Karin Sander

Bensberg, Germany, 1957
Lives and works in Berlin and Zurich

Karin Sander’s genius consists in coming up with simple ideas that lead to wonderful results. At least the ideas appear simple, though their realization is sometimes a technically highly complex process that may take years to complete. But every time, the result is always a kind of magical mechanism that incessantly commands the observer’s attention. One could label Karin Sander’s art “so what art”. Most of it can be described in half a sentence, but as soon as it is realized and subject to our, literally, marvelling gaze, we cannot find words enough to describe it.

Karin Sander (Bensberg, Germany 1957) studied at The Art Academy in Stuttgart and I.S.P. at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Awards: Rome Award, fellowship at the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo (2015); Hans Thoma Preis (2011); Großer Staatspreis Baden Württenberg (2011); Villa Romana Award, Florence (1994).

Her solo shows include: Hausgäste, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg (2015); Visitors on Display, Lehmbrück Museum Duisburg (2013); Gebrauchsbilder und Andere, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2010); Labor, K20 Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf (2010); 1:9, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela (2003) and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart (2002); projects 46, MoMA, New York (1994). Her work has been featured in several collective exhibitions, such as: Talking Picture Blues (Voices Rising), Songwong Art Center, Seoul (2015); Solides Fragiles, MUDAM – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg (2014); lens based sculpture – 
 The transformation of sculpture through photography, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2014); Faster and Slower Lines, Reykjavíc Art Museum, Reykjavíc (2011); Contemplating The Void, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2008); Painting, MoMA, New York (2007).

She currently lives and works in Berlin and Zurich. Since 2007 she teaches Architecture and Art at the ETH in Zurich.