Paula Doepfner

Paula Doepfner

Paula Doepfner’s work combines powerful and fragile materials, scientific rigour and poetic openness. She explores the inconsistency and complexity of inner conditions and addresses the difficulty to understand subjective experiences. Broken glass or melting ice enclose organic matters such as dried plants, or drawings with tiny handwritten exerpts taken from poetic or neuroscientific texts. The works are dealing with the incompability of emotion and thought, while at the same time creating an awareness of the impossibility of complete comprehension of internal processes.

Selected works

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

News

News

Biography

Biography

Paula Doepfner

Born 1980 in Berlin
Lives and works in Berlin

Education

2008
Meisterschülerin, Universität der Künste, Berlin
(class of Rebecca Horn and Burkhard Held)

 

2005
Chelsea College of Art and Design

Scholarships and awards

2015
Artist in residence, Goethe-Institut, Washington, D.C.

 

2012
Nominated for Kunstpreis Start, Kunstmuseum Bonn

 

2011
Art Prize östliches Sauerland

 

Nominated for Funkhaus Art Prize

 

Artist in residence, Ionion Center for the Arts, Kefalonia, Greece

 

2010
Artist in residence, Albert Koechlin Stiftung, Lucerne, Switzerland

 

Artist in residence, Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland

 

2008/9
Elsa-Neumann-Stipendium des Landes Berlin / Nafög-Scholarship

Solo exhibitions (selected)

2017
Babe I’ve left you somewhere in the rain

Una Vetrina, Rome

 

YOU and ME
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

2016
Put it right here (or keep it out there)
Kunstverein Reutlingen

 

2015
take it right back
Goethe Institut, Washington D.C.

 

Me and the devil, we’re walking side by side
Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin

 

2014
Whatever gets you through the night, it’s alright, it’s alright
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed
Galerie Laurent Müller, Paris

 

2013
Rollin´ high and mighty traps
Performance with Steve Whipple
S2A, New York City

 

2012
try my dear
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

More than I can hide
Kunstverein östliches Sauerland, Brilon

 

2011
But my nerves were kicking
Ionion Center for the Arts, Kefalonia, Greece

 

2010
Promessus
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

Fallen
Stadtmühle Willisau, Lucerne

 

2009
Im Schlaf ohne Schlaf
St. Johannes Evangelist-Kirche, Berlin; Performance with Gregor Fuhrmann

 

2006
Huatan
In collaboration with Yoav Pasovsky (composer), Schillerhöfe, Berlin

Group exhibitions (selected)

2017
LOST IN TRANSITION – vom Flüchtigen, Ephemeren
Kunstforum der TU Darmastadt, Atelierhaus Darmstadt

 

Berlin >>> Nastola
The Nastola Association of Art, Finland, Finland

 

Ubi fracassorium, ibi fuggitorium
artQ13, Rom

 

LEARNING FROM BIG MISTAKES
Galerie Tanja Wagner, New York

 

(un)mediated nature
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

On Botany
BLOK art space, Istanbul

 

2016
YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE
Galleria Mario Iannelli, Rome

 

The Big Other
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

Eisblöcke mit Text

UM–Festival, Uckermark

 

2015
Wo ist hier? #2: Raum und Gegenwart – Bildhauerei und Installation seit 2000
Kunstverein Reutlingen

 

The Vacancy
Temporäres Kunsthaus, Berlin

 

2014
Ease Your Window Down
Kunstverein am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Project Space Festival, Berlin

 

EGO EDITIONS
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

2013
MONO NO AWARE
Project by Superkaleidoscope
Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne (St Kilda)

 

Real Naturally
Kunsthalle Lana, Bolzano

 

Ausstellung 8
Berlin Art Junction, Berlin

 

BLUMEN/FLOWERS/BLOMSTER
Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin

 

2012
Zeichnungen von Bildhauern
Kunstverein Mainz

 

Plants Talk
Naturhistorisches Museum Witzenhausen

 

Discussing Metamodernism
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

2011
Kommen Sie nach Hause
Steff Adams, Köln

 

Mythos Wald
Kunstverein Östliches Sauerland, Brilon

 

