects this pollen from the area surrounding his German home, harvests it, and then exhibits it in various ways.

Laib has exhibited his work in various prestigious institutions and art fairs, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, NY, the Musée de Grenoble, in France, and the Venice Biennale, in Italy. In 2003, he received the Kulturpreis Baden-Württemberg. The artist currently lives and works in Hochdorf, Germany.

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Wolfgang Laib, Reishaus


Wolfgang Laib

Buchmann Galerie
Wolfgang Laib, Fussabdrücke, Palitana, Gujarat, Nordwestindien


Wolfgang Laib
Fussabdrücke, Palitana, Gujarat, Nordwestindien

Galerie Andrea Caratsch
Wolfgang Laib, Passageway inside – downside


Wolfgang Laib
Passageway inside – downside

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Wolfgang Laib, Ohne Titel


Wolfgang Laib
Ohne Titel

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Wolfgang Laib, Rice House


Wolfgang Laib
Rice House

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Wolfgang Laib, You will go somewhere else


Wolfgang Laib
You will go somewhere else

Galerie Andrea Caratsch
Wolfgang Laib, Untitled


Wolfgang Laib

Buchmann Galerie
Wolfgang Laib, Reishaus


Wolfgang Laib

Buchmann Galerie
Wolfgang Laib, The Cobra Snakes are Coming out of the Well at Night


Wolfgang Laib
The Cobra Snakes are Coming out of the Well at Night

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Wolfgang Laib, A Wax Room For a Mountain


Wolfgang Laib
A Wax Room For a Mountain, 1994
screenprint w/ unique handcoloring in yellow oilstick


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Wolfgang Laib, Tomb Near Hospet


Wolfgang Laib
Tomb Near Hospet, 2001-2009
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Wolfgang Laib, Polline


