Selected works by Andreas Gefeller

Andreas Gefeller
Untitled (Academy of Arts, R 220)


C-Print, Dibond, UV-protection

180 x 139 cm

In 1998, at a picnic with a friend who had fallen asleep, Andreas Gefeller felt the urge to photograph the scene from above, “as from a satellite”, and he later glued the pictures together to form an overview. The result reminded him both of the composited pictures of space he had seen as a child and David Hockney’s collages.

Andreas Gefeller
Untitled (Academy of Arts, R 217)


C-Print, Dibond, UV-protection

180 x 139 cm

Wanting to explore place and objects to which he felt an attachment, or ‘had metaphorical value’, he decided to take the compositing strategy one step further by employing the computer to do the stitching. What makes the Kunstakademie pictures so extraordinary is a paradox: the views are both fictive (the human eye could never see the rooms like this), yet real (the artist could take off the roof to prove it!).

Andreas Gefeller
Untitled (Academy of Arts, R 210)


C-Print, Dibond, UV-protection

180 x 139 cm

In the digital age, it seems that distinctions between categories like ‘conceptual’ and ‘documentary’ are increasingly irrelevant.
Individually, Gefeller’s works are compositions of up to one hundred individual photographs, so seamlessly combined that they appear as straightforward overhead views.

Andreas Gefeller
Untitled (Academy of Arts, R 209)


C-Print, Dibond, UV-protection

180 x 139 cm

The works shown here are details from the overall piece (almost 4 metres long and composed of thousands of images) which shows an entire floor of the academy. Gefeller likens the individual rooms to the zoom function in Google Earth: it responds to the same human desire to get closer, to unlock secrets, to see through walls.

Text by William A Ewing

Andreas Gefeller's Biography

Andreas Gefeller
Born in 1970 in Düsseldorf, Germany
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany


The Japan Series, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York
Andreas Gefeller, Photographs, Kunsthalle Erfurt

The Japan Series, Thoams Rehbein Galerie Köln
Andreas Gefeller, Photographs, Landesgalerie Linz
Andreas Gefeller – Photographs, Münchner
Stadtmuseum Sammlung Fotografie

Andreas Gefeller, Photographs, Stadtgalerie, Saarbrücken
Andreas Gefeller, Recent Works, Hasted Hunt Gallery, New York

Andreas Gefeller, Supervisions, Zern, Berlin
Andreas Gefeller, Supervisons, Kunstverein Augsburg
Andreas Gefeller, Thoams rehbein, Galerie Köln

Supervisions, Hasted Hunt Gallery, New York
Supervisions, Kunstverein Heinsberg

Supernatural, Dubbelbee Gallery, Amsterdam

Supervisions, Campus Galerie, Bayreuth
Supervisions, Loerakker Galerie, Amsterdam

Kunstpreis der Stadt Nordhorn, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn
Supervisions, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Cologne

Archespective, Loerakker Galerie, Amsterdam

Soma, Galerie Hohmann, Hamburg


Photography: Out of Focus, Saatchi Gallery, London
Dark Sights, Thomas Rehbein Galerie, Köln

Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz, Art Foyer DZ Bank, Frankfurt a.M.
Spannungsbogen. Figur und Raum. Aus der Sammlung, Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus
A to Z – 26 Great Photographs from the Norton Collection, Norton Museum, West Palm Beach
Fotopreis der Alison und Peter Klein Siftung, Kunstwerk, Nussdorf

Who want to use my windows?, Paolo Maria Deanesi Gallery, Rovereto
European Eyes on Japan – Japan Today Vol 12, Antrepo No 5, Istanbul
Landscape without Horizon, Museum Schloss Moyland

Pittoresk – Neue Perspektiven auf das Landschaftsbild, MARTa Herford
Realtà Manipolata – Manipulating Reality, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Ferne Nähe – Natur in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Kunstmuseum Bonn
Nature and Nation, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem
Veto – Zeitgenössische Positionen in der deutschen Fotografie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Quest, Zern Galerie, Berlin
Rethinking Landscape: Photography from the Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Virginia, USA
Domestic Scape, Galerie Reckermann, Köln
Human/Nature: Recent European Landscape Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
Angelandet. Die Sammlung im neuen Haus, Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus
Chisel, New York Photography Festival
Wert-Schätzung, Sander Collection, Berlin
Real Photography Award, Amsterdam

Made in Germany, Kunstverein Hannover
Spectacular City, NRW Forum, Düsseldorf
Unter Sternen − Aus der Sammlung Willy Michel, Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf, Schweiz

Tschernobyl, Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin
Perceptions of Everyday Life, Veletrzni Palace, Tina B. Art Festival, Prague, Czechia
Room with a View, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Prix du Festival Voies Off, Arles, France
Homestories, Galerie Münsterland, Emsdetten
On the Road − Unterwegs, Galerie Herrmann & Wagner, Berlin
Spectacular City, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Les Grands Spectacles, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Hidden Sites, Groningen, Netherlands
ev+a, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland
Constructed Moment, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Leadaward, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

Gezähmte Natur, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlung, Cottbus
Encontros da Imagem, Braga, Portugal
Festival Images, Vevey
Urbane Räume, Eur. Architekturfotopreis 2003, Goethe-Institut, Budapest
Biennale de Liège, Espace d'Art Contemporain, Liège

Umbo Photopreis, Städtische Galerie Lippstadt
Große Kunstausstellung NRW, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen
Rückblende: Hochsommer, with Norbert Bisky, Sven Kroner and others, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren
Die Verheißung des Individuellen, Städtische Galerie Leinfelden
Andreas Gefeller, Josef Schulz, Thomas Proffe, Galerie 14-1, Stuttgart
Urbane Räume, Eur. Architekturfotopreis 2003, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

Peter Keetmann Preis 2002, Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg

Reinhart Wolf Preis 2001, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg