Mathis Altmann

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Born 1987, Munich. Lives and works in Los Angeles and Zurich.


2011BFA Zurich University of the Arts


2016 Guest lecturer at ZHdK, Zurich

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Kunstmuseum Winterthur
Efremidis, Berlin

2019More Than Yesturday, Bottomspace, Guangzhou
Powerlifestyles, Parcours, Art Basel, Basel

2018The Delve of Spade, Istituto Svizzero, Milan
Statements, Art Basel, with Freedman Fitzpatrick
The Shovel of the Garbage Collector, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Paris

2017Cascading Carcasses, Culture Hole, Dallas
Wir sind das Volz, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles

2016Foul Matters, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York
Marf Akkus, Truth & Consequences, Geneva
Paramount Ranch 3 with Freedman Fitzpatrick

2015The Sewager: Zwischen Krieg & Party, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg Frame, Frieze New York, with Freedman Fitzpatrick

2014Sucker Farm, Marbiers 4, Geneva
Give Me Some Energy To Fight Off My Demons, Pro Choice at Shananay, Paris Psycho Bombs, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles

2013Schonungslose Reportagen aus der Szene, Graff Mourgue D‘Algue, Geneva

2012100% Design, Coalmine, Winterthur

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021Macht! Licht!, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

2020The Opiod Crisis Lookbook, Paris
Paris Internationale, Paris
Swiss Art Awards, Basel
The Performance Agency, Berlin
Reverie (curated by Tenzing Barshee), Efremedis Gallery, Berlin
Annemarie von Matt — widerstehlich, Nidwaldner Museum, Nidwalden

2019SI ONSITE, Swiss Institute, New York
It‘s Urgent (cur. by Hans Ulrich Obrist), Luma Westbau, Zurich
Aube Immediate, Vents Tièdes, Mécènes du Sud, Montpellier-Sète
Amulet or He calls it chaos, The 500 Capp Street Foundation, San Francisco

2018Catch Me If You Can, ART LAB HASHIMOTO, Kanagawa (curated by XYZ collective)
The Marvelous Cacophony, 57th October Salon, Belgrade
curated by_Melanie Ohnemus, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna
Casa Tomado (curated by Anna Goetz), Mexico City

2017Do sculptors Dream of electric car (TOYOTA prius), GALVANIZE gallery, curated by XYZ Collective, Iwate, Japan
Reborn-Art Festival 2017, Ishinomaki City, Japan
Freedman Fitzpatrick at MD72, Berlin
Au revoir, jewelled alligators and white hotels, hallucinatory forests, farewell, Galerie Crevecoeur, Paris
Summer Show, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm
Utopia/Dystopia, Museum Art Architecture Technology, Lisbon
Things in Shapes of Things, Galeria Stereo, Warsaw

2016High Anxiety: New Acquisitions, Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Brachland, W139, organized by Dingum, Amsterdam
LANZAROTE, Union Pacific, London
The world no longer exists, Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil, Switzerland
Your memories are our Future, Palais de Tokyo, Zurich (Manifesta 11)
Petit déjeuner au crépuscule, Centre d‘art d‘Orthez, Orthez
Prix Mobilière, Art Geneve
Prix Mobilière, Die Mobiliar, Bern
Condo, Truth & Consequences at Supplement, London

2015Some Gallerists, The Duck, Berlin (curated by M/L Artspace)
Denude, Ramiken Crucible, Los Angeles
Raw and Delirious, Kunsthalle Bern
Dredgers on the Rail, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles
Swiss Art Awards, Basel
G.I.F.T., Der TANK, Basel (curated by Fabian Marti & Chuz Martinez)
Apple of Earth, High Art, Paris

2014Doom - SURFACE Contrôle, Le Magasin - Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble
Guyton Price Smith Walker, Plymouth Rock, Zurich
Chat Jet (Part 2) Sculpture in Reflection, Künstlerhaus - Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz
Hephaestus, Office Baroque, Brussels

2013Soft Wear, Sandy Brown, Berlin (curated by Phillip Zach)
The November Issue, Mathew, Berlin
On Cuteness, Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg
Holes in the Walls / Early Works 1948-2013, Kunsthalle Freiburg
Hi from California, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles
Conference 2, Autocenter, Berlin
NO; NO; H, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich (poster series for Tobias Madison’s solo exhibition)

2012TCCA, NEW THEATER 2012-2013, APN Research, autoslides #1-3, shindisi home videos, the deleted scene, a fanzine as a museum / a museum as a fanzine, cut-out bin / apnegative, sci-fi sounds from the alienated kitchen, OOO &&& LaLL, hc r 1, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern (curated by Tobias Madison and Emanuel Rossetti)
Humble Habits Domestic Monuments, Hinter Haus Des Meeres, Vienna
Cluster, 1m3, Lausanne
Olive Oil Life, Elaine Museum für Gegenwarts Kunst, Basel

