Berlin, b.1967

David Krippendorff

David Krippendorff is a US/German interdisciplinary artist and experimental filmmaker. Currently based in Berlin, he grew up in Rome, Italy, and studied art at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin, where he graduated with a Masters degree in 1997.

His works, films and videos have been shown internationally, including: the New Museum (New York), ICA (London), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), Museum on the Seam (Jerusalem). He has participated in four Biennials (Prague, Poznan, Tel Aviv, and Belgrade), as well as in many international art and film festivals worldwide. His works are included in many major contemporary art collection, including the Deutsche Bank, the KPMG, the Alison & Peter W Klein collection. His films are also part of the collection of museums and art institutions such as the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the...

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Biography

David Krippendorff is a US/German interdisciplinary artist and experimental filmmaker. Currently based in Berlin, he grew up in Rome, Italy, and studied art at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin, where he graduated with a Masters degree in 1997.

His works, films and videos have been shown internationally, including: the New Museum (New York), ICA (London), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), Museum on the Seam (Jerusalem). He has participated in four Biennials (Prague, Poznan, Tel Aviv, and Belgrade), as well as in many international art and film festivals worldwide. His works are included in many major contemporary art collection, including the Deutsche Bank, the KPMG, the Alison & Peter W Klein collection. His films are also part of the collection of museums and art institutions such as the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the n.b.k. (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein) in Berlin, the Koç Foundation ARTER Museum in Istanbul and the RMCA Museum of Contemporary Art in Guangzhou.

The son of a Holocaust survivor and the grandchild of practicing Nazis, cultural contradiction and dislocation shaped Krippendorff’s experience early on. His artistic practice inquires into this state of being a “permanent foreigner” and explores resulting questions of home, national and cultural identity, loss and belonging. Working across drawing, painting and video, Krippendorff’s work has focused on Hollywood films and investigated underlying ideologies in iconic movies such as The Wizard of Oz, Gilda, Gone With the Wind, and West Side Story. His more recent work has shifted away from Hollywood material towards the creation of a personal visual vocabulary based on original footage, but still inspired by products of our collective culture as a departure point.

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A Small Fee (2009) uses sentences taken from the script of the movie West Side Story (USA 1961). By reducing them to a quick paced graphic „dialogue“, the sentences become extremely current and seem to be referring to present political and ideological conflicts. The verbal conflict occurs within two distinguished groups, natives and immigrants, touching issues of racism, the desire of acceptance vs. the will to exclude. The sentences are bright, colorful, fast paced and formally „scream“ at the viewer. Soon it becomes clear that the object of the conflict is an America that reveals its political failure and that hasn’t fulfilled its promise of wealth and happiness for all.

The works on paper are part of a larger body of work inspired by the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. Using a similar strategy as in A Small Fee, taking sentences from the original libretto, here they are translated into Arab and printed with gold leaf on the score's page containing the original words. A clash of time and culture occurs, almost as if the current "location" imposes itself on the fictional and "Orientalized" narrative, creating a new and contemporary reading.

Artworks

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A Small Fee, 2019

Related Categories

21st Century Art / Art and Music / Art of the 2010s / Berlin / Contemporary European Art / Contemporary German Art / European Art / Film/Video Art / German Art / Germany / Gold Leaf on Musical Score / Gold Leaf/thread / Inspired by Popular Culture / Multidisciplinary Approach / Popular Culture / Video

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1996

    Meistershüler

  • Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (1989-1996)

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Paridad-Paritas-Jojaha-Party, La 3a Bienal Internacional de Asunción, Paraguay, curated by Dannys Montes de Oca

  • Solo Exhibition (Katharina Maria Raab Gallery, Berlin)

  • Word Up! (C24 Gallery, New York), curated by Sharon Louden and David C. Terry

Film Screening

  • 2018

    Kali (Concorto International Film Festival Piacenza, Italy)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (Clermon-Ferrand international Short Film Festival)

  • 2017

    Kali, Braunschweig International Film Festival

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Education

  • 1996

    Meistershüler

  • Hochschule der Künste, Berlin (1989-1996)

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019

    Paridad-Paritas-Jojaha-Party, La 3a Bienal Internacional de Asunción, Paraguay, curated by Dannys Montes de Oca

  • Solo Exhibition (Katharina Maria Raab Gallery, Berlin)