Wolfgang Laib
pollen on glass


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1950   Born in Metzingen, Germany
1968 - 1974   Studied medicine at the University of Tubingen
  Lives and works in Hochdorf, Germany
2012   9th Gwangju Biennale 2012, South Korea
2011 - 2012   180°: Die Sammlung im Kubus, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany (group)
2011 - 2012   Private Sessions, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (group)
2011   Private Passions, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
2011   Wolfgang Laib: Unlimited Ocean, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL (solo)
2011   Wolfgang Laib: Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2010 - 2011   ColorForms, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpturre Garden, Washington DC
2010   Sin principio - sin fin, Museo Nacional de Arte de La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia
2010   Wolfgang Laib, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2010   “Grain of Emptiness: Buddhist Inspired Contemporary Art,” Rubin Museum, New York, NY
2010   Grass Grows by Itself, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
2009 - 2010   Taswir - Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2009 - 2010   Without Place – Without Time – Without Body, Nelson-Atkins-Museum, Kansas City
2009   Wolfgang Laib, Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent, Switzerland
2009   Wolfgang Laib: Without Time – Without Body – Without Place, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
2009   Pasotraspaso, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico-City
2009   Wolfgang laib, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy
2008 - 2009   Nature. Contemporary Art from the ALTANA Collection, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
2008 - 2009   SOLUNALLETS, St.Matthäus-Kirche, Berlin
2008   Fondation pour l'art contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France (cat.)
2008   Wolfgang Laib, Museé de Grenoble, Grenoble (solo)
2008   Now You See It, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2008   Ressonância, Resonance, Resonanz: Iran do Espírito Santo, Callum Innes, Wolfgang Laib, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2008   Artist’s Choice: Vik Muniz, Rebus, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2008   Nature, Contemporary Art from the Atlanta Art Collection, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
2008   Without Place – Without Time – Without Body, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France (solo)
2008   Fiac Paris, France
2007 - 2008   Buchmann Lugano, Agra/ Lugano
2007   PURE, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2007   Japan and the West, Kuntsmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2007   Wolfgang Laib: Without Time-Without Body-Without Place, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007   Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Box, Berlin
2007   Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin/Beijing
2007   Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
2007   Without Beginning – Without End, MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofía, Madrid, Kunstmuseum Bonn (solo)
2006   Reishäuser, Buchmann Galerie Berlin (solo)
2006   SITE Santa Fe Biennal 2006, SITE Santa Fe
2006   Monuments with a Horizon Line, Buchmann Galerie Berlin
2006   FRIENDLY GAME SCULPTURE 06 Freundschaftsspiel, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
2006   At Home Recent Acquisitions, MMoCA - Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Madison/ WI
2006   Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2006   Centre Pompidou, Paris
2006   MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2006   Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
2006   Villa Massimo, Rome
2006   Galerie Beyeler, Basel (solo)
2006   Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lasalle-Sia, Singapore (solo)
2006   Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland City, New Zealand
2006   SITE Santa Fe Sixth International Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
2005   Kunstmuseum Bonn
2005   Hanoi University of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam (solo)
2005   Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (solo)
2005   Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (solo)
2005   Buchmann Lugano – Skulpturenprojekte und Kunsthandel, Agra/Lugano
2005   Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tämaki, New Zealand (solo)
2005   Retrospektive, Fondation Beyeler, Basel (solo)
2005   MACRO - Museo d`Arte Contemporaneo Roma (solo)
2005   Wolfgang Laib – Werk op paper, foto’s, De Pont Tilburg – De Pont foundation for contemporary art, Tilburg/ NL (solo)
2005   Passageway-Overgoing, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western (solo)
2005   Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Crawley/ Perth (solo)
2004   The Armory Show 2004, International Fair of New Art, New York/Buchmann Galerie
2004   Gallery Rizziero Arte, Pescara (solo)
2004   Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou / Kanton, China (solo)
2004   Buchmann Galerie Cologne, Germany (solo)
2004   The Fine Line (Between Something and Nothing), Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.
2003   20 ans des FRAC. Le cabinet d’Ann Philbin, FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France
