Thomas Kilpper


1956 born Stuttgart, lives Berlin, Germany


Studied Fine Arts at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Nuernberg, Duesseldorf and Frankfurt
1998 „Meisterschüler“ Exam in sculpture with Prof. Georg Herold, Städelschule Frankfurt on Main

Projects & Solo Exhibitions

2017 Luther und die Avantgarde, Karlskirche, Kassel
2016 A Lighthouse for Lampedusa! – Museum Bozar, Bruxelles
Can we work and live together? – Galerie für Landschaftskunst, Bad Tölz
World-Social-Forum – Porto Alegre, Brasil
2015 Floorcut within the Exhibition: Five Centuries of Woodcuts, National Gallery Oslo, Norway
2014 Thomas Kilpper: 150 years of printmaking, Kunsthaus Hamburg
2014 Afterimage, Galleria Civica, Trento
2013 Günter Sare, Wolfstaedter, Frankfurt
2013 MEGAfon Peformances, Rosa Luxemburg Square, Berlin
2013 resist! - oder let it be!, Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin
2013 National Museum for Contemporary Art, Athens
Christian Nagel Gallery, Berlin
2012 Charlottenborg Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
Venecian Prints, Dispari & Dispari Project, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Samuelis Baumgarte Gallery, Bielefeld
Christine Koenig Gallery, Vienna (with Jimmy Durham)
Patrick Heide Contemporary, London
2011 Krauts, Wolfstaedter Gallery, Frankfurt/Main
2010 Punk instead of Stasi ! - (Punk statt Stasi!), Christian Nagel Gallery, Cologne
Anemonevej Surprises, Nakskov, Denmark
2009 State of Control, former GDR State Security ('Stasi-') HQs, Berlin
and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)
A Lighthouse for Lampedusa!, Villa Romana, Florence
State of Control, Olaf Stueber Gallery, Berlin
2008 A Lighthouse for Lampedusa!, Dispari&Dispari, Reggio Emilia
don't drain your brain, Kunsthalle Mainz
2007 from the fat corner to the revolution, Kunstraum Dusseldorf
2006 Pigisback, Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park, London
2005 Agenda 2010, Fleisch Showroom, Berlin with Michael Dreher
bike-shop, Wildwechsel Gallery, Frankfurt on Main
2004 Ulrike Meinhof – Meerrettich Gallery at the Glaspavillon at the
‘Volksbühne’ Theatre, Berlin
2003 Al Hissan – The Jenin Horse, Jenin, Westbank, sculpture-project in public space with Palestinian
youths in the occupied territories in collaboration with the Goethe Institute Ramallah
fuck your landlord, field-work with movable shed, London
2002 don’t look back, Oberursel nearby Frankfurt/M, floor relief - streetballfield,
concrete (1:1 cast of the woodcut from 1999) in public space
2001 drowning hercules, Riddell House, St. Thomas´Hospital (site related
installation in empty building due to be demolished) London
Aufsicht (birds-view) drawings of cities, De Ligt showroom, Frankfurt
2000 The Ring, site related woodcut and installation in empty building, Orbit House,
Blackfriars Road, London SE1, a South London Gallery project
London Knocks, Exhibitionhall 1A, Frankfurt on Main, curated by Natalie de Ligt, in collaboration with Hector Hazard
1999/01 happy together, intervention in an empty prison, Preungesheim,
Frankfurt on Main (permission not granted from the authorities)
1999 don´t look back, woodcut, installation in the former basketball hall of
the US-army at Camp King, Oberursel nearby Frankfurt on Main
colder than ice, GOOP show-room, Frankfurt on Main
1997 Russian Parket, woodcut in the parket flooring of the former military
mission of the Sovjet-Union, Frankfurt on Main

