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Sebastian Neeb

A trace of irony and the barely hidden pleasure is a playful blend in the multi-disciplinary work of Sebastian Neeb. He plays with the sublime nature of art and approaches it – verbally and figuratively – looking behind the gestures and slogans. Neeb’s tragicomedy figures and scenes create a distance which either make the trivial visible or demolish the abysses.

In recent years, Sebastian Neeb has created a complex artistic cosmos. Painting, photography, objects, installations and sculptures all complement each other through thematic complexes. The craftsmanship techniques are mastered at the same time and the handling of different materials are combined to form coherent installations.

Neeb designs trophies for nonsense performances, balances paintings on sideboards, invents paper noses for portraits that are painted in an old-fashioned way – like the old masters and allows ceramic creatures to demand the attention of the beholder. He proclaims that his works are in the form of proverbs – the »wooden wurst« a comprehensive contemporary allegory of The Golden Calf. The »New Leader« character head placed on a pedestal, does not present power. They are disfigured physiognomies, witty and grotesquely deformed substances of faces that remark on the sight of power.

With the series of trophy-sculptures (with Neeb’s typical titles such as "Trophy for finding the jar of wisdom, drained to the dregs and stuck to a piece of wood"), he unmasks the competition hype culture as an unreflective folklore. Finally, in »Donkey Lessons«, the slogans of power politics and easy-going entertainment are no longer distinguished and the viewer of the artwork is now the addressee of the retort messages. The works push Neeb’s ironically formulated doubts: the splendor radiates a solemn grandeur and hides its auditorium, almost fading out what can be seen behind the glory. His objects both work for and against each other: blindness and recognition, he is never engaged in a thematic manner but a disillusioned one – a clever and entertaining style.

Sebastian Neeb’s work is a comprehensive commentary in a distantly thought-out present. His gaze permeates the accustomed rituals and transforms the astonishment into his art. He does not work with the reserved mirror image of the subject; instead, Neeb works with the imitation of practiced perception patterns and calculated reactions. Here art presents the confrontation of the beholder with an object.

09-11-2019 – 10-30-2019 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Neeb

We just need another hero! Ignore the circumstances!

09-11-2019 – 10-30-2019 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Neeb

We just need another hero! Ignore the circumstances!

Elevated. Idealised. Broken. Resolved. Replaced. Sebastian Neeb targets the heroic type in his latest works. What makes a hero? What is the purpose of this glorification and who exactly does it benefit? How long does…

04-22-2017 – 08-06-2017 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Sebastian Neeb

You won't believe what happens next - Manipulation durch Entertainment II

exhibition view »You won't believe what happens next « REITER | Leipzig
exhibition view »You won't believe what happens next « REITER | Leipzig
04-22-2017 – 08-06-2017 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Sebastian Neeb

You won't believe what happens next - Manipulation durch Entertainment II

Humour fills the void in a serious, vain and money oriented art world. Sebastian Neeb uses a combination of both intelligent irony and artistic quality in his works, which is rarely found at present. Philosophical…

09-15-2015 – 10-24-2015 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Neeb

The Problem with the wooden Wurst

Sebastian Neeb »The Problem with the wooden Wurst« exhibition view . maerzgalerie Berlin
Sebastian Neeb »The Problem with the wooden Wurst« exhibition view . maerzgalerie Berlin
09-15-2015 – 10-24-2015 | R E I T E R Berlin prospect

Sebastian Neeb

The Problem with the wooden Wurst

The exhibition is a complex comment to a distanceless and elaborate presence – it disillusions in entertaining ways with widespread medias such as painting, sculpture and installation. As joyful as the works seem in…

01-14-2017 – 04-01-2017 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Hans AichingerMary BauermeisterLars BjerreManuele CeruttiPhilipp FürhoferSteffen JunghansFalk MesserschmidtPhilipp ModersohnSebastian NeebNik NowakSebastian SchraderThomas SommerWanda StolleElisa StrozykMarie von Heyl

Fountain of Youth

exhibition view »Fountain of Youth« REITER | Leipzig
exhibition view »Fountain of Youth« REITER | Leipzig
01-14-2017 – 04-01-2017 | R E I T E R Leipzig

Hans AichingerMary BauermeisterLars BjerreManuele CeruttiPhilipp FürhoferSteffen JunghansFalk MesserschmidtPhilipp ModersohnSebastian NeebNik NowakSebastian SchraderThomas SommerWanda StolleElisa StrozykMarie von Heyl

Fountain of Youth

2017 is the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s coup, a piece of sanitary ware presented as a work of art. This early method of conceptual art had encouraged other artists to explore this theme which resulted in an…

CV

1980
born in Güstrow, grown up in Berlin
1995 - 2000
studies of traditional painting techniques, taught by Wolf-Ulrich Friedrich
2001 - 2002
studies of philosophy at Humboldt-University Berlin
2002 - 2009
studies of fine arts in the classes of Daniel Richter, Anselm Reyle, Claudia Shneider and Robert Lucander at the Berlin University of the Arts.
masterstudies under supervision of Daniel Richter and Robert Lucander


