Wolfgang Breuer


Untitled | London, South Kensington | found safety screen | 120 x 90cm



"Wolfgang Breuer’s work is not for you because he is auditioning for the police and the check out aisle of the supermarket."

From the press release: Pro Choice presents Wolfgang Breuer and Anita Leisz at Renwick


Wolfgang Breuer creates quiet, urban interventions that are often lost on casual passersby. From a delicate lock made of twigs and berries chained to a bicycle in Berlin to photographs of empty signposts occupying urban areas, the German artist is concerned with forlorn objects and ignored spaces. "In order to copy something I look at myself and my neighbourhood," Breuer says in the press release for "What is This? It has Been Done Before" (2011) at Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna.

"Breuer’s art is minimalist and multilayered at the same time. And, for all its beauty, it is also always of a political nature," Raimer Stange writes in the June 2008 issue of Modern Painters.

In "Organic Food Shop" (2009), his first institutional solo show at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the artist created a subtle set of works addressing the financial crisis via a bus shelter, bottle banks, and painted metal "public objects." 

"His critical view on the environment we are living in makes the public reflect with an ironic yet dramatic eye," Gea Politi writes in Flash Art International.

The artist studied at Städelschule in Frankfurt from 2001-2004. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Additional sources:

From the press release: Pro Choice presents Wolfgang Breuer and Anita Leisz at Renwick.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art press releases: http://www.kw-berlin.de/en/exhibitions/organic_food_shop_78 ; http://www.kw-berlin.de/en/exhibitions/hotel_marienbad_004_wolfgang_breuer_pizza_prekaer_246

R. Stange, Modern Painters, June 2008.

G. Politi, Flash Art International, 2008.


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