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 Atlantic Footprints, Haugesuind Museum of Art
Spuren des Krieges - "VERMISST: Der Turm der blauen Pferde von Franz Marc - Zeitgenössische Künstler auf der Suche nach dem verschollenen Meisterwerk"
Pinakothek der Moderne, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, München
2016 The sea is the limit, Patrick Heide Contremporary Art, London
„Biermann und die Folgen“, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
2015 Wer war Albert Norden?, NGBK Berlin, Station Urbaner Kulturen,
2014 After Immage, Museo Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italia
2013 NUR HIER / ONLY HERE, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn
INTERRUPTION – 30th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Slovenia
Global Activism – ZKM, Museum Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe
2012 Brannon, Büttner, Kierulf, Kilpper, Bergen Kunsthall, Norwegen
Etna Carrara, Ludwig Forum, Aachen
Newtopia, The State of Human Rights, Mechelen, Belgium
2011 Encuentro de Medellín MDE11, Columbia
54th Biennale di Venezia, Danish Pavilion, Giardini, Venice
Selected Artists, Neue Gesellschaft Bildende Kunst, NGBK Berlin
Declining Democracy, Centro Cultura Contemporanea, Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
New Realities (Neue Realitäten), Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Sammlungen, Berlin
A Future Pumphouse, Pumphouse Gallery, London
2010 Philagrafika – The Graphic Unconscious, Philadelphia, USA
Fokus Lodz Biennale, Lodz, Poland
Mediation Biennale, Poznan, Poland
Transient Spaces, Napoli, Italy and Neue Gesellschaft Bildende Kunst, NGBK, Berlin
2009 Walden#3 oder die Schule des Lebens, townhall gallery Munich
IABR, 4th International Architecture Biennial, Rotterdam
2008 don't you dare look at me, Nice & Fit Gallery, Berlin
my generation, Kunstverein Familiemontez, Frankfurt/M
Diesseits der Alpen Hunger, jenseits der Alpen Durst, former F6-fabric Pankow, Berin
2007 Prison, Bloomberg Space, London
our emotions… Sandra Buergel Gallery, Berlin
Ostkunst, Friends at Pablo's, New York
The Rausch Collection, Portikus Frankfurt on Main
Walden#3, Kunsthaus Dresden
2006 Momentum, Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway
(collaboration with artist, Endre Aalrust)
Prints on the Run, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Objects (Gegenstände), Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe
Contragolpe: Reenacting a failed Operation, Berlin
2005 Critical Societies, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Castoren zu Halfpipes! Ahaus, 4th Sculpture Biennial Munsterland
Traum und Trauma – Moving Images and the Promised Land, House of the World Cultures, Berlin
2004 WG/3Zi/K/bar, "failed projects", Malkasten Dusseldorf
local connection, Artist-House Bethanien, Berlin, curated by Annette Kierulf
2003 On behalf of art we must appeal to the power of your imagination, Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
Smog, Stadt & Wadenbeisser, Kunstverein Nurnberg
Independence, South London Gallery
2002 Violence is at the Margin of All Things, curated by Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann,
Generalie Foundation, Vienna
2001 Frankfurt Crossroads, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt on Main
Change of Scenes XIX, Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt on Main
Works on Aluminium Selected by Paper, White Cube, Bergen, Norway
with a.o. Josephine Pryde, Merlin Carpenter, Sarah Staton
2000 21st Gear, Toproom London with a.o. Sarah Staton, Nils Norman, Renée Green
PLOT, The Paper Bag Factory, London with a.o. Jane Gifford, Urs Breitenstein
1999 Stuttgart, 17. 7. 1956 - Salem (Wis.)/USA, 3.3.1977,
Portikus, Frankfurt

Talks - Teaching Experience

2013 Berlin Calling Lampedusa, video by Thomas Kilpper and artist talk
2012 Social Responsibility in Art Today, Budapest, artist workshop
2010/11 October 2010 to February 2011: Visiting Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Nurnberg
2010 Bauhaus-University Weimar - "Public Art and New Artistic Strategies" – talk and discussion
Academy of Fine Arts, Berlin Weissensee (invited by Prof. Else Gabriel) – talk and discussion
Talk (in Berlin) for student of the University for Applied Arts, Vienna, Prof. Johanna Kandl
2009 4th International Architecture Bienniale Rotterdam, lecture, A Lighthouse for Lampedusa!
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, n.b.k. lecture and artist talk, State of Control
lecture for art-students of the Academy of Fine Arts Bergen, Norwegen (in Berlin)
2008 Kunsthalle Mainz, lecture and artist talk
2007 Bauhaus University Weimar, lecture and 2 days tutorials with students
Kunsthaus Dresden, presentation & discussion, Walden#3
2006 Pumphouse-Gallery, London artist in conversation with Edgar Schmitz
Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, artist talk with Angelika Stepken, Gegenstände
2005 Impact 4 - International print-conferrence, lecture, University of Fine Arts, (UdK) Berlin
Prints on the Run, lecture, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2004 Al Hissan - The Jenin Horse, lecture and film presentations:
Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon,
Goethe Institut Tel Aviv,
Frankfurt 2x, (Atelier Gartenstraße invitation by Achim Lengerer, and Dritte Welt Haus)
Berlin (by invitation of Geoffrey Garrison, and Annett Kierulf as part of local connection, at Künstlerhaus Bethanien),Düsseldorf (,
London (T 1+2)
Braziers, Reading - international artist-workshop, pannel talk / discussion
2003 Jenin, Westbank 4 Wochen Workshop with Palestinian youths
Ramallah, Westbank, Al-Quattan-Foundation, lecture and workshop
Al'Mamal, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem, Israel, lecture
Podewill, Berlin, lecture with Sebastian Orlac - Scheitern / failing
2002 Royal College of Arts, London - Graphic Department, lecture & 2 weeks tutorials
2001 Camberwell College, London - Printing Department, lecture and 2 days of tutorials
Goethe Institute London, talk and conversation with David Thorp
1999 Städelschule Frankfurt/Main, Lecture: don't look back
Camp King, Oberursel, lecture and discussion with art-students od the Mainz University


2014 Price for excellent Exhibition Space after the butcher from Berlin Senate
2011 Villa Romana Prize, Florence
2010 Grant from Berlin Senate
2009 Project-fund for State of Control - Cultural Captital Fund, Berlin
2004 HAP-Grieshaber prize for artists in Germany, Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn
1999-2000 Grant to work and live in London, Hessian Art Foundation

Public Collections

Tate Gallery, London
British Library, London
Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt on Main
South London Gallery, London
Staedtische Sammlungen, Nuernberg
Kupferstichkabinett, Museum of Prints and Drawings, Berlin
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, n.b.k. Berlin
Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, Bonn
Museum of Communication, Frankfurt on Main
Kadist Foundation, Paris

After the Butcher -
Since 2006 together with Franziska Böhmer he runs the Berlin based exhibition space after the buchter.