Josef Strau

Biography

1957
Born in Vienna

Lives and works in New York

1990-1994
Co-organizes the project and exhibition space Friesenwall 120, Cologne

2002-2006
Organizes Galerie Meerrettich in the Glaspavillon at Volksbühne, Berlin

 

Solo Exhibitions  

2021
“The Mephisto Hours”, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin 

2020
“Spirits and Objects…and How Non-Productive Love Is Sometimes Contained in Them…”, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf 

2019
“How to be an Angel Painter”, Francesca Pia, Zurich
“The Prototype”, House of Gaga, Los Angeles

2018
“Tears and New Tears”, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

2017
“Invitation Epiphany”, Künstlerhaus Bremen, Bremen

2016
“Rainyday and hundreds of water and everything”, dépendance, Brussels
“Loyalities”, House of Gaga, Mexico City
“The Postors”, Goton Gallery, Paris

2015
“A Turtle Dreaming (…Echoes from an Encapsulated Space Exiled Sounds of Letters Requiring Symphonic Treatment)”, Secession, Vienna (catalogue)
“Turtles + 8 Paintings + Yellow Brown Blue”, Tempo Rubato, Tel Aviv

2014
“The New World, Application for Turtle Island”, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (catalogue)
“My Divided House”, Vilma Gold, London

2013
“EDITION REPETITION COMPETITION”, House of Gaga, Mexico City
“Redemption”, House of Gaga, Mexico City
“Übersetzungbüro – Office for Duplication”, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
“Greetings from our Garden of Condesa, The Jewels of Moctezuma”, Thea Westreich Art Advisory Services, New York

2012
“Exercises ab initio… “, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

2011
“3 Exercises: anrufen, bekennen, wegwerfen”, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

2010
“The Balalaika Moment”, dépendance, Brussels
“The Why Does This All Happen To Me Experience”, House of Gaga, Mexico City
“Vienna and Jerusalem” (with M. Guttman), Pro Choice, Vienna

2009
“The Oriental Therapies”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Berlin
“Vorschlag zur Erneuerung des Gedenkens an den Tod des Autors und auch zur gleichzeitigen Erweiterung durch die Leselampe der Schreiber”, WHITE HEAT, presented by Künstlerhaus Stuttgart / Hermes und der Pfau, Stuttgart
“Iniquities Suspend,” Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago

2008
“iamb: the limbo of vanity” (with R.H. Quaytman), Vilma Gold, London
“A Dissidence Coincidence But W.H.C.T.L.J.S.”, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö (catalogue)
“18INIQITIES”, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

2007
“Voices”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz
“Voices and Substitutes”, Docking Station Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
“The Tabernacle on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz”, Institut im Glaspavillon, Volksbühne Berlin, Berlin
“Why doesn’t my plant grow any more and other works of lament”, Vilma Gold, London
“Josef Strau”, dépendance, Brussels

2006
“Don’t Climb the Pyramids”, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
Invited by Yilmaz Dziewior, Bibliothekswohnung / Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Berlin

2002
“Nazis of Suburbia”, Greene Naftali, New York

1998
“a”, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne
“SUUM SUUN AKVY ’73”, Laden Schillerstr. 32, Berlin
“The Nazis of Suburbia“, Kunstbüro 1060, Vienna

1993
Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne
Pat Hearn Gallery (with S.Dillemuth), New York
Four Walls (with S. Dillemuth), New York

1991
Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne
Kunstraum Daxer (with S. Dillemuth), Munich

1990
Raum Münzstrasse 10 (with C. von Bonin), Hamburg

1988
Übersetzungsbüro, Daniel Buchholz, Cologne

1987
Galerie Amer, Vienna

 

Group Exhibitions 

2020
Busan Biennale 2020, Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Old Town and Yeongdo Harbor
“Arrangement in Grey”, Greene Naftali / Chantal Crousel, Paris
“Arrows”, Francesca Pia, Zurich
“Mike’s”, Svetlana Gallery, New York

2019
“Holly Village”, Bodega, New York
“Il est une fois dans l’Ouest”, Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA, Bordeaux

2018
“Lampen”, Francesca Pia, Zurich
“dog chews shoes”, Ampersand, Lisbon
“Role Models”, curated by Robert McKenzie, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland

