Born 1973, Hobro, Denmark
Lives and works in Oslo, Norway

Education

1994-1998 B.F.A, Academy of Fine Art, Bergen, Norway
1996-1997 M.F.A, Academy of Fine Art, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Residencies

2004 IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden
2001 NIFCA Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

Selected One-Person Exhibitions

2017
Matias Faldbakken: The image is a screen that hides what it means, Mur Saint-Bon, Paris, France
Matias Faldbakken, Astrup Fearnly Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Matias Faldbakken, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Matias Fladbakken: Boble, Standard Oslo, Oslo, Norway
2016
Matias Faldbakken, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Matias Faldbakken: Europe is Balding, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2015
Matias Faldbakken, CAPRI Dusseldorf, Germany
Overlap, Galerie Neu, Berlin, Germany
2014
Matias Faldbakken, Standard, Olso, Norway
Matias Faldbakken, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
2013
Envy, Galerie Neu, Berlin Hamar Kunstforening, Hamar, Norway
SACKS / TRUNKS, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
Matias Faldbakken, Le Consortium, Dijon
2012
Shall I Write It, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Maintenance, Simon Lee Gallery, Hong Kong
Matias Faldbakken Shall I write it, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich
Portrait Portrait of of a a Generation Generation, OCA, Oslo, Norway
Intervention #21: Matias Faldbakken, Museum Bojimans van Beunigen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Bit Rot, STANDARD (OSLO)
2011
Matias Faldbakken, The Power Station, Dallas, US
Matias Faldbakken, bbb - centre régional d’initiatives pour l’art contemporain, Toulouse, France
Television/Moonshine, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, US
One Night Only, UKS, Oslo, Norway
2010
An Alpha Disguised as a Beta, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
You Think You Go But You Don’t, Objectif, Antwerp, Belgium
The HHills, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
Known to Few, Unknown to Fewer, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
That Death of Which One Does Not Die, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
War After Peace (After War), Neue Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
2009
Shocked Into Abstraction, IKON Gallery, Birmingham,UK (exh. cat); travelled to the National Museum of Oslo, Norway.
Extreme Siesta, Kunst Halle Samkt Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
Annen Etage, KHiO, Oslo, Norway
Matias Faldbakken, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York, US
2008
The Way of the Bummer, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
Empty Glass, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
2007
Nothing Doing, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
I Don’t Think So, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, US
A Hideous Disease, Statements / Art Basel 38, Basel, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
2006
I Missed the Part Where That’s My Problem, Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
II, Schnittraum, Cologne, Germany
2005
All That Fall, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
Sharing Space. Dividing Time, The Nordic Pavillion, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (exh. cat)
New Works, Gallery Huuto, Helsinki, Finland
2004
Rank Xerox, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway
2003
Getaway, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway
2001
Osculum Infame (with Gardar Eide Einarsson), NIFCA - Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017
Black Feast, Simon Lee Gallery, New York, NY (3/17-4/22/17)
Readymade, curated by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen, House Eva Presenhuber, Vnà, Switzerland (1/27-3/19/17)
Void to Void: Matias Faldbakken and Leander Djønne, Galerie Neu, Berlin, Germany (3/11—4/15/17)
2016
SEEABLE / SAYABLE, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
11th Gwangju Biennale 2016, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
He is Left Handed and Walks With a Cane, Galleri Riis, Stockholm, Sweden
For Pete’s Sake, Carl Kostyal Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Yinchuan Biannale 2016, Yinchuan, China
2015
Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway
Venice Biennale: Ideas for Change, curated by Maria Lind, Venice, Italy
Beaufort Triennial 2015: Beyond Borders, Schore, Belgium
Vibrant Matter, KIOSK, Ghent, Belgium
Works on Paper, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Dissolving Margins, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Future Light, Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, MAK, Vienna, Austria
Art and the City, Zurich, Switzerland
Love Story – Works from Erling Kagge’s Collection, The Astrup Faernley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
Menneskeberget, Munch’s Ekely, Oslo, Norway
Works from the Astrup Fearnely Collection, The Astrup Faernley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
2014
Danjuma Collection: One Man’s Trash (Is Another Man’s Treasure), Danjuma Collection, London, United Kingdom
Elective Affinities, Simon Lee Gallery, London, United Kingdom
The Crime Was Almost Perfect, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
GRIP FRIHETEN! TAKE LIBERTY!, Nasjonalmuseet for Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway
2013
Comrades of Time | Comrades of Time, Cell Project Space, London
Marking Language, Drawing Room, London, UK
RAW & ORDER, LYNX, Oslo, Norway
Xerography, Firstsite, Colchester, UK
Standard (Oslo): ‘Sea Salt and Cross Passes,’ The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
Metropolis: Reflections on the Modern City, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Transforming the Known: The Collection of Bert Kreuk, Gemeentemuseum, The Lo/Hague, NL