  • Word Up! (C24 Gallery, New York), curated by Sharon Louden and David C. Terry

  • Connections and Fractures (RMCA, Redtory Museum for Contemporary Art, Guangzhou, China_, curated by David Elliott

  • Show Me Your Selfie, (Aram Art Gallery, Seoul, Korea), curated by Jung Me Chai

  • Drei-Häuser-Kunst-Pfad 3, (Eifel Art Trail), curated by Kristian Dubbick

  • Über Grenzen, (Kunstverein Bahnitz), curated Bodo Rau & Lisa Schmitz

  • Power Struggle (Mah-e Mehr Gallery, Teheran), curated by Katharina Maria Raab & Asieh Salimian

  • 2018

    Für Immer Blau, (Kunstverein Duisburg), curated by Constanze Kleiner & Stephan von Wiese

  • Møenlight Sonata (Kunsthal 44 Møen, Denmark), curated by René Block

  • The Women Behind, Museum on the Seam (Jerusalem, Israel), curated by Raphie Etgar

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (Katharina Maria Raab Gallery, Berlin)

  • Station Paradox (Momentum Worldwide, Berlin)

  • 2017

    David Krippendorff, Nothing Escapes My Eyes *C&H Gallery, Amsterdam)

  • 2016

    The Pleasure of Love, 56th October Salon (Belgrade City Museum), curated by David Elliott

  • KIK eight (Kino International, Berlin)

  • 2015

    Himmelwärts (Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg)

  • Enhanced Vision – Digital Video, Digital Arts Community, curated by Kathy Rae Huffman

  • 2012

    Imaginary Travels (Amerikahaus, Berlin)

  • 2011

    West End (Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel)

  • Global Fight Club (Meinblau, Berlin)

  • 2010

    Remember Me (September, Berlin)

  • Celebration! (uqbar, Berlin)

  • 2009

    Don’t Push Me! (Galerie M+R Fricke, Berlin)

  • Childhood Stories (whiteBOX Gallery, Munich)

  • Broken Dreams Boulevard (artandgallery, Milan, Italy)

  • 2008

    Videozone 4 (Video Biennial, Tel Aviv, Israel)

  • Mediations Biennial (Poznan Biannial, Polen)

  • Wunderlust Berlin (Galerie Invaliden 1, Berlin)

  • Home bound (Stiftung kunst:raum sylt quelle, Sylt)

  • Kunstinvasion (Berliner Kunsthalle, Blumengrossmarkt, Berlin)

  • Wunderlust Berlin (Paul Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles)

  • 2007

    Sleeping Beauty – The Gilda Series (2002-2007) (artandgallery, Milan, Italy)

  • Review & Preview (Galerie M + R Fricke, Berlin)

  • 2006

    Remember Me (Galerie M+R Fricke, Düsseldorf)

  • Borders (MAN-Museo d’Arte di Nuoro, Italy)

  • Remember Me (Video Installation, S.Giovanni die Fiorentini, Rom, Italy)

  • Countdown (Galerie M + R Fricke)

  • 2005

    Rückkehr ins All (Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg)

  • The Beautiful Island (Galerie M+R Fricke, Berlin)

  • Drawing the Line (Galerie M + R Fricke, Düsseldorf)

  • Expanded Painting (Prag Biennale 2, Prague)

  • “In Wirklichkeit … ” (Kunsthaus Nürnberg)

  • 2004

    The Last Resort (Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York)

  • Multiplicity (Phota House Museum, Ireland)

  • Amator: Camera Buff (Suite 106 Gallery, New York)

  • Tactical Action (GAS-Gigantic Art Space, New York)

  • The Winter Show (Galerie Laura Mars Grp., Berlin)

  • 2003

    David Krippendorff – Recent Works (Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York)

  • True Fictions- Inszenierte Fotokunst der 90er Jahre (Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken)

  • Breaking Ground (White Columns, New York)

  • Makeover (Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York)

  • After Matisse/Picasso (P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York)

  • 2002

    Videodrome II (New Museum, New York)

  • Over the Moon (Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin)

  • 2001

    Berlin-London (ICA, London)

  • TV Dinner with Landscape (YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto, Canada)

  • Ticker Sieben (Galerie Gebauer, Berlin)

  • 2000

    Modell, Modell… (NAK, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen)

Film Screening

  • 2018

    Kali (Concorto International Film Festival Piacenza, Italy)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (Clermon-Ferrand international Short Film Festival)