2017
“Infected Foot”, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
“Section Littéraire”, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
“Souvenir”, Alto Refugio, Paternal, Buenos Aires
“Passages of Neo-Avantgarde”, Austrian Cultural Forum, Warzaw, Poland / Polish Institute, Budapest
“in Relation to a Spectator”, conceived by Studio for Propositional Cinema, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
“L’Image”, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich

2016
“Pure Fiction”, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
“Quodlibet”, Lempertz, Brussels
“Night Thoughts”, curated by Jody Graf, CCS Bard, Annandale-on-Hudson
“The Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner collection”, Centre Pompidou, Paris
“Poesie der Veraenderung”, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
“Und eine Welt noch”, Kunsthaus Hamburg
“The Squatter”, Guadel de Stampa, Paris

2015
“Works on Paper”, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
“Welcome You’re in the Right Place”, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin
“Opposite the Other Side”, Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
“to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer”, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (catalogue)

2014
“Dreiseitiger Fußball”, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Schwaz
“No Such Thing as History”, Espace Louis Vuitton, Munich
“Über das Radikale Nebeneinander”, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg
“The Hawker”, Carlos/Ishikawa, London
“Abandon the Parents”, curated by Henrik Olesen, Daniel Buchholz and Christopher Müller, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
“House of Gaga presents Single Moms”, Vilma Gold, London
“FAX”, KARST, Plymouth
“The Promise”, Arnolfini, Bristol
“Staging Interruptions (Stream of Life)”, Southard Reid, London
“A Needle Walks Into a Haystack”, Liverpool Biennial, curated by Anthony Huberman, Liverpool (catalogue)

2013
“Letter Tunnels”, Frieze Projects, London
Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Schwaz
“The Whole Earth. Kalifornien und das Verschwinden von Außen”, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (catalogue)
“Some Redemptions”, curated by Josef Strau, Soloway, New York
“Counter-Production (Part 2)”, Index – Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm
“XMAS Show”, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zürich
“Illuminations”, curated by Matthew Higgs, Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles
“La Poussiere de la Soleil”, Real Fine Arts, New York
“Petrone/Petrole”, curated by Vincent Romagny, Air de Paris, Paris
“Hat on Hook: The Best”, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland

2012
“Context Message”, Zach Feuer, New York
“Florbelles (after Sade)”, Air de Paris, Paris
“La Demeure Joyeuse II”, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zürich
“Perros Negros Presents Perros Negros, A Post-Posteriori”, New Jersey, Basel
“Counter-Production”, Generali Foundation, Vienna
“How do it know?”, Essex Street, New York
“The Piano Lesson”, Vilma Gold, London
“Donde el lenguaje es el material”, Casa del Lago, Mexico City
“Keine Zeit”, curated by Bettina Steinbrügge, 21er Haus, Vienna

2011
“Quodlibet III – Alphabets and Instruments”, Galerie Buchholz, Berlin
“EDITION / NON EDITION”, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna
“A Different Person”, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
“Time Again”, SculptureCenter, New York
“FAX”, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge
“Dystopia: After 4000 Years of Sci-Fi”, CAPC, Bordeaux
“Nobody can tell the why of it”, 1857, Oslo

2010
“Vienna and Jerusalem” (with Clegg&Guttmann), Pro Choice, Vienna
“The Evryali Score”, David Zwirner Gallery, New York
“The Pursuer”, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
“Novel”, dépendance, Brussels
“Milk Drop Coronet”, Camera Austria, Graz
“Today I Made Nothing”, Elizabeth Dee, New York
“The Baghdad Batteries”, MoMA P1, Long Island City
“At Home/Not At Home: Works from the Collection of Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg”, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson
“Negation, Subtraction, Dissolution”, arranged by Front Desk Apparatus, Kantor Gallery, Los Angeles
“The Inhabitants”, Vilma Gold, London
“Light from Light”, curated by Kim Machan, MAAP, State Library of Queensland, Brisbane and Shanghai Library, Shanghai

2009
“Quodlibet II”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
“Scorpio’s Garden”, Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Berlin
“The Space of Words”, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg (catalogue)
“Collecting History: Highlighting Recent Acquisitions”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
“My Summer Show”, Galerie Lelong, Paris
“FAX”, The Drawing Center, New York
“Berlin-Los Angeles-A Tale of two (Other) Cities”, Massimo de Carlo, Milan (catalogue)
“On Top of the Whale”, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York
“evas arche und der feminist (carte blanche)”, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis
“Scorpio´s Garden”, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin
“Looking Back”, White Columns, New York