2003   Updated Collection Presentation (IV), MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium.
2003   National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
2003   Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo
2003   Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame
2003   Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota
2003   The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2003   Buchmann Lugano – Skulpturenprojekte und Kunsthandel, Agra/ Lugano
2003   Gallery Caratsch de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich (solo)
2002   Goethe-Institut, New York
2002   San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla/CA
2002   Haus der Kunst, Munich
2002   Folkwang Museum, Essen
2002   Des goûts et des couleurs, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lons-le-saunier, France
2002   Prière(s), Musée d’ Art et d’ Histoire, Saint-Denis, France
2001   Locating Drawing, Lawing Gallery, Houston, Texas.
2001   The Inward Eye: Transcendence in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
2001   Minimalia, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2001   Before Reflexion Begins, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI
2001   + vrai que nature, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
2001   Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale/Arizona
2001   Buchmann Skulpturenprojekte Lugano
2001   Sprengel Museum Hannover
2001   Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas/Texas
2001   Henry Art Gallery, Seattle/Washington
2000   Matrix 188, Berkely, California
2000   Hirshhorn Museum, Washington
2000   Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
2000   Buchmann Galerie, Cologne
1999   Carée d'Art, Musée d'art contemporain Nîmes, France
1998   The Arts Club of Chicago Chicago
1997   Buchmann Galerie, Basel (solo)
1997   Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe Orangerie, Germany
1995   Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
1994 - 1995   Camden Arts Center, Camden Arts Center London, England
1994   German Art: Aspekte Deutscher Kunst 1964-1994, Der Salzburg Festspiele 1994 Salzburg, Germany
1994   Drawing on Sculpture, Cohen Gallery New York, NY
1994   German Art 1964-1994, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris, France
1993 - 1994   J.H. de Pont Foundation, J.H. de Pont Foundation Tilburg, the Netherlands
1993 - 1994   The Henry Moore Studio, The Henry Moore Studio Yorkshire, England
1993   Sperone Westwater, Sperone Westwater New York, NY
1993   Galerie Buchman, Galerie Buchman Basel, Switzerland
1993   Les Environs, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery New York, NY
1993   A Century of Silence, University Art Museum SUNY, Binghamton, NY
1993   The 21st Century, Kunsthalle Basel Basel, Switzerland
1993   Azur, Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Jouy-En Josas, France
1993   GAS, Grandoise Ambitieux Silencieux, Capc, Musee d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux Bordeaux, France
1992 - 1993   De Opening, De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art Tilburg, Holland
1992 - 1993   The Language of Flowers, Paul Kasmin New York, NY
1992 - 1993   Capc, Musee d'Art Contemporain Bordeaux, France
1992 - 1993   Kunstmuseum Bonn Bonn, Germany
1992 - 1993   The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
1992   Burnett Miller Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1992   Wolfgang Laib, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France
1992   Museo Comunale d'Arte Moderna Ascona, Italy
1992   The Douglas Hyde Gallery Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
1992   Galleria Artiaco Naples, Italy
1992   Vorhut aus dem Hinerland, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany
1992   Exposition Sentimentale, Musee d'Art Moderne Collioure, France
1992   Anselmo, Laib, Nauman, Umberg, Anselmo, Nauman, Miller Nordenhake Cologne, Germany
1992   Habeas Corpus, Stux Gallery New York, NY
1992   15th Anniversary Exhibition, Rhona Hoffman Gallery Chicago, IL
1991   Un Detail Immense, Palais de Beaux-Arts Charleroi, France
1991   Das Goldene Zeitalter, Wurtembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
1991   With Nature, Galerie Lelong New York, NY
1991   The Lick of the Eye, Curated by David, Shoshana Wayne Gallery Santa Monica, CA
1991   Galerie Crousel-Robelin Bama, Galerie Crousel-Robelin Bama Paris, France
1991   Wolfgang Laib, Pollen Installations, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, NM
1991   Sperone Westwater, Sperone Westwater New York, NY
1991   Gallery Senda Hiroshima, Japan
1991   Galerie Buchmann Basel, Switzerland
1991   Kanransha Tokyo, Japan
1990 - 1991   Lightseed, Watari-um, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
1990   Galerie des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Belgium
1990   Kunstmuseum Luzern Lucerne, Switzerland
1990   Galerie Konrad Fischer Dusseldorf, Germany
1990   Burnett Miller Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1990   Rhona Hoffmann Gallery Chicago, IL
1990   Kabinett fur aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, Germany
1990   Galerie Buchmann Basel, Switzerland
1990   Threshold, The National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Norway
1990   Signs of Life, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA
1990   Lead adn Wax, Stephen Wirtz Gallery San Francisco, CA