Sebastian Neeb lives and works in Berlin.

exhibitions (selection)

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2019

»We just need another hero! Ignore the circumstances!« R E I T E R Berlin Prospect
2018
»The Big Donkey Chase« Palais for Contemporary Art, Art Association Glückstadt, Glückstadt
»Solid Unstable Surface« Paul Roosen Contemporary, Hamburg
2017
»You won't believe what happens next« - Manipulation durch Entertainment II, R E I T E R Leipzig
2016
»spotting the obvious« Irmin Beck. Munich
2015
»The Problem with the Wooden Wurst« maerzgalerie. Berlin
»The Big Donkey Chase« Christine Park Gallery, London. GB
»Neue Nasen für alle« Irmin Beck. Munich
2014
»Masters Revisited« maerzgalerie. Leipzig (C)
»Trust us!« with Thomas Sommer. maerzgalerie Leipzig
2013
»New leader and tulips in a black mirror« Irmin Beck. Munich
2012
»Hulk mit der Laubsäge gerettet« Irmin Beck. Munich
»History Eraser Button« Berlin Art Projects. Berlin

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
»Fountain of Youth - Der ‚Richard Mutt Case’ als Hintergrundrauschen im 21. Jahrhundert. « Goethe Institut Lille and Galerie La Passerelle of Rouen University, France
2017
»Knotenpunkt 17« Affenfaust Galerie, Hamburg
»ELEVATION« Kunstverein Kiss, Schloss Untergröningen
»Fountain of Youth - Der ‚Richard Mutt Case’ als Hintergrundrauschen im 21. Jahrhundert. « R E I T E R Leipzig
»Contemporary Visions VII« Beers London, London
2016
»In the Making« R E I T E R Berlin prospect
»Menschtierwir« Affenfaust Galerie. Hamburg
»I shot the deputy« Tabya, Thessaloniki. Greece
»Praise and Throphy« DZIALDOV. Berlin
»paint euphoria« maerzgalerie. Leipzig
2015
»New Painting from Germany« National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi. VNM
»Statement 2: New Painting from Germany« Goethe Institut, Hong Kong. China
»The Black and the white Key« Schau Fenster – Raum für Kunst. Berlin
»5544 impossible« maerzgalerie (plus)*. Leipzig
2014
»Giftshop« with Erwin Wurm, Jorinde Voigt and others. Kosmetiksalon Babette. Berlin
»Salon der Gegenwart« Hamburg (C)
2013
»SEZZESSION« SEZ. Berlin
»Painting beyond II« maerzgalerie. Leipzig
»Wahrschau! Freibeuter« MS Bleichen. Freihafen Hamburg (on the Long Night of Museums)
2012
»Painting beyond« maerzgalerie. Berlin
»PLICA« Stiftung Kunst und Design der Sparda-Bank. Münster
»Der Baum – Material, Inspiration, Motiv« Galerie Handwerk. Munich
2011
»Communication Berlin Havanna« Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales Habana. Cuba (C)
»Craft Alchemy« Design Miami/Basel, Miami Beach. USA (C)
»Qubique« Berlin
»DMY« Berlin (C)
»Salone Satellite« Milan Furniture Fair. Italy (C)
»D3 Contest imm cologne« Cologne (C)
2010
»Beiläufige Erwähnung eines unerhörten Vorgangs« Atelier Soldiner. Berlin
»Wahrschau! Vineta« MS Bleichen. Freihafen Hamburg (on the Long Night of Museums)


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Sebastian Neeb News

»Trophy for pulling faces...« 2017, gilded ceramics, marble, woods, 60 x 31 x 31xm
11-28-2019 – 01-23-2020

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»Waving back when being waved at« Kunstverein Ludwigsburg . opening on 23.11. 2019

www.kunstverein-ludwigsburg.de


Sebastian Neeb »Zipfel« 2019
11-28-2019 – 01-23-2020

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»+ 1«  Safe Gallery at Les Valseuses . Berlin . until 16th of October 2019 . exhibition participation

www.safegallery.xyz


Sebastian Neeb »The Problem With The Wooden Wurst...« Cover Kerber
10-16-2019 – 10-16-2019

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Book presentation and Artist Talk with Sebastian Neeb on Oktober 16 at 6PM . REITER | Berlin prospect


Cover Sebastian Neeb
10-16-2019 – 10-16-2019

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»The Problem with the Wooden Wurst. Manipulation through Entertainment« book release September 2019 . Kerber Verlag


Cover »100 Sculptors Of Tomorrow«
10-16-2019 – 10-16-2019

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»100 Sculptors Of Tomorrow« book release with Sebastian Neeb (publisher Kurt Beers) . September 2019 . Thames & Hudson

100sculptorsoftomorrow.com


exhibition view »The Big Donkey Chase« Kunstverein Glückstadt
10-28-2018 – 12-09-2018

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»The Big Donkey Chase« Palais für Aktuelle Kunst Kunstverein Glückstadt . solo exhibition . opening 28.10.2018 2pm

pak-glueckstadt.de


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