Awaiting Immanence, Isbyraten, Stockholm, group show with Adam McEwen, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Hannah Liden, Fredrik Varslaev, curated by Peter Amdam
Fragile?, Isola san Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, Italy
2012
Oscar Knows Gardar. Gardar Knows Matias. Matias Knows Fredrik. Fredrik Sort of Knows Gardar. But Gardar Knows Marius. And That Gardar Knows Matias We already Know. But Matias Also Knows Anders. Standard (Oslo), Oslo, Norway
Gestures in Time, 1st edition of Qalandiya International, Palestine
Eight Sculptors 2012, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY
Concatenation. Signature, Seriality, Painting, Blain Southern, London, UK
Street, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Walsall, UK
dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Germany
Remote Control, ICA, London, UK
An Ocean of Lemonade, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Abstract Possible – The Stockholm Edition, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
Painting Now, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
The Devil’s Fidelity, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
The Boundaries of Seeing, S2, Los Angeles, USA
The New Public. From a new public dimension to new users, curated by Rein Wolfs, MUSEION, Bolzano, Italy
2011
Sculpture Now, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland
Another World, curated by Anne Pontégnie, Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France
Out of Storage, Provisoire & Définitif, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Nordic Darkness, Kristinehamns Konstmuseum, Kristinehamns, Sweden
Situation as Object (Framed), Gallery D.O.R., Brussels, Belgium
Abstract Possible, curated by Maria Lind, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico.
Magical Consciousness, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
Anonyme Skupturen, Video und Form in der zeitgenössichen Kunst, Galerie im Taxipalais, Innsbruck, Austria
Screaming from the mountain, Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway
Rebus, curated by Mario Codognato, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
To The Arts, Citizens!, curated by Joao Fernandez and Oscar Faria, Museu Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Secret Societies, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany. This exhibition travelled to CAPC – Musée d’art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
Nothing Beside Remains, LAND, Marfa, USA
A Science of Friendship: Gardar Eide Einarsson, Matias Faldbakken, Sebastian Helling, curated by Peter Amdam, Kostyál Project Space, London, Great Britain
Politics is Personal, Stonescape, Napa Valley, US
MONODROME, 3rd Athens Biennale 2011, Athens, Greece
Home of Metal, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
2010
Group Show (Almost A4 Person Group Show), curated by Brian Kennon, 2nd Cannon Project Space, Los Angeles, US
Groupshow, Praz-Dellavalade, Paris, France
The Mass Ornament, Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
The Second Today’s Documents, Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
The Moon is an Arrant Thief, curated by Oliver Martinez Kandt, The David Roberts Arts Foundation, London, UK
Destruction, Negation, Subtraction, Dissolution, curated by Rob Teeters, Kentor Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Fresh Hell, curated by Adam McEwen, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France
Suppose it is true after all? WHAT THEN, curated by Asgeir Skotnes, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö, Sweden
An Alpha Disguised as a Beta, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
The Secret Knows, curated by Shamim M. Momin/LAND, The Virgin Mobile Free House, Austin, US
Forms of Organization I, curated by Dessislava Dimova, Red House, Sofia, Bulgaria
Group show, curated by Gloria Picazo and Javier Peñafiel, Centre d’Art La Panera, Lleida, Spain
2009
The Malady of Writing: A project on text and speculative imagination, curated by Chus Martinez, MACBA -Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Black Hole, curated by Friedrike Nymphius, Kunsthalle Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Minima Moralia, Marvelli Gallery, New York, US
Our Mirage, curated by Caroline Soyez-Petithomme, Art:Concept, Paris, France
A Completely Normal Exhibition, Overgaden - Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Lessons In The Art Of Falling: Norwegian Performance And Process Art 1966-2009, Preus Museum,Horten, Norway
Paintings by, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
The Secret Life of Objects, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, US
FLOORS / WALLS, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
2008
The Station, curated by Nate Lowman and Shamim M. Momin, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, US
Imaginary Thing, curated by Peter Eeley, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, US
The Reality Effect, curated by Tone Hansen, Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway
Shifting Schisms, curated by Kristian Skylstad, Rekord, Oslo, Norway
Occupancy by more than 6 682 685 387 persons is dangerous and unlawful, curated by Pierre Bismuth, Cosmic Galerie, Paris, France
Possibilities of an Island, curated by Ruba Katrib, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami at Goldman Warehouse, Miami, US
ART TLV, at Helena Rubenstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
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, curated by Mikkel E. Astrup and Eivind Furnesvik, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway; Revolutions: Forms That Turn, Biennial of Sydney,Sydney, Australia That’s Not How I Remember It, Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles, US
