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FELDMANN, Hans-Peter

PORTRAIT FELDMANNBorn in 1941 in Düsseldorf where he lives.



Hans-Peter Feldmann is a figure in the conceptual art movement and practitioner in the artist book and multiple formats. Feldmann’s approach to art-making is one of collecting, ordering and re-presenting amateur snapshots, print photographic reproductions, toys and trivial works of art. Feldmann reproduces and recontextualizes our reading of them in books, postcards, posters or multiples.

Feldmann made his first series of books between 1968 and 1971. Works from the early 1970s include 70 snapshots depicting All the Clothes of a Woman and four Time Series projects including, for example, a row of 36 pictures of a ship moving along a river. Feldmann’s series Photographs Taken From Hotel Room Windows While Traveling clusters 108 nondescript, unframed snapshots of buildings, streets and parking lots. 11 Left Shoes presents 11 shoes borrowed from 303 Gallery employees, in a row on the floor. Que Sera has the words of the song of that title handwritten on the wall. Bed With Photograph simulates part of a hotel room with a slept-in bed, a side table and a framed photograph of a woman in leopard-print pants.

Creating carefully conceived installations from everyday images is what Feldmann is best known for. In 2004-5 MoMA P.S. 1 showed “100 Years,” an exhibition made up of 101 photographic portraits of people ages 8 months to 100 years. And at the International Center of Photography in 2008 he filled a room with the framed front pages of 100 newspapers — from New York, Paris, Dubai, Sydney, Seoul and elsewhere — printed on Sept. 12, 2001.


Hans-Peter Feldmann has been named winner of the eighth Biennal Hugo Boss Prize in 2010. This prize includes an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in May 2011.


Hans-Peter Feldmann presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2010, presented by Hans-Ulrich Obrist & Philippe Parreno for the Discovery Award.