Berlin-based artist Björn Braun transforms found objects, exposing the narrative potential of materials by way of slight interventions. Much of his work uses nature as a departure point as he often collaborates with birds, mice, or bees, turning the remnants of their activities – nests, burrows, abandoned eggs, and feathers – into sculptures. The process is tantamount to the resulting artwork, which is often determined by chance. A minimalist sensibility presides over Braun’s work, but is upended by his use of humble natural materials, drawing direct parallels to Arte Povera. Braun’s work also possesses a tongue-in-cheek, performative aspect of Beuysian alchemy as he often boils, mixes, and bakes organic material into their final sculptural forms. An economy of means presides over all of his work as nothing is ever discarded, only repurposed.

Björn Braun, Image Courtesy of Accademia Tedesca Roma Villa Massimo
Björn Braun
Berlin, 1979
Germany

Past Exhibitions

Björn Braun

Kunsthaus Baselland
17/05/2019 — 07/07/2019

Björn Braun

Calidarium of the Botanical Gardens, Athenaeum Museums System, University of Palermo 07/09/2018 — 06/10/2018

Resonating Surfaces

Mendes Wood DM
22/11/2016 — 04/02/2017

Solo Shows

2019
Basel, Switzerland, Kunsthaus Baselland

2018
Karlsruhe, Germany, Meyer Riegger, Sammy
Palermo, Italy, Radiceterna Arte e Ambiente, Björn Braun

2017
Neuenkirchen, Germany, Kunstverein Springhornhof, Björn Braun

2016
Milan, Italy, SPAZZIO 22, presented by Meyer Riegger, Björn Braun

2015
New York, NY, Boesky East, New Towns
Berlin, Germany, Sox
Düsseldorf, Germany, Capri, Björn Braun

2012
Berlin, Germany, Meyer Riegger, Björn Braun
Stuttgart, Germany, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Frischzelle_16

2011
Rome, Italy, Villa Massimo, Soltanto un quadro al Massimo

2010
Karlsruhe, Germany, Meyer Riegger, Ein Stück Himmel

2009
Braunschweig, Germany, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Preistragerausstellung blauorange 2009

2007
Karlsruhe, Germany, Meyer Riegger, Schweizer Krankheit

Group Shows

2019
Cincinnati, OH, Contemporary Arts Center, Creatures: When Species Meet, curated by Steven Matijcio

2018
Basel, Switzerland, Kunsthaus Baselland, Beehave
Stavanger, Norway, Galleri Opdahl, curated by Florian Neufeldt
Aspen, CO, Boesky West, Mother Sky

2017
Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Resonanzen.
40 Jahre Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg
Dresden, Germany, Altana Galerie, Remembering the Future
Dresden, Germany, Galerie Ursula Walter, Remembering the Future
Cologne, Germany, Simultanhalle, Nischenhain, curated by Karsten Födinger
Berlin, Germany, Wentrup Gallery, L’Été plus vaste que l’Empire…
Berlin, Germany, House Mödrath, Aftermieter, curated by Veit Loers
Leipzig, Germany, Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig, Karin Sander: SHOW. An audio tour through the collection of GfZK Leipzig

2016
Berlin, Germany, Meyer Riegger, Hermann tritt schüchtern herein
São Paulo, Brazil, Mendes Wood DM, Resonating Surfaces, November
Berlin, Germany, Schinkel Pavillon, Now this, is this the end … the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end? (Part 2), organized by Goshka Macuga
Fellbach, Germany, Triennale Kleinplastik Fellbach, FOOD Ökologien des Alltags, curated by Susanne Gaensheimer
Paris, France, Rinomina, Le determinant indéfini: Daniela Baldelli, Charlie Boisson, Björn Braun, Jens Braun, Helen Feifel, Jörg Gelbke, Anna Lea Hucht, Markus Lichti,
Michael Kilian Wagner
Katonah, NY, Katonah Museum of Art, The Nest

2015
Rome, Italy, Villa Massimo, Soltano Un Quadro Al Massimo 2003-2015
Düsseldorf, Germany, Sies + Höke, Stranger Than Paradise
New York, NY, Boesky East, Ordering Nature
Erlangen, Germany, Kunstpalais Erlangen, #Catcontent
Düsseldorf, Germany, Kadel-Willborn, Group Show

2014
Dortmund, Germany, Museum Ostwall, Arche Noah: Über Tier und Mensch in der Kunst.
Turin, Italy, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Ars viva 13/14, Truth/Reality.

2013
Bonn, Germany, Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle Bonn, NUR HIER. Sammlung zeitgenossischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland.
Karlsruhe, Germany, V8, Bachmannbraungelbke.
Weimar, Germany, Neues Museum, Ars viva 13/14, Wahrheit/Wirklichkeit.
Karlsruhe, Germany, Meyer Riegger, A drawing that illustrates my last show at Meyer Riegger
New York, NY, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Jump Cut

2012
Donaueschingen, Germany, Museum Biedermann, Excellent!
Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Galerie Anita Beckers, A Touch of Life

2011
Karlsruhe, Germany, V8, Bigness as Usual
Leverkusen, Germany, Museum Morsbroich, Collage im Raum
London, England, Vilma Gold, THE EXTENSION

2010
Graz, Austria, 30 Ausstellungen zur Virtuositat des Dinglichen, CAMERA AUSTRIA, Milk Drop Coronet
Münster, Germany, Kunst der Gegenwart nach Beuys, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Neue Alchemie.

2009
Berlin, Germany, Vielmetter Projects, In unsren Herzen brennt eine Sehnsucht.
Bordeaux, France, CAPC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Opera Rock – Jean-Luc Blanc.
Heilbronn, Germany, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Top 08: Meisterschulerausstellung.
Karlsruhe, Germany, V8, Die Hecke.

2007
Stuttgart, Germany, Parotta Contemporary, Into the woods tonight
Berlin, Germany, Jette Rudolph, Surreal

2006
Cologne, Germany, Figge von Rosen, Cropped.
Karlsruhe, Germany, Meyer Riegger, Von mir aus.

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Berlin Country of birth: Germany Date of birth: 1979 Lives in: Berlin, Germany