Michael Riedel


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For Michael Riedel, whether an artwork be realized or not, is not what matters. What matters is that it exists. And to exist, the artwork needs to meet an audience. It has to circulate, which happens only through distribution; it  must be visible, articles must be written about it, photographs taken and published. It must go through the interpretation of language and be reproduced. The existence of an artwork is therefore dependent on the displacements forced upon it by its distribution. (extract of the last press release)

Born in 1972, Riedel received a Meisterschüler at the Städelschule, Frankfurt, in 2000. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions worldwide, most recently in 2012 at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt. Other important solo shows include the Kunstverein Hamburg (2010); Städel Museum, Frankfurt (2009); Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria (2007); and Portikus, Frankfurt (2002).

The artist's work has also been shown in major group exhibitions at prominent venues throughout Europe including the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2011); Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (GAM), Turin (2010); Tate Modern, London (2009); the Lyon Biennale of Contemporary Art (2007); the Moscow Biennale at the Lenin Museum (2005); and the Secession, Vienna (2003). He lives and works in Frankfurt.

Selected press


Artnet News

Michael Riedel

February 2017


Michael Riedel

October 2016


Michael Riedel

August 2014



June 2014

Le Quotidien de l'Art

The Absolut Company présente une nouvelle installation de Michael Riedel au Point Perché

April 2014


Times tables

April 2014



March 2014

Le Quotidien de l'Art

Michael Riedel

July 2013


Digital Dandy

June 2012

The new york times

The Copycat

May 2012


Michael Riedel

December 2011


Michael Riedel

April 2011


Lorem ipsem

June 2010


Un nouvel espace, pensé par Michael Riedel, au Palais de Tokyo


Michael Riedel

Fuchs (Artforum)

May 2017
Publisher: Verlag Walter König

352 p., 26.6 x 26.6 cm

Muster des Kunstsystems [wallpapers]

May 2017
Publisher: Distanz

156 pages, softcover with dust jacket and 19 removable posters

ISBN 978-3-95476-190-6
Michael Riedel

Seen and Unseen Exhibition [Invitations]

December 2016
Publisher: Verlag Walther König

2 volumes, 496 pages and 480 pages each, edition of 300

Michael Riedel

July 2015
Publisher: Fonds M-Arco
ISBN 978-2-917768-48-8 15 €

Les Cahiers du Musée national d'art moderne

July 2014
Publisher: Centre Pompidou
ISBN 978-2-84426-678-1 23 €
Michael Riedel

Kunste zur Text

June 2012


January 2011
Publisher: Michael Riedel and Koenig Books
ISBN 978-3-86560-975-5