Selected works by Silke Schatz

Silke Schatz


Mixed Media

140 cm diameter height variable
Memories – one’s own and those one inherits – are a central concern of Silke Schatz’s approach to making objects. She describes the drawn line as “the extension of a thought”, and her spectral drawings of buildings designed in her hometown of Celle, Germany by modernist architect Otto Haesler have the quality of memory’s unstable presence in the mind.
Silke Schatz


Pencil and colourpencil on paper

240 x 290 cm
Much like medieval ‘memory palaces’ – imagined architectural structures, designed to aid in memorising texts – Schatz’s drawings attempt to impose the logical structure of actual space on the messy stuff of human thought. Like the partiality of memory, architectural drawings show an ideally unpopulated vision of the world; their ruled perfection is a kind of expunging of human unpredictability. Schatz’s drawings accept this, overlaying spatial information in complex layers, rendering the imagined space of utopian modernism uninhabitable and distant.
Silke Schatz
Celle, Siedlung Georgsgarten Block I and Wall Mural, 2006 after otto haesler 1927


Leadpencil and Colorpencil on Paper

2 parts; 230 x 165 cm, 230 x 82.5 cm
Similarly, in her mixed media mobile Mothership, Schatz recreates twentieth-century aesthetics in terms designed to show up its distance from the present. Concentric rings of cardboard, painted in dazzling hues and inlaid with text and photographic clippings from newspapers, hang from the ceiling, like a modernist chandelier, revealing and concealing their interiors as they turn. Like the memory of an object once seen and held in the mind, Schatz’s work is a wilfully quixotic object, the lightness and frailty of its construction part of its examination of memory’s failures.
Silke Schatz


Lagerfeuer 1950s found lamp with eight coloured lightbulbs 71 cm Diameter, approx 100 cm from floor Figures: Martha und Erich Schatz Clothing, Shoes, Wig, Wood, Cardboard, Photocopies on Fabric, Filling Material, hains, Screws, Lamp, Wire 190 x 102, Drawing: Celle, Thaers Gartenhaus, lead pencil on coloured paper, 294.5 x 460 cm (2 parts)

Silke Schatz


Mixed Media

187 x 51 x 43 cm
Silke Schatz
MatarĂ© – Study I


Ink and photocopies on paper

47 x 68.5 cm

Text by Ben Street

Silke Schatz's Biography

Silke Schatz
Born in 1967, Celle, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne, Germany


Neuer Kunstverein, Wuppertaler, Germany

Extra Langenhagen, Kunstverein Langenhagenand and Kapelle im Eichenpark, Langenhagen, Germany
Space Drawings (with Caroline Beyer), Kunstmuseum MĂŒlheim an der Ruhr , Germany

I love psycho, Meyer Riegger, Berlin

St John For Augsburg, Wilkinson Gallery, London

Public/Private, Wilkinson Gallery, London
Radical Self / Wurzelkind, Bomann-Museum und Kunstverein Celle
beloved, Experimental Space, Le Plateau, FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris

TerezĂ­n 2005, Kunstverein und Stiftung Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen
TerezĂ­n 2005, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe

The Kleinfamilie, Wilkinson Gallery, London

Exhibition with Johannes Wohnsiefer, KornelimĂŒnster, Aachen, Germany

Ich merkte, dass was passiert war, denn ich bin ja nicht dumm, Borgmann & Nathusius, Cologne
verorten, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe
Art Unlimited, Art 32 Basel

Transmission, Wilkinson Gallery, London

Open Eyed Daydream, Brent Sikkema, New York
Schnitt Ausstellungsraum, Köln mit Hartwig Schwarz
Hellwacher Tagtraum, Kunstverein Braunschweig (cat.)

HE IM AT, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe

The Meinersen-Show, KĂŒnstlerhaus Meinersen (cat.)


Schauplatz Stadt, Kunstmuseum Mulheim an der Ruhr, Germany

AN_Eignungen, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany

Only paper and yet the whole world
, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
Art Special, Hansa, Gymnasium, Cologne, Germany

Imperium Konflikt Mythos, 2000 Jahre Varusschlacht, Lippisches Landesmuseum Detmold (with Anselm Kiefer)

Aesthetic Complex, Kunstverein Augsburg, Germany
Re-collecting, Raub- und Restitution, Museum fuer Angewandte Kunst (MAK) , Wien (cat.)
Wessen Geschichte, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany
On Interchange, Zwischenspiele einer Sammlung, Museum Kurhaus Kleve und Sammlung Mataré, Germany
Vertrautes Terrain, ZKM, Museum fĂŒr Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe (cat.)
Deutschland, Deutschland, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Venlo NL