1990   5th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Burnett Miller Los Angeles, CA
1990   Gallery Lelong, Curated by Burne, Gallery Lelong New York, NY
1989   Hortus Artis, Orto Botanico Turin, Italy
1989   Color and/or Monochrome, The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
1989   Glanzlichter, Stadtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
1989   Einleuchten, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
1989   Musee Departemental de Rochechouart, Musee Departemental de Rochechouart Cateau de Rochechouart, France
1989   Fundacio Joan Miro Barcelona, Spain
1989   Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
1989   Galerie Buchmann Basel, Switzerland
1989   Galerie Crousel-Robelin Bama Paris, France
1989   Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
1988   Wolfgang Laib: Selected Works, Burnett Miller Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1988   Lichtjahr 1988, Ruine der Kunste Berlin, Germany
1988   Zeitlos, Hamberger Bahnhof Berlin, Germany
1988   Rosc Dublin, Ireland
1988   Defacto, Charlottenborg Copenhagen, Denmark
1988   Carnegie International 88, The Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, PA
1988   Gallery Lelong New York, NY
1988   Des Moines Art Center Des Moines, Iowa
1987   Galerie Buchmann Basel, Switzerland
1987   Wechselstrome. Kontemplation, Expression, Konstruktion, Bonner Kunstverein Bonn, Germany
1987   documenta 8, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Germany
1987   Bremer Kunstpreis 1987, Kunsthalle Bremen Bremen, Germany
1987   Century 87, Oude Kerk Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1987   New Locations, Wolff Gallery New York, NY
1986   Ouverture II, Castello di Rivoli Turin, Italy
1986   Falls the Shadow, Recent British and European Art, The Hayward Annu, Hayward Art Gallery London, England
1986   The Sixth Biennale of Sydney 1986: Origins, Originality + Beyond, Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, Australia
1986   3., Triennale der Kleinplastik Fellbach, Germany
1986   De Sculptura, Wiener Festwochen im Messepalast Vienna, Austria
1986   ARC, Musee d'Art Moderne Paris, France
1986   Galerie Maeght Lelong New York, NY
1986   Galerie Crousel-Hussenot Paris, France
1986   Capc, Musee d'Art Contemporain Bordeaux, France
1985   Wolfgang Laib, Robert Ryman, Ian Wilson, Maeght Lelong New York, NY
1985   Kunstverein St. Gallen, Kunstverein St. Gallen St. Gallen, Germany
1985   Whitechapel Art Gallery London, England
1985   SkulpturSein, Stadtische Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Germany
1985   1945 bis 1985, Kunst in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany
1985   East West Visual Arts Encounter, Jehangir Art Gallery Bombay, India
1985   Spuren, Skulpturen und monumente ihrer prazisen Reise, Kunsthaus Zurich Zurich, Switzerland
1984   the rice meals for the nine planets, Kabinett fur aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, Germany
1983   Stadisches Museum Abteiberg, Stadisches Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Germany
1983   the sixty-three rice meals for a stone, Konrad Fischer Dusseldorf, Germany
1983   Materie + Form, ETH, Naturwissenschaftliches Gebaude Zurich, Switzerland
1983   Ars '83 Helsinke, Ateneumin Taidemuseo Helsinki, Finland
1983   Kosmische Bilder in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Staatliche kunsthalle Baden-Baden;Tel Aviv Museum Baden-Baden, Germany and Tel Aviv, Israel
1982   University Art Museum Providence, RI
1982   documenta 7, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Germany
1982   Kunst wird Material, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany
1982   Gewad Gent, Belgium
1982   Galerie Konrad Fischer Zurich, Switzerland
1982   Biennale Venice, Italy
1981   Sperone Westwater Fischer New York, NY
1981   Galerie Max Hetzler Stuttgart, Germany
1981   Galerie Chantal Crousel Paris, France
1981   Kabinett fur aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, Germany
1981   Art Allemagne Aujourd'hui, ARC, Musee d'Art Modern Paris, France
1981   Annemarie-und-Will Grohmann-Stipendium, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden Baden-Baden, Germany
1980   I. Ausstellung der Jurgen Ponto-Stiftung, Karmeliterkloster Frankfurt, Germany
1980   Ink, with Brice Marden, Gerhard Merz, Gilberto Zorio, Zurich, Switzerland
1979   Sperone Westwater Fischer New York, NY
1979   Kabinett fur aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, Germany
1979   Galerie Jean et Karen Bernier Athens, Greece
1978   Galerie Rolf Preisig Basel, Switzerland
1978   Galleria Salvatore Ala Milan, Italy
1978   Galerie Konrad Fischer Dusseldorf, Germany
1978   Kunstraum Munchen Munich, Germany
1976   Galerie Muller-Roth Stuttgart, Germany
  Musée d'art contemporain, Nîmes, France
  Musée départemental de Rochechouart, France
  The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany
  Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Germany
  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
  The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  The Museum of Modern Art, New York
  capc Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
  Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  Collections de l'Etat Français
  De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
  Diözesanmuseum, Cologne, Germany
  Kunsthaus Zürich, Germany
  Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany