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Eberhard Bosslet (born 1953) is a Germanmarker contemporary artist who has been producing site-specific art and architectural-related works, such as sculpture, installation and painting, both indoors and outdoors, since 1979. Born in Speyermarker, Germanymarker, and living in Dresdenmarker, he co-founded the artist group, "Material & Effect" (Material & Wirkung) in Berlinmarker in 1981, and since 1980, has been the co-director of the artistspace "MOPEDS" in Berlin/Kreuzbergmarker that is involved in curating and managing non-conventional artshows.

Dossier of works

  • 1979: Self-referential works in words and writing-form of painting, photography, wall-drawings, and plates; site-specific interior work with wall-drawings and plates.

  • Since 1979:
    • Sculptures and installations with electric light and electric steering;[171661]
    • Performance "Per-/Re-ception" (Wahr-nehmen) in a hall at an industrial yard in Speyer, Germany, using electric installation, electric light, zinc sulfide (phosphorus); photographic details of existing situations in the hall, projected in color or black-and-white negative slides, on the situations themselves.

  • 1980: Wood panels, coated with colored varnish, and variably arranged in layers.

  • Since 1980: Broken glass-panes, site-specific and installation works, as well as paintings with partially colored-coated broken glass, acrylic panes and flexible PVC sheets indoors and outdoors. view1. view2

  • 1981: Works with roadway markings and roadblocks.

  • 1982: "Mobilien & Immobilien" (Movables & Immovables), a series of photographs, produced with a painted Vespa motor scooter, and colored house facades at Tenerife/Canary Islandesmarker. view

  • 1982 - 84: "Mobiliar" (Furniture), and "Stand der Dinge" (Status Quo); photographs of interior designs in which the backgrounds and objects were painted. view

  • Since 1982:
    • Series of color photographs at the Canary Islands, Spainmarker;
    • Urban exploration: so-called "scrap metal and sun"; Abandoned cars in southern landscape view;
    • "Interventions" in public space, site specific art,[171662]
  • 1983: Works of rubble at a waste dump.

  • 1983 - 2009:
    • Works with ruins, so-called "Re/formations and side effects"; here, stabilization and destabilization of perception of conditions of industrial and residential buildings by white painted lines or black painted color fields;
    • Side-specific outdoor intervention. view
File: Eberhard Bosslet Intervention Bauzeichnung La Restinga II voll El Hierro 1983.jpg|construction drawing - La Restinga II, El Hierro, 1983File: Eberhard Bosslet Intervention Begleiterscheinung VII 1990.jpg|side efect VII, Guimar,Teneriffa, 1990File: Eberhard Bosslet Intervention Begleiterscheinung X Süd Teneriffa 2006.jpg|side effect X, Tajao, Teneriffa, Südseite, 2006File: Eberhard Bosslet Intervention Begleiterscheinung XI Era Lanzarote 2008.jpg|side effect X, Tias, Lanzarote, 2008

  • 1985 - 88: Painting — each form complex has its own color and paint material; the "facade ground" is a significantly visible component, and is of equal value as the variables, "form, color, and paint material". view

  • Since 1985: "Supporting Measures" — indoor, space-related installations and sculptures with items of the building trade; here, new arrangement of space, apparent stabilization and destabilization of the building material and the space itself, by building in structural bodies. view
File:Eberhard Bosslet Installation Unterstützende Massnahmeen UM-ANT-Expander Antwerpen 1985 .jpg| UM-ANT-Expander, Antwerpen 1985File:Eberhard Bosslet Installation Unterstützende Massnahmen anmassend I Kassel cocumenta 8 1987 .jpg| Anmaßend I, documenta 8, Kassel, 1987File:Eberhard Bosslet Installation Unterstützende Massnahmen Supporting Measures Mercer Union Toronto 1988 .jpg|Supporting Measures at Mercer Union, Toronto, 1988File: Eberhard Bosslet Skulptur Modulare Struktur Flach Prato 1988.jpg|Modulare Struktur - flat, Prato, 1988File: Eberhard Bosslet Skulptur Modulare Struktur Raster B 389 I Berlin 1989.jpg|Modulare Struktur - Raster B3/89, Berlin, 1989File:Eberhard Bosslet Installation UM Bregenz 2004.jpg|UM Bregenz 90/04,Thurn & Taxis Palais, 2004File:Eberhard Bosslet Installation Stallung Bregenz 2004.jpg|Stallung Bregenz 90/04,Thurn & Taxis Palais, 2004File:Eberhard Bosslet Skulptur Modulare Struktur Hochkant 9009 KV-IN-PERI Ingolstadt 2009.jpg| Modulare Struktur - Hochkant 90/09 KV-IN-PERI, Ingolstadt 2009

  • 1986: "Basements" — low, floorplan-like sculptures, with concrete blocks and copper pipe, or bricks and copper pipe.

