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Martin Kähler


The work of Martin Kähler (b. 1987) often situates itself in fields of tension between construction and collapse as well as between the raw and the fragile. His sculptural compositions manifest themselves materially and spatially
in ways that are sensitive to the site and surroundings they are presented in. These arrangements sometimes even seem to have grown out of the spaces that they inhabit. In this way there is an inhererent, visceral sensibilty within the work, that constantly borders and negates the organic and the industrial. A process or struggle between the two that somehow, oddly presents itself as balanced works in space.” Time ” seems to be a factor in the work, that is hard to place. The objects can often seem simple and subtle at first glance, but with a closer investigative look, they appear to be intricately and delicately deliberate in the way the various found and manipulated materials come together. What is old? What is new? What is stolen? What is broken? Within these complicated dialectics of the ” mess ” there is a ” poetics of the poor ” at play in the work of Martin Kähler. A dusty play of precision.

Biography by Alexander Tillegreen.



    Leo Gallery, (with Max Huckle), Shanghai, China

  • 2018

    figurati!, FILIALE, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2016

    Ridotto al Massimo, FILIALE, Frankfurt, Germany

    Teig und Öl, 240 Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Disprezzatura, Johann, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2014

    Why Not Hang With Painters, Fons Welthers Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands


    Garten Eden, FILIALE, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2019

    PLX, Tjärö, Sweden

    Leo Gallery, (with Max Huckle), Shanghai, China

    Miniaturen, FILIALE, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2017

    Triple Chance, Konkret, Frankfurt, Germany

    Tjäröfestival, (with Max Huckle) Tjärö, Schweden

  • 2016

    Aware of Being Naive, basis Projektraum, Frankfurt, Germany

    Lost & Found, Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt am Main

    We Do Believe, PLX Temporär Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

  • 2015

    Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Villa Gellertsraße, Karlsruhe, Germany

    Stile di vita, Get Lost Artroute, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2014

    (S)elected, Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    PLXPLXPLX, PLX Temporär Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden

  • 2013

    Awareness People, Ki. Beyonce, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Good By My Good Friend, Amstel 41, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Constant Companion, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • 2012

    Rietveld Uncut, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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