2011Crepe de Chine, Ooga Booga, Los Angeles
Ich verstehe die Trommel nicht mehr, Lawrimore Projects, Seattle (with Jan Vorisek)
Group Affinity, Kunstverein München
Corso Multisala, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (curated by Rhea Dall, Tobias Madison and Emanuel Rossetti)
Plat(t)form, Fotomuseum Winterthur Gruppenausstellung 2, Max Hans Daniel, Berlin

2010Village Cry, Kunsthalle Basel
Digging in a Sandbox, Max Hans Daniel, Berlin
Of Objects, Fields, And Mirrors, Kunsthaus Glarus Mint Condition, Galerie 1m3, Lausanne

2009Imagine A Fireplace For Every Room, Gartenhaus der Kunst, Munich (with Yngve Holen and Emanuel Rossetti)
Arguments and Compliments, New Jerseyy, Basel
HAW-LIN, Nicolas Krupp, Basel (with Tobias Madison and Emanuel Rossetti)
Boris, Weltraum, Munich

2008Approximately Infinite Universe, New Jerseyy, Basel
The Thrill Of Collecting, Uovo Open Office, Basel
Used Future presents Showroom presents Used Future, Layr Wuestenhagen, Vienna


2020 Powerlifestyles, Nuit Blanche 2020, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

2011 - PresentHouse Of Mixed Emotions (H.O.M.E.), Clubnight, Zurich (with Lhaga Koondhor and Jan Vorisek)

2011 - 2013New Jerseyy, Basel (with Daniel Baumann, Tobias Madison, Emanuel Rossetti, Dan Solbach and Anina Trösch)

2009 - 2011Paloma Presents, Zurich (with Georg Blunier, Vittorio Brodmann and Gunnar Meier)

Awards and Grants

2016Prix Mobilière

2015Swiss Art Award

2014Atelierstipendium, City of Zürich

2013ZBK Art Award

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2020Daniel Horn, Brand-New-Life interview, Apr 2020
Dean Kissick, The downward Spiral: Manhattan, Spike Art, Mar 2020

2019 Mark Pieterson, AQNB interview, Oct 2019
Ming Lin, The Snake that Eats Itself, RanDian
Kristian Vistrup, “Review: Mathis Altmann, Meyer Kainer” Artforum, January 2019

2018 Ginevra Bria, “Tragicomedy prototypes at Istituto Svizzero“, Domus, October 2018
“LES 5 EXPOS À NE PAS RATER EN JUILLET“, Inrockutibles, July Fiona Shipwright, “From L.A. to Kolkata, there is no place like home“, June 2018

2017 Darius Sabbaghzadeh, “Review: Mathis Altmann at Freedman Fitzpatrick” Flash Art, Summer

2016 Daniel Horn, “House of Mixed Emotions” Flash Art, December Harry Burke, “Mathis Altmann Swiss Institute” Spike Art Daily, Autumn
Alex Kitnick, “Review: Mathis Altmann, Swiss Institute” Artforum, October
Bosko Blagojevic, “Review: Mathis Altmann, Swiss Institute” Frieze, August
Ed Atkins, “Data Rot” Frieze, March
“Interview: In the studio of Mathis Altmann” Spike, January

2014 John Beeson, “Grafted Garden. On the exhibition ‘Your Portrait: A Tetsu- mi Kudo Retrospective’ at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo” May, #13, 2014
Eli Diner, “Review: Mathis Altmann at Freedman Fitzpatrick” Artforum, October 2014
Piper Marshall, “Critic’s Pick: Guyton, Price, Smith, Walker”, June 2014

2013Summer Guthery, “Critic’s Pick: Hi from California”, April 2013
Anne Dressen, “Best of 2013” Artforum, December 2013 Tobias Madison, “Artist’s Favourites” Spike Art, 2013

