Matias Faldbakken is a Norwegian artist and writer. Faldbakken studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Bergen and the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. He is the son of the author Knut Faldbakken and brother of film director Stefan Faldbakken.

Matias Faldbakken’s practice centres around the collision between the artist and the object, his works follow a precise conceptual procedure with trivial gestures of vandalism, appropriation and poetry.Inspired by minimal and conceptual art of the 1960’s and 70’s, with its deconstructive focus on the object and the gallery space, Faldbakken criticizes the ideology of the white cube spac

Matias Faldbakken
Matias Faldbakken
Hobro, 1973

Past Exhibitions

Matias Faldbakken & Leander Djønne: Void to Void

Galerie Neu
11/03/2017 — 15/04/2017

Matias Faldbakken: Thingumbob Screens Overlaps

Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Löwenbräu Areal
09/04/2016 — 21/05/2016

Solo Shows

Matias Faldbakken, Europe Is Balding, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY

Matias Faldbakken, CAPRI, Dusseldorf
Matias Faldbakken, Overlap, Galerie NEU, Berlin

Matias Faldbakken, Standard (Oslo), Oslo
Matias Faldbakken, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY

Matias Faldbakken, Le Consortium, Dijon
Matias Faldbakken, Sacks/trunks, Simon Lee Gallery, London
Matias Faldbakken, Envy, Galerie NEU, Berlin

Matias Faldbakken: Portrait Portrait Of Of A A Generation Generation, WIELS, Centrum voor Hedendaagse kunst, Brussels
Shall I Write It, Diagonal Building, Maag Areal, Zurich
Matias Faldbakken, Maintenance, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Bit Rot, Standard (Oslo), Oslo

Group Shows

Naturally Obscure, Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest
Use/User/Used/, Zabludowicz Collection London, London

The World is Made of Stories, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Norsk Skulpturbiennale 2015, Vigeland Museum, Oslo
Faux Amis, Simon Lee Gallery, London
Beyond Borders, 5th Beaufort Triennial of contemporary art by the sea, Beaufort Triennale, Oostende
Aaa: Art Altstetten Albisrieden, Stadt Zürich, Zurich
Vienna Biennale 2015, Ideas for Change, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo
Dissloving Margin, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Poor Art – Rich Legacy. Arte Povera and parallel practices 1968–2015, The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Oslo
Works on Paper, Diagonal Building, Maag Areal, Zurich
The Shadow of War: Political Art in Norway 1914–2014, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo
A man walks into a bar. . . ., me Collectors Room Berlin, Berlin
Reads Like a Book, Cricoteka, Krakow

Epíleg. The Book Lovers, Fabra i Coats, Barcelona Contemporary Art Center, Barcelona
The crime was almost perfect, PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Chat Jet (part 2), Skulptur in Reflexion/ Sculpture in reflection, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst und Medien, Graz
J’Ai Froid, castillo/corrales, Paris
20 Years Galerie Neu, Galerie NEU, Berlin
Chez Perv, team (gallery, inc.), New York City, NY
Grip friheten! Take Liberty!, The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Oslo
The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
WALK THE LINE, Simon Lee Gallery, London
Walk The Line, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Comrades of Time | Comrades of Time, Cell Project Space, London
Marking Language, The Drawing Room, London
Young Collectors, Maison Particulière Art Center, Brussels
Xerograhy, firstsite @ the minories art gallery, Colchester
Sea Salt and Cross Passes, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
Flex-sil Reloaded, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen
An Artist Collecting Art, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen
Awaiting Immanence, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm, Stockholm
Out of Memory, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York City, NY
Paradox. Positions In Norwegian Video Art 1980–2010, The Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Oslo

Eight Sculptors 2012, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NY
Oscar Knows Gardar. Gardar Knows Matias. Matias Knows Fredrik. Fredrik Sort Of Knows Gardar. Gardar Knows Marius, Standard (Oslo), Oslo
Gestures in Time, Al-ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem
The New Public, MUSEION, Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst , Bolzano
Concatenation. Signature, Seriality, Painting, Blain|Southern, London
Painting Now, Diagonal Building, Maag Areal, Zurich
Documenta (13), Documenta, Kassel
Remote Control, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
The devil’s fidelity, Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris
Abstract Possible: The Stockholm Synergies, Tensta Konsthall, Spanga

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Hobro Country of birth: Denmark Date of birth: 1973 Lives in: Oslo, Norway