Matias Faldbakken

Matias Faldbakken
1973 born in Hobro, Denmark
Lives in Oslo, Norway

1994-98 The Academy of Fine Art, Bergen
1996-97 Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (Prof. Thomas Bayrle)

Solo Exhibitions

"Television/Moonshine", Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York

"An Alpha Disguised As A Beta", Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
Standard Oslo, Oslo
Simon Lee Gallery, London
"That death of which one does not die", Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
"War After Peace (After War)", NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Kunst Halle St Gallen, St Gallen
The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo

Simon Lee Gallery, London
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

Nothing Doing", STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo
"I Missed the Part Where That's My Problem", Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis
"A Hideous Disease", Statements , Art Basel 38, Basel, under the auspices of STANDARD(OSLO),Oslo

I Missed the Part Where That's My Problem, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam II, Schnittraum, Cologne

2005 All That Fall, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo Sharing Space. Dividing Time (The Nordic Pavillion) (curator: Åsa Nacking), La Biennale de Venezia, Venice New Works, Gallery Huuto, Helsinki

Rank Xerox, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen

Getaway, Fotogalleriet, Oslo

Osculum Infame, NIFCA Gallery, Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Group Exhibitions

"Geheimgesellschaften", Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt/M.
"Out of storage", Marres Maastricht, Maastricht
"Abstracción posible / Abstract Possible", (curated by Maria Lind), Museo Tamayo, Mexico
"Anonyme Skulpturen", Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck
"To The Arts, Citizens!", curated by Joao Fernandez and Oscar Faria, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
"Le Printemps de Septembre", curated by Anne Pontegnie, Toulouse, France
"Magical Consciousness", co-curated by Runa Islam and Arnolfini, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
"Nothing Beside Remains", curated by Shamin Momin, LAND, Marfa, USA
"Politics is Personal", curated by Thea Westreich, Stonescape, Napa Valley, USA
"Home of Metal", Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
"Rebus", curated by Mario Codognato, Simon Lee Gallery, London

"At Home", Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York (Curator: John Rasmussen)
Palais de Tokyo, Paris (Curator: Adam McEwen)
"You think you go but you gon't", Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp
"Anonyme Skulpturen", Museen Haus Lange - Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany

The Malady of Writing. A project on text and speculativ imagination - Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona - MACBA, Barcelona
Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, selected by Primary Information, White Columns, New York
A Completely Normal Exhibition, Overgaden, Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen
Black Hole, Centro Cultural Andratx, CCA, Andratx
Paintings by, Simon Lee Gallery, London
The Secret Life of Objects, Midway Contemporary Art
Our Mirage - Art : Concept, Paris
FLOORS / WALLS, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin

Possibilities of an Island, (Curator: Ruba Katrib) Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Florida
(Upcoming, December)
We have never met before, but it's with great anticipation of your understanding that I'm writing you and I hope you will in good faith give a deep consideration to my proposal below, (Curators: Mikkel E. Astrup and Eivind Furnesvik) STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo
(Upcoming, November)
The Soft Shields Of Pleasure, (Curator: Søren Andreasen) Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen
That's How I Remember It, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles
Tel Aviv Museum Of Art / Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, (Curator: Andrew Renton), Tel Aviv (Upcoming, September)
ABC – Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin (Upcoming, September)
Revolutions – Forms That Turn, The Biennial of Sydney, Sydney (Upcoming, June)
That’s Not How I Remember It, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles (Upcoming, June)
Records Played Backwards, (Curator: Daniel Baumann) The Modern Institute, Glasgow
35% VRAI 60% FAUX, Simon Lee Gallery, London
Zuordningsprobleme, Johann König, Berlin
Norsk Hydro's Collection, The Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo
Lights On, The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Osl