Selected Artworks
Mathis Altmann
Soft Skills, 2020
LED Matrix screen, 6’00 min video loop, Polished stainless steel, aluminum, wood, acrylic-glass, funhouse mirror, miniature
150h x 70w x 16d cm
59h x 27.5 w x 6.3 in
Mathis Altmann
We Petty Tech Bourgeois!, 2020
LED Matrix screen, 1‘50 min video loop, stainless steel, aluminum, epoxy, acrylics, photographs, miniatures, airbrush, LED diodes
39.37h x 35.43w in
100h x 90w cm
Mathis Altmann
Grind to a Halt, 2020
LED Matrix screen, 3‘26 min video loop, stainless steel, aluminum, tin picture
59.06h x 29.53w in
150h x 75w cm
Mathis Altmann
Bridging Commerce I, 2019
Steel, aluminum, wood, ink-jet print, resin, glitter, Raspberry Pi-3, 7inch touch screen, studs, name badge, plush doll
24.80h x 19.69w x 4.33d in
63h x 50w x 11d cm
Mathis Altmann
Downtown’s Dumping Debacle, 2019
Stainless steel, aluminum, mannequin, servo motor & controller, photographs, flyers, resin, studs
63h x 50w x 11d cm
24.80h x 19.69w x 4.33d in
Mathis Altmann
Bridging Commerce III, 2019
Polished aluminum, airbrushed, inkjet print, LED name badge, resin, acrylic, vinyl spackling, studs, tongue piercings, silver chains, charms
16.14h x 14.17w x 3.15d in
41h x 36w x 8d cm
Mathis Altmann
The Internet, 2019
Brushed stainless steel, aluminum, plastic, mannequin, red pills, LED diode
42h x 30w x 15d cm
16.54h x 11.81w x 5.91d in
Mathis Altmann
Lamestream, 2019
Wood, plastic, cloth, resin, metal, tassel, airbrush
82h x 30w x 20d cm
32.28h x 11.81w x 7.87d in
Mathis Altmann
Untitled, 2019
11.81h x 9.45w x 8.66d in
30h x 24w x 22d cm
Mathis Altmann
The Bleeding Edge, 2018
Wood, metal, plastic, flock, airbrush, paper, glitter, laser, lLEDs, mirror, miniatures
156h x 96w x 78d cm
61.42h x 37.80w x 30.71d in
Mathis Altmann
Teutonic Disaster, 2018
Wood, Foam, paint, airbrush, metal, glass, plastic LEDs, lasercut acrylic, miniatures
175h x 130w x 115d cm
68.90h x 51.18w x 45.28d in
Mathis Altmann
Startup Garage, 2018
Wood, metal, plastic, mirror, fabric, paint, glitter, airbrush, bricks, CCFL light, LEDs, miniatures, mealworms, resin
153h x 98w x 77d cm
60.24h x 38.58w x 30.31d in
Mathis Altmann
Water! Good God! Filth!, 2017
Wood, foam, plastic, human hair, garage floor paint, metal, cold cathode lighting
27h x 14w x 12d in
68.58h x 35.56w x 30.48d cm
Mathis Altmann
The Friend, 2017
Wood, plastic, bondo, silicon, found puppet, led’s
14h x 27w x 12d in
35.56h x 68.58w x 30.48d cm
Mathis Altmann
Pierced Booger, 2017
Wood, gold leaf, plastic, metal, fabric, miniatures, paper, LED lights, fresnel lens, mealworms, human hair, garage floor paint
19.69h x 12.99w x 12.01d in
50h x 33w x 30.50d cm
Mathis Altmann
Hygiene and Commerce, 2016
Wood, acrylic paint
13.98h x 11.42w x 10.63d in
35.50h x 29w x 27d cm
Mathis Altmann
LO*KUS LAB, 2016
Wood, sneaker, plastic, cotton, metal, paper, acrylic glass
18.70h x 11.42w x 17.52d in
47.50h x 29w x 44.50d cm
Mathis Altmann
Upper Class Fuckery, 2016
wood, miniatures, glass, cloth, plastic
15.94h x 15.75w x 10.24d in
40.50h x 40w x 26d cm
Mathis Altmann
Histoire de la merde, 2016
Wood, miniatures, lightbulb, cloth, plastic,
metal, paper
34.65 x 11.61 x 8.66 in
86.36 x 27.94 x 3.15 cm
Mathis Altmann
Neuigkeiten vom roten Teppich, 2016
Mdf, acrylic glass, metal, cloth, mouse-trap
13.39h x 11.42w x 9.06d in
34h x 29w x 23d cm
Mathis Altmann
Domestic Waste Police, 2016
Plastic, brass
15h x 11w x 20d in
38.10h x 27.94w x 50.80d cm
Mathis Altmann
Der geniale Stadtzerstörer, 2016
Concrete, metal, wood, plastic, led’s, paper, glass, CCFL lights, mirror, acrylic glass, soap drum
65h x 20w x 20d in
165.10h x 50.80w x 50.80d cm
Mathis Altmann
Deplorable Management, 2016
Mixed-media (concrete, metal, wood, plastic, door-viewer, paper, led’s, ccfl neon, miniatures, glass, rubber tires) 45h x 23w x 21d in
114.30h x 58.42w x 53.34d cm
Mathis Altmann
96,000 sheets = 9,866.4 sq. ft. = 916 m2 for 1,233 max capacity, 2016
Concrete, metal, wood, plastic, led’s, miniatures, dried meal worms, bones, cardboard, toilet-paper, pocket-projector, 90min video file
65h x 20w x 20d in
165.10h x 50.80w x 50.80d cm
Mathis Altmann
Fresh Breeze, Old Smell, 2015
Concrete, metal, wood, mini-cam, lcd-screen, plastic, paper, led’s, cold-cathode lamps, carton, plexiglass
19.69h x 23.62w x 39.37d in
50h x 60w x 100d cm
Mathis Altmann
No Flexxxploitation Zone, 2015
Concrete, metal, wood, door viewer, plastic, paper, led’s, light-bulb, miniature, usm-haller table
27.56h x 27.56w x 39.37d in
70h x 70w x 100d cm
Mathis Altmann
Do Not Put in Toilet, 2015
Mixed media (concrete, steel, wood, miniatures, paper, LED’s, pipes, door viewer)
38h x 18w x 24d in
96.52h x 45.72w x 60.96d cm