began working on Haus ur in 1985 at the age of sixteen. The rooms on view
here are part of his ever-changing construction and reproduction of the
interior of his house in Rheydt, Germany. This work is built within his
house and is containedóby a slight scaling downówithin the rooms that
the work exactly replicates. For this exhibition, a suite of rooms has
been carefully cut out and transported to the museum where the artist has
reassembled them. Presented as a sculptural environment, Schneiderís
work reveals evidence of his various layers of construction, the elaborate
process of their making, and the intense materiality involved in
re-creating an entire home. Haus ur is a quotation and extension of the
original that reveals how an apparently normal and benign space can trap
and disorient through illusion and mystery.
Gregor Schneider, Haus ur, 1985-, (installation detail)
Gregor Schneider has been exhibiting his work since 1992 and has had gallery exhibitions in Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Cologne, Tokyo, Amsterdam, London, Warsaw, and Milan, including Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf (1993, 1999); Galerie Luis Campaña, Cologne (1995, 1997, 1999); and Galeria Foksal, Warsaw (1997). He has presented solo exhibitions at Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld (1994); Kunsthalle Bern and Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (1996); Portikus Frankfurt am Main (1997); Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and Århus Kunstmuseum (1998). Recently, his work was included in several important group exhibitions, including No Man’s Land, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld (1997); Performing Buildings, Tate Gallery, London (1998); and Anarchitecture, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, and Zeitwenden, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn, in cooperation with Kunstmuseum Bonn (1999).
1989-92 Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg
Dziewior, Yilmaz. “Gregor Schneider: Städtisches Museum Abteiberg.” Translated by Diana Reese. Artforum 36, no. 10 (summer 1998): 142-43.
Städtisches Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, Germany, in collaboration with Portikus Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and Galeria Foksal, Warsaw, Poland. Gregor Schneider: Dead House ur 1985-1997 (1997). Exhibition catalogue, text by Viet Loers, Brigitte Kölle, Adam Szymczyk, and Ulrich Loock, and interview by Ulrich Loock.
Krefelder Kunstmuseen, Germany. Gregor Schneider: Museum Haus Lange Krefeld, 1994 (1994). Exhibition catalogue.
Galerie Löhrl am Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany. Impulse 17: Gregor Schneider (1992). Exhibition brochure.