Possibly Pushed Back Indefinitely – Paintings, Props and Problems (Still Unresolved), STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo (upcoming, September) Memorial to the Iraq War, (Curators: Mark Sladen), Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian Gallery - New York, New York E-flux Video Rental, Centre culturel Suisse, Paris and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA Dislocations (Don't Try Popping Them Back Into Place), (Curator: Chus Martinez), STANDARD (OSLO) / Arco, Madrid Fade Away and Radiate, (Curator: Andrew Leslie), Cohan and Leslie, New York

Defamation of Character, (curator Neville Wakefield), PS1 MoMA, New York Art, Life and Confusion – The 47th October Salon, (Curator: René Block), ICA / Belgrade Culture Centre Deep Into That Darkness Peering, Galerie Joanna Kamm, Berlin The Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, (curator: Cecilia Widenheim), The Vigeland Museum, Oslo The Metaphysics of Youth, (curator: Luigi Fasso and Irina Zucca), Fuoriuso, Pescara A Forest, (curators: Jocelyn Adele Gonzalez Junco and Gamaliel Herrera), Filter - the Project Room for International Art, Hamburg, and Space Other, Boston White Stains, STANDARD (OSLO) / Extra City, Antwerpen Theater of Life - Rhetorics of Emotions, (curator: Nicolaus Schafhausen), Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich Mafia (Or One Unopened Packet of Cigarettes), STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo Entgrenzung (De-Limitation), Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunste, Berlin Cluster, (curator: Katie Holten), The Participant, New York Draft Deceit (curator: Marta Kuzma), Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Down by Law, Whitney Museum of American Art / Whitney Biennial 2006 / The Wrong Gallery, New York, curators: Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick

Parallel Life (curator: Sun Won Kim, Vanessa Müller, Nicolaus Schafhausen), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main Blast (curator: Paul Brewer), G Fine Arts, Washington DC 15 Minutes Show, Stedelijk Museum Burau Amstedam, Amsterdam Start Kapital, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo Populism, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Populism, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, GER Populism, The National Museum, Oslo Populism, CAC, Vilnius

Now And Ten Years Ago, Kunst-Werke, Berlin Standard Escape Routes, ISCP, New York Criss Cross – Video/Film/Documentary Programme, NIFCA (Touring Exhibition) LISTE 04, Basel On Reason and Emotion, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney MOMENTUM – Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss Emotion Eins, Frankfurter Kunstverein/Ursula Bickle Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main / Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim

Art to the People, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Tromsø Fine Arts Society, Tromsø; Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arenda Deathtime, 27. Canal, New York Total Motiviert, Kunstverein München, München BEKMÖRK, CCAB; Centre for Contemporary Arts – Belgrade, Belgrade

Where Am I 2, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bjørvika, Oslo Touching from a distance, Germinations 13, Cork

Gallery Konstakuten, Fanzine 1, Stockholm The UKS-biennial, Oslo

Fotogalleriet, Spring exhibition, Oslo The City Theatre, Stockholm

MAC - Museum of Contemporary Art, All or Nothing (videoscreening), Marseilles The Society of Young Artists (UKS), Oslo MK Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas

Kommunikationszentrale, Videoabend Bockenheim, Frankfurt/M

Henie Onstad Artcenter, ELECTRA – video room, Oslo

Kagge Forlag; Kaldt Produkt

J.W. Cappelen Publishing House; Snort Stories

J.W. Cappelen Publishing House; Macht und Rebel-translated into Danish (Lindhardt&Ringhof) and Finnish (Johnny Kniga)

J.W. Cappelen Publishing House; The Cocka Hola Company -translated into German (Blumenbar Verlag/and Heine [paperback]) and Russian (Baltrus)

Lettre International, "Scandinavian Issue", Copenhagen Frankfurter Allgemeine, Special Book Issue during Frankfurter Book Fair, October, Frankfurt am Main Catalogue for Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset: "Welfare Show", Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen Schafhausen, Nicolaus a.o.:"Populism", catalogue, Lucas and Sternberg, Berlin / New York