  • 1987 - 1989|89: Sculptures of "Filing Cabinets" with wood, steel strips; tension and pressure keeps the new order of components stable. view

  • Since 1989:
  • "Tapestry" of industrial textiles, with no "ground" due to the color-form-material complexes, sewed up next to each other;
  • Wall fixtures, varying in type and shape, have a supporting and visual function. view

  • Since 1989:
    • Project drawings for planned sculptures and installations, computer-generated using a pixel-oriented program, and printed with a 24-needle printer;
    • "Pneumatic Pieces" — Free-standing works, with hydraulically- or pneumatically-driven lifting devices for inside; "contraptions" made of items from industrial and domestic parts. view
    • "Pneumatic Installations" — Installed works, with hydraulically- or pneumatically-driven lifting devices for both inside and outside; "contraptions" made of items from industrial and domestic parts. view

  • 1993 - 98:
    • "Bilaterale Beziehungen" (Bilateral Relations); [171663]
  • "Screens": Lattice-structures of rubber- or polyurethane-mounted on both sides of a wall; anchor bars inserted into holes in the walls, helical pressure springs, and anchor nuts have a visual function and hold the parts together.
    • "Gloriolen": cast reliefs, mounted on both sides of a wall, using the same principle as in "Screens", the cast reliefs are held together through anchor bars, helical pressure springs, and anchor nuts that also have a visual function. view

  • Since 1995: "Barrieren" (Barriers) — foundation-like, knee-high constructions in concrete and steel reinforcement, made on site, designed for the dimensions of the space, and blocking the evident path through the room. view

  • 1998 - 2001: "Spacelab" — made out of living room lights from the 50-70ths, hanging from the ceiling. view

  • Since 2000:
    • "Analogic Discs"
    • Paintings: Trampolines are the support, which is a constructive and visual part of the appearance. The support, the form, the material and the color are different, and they are piled on each other. view

  • Since 2001
    • Biomorphic sculptures "Stool Archipelago", "Island growth"[171664], "stump stools" [171665] are groups of sculptures made of fibreglass plastic on the basis of known organic forms.

  • Since 2003
    • Colour photo series entitled Falsches Wasser (Fake Water) featuring ships and boats on land in town or countryside settings on the Canary Islands, Spain. [171666]

  • Since 2006
    • EinRaumHaus (OneRoomHouse) colour photo series of small buildings in the landscape of the Canary Islands, Spain.[171667]
    • Instant sculptures: The sculpture entitled "roundabout" for the public space, consisting of industrial units such as trolleys and fences, which contrary to its conventional use are connected to mega-structures. [171668]


One man shows

  • 1985: "Interventiones", Fundación Miró, Barcelona; Espacio P, Madridmarker, Spain (catalog).

  • 1986: Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, Germany (catalog).

  • 1987: Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany (catalog).

  • 1990:
    • Galerie Le Gall-Peyroulet, Parismarker, Francemarker.
    • John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.

  • 1991:
    • Kunstraum Wuppertal, Germany.
    • Galerie Gilles Peyroulet, Paris, France.

  • 1995:
    • Interventionen II, VERBAU, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany (catalog).
    • PLANEN, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Germany (catalog).

  • 1998: Fundamental wie Bilateral, Kunsthalle Mannheim, CD-Rom for PC, Germany.

  • 2000:
    • Satellites, Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorfmarker, Germany.
    • Interventions, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.

  • 2002: "Analog Discs", Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf, Germany.

  • 2004: Okkupanten, Künstlerhaus Bregenz, Palais Thurn und Taxis, Austria.

Group shows

  • 1987:
    • Bremer Kunstpreis 1987, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany, (catalog).
    • documenta, documenta 8, Kasselmarker, Germany, (catalog).

  • 1988:
    • European sculpture made in USA, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA (catalog).
    • BRD abstract tendenciens in new German art, Karl Bornstein Gallery, St. Monica, California, USA.
    • Spaces 88, Museo d'arte contemporanea Prato, Italy (catalog).
    • New Poverty, MeyersBloom Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA.

  • 1989: Intuition, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.

  • 1990:
    • Three German Sculptors, Bosslet, Robbe, Staehle, Anthony Ralph Gallery, New York, USA.
    • Trans-Europe-Express, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
    • Non-Sculpture, Barbara Farber Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
    • The Collection 1988-90, Museo d'arte contemporanea Prato, Italy (catalog).

  • 1991: Eurocard, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.

  • 1992:
    • 30th anniversary of Amnesty International, Hótel des arts, Paris, France (catalog).
    • Kunst werkt (Art works), Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Foundación Miró, Barcelona, Palacio de la Lonja, Zaragozamarker, Spain (catalog).
    • The Eighties, John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
    • Humpty Dumty's Kaleidoscope: A new generation of German artists, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Australia (catalog).
    • Avantgarde Reflex Ost-West, Potsdammarker, Germany.

  • 1993:
    • Eberhard Bosslet & Lawrence Gipe, Kunstverein der Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalog).
    • John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA.
    • La Laiterie, Amnesty International, Strasbourgmarker, France.

  • 1994:
    • New Furniture for the Villa, Villa Merkel Esslingen, Germany.
    • Villa Massimo 88-92, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany.

  • 1997: The Pleasure of Reading, John Gibson Gallery, New York.

  • 1998: Material & Wirkung, Bosslet, Sattel, Klotz, Kunsthaus Dresden, Germany.

  • 2003: Unexpected selections from the Margulies collection, The Art Museum, Miamimarker, Floridamarker, USA (catalog).

  • 2004: WorldWatchers, Kunsthaus Dresden (catalog).


  • Camps Miro, Teresa und Picazo Gloria: Eberhard Bosslet Intervenciones/Interventionen, Catalog of the Fundación Miró, Barcelona 1985, Spain.

  • Stecker, Raimund: documenta 8, Catalog, Germany

  • Cameron, Dan: European Sculpture made in U.S.A., Catalog of the John Gibson Gallery, New York, USA 1988.

  • Day, Peter: Spaces 88, Catalog of the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Prato, Italy 1988.

  • Rubinstein, Meyer Raphael: Eberhard Bosslet at John Gibson Gallery, in: Flash Art, Summer 1988, p. 136.

  • Deckter, Joshua: Eberhard Bosslet at John Gibson Gallery, in: Arts Magazine, Dec. 1988, p. 106.

  • Weinstein, Matthew A.: Eberhard Bosslet, John Gibson Gallery, in: Artforum, Dec.1988, p. 121/122, USA.

  • Ottmann, Klaus: European Sculpture made in U.S.A., John Gibson Gallery, in: Flash Art, Summer 1988.

  • Nieuwenhuyzen, Martijn van: Eberhard Bosslet, Barbara Farber Gallery Amsterdam, in: Flash Art, May/June 1989 p. 125.

  • Schmitz,Britta: Eberhard Bosslet, catalog of the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, 1989, Germany.

  • Kandel, Susan: L.A. in Review, Eberhard Bosslet, Karl Bornstein Gallery, in: Arts Magazine, March 1990, p. 126, USA.

  • Pagel, David: Eberhard Bosslet, Karl Bornstein Gallery, in: Artscribe, March/April 1990, p. 82.

  • Mahoney, Robert: Eberhard Bosslet, John Gibson Gallery, in Arts Magazine, January 1991.

  • Murphy, Bernice: in Humpty Dumpty's Kaleidoscope, A New Generation of German Artists, catalog of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 1992, p. 17,34,55,58/59. Australia

  • Bochynek, Martin: Eberhard Bosslet, Catalog of the Kunsthal Rotterdam 1993, Netherlands.

  • Bosslet-Archive (Electronic Resource), works, essays, reviews 1979-2003; Editor Kunsthalle Mannheim. 3rd Edition, Gallery Version. Dresden, 2003

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