Records Played Backwards, curated by Daniel Baumann, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, UK 35% VRAI 60% FAUX, Simon Lee Gallery, London, UK
Zuordningsprobleme, Johann König, Berlin, Germany
Norsk Hydro’s Collection, The Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo, Norway
Lights On, The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
The Soft Shields of Pleasure, Den Frie Udstilling, Copenhagen, Denmark
2007
Possibly Pushed Back Indefinitely – Paintings, Props and Problems (Still Unresolved), STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
Memorial to the Iraq War, curated by Mark Sladen, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK
Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian Gallery, New York, US
Dislocations (Don’t Try Popping Them Back Into Place), curated by Chus Martinez, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
Dislocations (Don’t Try Popping Them Back Into Place), curated by Chus Martinez, Arco, Madrid, Spain
Fade Away and Radiate, curated by Andrew Leslie, Cohan and Leslie, New York
Painting, props and Problems (Still Unresolved), STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
Depiction Perversion Repultion Obsession Subversion, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2006
Defamation of Character, curated by Neville Wakefield, PS1 MoMA, New York
Art, Life and Confusion, curated by René Block, ICA /Belgrade Culture Centre, Belgrade, Serbia
Deep Into That Darkness Peering, Galerie Joanna Kamm, Berlin, Germany
The Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, curated by Cecilia Widenheim, The Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway
The Metaphysics of Youth, curated by Luigi Fasso and Irina Zucca, Fuoriuso, Pescara, Italy (exh. cat)
A Forest, curated by Jocelyn Adele Gonzalez Junco and Gamaliel Herrera, Filter - The Project Room for International Art, Hamburg. This exhibition travelled to Space Other, Boston, US
White Stains, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
White Stains, Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium
Stages of Life: Rhetorics of Emotions, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
Mafia (Or One Unopened Packet of Cigarettes), STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
Entgrenzung (De-Limitation), Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunste, Berlin, Germany
Cluster, curated by Katie Holten, The Participant, New York, US
Draft Deceit, curated by Marta Kuzma, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Down by Law, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
Down by Law, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick, The Wrong Gallery, New York, US
47th October Salon, Oktobarski Salon/October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia
KAPITEL VII : Buhne des Leben – Rhetorik des Gefuhls”, Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich, Germany
2005
Parallel Life, curated by Sun Won Kim, Vanessa Müller and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (exh. cat)
Blast, curated by Paul Brewer, G Fine Arts, Washington D.C., US
15 Minutes Show, Stedelijk Museum Burau Amstedam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Start Kapital, STANDARD (OSLO), Oslo, Norway
Populism, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This exhibition travelled to Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; The National Museum,Oslo, Norway; CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania
E-Flux Video Rental, Portikus, Frankfurt/Main, Germany. This exhibition travelled to Arthouse, Austin, US (2006);Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris (2007); Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, US (2007); and Centro de ArteModerna Jose de Azeredo Perdigao – Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal (2008)
Always a Little Further, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (exh. cat)
Social Democracy Revisited, Apexart, New York, US
2004
Now And Ten Years Ago, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany
STANDARD (OSLO) Escape Routes, ISCP, New York, US
Criss Cross – Video/Film/Documentary Programme, NIFCA, Glasgow, UK
LISTE 04, Basel, Switzerland
On Reason and Emotion, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (exh. cat)
MOMENTUM, Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art, Moss (exh. cat)
Emotion Eins, Frankfurter Kunstverein/Ursula Bickle Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main / Kraichtal-Unteröwisheim
New in Norwegian Photography, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
2003
Art to the People, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway (exh. cat). This exhibition travelled to Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway; Tromsø Fine Arts, Arendal, Norway
Society, Tromsø Fine Arts, Arendal, Norway
Deathtime 27, Canal, New York, US
Total Motiviert, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany (exh. cat)
BEKMÖRK, CCAB, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
2002
A Jerky Flight Around a Desolate Bunker, Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway (exh. cat)
Where Am I? 2, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
Touching from a distance, Germinations 13, Cork, Ireland
2001
Fanzine 1, Gallery Konstakuten, Stockholm, Sweden
The UKS-Biennial, Oslo, Norway
2000
Spring Exhibition, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway
Group Exhibition, The City Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden
1998
All or Nothing (video screening), MAC - Museum of Contemporary Art, Marseille, France
Group Exhibition, The Society of Young Artists (UKS), Oslo, Norway
Group Exhibition, MK Ciurlionis National Museum of Art, Kaunas, Lithuania
1997
Kommunikationszentrale, Videoabend, Bockenheim, Frankfurt, Germany
1996
ELECTRA, Henie Onstad Art Center, Oslo, Norway

Updated: September 23, 2017