Agnes Scherer

Agnes Scherer (1985, Lohr am Main, Germany) lives and works in Berlin and Salzburg. She studied painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf and is currently a professor of Painting at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.

Scherer’s work develops unique forms of presentation by inscribing handmade artifacts 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, her work often illustrates the uncanny ways in which historical systems, economies and roles are reflected in the present.

Previous solo exhibitions include: Kunstverein Düsseldorf; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen;  PAGE, New York; Kunstverein Heidelberg; 1646, The Hague; Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich; Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin; Horse & Pony, Berlin; TRAMPS, New York.

Collections: Moderna Museet, Stockholm; FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims; KOLUMBA Museum, Cologne; Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster, Aachen

Education
2009 – 2016
Studies of Fine Arts, Painting, at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

2005 – 2011
Studies of History of Arts, Classical Archaeology, Empirical Cultural Studies at Eberhard-Karls-University, Tübingen and University of Vienna, Magistra Artium (Distinction)

Teaching
2021 – ongoing
Professorship at the painting department at Mozarteum, Salzburg

2019 – 2021
Scientific 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

2024
Woe and Awe, Sadie Coles HQ, London
Savoir Vivre, ChertLüdde, Berlin

2023
Ein seltsames Spiel, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen
Casper a la mode, by  PAGE (NY), Bel Ami, Los Angeles
Savoir Vivre, curated by Søren Grammel, Kunstverein Heidelberg, Heidelberg

2022
Fancies, Page, New York
A thousand times yes, Sans Titre, Paris

2021
The Notebook Simulations, curated by Eva Birkenstock, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
My refuge, my treasure, without body, without measure, ChertLüdde, Berlin

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

2018
Cupid and the Animals, TRAMPS, New York City

2017
The 7th Seal, 8q, Cologne

2016
Landbuben, 8q, Cologne

Group Exhibitions

2024
Other Side of Hope: 9 Days, Curated by Wumen Ghua, See Gallery, Paris

2023
My Demons My Angels, ChertLüdde, Berlin
Antéfutur, curated by Sandra Patron, CAPC Bordeaux, Bordeaux

2022
K60, Wilhelm Hallen Berlin
Spirits, LORE DEUTZ, Cologne

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
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 

Bibliography – Selected Articles

2024
“Lanzenvergleich Agnes Scherer bei ChertLüdde” by Lara Brörken, gallerytalk March 14, 2024, online.

2023
“10 Years of Kinderhook & Caracas 2011-2021,” edited by Kinderhook & Caracas, Bom Dia Books, 2023, Berlin, DE. ISBN: 9783964360687

2022
“FABEL VOM ABGESCHÖPFTEN: Jan Verwoert on Agnes Scherer at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf” by Jan Verwoert, Texte zur Kunst, Issue 125, March 2022, pp. 213-216.

2021
“Wie die Künstler des Barock interessiert Scherer weniger die Improvisation, sondern “das ganz Elaborierte”” by Elke Buhr, on Monopol, May 2021, pp. 76-78.
“Gallery Weekend Berlin 2021: Dieses Jahr ist alles anders” by Anna Meinecke, on Gallerytalk, 27 April 2021, online.
“My refuge, my treasure, without body, without measure: Agnes Scherer at Gallery ChertLüdde”, on Special Ops, Spring 2021, Online.

2020
“School’s out forever: On Agnes Scherer’s Operetta ‘The Teacher’” by Steven Warwick, Texte zur Kunst, Issue 120, December 2020, pp. 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.