Thomas Kiesewetter

Selected works by Thomas Kiesewetter

Thomas Kiesewetter
Matisse Blau


Sheet metal, steel, lacquer

117.5 x 156 x 133 cm
Thomas Kiesewetter makes elegant abstract sculptures in which an industrial material, sheet metal, is playfully bent, folded and imbued with organic, almost human characteristics. Bolted together and painted in bold colours, his sculptures are reminiscent of modernist architectural shapes, as much as they make us conscious of the solidity of their single material. These angular works, unified by their material and their colour, look as if they have been frozen in action, caught mid-stride in their slightly neurotic articulation.
Thomas Kiesewetter


Sheet metal, steel, spraypaint

135 x 149 x 89 cm

‘What strikes me with metal as a material is its resistance. Metal seems to me like a stubborn interlocutor and the attempt to change it by pushing and bending involves a certain energy and power. The material demands patience, as it needs to be persuaded into acquiescence while it rigidly proclaims itself as unalterable. When the metal is bent physically, the energy of bending remains apparent.’

Matisse Blau and Barriere (both 2010) rest on plinths and are far sturdier than the more precarious shapes of his previous works. ‘The earlier sculptures such as Untitled (2004) are static and resemble figures. There is a constant notion of a singular unity that continues throughout the working process.’

Thomas Kiesewetter


Sheet metal, paint

215 x 142 x 160 cm
The newer works push the material and formal qualities of metal further, collapsing what look like architectonic quotations and modernist atelier icons, and at the same time ironically redefining the connotations of his material – from rigid hardness, strength and industrial alienation, to something more pliable, harmless and life-like. Matisse Blau and Barriere have more of a flow and momentum. In these sculptures I tried to capture something of the lightness of Henri Matisse’s paper cut-outs against the heaviness of the metal.’

Thomas Kiesewetter's Biography

Thomas Kiesewetter
Born in 1963, in Kassel, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


Midnight Sky, Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Thomas Kiesewetter, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Broken Butterflies, Grieder Contemporary, KĂĽsnacht, Switzerland
CFA, Berlin, Germany

360MAL VORN, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

Galerie Jan Wentrup, Berlin

Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, USA
Tilton Gallery, New York, USA

Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, USA

Galerie Neu, Berlin


KölnSkulptur #6, Skulpturen Park Köln, Cologne, Germany
Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art From Germany, The Saatchi Gallery, London, U.K.
Start. Reloaded, Grieder Contemporary, ZĂĽrich, Switzerland
ENTROPIA’, Philara, Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, Dusseldorf, Germany
Abstrakt // Skulptur, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany

Feral Face, BENDERSPACE, London
A Moving Plan B - Chapter ONE, The Drawing Room, London
Skulpturengarten Villa Schöningen, Villa Schöningen, Potsdam
Wall and Floor, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris
Berliner Metallplastik, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin
Wild Thing, Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA, USA

Zeigen. Eine Audiotour durch Berlin, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin

Abstrakte Tendenzen, Kunsthalle Mannheim
Sculpture Trail, Grieder Contemporary, ZĂĽrich

Return to Form”, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland

Do Not Stack, Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles, USA

New Acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Nolens Volens, Galerie Neu, Berlin

Regard sur l’abstraction dans la scène berlinoise, Alimentation Générale – Art Contemporain, Luxembourg
Achtung Berlin!, Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art, Slupsk

Artists Imagine Architecture”, ICA Boston, MA, USA

24, Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Galerie Neu, Berlin

Sehen, Sehen“, Loop – Raum für Aktuelle Kunst, Berlin

Jenseits der Gewissheit was Malerei nicht ist“, Chausseestr.11, Berlin