Klaus vom Bruch

Year of birth, place
1952, Cologne, Germany
Role at the ZKM
in the collection

Klaus vom Bruch was born in Cologne in 1952. He studied (1975-76) at the California Institute of Arts, Valencia under John Baldessari and (1976-79) in the Philosophy Faculty of the University of Cologne. Since 1992 he has been Professor of Media Arts at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe. He lives in Cologne.

Klaus vom Bruch started his work almost exclusively with video. Between 1975 and 1985 he produced over twenty video tapes, many of them autobiographical in content. Formally, these are characterized by a collage-like superimposition of documentary photography, elements from television advertising spots and self-portraits. The principal concern in these works is the connection between the media and the power. Since the late 1980s, his installations has assumed a sculptural dimension. He has also started to incorporate radar technology in his work, opposing a sender (the video recorder) and a receiver (the monitor). Unusually, the information is transmitted not by cable, but through space, being picked up by antennae. Here technology does not remain merely the artist's medium of expression: it has itself become his subject.

Individual exhibitions (selection)
1978Galerie Philomene Magers, Bonn
1985Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent
1988»Radarraum«, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
1989Moderna Museet, Stockholm
1990»Klaus vom Bruch, Video-Installationen 1986-1990«, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover
1992»Klappluftschraube mit Spinner«, Galerie Dacić, Tübingen
1993Galerie Desiré Feuerle, Köln; »Jam-Jam-Projekt«, Kunstverein, Cologne
1994Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin and Leipzig
1995»Artaud spricht vor den Soldaten«, Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn
1996»Zwei, drei neue Arbeiten«, Galerie Dörrie & Priess, Hamburg
1997»Der Augenzeuge«, Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum, Cologne; »Cuba Cuba Cuba«, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover; »BerlinProject« (with Thomas Struth), Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
Group exhibitions (selection)
1974Studio Oppenheim, Cologne
1980Biennale de Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
1982Biennale de Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; »Videokunst in Deutschland 1963-1982«, Kunstverein, Cologne, subsequently at Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, and at venues in Munich, Nuremberg and Berlin
1984Biennale di Venezia, Venice; »von hier aus«, Messegelände, Düsseldorf
1986»Dorothea von Stetten-Kunstpreis«, Städtisches Kunstmuseum, Bonn; »A Distanced View«, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
1988 documenta VIII, Kassel
1989»Video-Skulptur retrospektiv und aktuell 1963-89«, Kunstverein, Cologne, subsequently at Kongresshalle Berlin, Kunsthaus Zürich
1991»MultiMediale 2«, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
1992Galerie Eigen + Art, Berlin
1994»Minima Media«, Medienbiennale Leipzig
19963. Biennale de Lyon, Lyon; »Total«, Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; »Concealed/Revealed«, Site, Santa Fe
1997»Deutschlandbilder«, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin


[David Richardt, 1997]