  • 2017

    Kali, Braunschweig International Film Festival

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (Terra Incognita / Musrara Mix Festival, Jerusalem, Israel)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (8th Cairo Video Festival)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (LOOP Discover Award, Centre d’Art Maristany, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (LOOP Discover Award, Centre d’Art Contemporani LA SALA, Vilanova i la Geltrù, Spain)

  • 2016

    Nothing Escapes My Eyes (Syracuse International Film Festival)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (Concorto Film Festival, Piacenza)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (San Giò Verona Video Festival) - Winner „Best Short Film“ -

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (Berlin Shorts Film Festival) - Winner „Best Short Film“ –

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (LOOP Discover Award, Museu d’Art de Cerdanyola, Spain)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (LOOP Discover Award, Barcelona, Spain)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (KIK eight, Kino International, Berlin)

  • Nothing Escapes My Eyes (Rencontres Internationales, Paris)

  • 2015

    Nothing Escapes My Eyes (St Louis International Film Festival)

  • 2009

    Night of 1000 Stars (Blaue Nacht, Neues Museum, Nürnberg)

  • 2008

    Night of 1000 Stars & Behind the Curtain (Nuit Blanche, Ontario College of Arts, Toronto

  • 2007

    Blame (Sterne aus Videopalast, Galerie NoD, Prag)

  • 2006

    There’s No Place Like Home (Video Lounge, Miami Basel, Miami)

  • 2004

    The Beautiful Island (part 2) (Video Lounge, Miami Basel, Miami)

  • The Beautiful Island (part 1) (Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival, Directors’ Cuts’, Bologna, Italy)

  • Blame (Basel Art Fair, Basel, Schweiz)

  • 2003

    + / – (One Minute of Art to Aids – 46664 – – The Concert -, Green Point Stadium, Cape Town)

  • The Dialogue (Thomas Erben Gallery, New York)

  • Blame (Rotterdam Film Festival, Holland)

  • Blame (Mondovisione K34, Berlin)

  • 2001

    There’s No Place Like Home (Berlin-London ICA, London)

  • There’s No Place Like Home (Novalog / Contemporary Berlin Video Art, Rachel & Israel Pollak Gallery, Tel Aviv,Israel)

  • 2000

    Behind the Curtain, There’s No Place Like Home, Beyond the moon…, (Kunst 2000 Zürich, Galerie Serge Ziegler Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland)

  • There’s No Place Like Home, Beyond the moon…, (Wanted-Sampled Videos/Video Sampling, Gallery Contemporary Arts, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow, Polen; Berlin Open, House of Contemporary Arts-Trafo’, Budapest, Hungary)

  • Videoprogramm, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Modell. Modell… NAK (Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen)

Grants/Awards

  • 2019

    German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtiges Amt), residency, Berlin

  • 2015

    Berliner Senatsstipendium

  • 2012

    Stiftung Kunstfonds

  • 2003

    ISCP (International Studio & Curatorial Program), New York

  • 2000

    EFA-Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York (2000-2002)

Collections

  • RMCA, Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art, Guangzhou

  • Vehbi Koç Foundation, ARTER Museum, Istanbul

  • Hamburger Kunsthalle

  • Deutsche Bank

  • NBK Neue Berliner Kunstverein

  • Fondazione Mimmo Rotella

  • Alison & Peter W Klein

  • Jordi Pujol Collection, Barcellona

  • Klawitter Sammlung, Hamburg

  • KPMG Deutsche Treuehand-Gesellschaft

Bibliography

  • Scrima, Andrea, Home, Identity, Expolitation and Appropriation: A Conversation with David Krippendorff, 3Q 0.12.2018

  • ElGenaidi, Deena, An Artist Defends His Appropriation, Hyperallergic, October 31st. 2018

  • Hinrichsen, Jens, Aida im Parkhaus, Monopol online, 28.05.2018

  • Reichelt, Matthias, Totale: Grosses Schauspiel auf Engstem Raum, Der Tagesspiegel, 18.05.2018

  • Saneke Huisman, I Fear for My Country, a Talk with David Krippendorff, Metropolis M, February 2017

  • Sara Gerretsen, Nothing Escapes My Eyes – David Krippendorff, Mister Motley, February 2017

  • Cultural Center of Belgrade, The Pleasure of Love, 56th October Salon, 2016

  • Altana Kultur Stiftung, Himmelwärts, 2015

  • n.b.k., Time Pieces, Video Art since 1963, 2013

  • Museum on the Seam, Westend, 2011