Jakob Mattner, who studied at the State University of Fine Arts Berlin (1967 – 1972) and was supported by grants and awards in Italy and France (Villa Serpentara in Olevano, DAAD in Rome, Villa Romana in Florence, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris), has been creating graphic, painterly and sculptural work in the transitions between light and dark.

The iconicity of Malevich or the light dynamics of Moholoy-Nagy, the post-revolutionary constructivism, the Chiaroscuro from Caravaggio to the simple means of Arte Povera have influenced him. In his art Jakob Mattner has created a singular freedom of a continued avant-garde. Pontus Hultén wrote about his work that it was shaped by the mystery of perspective, researched and enhanced by the means of light.

In “Blick zur Sonne” he cooperated with astrophysicists from the Einstein Tower in Potsdam and displayed the overlapping of art and research in several exhibitions. He has been creating light stages as echo spaces for readings for the Berlin International Literature Festival since 2001. Jakob Mattner’s work has been exhibited in museums, biennials and galleries in Europe, Russia, the USA and South America. The artist lives in Berlin.






Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2018 Centre of Contemporary Art, Toruń/Poland

2016 Kunstraum Kesselhaus, Bamberg | Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2015 Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz

2014 Galerie Haas AG, Zurich

2013 Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin / Berliner Festspiele (stage since 2001)

2012 Villa Wessel, Iserlohn

2011 Museum Weserburg / Landesvertretung Bremen in Berlin | Galerie 401contemporary / Artissima Turin | Galeria Alejandro Sales, Barcelona

2010 401contemporary, London

2009 Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg

2007 Bistum Bamberg, Szcecin

2006/07 Museum der Moderne Salzburg

2006 Museum Weserburg, Bremen

2005 Museum Wiesbaden

2004 Percussion, Luckenwalde

2001 Akademie der Künste, Berlin | Moritzburg Halle

1998 Galerie Farideh Cadot, New York

1996 Hebbeltheater, Berlin

1989 Galerie Pervaja, Moscow

1988 Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover | Galerie Farideh Cadot, Paris

1987 Nationalgalerie Grundkreditbank, Berlin

1985 Galerie Carpenter & Hochmann, New York

1983 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

1980 DAAD-Galerie, Berlin | Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster

1977 Stanza Notturna, Palazzo Pitti, Firenze

Grants and Awards

2012/13 Villa Concordia, Bamberg / Stipendium Bayerisches Staatsministerium

2012 project grant der Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn

2004/06 project grant Bundeskulturstiftung and BMBF

1994 art award from the Heitland-Foundation, Celle

1981 artist grant from the Kunstfonds Bonn

1977 Villa Romana Preis, Firenze

1974/75 grant from the Federal Ministery of the Interior | Cité des Arts, Paris

1973/74 DAAD grant for Rome

1972 Grant from the Akademie der Künste Berlin | Villa Serpentara, Olevano