Agnes Scherer

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Agnes Scherer (b. 1985, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. She studied painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and is a research assistant of Art History and Art Theory at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste / Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main.

Scherer’s work develops unique forms of presentation by inscribing handmade artefacts into holistic theatrical frameworks. With her elaborate operettas and narrative installations, she creates complex pictorial work that resists immediate objectification and commodification, instead demanding from viewers a heightened level of focus and engagement. A persistent questioning that runs through her art-making aims at power relations and their underlying psychologies. Drawing from analyses of artistic, anthropological and cultural history, Scherer adopts artistic strategies that originally served the consolidation of power through the hierarchy of representation and repurposes them with critical intent. Her work often illustrates the uncanny ways in which historical systems, economies and roles are reflected in the present.

Solo and group exhibitions include: Kunstverein Düsseldorf; Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich; Sans titre, Paris; Kunstverein Tiergarten/Galerie Nord, Berlin; Casa Cristea Schneider, Berlin; Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin; Tramps, NY; Langer Donnerstag, Museum Ludwig, Köln; KIT, Düsseldorf; Fanta Spazio, Milan; Kunstmuseum Solingen. 

Education

2005-11
Studies of History of Arts, Classical Archaeology, Empirical Cultural Studies at Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen and University of Vienna, Magistra Artium (Distinction)

2009-16
Studies of Fine Arts, Painting, at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

Teaching

Since 2019
Research Assistant, department of Art History and Art Theory, Prof. Dr. Isabelle Graw, Hochschule für Bildende Künste / Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main 

Residencies

2015
Residency in Longformacus (Nigel Greenwood Art Prize), Scottish Borders, Scotland

Grants – Prizes:

2019
Berlin Art Prize
2016
Young Artist Prize, Kunststiftung NRW
2015
Nigel Greenwood Art Prize

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Solo exhibition, ChertLüdde, Berlin (upcoming)

2020
The Salty Testament, Residency, 1646 – project space for contemporary art, The Hague
The Teacher, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
Coeurs Simples, Galerie Sans Titre, Paris

2019
ORLANDO TUSSAUD, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin
The Very Hungry, Horse & Pony, Berlin
The Teacher, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin

2017
The 7th Seal, 8q, Cologne
Cupid and the Animals, TRAMPS, London

2016
Landbuben, 8q, Cologne

Group Exhibitions

2020
Far Back Must Go Who Wants To Do A Big Jump, Galerie ChertLüdde, Berlin

2019
MASKULINITÄTEN, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
Tales of the Haunted and the Body, Casa Cristea Schneider, Berlin

2018
My Body Doesn’t Like Summer, curated by Stephen Kent, Galerie Philipp Haverkampf, Berlin
Chambre 10, Sans Titre, Paris
Cupid and the Animals, TRAMPS, New York City
Institut für Bienenzucht: Agnes Scherer, Aleksander Hardashnakov, Issy Wood, Liebigstraße 114, Cologne

2017
Hinterland, Realpositive, Schkeuditz
Cupid and the Animals, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Sans Titre, Quai de la Tournelle 45, Paris
La Diablesse, curated by Simone Kennedy Doig, TRAMPS, London

2016
Tie His Hands Gently, curated by Aurel Schmidt, Romeo, New York City
Anfangen Pt. II, Elektrohaus, Hamburg
Mary und der Vulkan, curated by Elmar Hermann, KIT, Düsseldorf

2015
Susy Culinski & Friends, curated by Beatrice Marchi, Fanta Spazio, Milan
Look at the Harlequins!,  Kunstmuseum Solingen, Solingen
Mittagstisch, curated by Alex Heilbron, Ladybug House, San Francisco
In Line with the Curve of Night, curated by Tiziana La Melia, MODEL Gallery, Vancouver 

2014
Klasse Doig, Display Gallery, London

2013
Pleasures, curated by Behrang Karimi, Down At The Studio, Mozartstraße, Cologne
At The Indoor Pond, Parkhaus am Malkasten, Düsseldorf
Sportsgeist, curated by Elmar Hermann, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf
Jenseits der Bühne, Edinburgh Art Festival 2013, Canongate Venture Building, Edinburgh

2011
Fine Line?, KIT, Düsseldorf

Curatorial Projects

2020
Von vielköpfigen Monstern und gestaltloser Gewalt, Claudia Barth, curated by Agnes Scherer, Projektraum sonnundsolche, Düsseldorf
In the tame beast’s eye: a grotto, curated by Agnes Scherer,  (Brunhilde Groult; Tom Hardwick-Allan, Paul DD Smith) , Galerie Zarinbal Khoshbakht, Cologne 

Public Collections
KOLUMBA Museum, Cologne; Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster, Aachen

Bibliography – Selected Articles

2020
“School’s out forever: On Agnes Scherer’s Operetta ‘The Teacher’” by Steven Warwick, Texte zur Kunst, Issue 120 (December 2020): 92-94.
“I’m interested in all forms of object theatre as a way to lend artifacts agency” by Lena van Tijen, on Metropolis M, 6 November 2020, online.
“IN REAL LIFE THERE IS NO REWARD – Review of “Coeurs Simples”, a solo show by Agnes Scherer’ by Sif Lindblad, 26 October 2020, on Arts of the Working Class, Online.
“Sélection galerie: Agnes Scherer à la galerie Sans Titre (2016)” by Philippe Dagen, LeMonde, 2 October 2020, Online. 

2019
“Gewinner des sechsten Berlin Art Prize stehen fest” by Donna Schons, 16 September 2019, on Monopol, Online.
Superfacesurface: Malerei in Berlin #11 Agnes Scherer”, KubaParis, Online. “Agnes Scherer – ORLANDO TUSSAUD”, Kuba Paris, Online.
“Puppet Politics: Artist Agnes Scherer’s Pastiche of Pantomime Power” by Stanton Taylor, 22 May 2019, on Frieze, Online.
“Agnes Scherer” by Steven Warwick, Critic’s Picks on Artforum, Online.