Lettre International, "America" Fabrik #01.04 Adbusters magazine Norway #01 Dagbladet Information, January 3rd (i2)

Den Blå Port, Copenhagen PACEMAKER 2, Paris Corporate Mentality, Alexandra Mir (ed.), Lukas & Sternberg Inc, New York, US Journal for NorthEast Issues, #2 2003 Kunstverein München, Drucksache Fall 03 München BLM – Bonniers Litterära Magasin O.K. Centre for Contemporary Art, Linz

NIFCA-info; Vapour Ware MANIFESTA 4; catalogue MARS; fanzine, Stockholm

NIFCA info 3/01; Reluctant Revolutionary; interview with J.O. Mallander

MOMENTUM prospectus PARK; Mediation of a specialized art to a fragmented public


The National Museum of Art, Design and Architecture, Oslo
DekaBank, Frankfurt am Main
Hydro Art Collection, Oslo
Telenor Art Collection, Oslo
The Speyer Family Collection, New York


"Destination Art - Oslo", BBC World, September 2nd Røed, Kjetil: "Matias Faldbakken", Contemporary Magazine, London, No 85, September 2006, pp 32-35
Faldbakken, Matias: "Matias Faldbakken – Top Ten List", ARTFORUM, New York, September, 2006
Dünser, Severin; Heidmann, Patrick and others (editors): " Upping The Anti", mono.kultur #07, Berlin
Woznicki, Krystian: "Comeback der Anarchie", Telepolis, April 23, 2006
Anders, Friedrikke; Hoffmann, Anke, and Lahr Christian: "Auflösung", RealismusStudio / Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunste, Berlin, 2006, pp. 86-87
Around Photography, January issue
Fassi, Luigi and Zucca, Irina: "The Metaphysics of Youth", Pescara, catalogue
Gaenshaiemer, Susanne; Höner, Julia; Mühling, Matthias, and Schafhausen, Nicolaus:
"Theatre of Life - Rhetorics of Emotions", 2006, Munich, pp. 138-139
Parallel Life, catalogue
Draft Deceit, exhibition pamphlet

Allen, Jennifer: "MF+MF" from Sharing Space Dividing Time (Catalogue for Nordic Pavillion, Venice Biennial)
Kunstforum 172, p 356, Emotion Eins; Christian Huther

Flash Art, No.237 July-September 2004, p 47 (Biennale of Sydney); Simon Rees
Flash Art, No.237 July-September 2004, p 55 (Momentum); Arve Rød
Biennale of Sydney 2004, catalogue; Mainstreams/White Terror/Coming Communities;
Carissa Rodriguez, MOMENTUM, catalogue; Matias Faldbakken; Ika Kaminka

Kunstverein München, Drucksache fall 2003
Office for Contemporary Art Norway, New Institutionalism; Harnessing the Means of Production, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt
Art to the People (catalogue), Art to the People, Jonas Ekeberg
Kunstverein München; Drucksache spring 2003

Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; A Jerky Flight Around a Desolate Bunker; Andrea Kroksnes
Germinations 13 (catalogue); Inside the 36 Chambers of Communication; Krystian Woznicki

NIFCA-info 3/01; Osculum Infame: The Dark Side of the White Cube, Rebecca Gordon Nesbitt

NU: the Nordic Art Review vol III # 3/00; Søren Andreassen and Lars Bang Larsen
NU: the Nordic Art Review vol II # 2/00; Condensation Points, interview by Ralph McDavid


Theatre adaptation / performance of "The Cocka Hola Company"
Münchner Kammerspiele / Stuttgarter Staatstheater

Editor of UKS-forum for Samtidskunst

Oslo Kunsthall; editor of Publication 00, 01 and 2002
Oslo Kunsthall; co-curator
UKS-Forum for Samtidskunst; guest editor of issue 1/2/00

Bergen Museum for Samtidskunst;
founder and owner