2008
“Manifesta 7”, Palazzo Delle Poste, Trento
“Novel”, curated by Matt Williams, Bibliothekswohnung, c/o Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Berlin (catalogue)
Galerie Catherine Bastide and dépendance, Brussels
“Works on Paper by Gallery Artists and Ricci Albenda”, Greene Naftali, New York
“One Season in Hell”, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin
“Neutre Intense. It’s gonna rain”, curated by Christophe Gallois, Maison populaire, Montreuil

2007
“Secret-Flix”, Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt am Main
“Design by Accident”, presented by Croy Nielsen at Flaca, London
“Years-In-Review-Installation”, organized by Josef Strau, Vilma Gold, London
“The Door Slamming Festival”, curated by Dominic Eichler, Mehringdamm 72, Berlin
“dépendance at Galerie Neu”, Galerie Neu, Berlin
“Wonderwall – Constructing the Sublime”, curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
“Shandyismus”, curated by Helmut Draxler, Wiener Secession, Vienna / Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden
“The New Domestic Landscape”, curated by Caroline Nathusius, Kjubh Kunstverein, Cologne
“design by accident”, Croy Nielsen, Berlin
“Performance Gala Night der Galerie Meerrettich”, Galerie Meerrettich, Berlin
“Tbilisi 4: Everyday is Saturday”, Cumberto / Space, Tbilisi
“Make Your Own Life: Artists in and out of Cologne”, curated by Bennett Simpson, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle / Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami

2006
“ICAL KRBBR PRODLY PRSNTS GAT JAS; JON KLSY; JOSF STRA”, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (catalogue)
“Make you own Life: Artists in and out of Cologne”, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
“Looking Back”, curated by Matthew Higgs, White Columns, New York
“Next to kin”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
“Minotaur Blood”, curated by Gionata Bonvicini, Galerie Fortescue Avenue, London
“La maman et la putain”, curated by Eva Svennung, Air de Paris, Paris
“Our Marvellous Ambition”, Vilma Gold Project Space, London
“Make Your Own Life: Artists in and out of Cologne”, curated by Bennett Simpson, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia / Power Plant, Toronto (catalogue)
“Von der Abwesenheit des Lagers”, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden

2005
“The Gone Wait”, curated by Tobias Buche, Gagosian Gallery, Berlin
“Possession”, curated by Dominique Eichler, Paul-Linke-Ufer, Berlin

2004
Teil 2 “Quodlibet”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
Teil 1 “Müllberg”, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne
“Zeichnungen”, curated by Ariane Müller, Werkleitzbiennale, Halle
“Für völligen Arbeitsschutz (Wandbilder)”, WBD, Berlin
“Editionen – 4 Jahre WBD”, WBD, Berlin
“Jetzt und zehn Jahre davor”, Kunstwerke, Berlin
“Die Krumme Pranke”, NGBK – Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin

2003
“In the Public Domain”, Greene Naftali, New York
“Prague Biennale 1: Peripheries Become the Center”, National Gallery, Prague
“Arbeitsschutz, Wandbilder, WBD”, Berlin

2002
“Ökonomien der Zeit”, curated by Hans-Christian Dany und Astrid Wege, Museum Ludwig, Cologne / Akademie der Künste, Berlin / Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (catalogue)
“Pictures”, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York
“Tomorrow‘s Fish & Chips”, Autocenter, Berlin

2000
“Coal By Any Other Name”, American Fine Arts & Co., New York
“Hey, International Competition Style…”, TENT, Rotterdam
“Produktivität und Existenz”, organized by “Die Beute”, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
“Deutsche Kunst in Moskau”, Central House of Artist, Moscow
“Snowflake Office”, organized by C. Krümmel, Greene Naftali Gallery, New York

1999
“Das Schloss” (with A. von Wulffen), Snowflake Office, Galerie Walbröl, Dusseldorf

1996
Sex & Space, Shedhalle, Zurich

1997
“Die krumme Pranke”, (with A. Creischer, A. Siekmann and A. von Wulffen)

1993
“Parallax View: New York-Köln”, P.S.1, Long Island City

1991
“Gullivers Reisen”, Galerie Sophia Ungers, Köln