Um-kehrungen, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (cat.)
Modelle fur Morgen: Köln, curated by Vanessa J. Muller and Nikolaus Schafhausen, European Kunsthalle, Cologne
Reality Bites, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum St Louis, USA; opelville Ruesselsheim (cat.)
Walden- oder das Kind als Medium, Kunsthaus Dresden

Archipeinture, Le Plateau, FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris; Camden Arts Centre, London
Eine Person allein in einem Raum mit Coca-Cola-farbenen WĂ€enden, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz

Time Lines, Kunstverein fur die Rheinlande und Westfalen, DĂŒsseldorf
MARTa zeigt StĂŒcke der Sammlung, MARTa Herford (cat.)
post_modellismus, Galerie Krinzinger Projekte, Wien (cat.)
farsite, Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexiko; in site 05, San Diego- Tijuana (cat.)
Der Kunst ihre RĂ€ume, Bonner Kunstverein
Press Play, Green on Red Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Interiour View, Artist explore the language of architecture, De Zonnehof, Amersfoort; First Site, Colchester, GB; Fri-Art.
Centre d’Art Contemporain, Fribourg, CH; Museum Moderner Kunst, Klagenfurt, Austria (cat.)
Rear View Mirror, Kettle’s yard, Cambridge (cat.)
Contemporary Art from Cologne, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
Manifesta 5, San Sebastian, Spain
doku/fiction - Mouse on Mars - reviewed and remixed, Kunsthalle DĂŒsseldorf (cat.)
mengenbĂŒro, The Changing Room, Stirling

Zeichnungen, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany
A Nova Geometria, Galeria Fortes Vilaca, Sao Paulo, Brazil
International Paper, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (cat.)
Ausland, domoBaal contemporary art, London (cat.)

Domestic, Apexart, curated by Jan Hoet, New York,
Drawing On Space, Project Arts Center, Dublin
Drawing Book of Space, fa projects, London
Die Kraft der Negation, Theater der Welt, Schauspielhaus, Koeln
Persönliche PlÀne, Kunsthalle, Basel (cat.)

A Sport And A Pasttime, Greene Naftali, New York
2001 New Settlements, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen
Come In, 5 year touring exhibition of Institut fuer Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa), Stuttgart;
Museum for Contemporary Art and Art Galerie L-ART Kiew, Ukraine (cat.)
Playing Amongst the Ruins, MA curating course, Royal College of Art, London (cat.)

Turning into a Loop, GiĂł Marconi, Milan
Kabinett der Zeichnung, touring exhibition of Kunstfonds Bonn (cat.)
ZeitWenden Ausblick, Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Ludwig Wien und KĂŒnstlerhaus Wien (cat.)
Include me out, invited by K.Kartscher and J.Chilver, London
escape_space, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany (cat.)
German Art in Moscow, Central House of Artist, Moscow curated by INIT Kunsthalle, Berlin/Cologne
Hallöchen, Hallöchen, Galerie De Lege Ruimte, Gent, Belgium

ZeitWenden Ausblick, Kunstmuseum Bonn (cat.)
Lokalzeit/Lokal Time, 1.Biennale Niedersachsen, Kunstverein Hannover, Schloss Agathenburg, Stade (cat.)
Invite par Eric Hattan, Silke Schatz et Olivier Dollinger a SKOPIA Art contemporain, Geneve
Private Werte, KĂŒnstlerwerkstatt Lothringer Strasse, Munich
bildung, Grazer Kunstverein, steirischer herbst ‘99

Songs from a Room,, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe
Surfacing – Contemporary Drawing, ICA, London
Inglenook ll, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal Illinois, USA
Osygus, Produzentengalerie Hamburg

Junger Westen, Kunsthalle, Recklinghausen, Germany (cat.)
3.NiedersÀchsische Medientage, Kunstverein Wolfsburg
Eröffnung-Opening-Opnun, with D. Gordon, H. Hallson, P. Kaltenmorgen, Villa Minimo, Hannover
Space-Living-Dimensions. Zollhaus Leer, Germany
Wiedersehen, 79. Herbstausstellung, Kunstverein Hannover (cat.)

Schlaglicht-Kunstpreis 1996, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Zeichnen, Jahresausstellung des Deutschen KĂŒnstlerbundes, Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuernberg

Schlaglicht, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (cat.)
Fruhlingserwachen, 78. Herbstausstellung, Kunstverein Hannover (cat.