Sebastian Dannenberg

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*1980 Bottrop  
2007 Diploma Art Education HKS Ottersberg  
2008-2012 AdBK Karlsruhe  
2012-2015 HFK Bremen, Master student Prof. Stephan Baumkötter  
2021 Guest professorship painting, HFK Bremen
  Lives and works in Bremen

Grants / Scholarship

2021 Working scholarship Niedersachsen
2020 Studio scholarship Raketenstation Museumsinsel Hombroich  
  1st prize, Kunst am Bau, urban space Bremen
2019 Working scholarship Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn  
2018 Bremerhaven Fellowship  
2017 Georg Meistermann Fellowship, Bonn  
2016 Residence artist place Stuhr Heiligenrode  
2015 Promotion Award of the Minister for Science and Culture, Berlin  
2015 Bremen Award for the Promotion of Fine Arts  
2014 Spiekeroog Residency  
2013 Awarded the Daniel Frese Prize, Lüneburg  
2010 Scholarship Ursula Ströher Foundation  
  Scholarship Cusanuswerk

Solo exhibitions

2022 PAINTING IS EVERYWHERE (Duo), Woldt Gallery, Hamburg
2021 shift and return, Galerie Anke Schmidt, Cologne
  Sebastian Dannenberg, PEAC Museum, Freiburg
2020 windowshopper, Pförtnerhaus, Freiburg
2019 AMERICAN STANDARD, Neuer Kunstverein Wuppertal
  undefined, Galerie Januar, Bochum
  EASY - as far as we can see, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven
2018 it`s all about the river VOL.2, Städtische Galerie Bremen
  vintage, Kunstverein Springhornhof
  it`s all about the river VOL.1, Künsterhaus Bremen
  CALM DOWN, Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen
  Sebastian Dannenberg - Alan Johnston, Raum X, London, UK
2017 genre, Künstlerstätte Heiligenrode
  lonesome, COWBOY TEMPEL, Essen
  Point of View, Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen, CADORO, Mainz
  roomservice, mit S. Wiemer, Orgelfabrik Karlsruhe
  two-gether, Bremer Landesvertretung, Brussels, Belgium
2016 DEFAULT, Galerie Anke Schmidt, Cologne
  the avalanches, mit L. Schneeweiss, Kunsthaus L6, Freiburg
2015 DEEP DOWN AND DIRTY, Kunstverein Lüneburg
  the amazing GREY, Kunstverein MMIII, Mönchengladbach
  since 1996, Galerie Flut, HFK Bremen mit T. Cierpisczewski
  STUDY FOR RAIN AND RICE, mit M. Ruthenberg, Bremen

Group exhibitions

2023 Mixed Media #2, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
2022 BACKSPACE, PEAC Museum Freiburg
2021 nearly instant, nearly raw, Kunstverein Schwerin, Schwerin
2019 WAR IST WIRD, Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen, Mainz
  Jan Holthoff, Malerei – Sebastian Dannenberg, Malerei-Objekte – Georg Schmidt, Malerei, Verein für aktuelle Kunst/Ruhrgebiet, Oberhausen
EASY as far as we can see, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven
  NINININI P E N G neewohm, Architekturschaufenster, Karlsruhe
2018 Blick­wech­sel, Kun­straum Alexan­der Bürkle, Freiburg
  Nachts allein im Atelier #5, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
  Möglichkeiten von Malerei, Märkisches Museum Witten, Witten
  res­i­dence II — Junge Kun­st aus Nieder­sach­sen, Syk­er Vor­w­erk, Syke
2017 Jahresgaben, Kunstmuseum Ratingen
  Absolventen des Cusanuswerkes, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  off the wall, RAUMX, London
Route du Nord, Rotterdam
form & space, concetti spaziali, LaGalleria, Venedig
Haus Pfeffermann, Nordheim vor der Rhön
TROY, Evelyn Drewes | Galerie, Hamburg
masterpieces & others, Galerie Dorothea van der Koelen, Mainz
  u.A.W.g, Majolika Manufaktur, Karlsruhe
2016 heal the World, Museum Weserburg, Bremen
  space invaders, Hotel van Walsum, Rotterdam
39. Bremer Förderpreis, Bremen
Allerbeste Aussichten, Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Freiburg
DISPARATENESS, Stephan Baumkötter, Sebastian Dannenberg, Giorgio Griffa, Christiane Gruber, Martina Klein, Alan Uglow, Daniel Wrede, Galerie Anke Schmidt, Cologne
2015 L.O.T., North Ende Studios, Detroit (Canada)
L.O.T., 857 Landsdowne Ave, Toronto (Canada)
  Hängung #1, Gerson Hoeger Galerie, Hamburg
mooning, GAK Gesellschaft für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen
  4+8+2, CADORO, Mainz
glasgrün, Mischpoke e.V., Moenchengladbach
Konnexion, Forum Kunst & Architektur, Essen
22. Bundeswettbewerb: Kunststudentinnen und Kunststudenten stellen aus, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
144=441, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz

In his artistic practice, Sebastian Dannenberg explores the open possibilities of contemporary painting. He rarely uses classic picture supports on stretcher frames, but works directly on the exhibition wall, but also likes to incorporate the ceiling, the floor, and other space-structuring elements. As paint, he uses commercially available varnish, which he applies in one color - as a surface or stripes, but sometimes he also creates oversized words in mirror writing, which in their aesthetics are borrowed from American billboard advertising boards. 

The extension of painting has been tried out in many ways since the 1960s. Indeed, Dannenberg's works testify to an engagement with positions of Minimal and Conceptual Art. But there are also clear references to Constructivist Abstract painting and the concepts of Suprematism. Against this background, Dannenberg has developed a very independent and also contemporary position. His site-specific works are usually not intended to be permanent, but disappear under the whitewashed walls after the exhibition. They are temporary markings that nevertheless develop a special presence and intensity. Dannenberg draws inspiration from architectural features, emphasizes them, and sometimes supplements them with further architectural elements, a projection, a curve, or a multi-part lath framework. Diverse and thought-provoking references between place, viewer and artistic setting emerge.

Ingo Clauß