UferHallen Kunstaktien
UferHallen, Berlin

 

2010
Die Tür geht nach Innen auf
Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

 

„glauben, dass…“
Shedhalle Tübingen

 

Leben Lieben Leiden
Kunstverein Celle

 

Aka Symbol II
HBC, Berlin

 

Wrong Love
A Foundation, Liverpool

 

I wish myself an exhibition
West Germany, Berlin

 

Aka Symbol I
Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin

 

Girloverkill II
Bethanien, Berlin

 

2009
Zeigen, eine Audiotour
Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin

 

Pancake Astronaut
Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin

 

Access All Areas – a drawing exhibtion
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

 

Imke Folkerts Preis
Greetsiel

 

2008
Klasse Rebecca Horn
Schloß Liebenberg, Brandenburg

Paula Doepfner

Born 1980 in Berlin
Lives and works in Berlin

Monographs

Take It Right Back, text by Panta Rei/Kirsten Weiss, Goethe-Institut, Washington, D.C., 2015

 

Paula Doepfner: Ateliergast September bis Dezember 2010, Stadtmühle Willisau, text by Urs Bugmann, Willisau 2011

 

Im Schlaf ohne Schlaf, texts by Thomas Grötz and Tanja Wagner, Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin 2009

Catalogues

Utopia, Sort of: A Case Study in Metamodernism, Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van der Akker, Taylor & Francis Online, 2014

 

Ausstellung 5, Berlin Art Junction, Charlotte Huguet (Ed.), Berlin 2012

 

Mythos Wald. 2. Offenes Atelier am Rothaarsteig 2011, Kunstverein Östliches Sauerland e.V., Brilon 2011

 

LebenLiebenLeiden. Frauenbilder junger Künstlerinnen, text by Tanja Wagner, Kunstverein Celle e.V., Alexandra Socher (Ed.), Bielefeld 2010

 

Die Tür geht nach innen auf., Galerie Tanja Wagner, text by Timotheus Vermeulen, Berlin 2010

 

Zeigen. Eine Audiotour durch Berlin, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Karin Sander (Ed.), Köln 2010

Articles

Life in Berlin : The Textures And Materials Of Paula Doepfner by Sasch Rindisbacher, nrp berlin, May 6, 2015

 

Nach der Ausstellung – Wie geht man mit vergänglicher Kunst um by Margit Miosga, Kulturradio vom rbb, February 19, 2015

 

Eis in der Kunst: Der Sound von Eis und Wasser by Lena Reich, Art Magazin, December 19, 2014

 

Die Eisbrecherin by Jana Bach, Zitty Magazin, Winter 14/15

 

Resistance: Art Strategies Against the Bubble by Jeni Fulton, sleek, Winter 13/14

 

Wer nichts zu verlieren hat, experimentiert by Astrid Mania, Süddeutsche Zeitung, September 21/22, 2013

 

Dieser Eisblock bricht allen das Herz by Swantje Karich, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 21, 2013

 

Paula Doepfners anderer Zustand by Mathias Planitzer, Castor & Pollux, September 18, 2013

 

Blouin ArtInfo, May 3, 2012

 

Paula Doepfner, Modern Painters, July/August 2012

 

Selbst ein Brautstrauß ist vergänglich by Ingeborg Ruhte, Berliner Zeitung, May 2, 2012

 

Schneewittchens Blumenstrauß by Monika Willer, Westfalenpost, February 8, 2012

 

Ein Eisblock als Symbol der Wandlung by Thomas Winterberg, Westfalenpost, February 4, 2012

 

So it goes: The pinprick touch of Paula Doepfner by Frances Barrett, SuperKaleidoscope, September 2011

 

Wurfgeschosse by Jakob Wais, Der Tagesspiegel, November 27, 2010

 

The door opens inwards by Timotheus Vermeulen, Notes on metamodernism, November 10, 2010

 

Mehr Sensibilität in die Welt bringen by Monika Unternährer, Willisauer Bote, Oktober 26, 2010

 

Traumtänze by Simone Reber, Der Tagesspiegel, October 9, 2010

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