Wolfgang Laib (allemand, né le 25 mars 1950 à Metzingen) étudie la médecine à l’université de Tübingen de 1968 à 1974. À la fin de ses études, il se concentre sur l’art et les philosophies orientales, dont le taoïsme et le bouddhisme zen.

Laib utilise des matériaux naturels, comme le marbre, la cire d’abeille, le lait, le pollen et le riz dans son travail. L’artiste conceptuel est surtout connu pour son utilisation de pollen jaune dans ses œuvres. Il récupère le pollen dans une zone autour de sa maison en Allemagne et le présente sous différentes formes.

Laib expose son travail dans de prestigieuses institutions et foires d’art, entre autres, le MoMA de New York, le musée de Grenoble en France et la Biennale de Venise. En 2003, il reçoit le Kulturpreis Baden-Württemberg. L’artiste vit et travaille à Hochdorf en Allemagne.

Chronologie

1950
Born in Metzingen, Germany
1968 – 1974
Studied medicine at the University of Tubingen
Lives and works in Hochdorf, Germany

Expositions

2012
9th Gwangju Biennale 2012, South Korea
2011 – 2012
180°: Die Sammlung im Kubus, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany (group)
2011 – 2012
Private Sessions, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (group)
2011
Private Passions, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
2011
Wolfgang Laib: Unlimited Ocean, SAIC Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL (solo)
2011
Wolfgang Laib: Buchmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2010 – 2011
ColorForms, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpturre Garden, Washington DC
2010
Sin principio - sin fin, Museo Nacional de Arte de La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia
2010
Wolfgang Laib, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)
2010
“Grain of Emptiness: Buddhist Inspired Contemporary Art,” Rubin Museum, New York, NY
2010
Grass Grows by Itself, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
2009 – 2010
Taswir - Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
2009 – 2010
Without Place – Without Time – Without Body, Nelson-Atkins-Museum, Kansas City
2009
Wolfgang Laib, Gian Enzo Sperone, Sent, Switzerland
2009
Wolfgang Laib: Without Time – Without Body – Without Place, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
2009
Pasotraspaso, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico-City
2009
Wolfgang laib, Fondazione Merz, Turin, Italy
2008 – 2009
Nature. Contemporary Art from the ALTANA Collection, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
2008 – 2009
SOLUNALLETS, St.Matthäus-Kirche, Berlin
2008
Fondation pour l'art contemporain, Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex, France (cat.)
2008
Wolfgang Laib, Museé de Grenoble, Grenoble (solo)
2008
Now You See It, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
2008
Ressonância, Resonance, Resonanz: Iran do Espírito Santo, Callum Innes, Wolfgang Laib, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2008
Artist’s Choice: Vik Muniz, Rebus, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2008
Nature, Contemporary Art from the Atlanta Art Collection, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
2008
Without Place – Without Time – Without Body, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France (solo)
2008
Fiac Paris, France
2007 – 2008
Buchmann Lugano, Agra/ Lugano
2007
PURE, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Japan and the West, Kuntsmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
2007
Wolfgang Laib: Without Time-Without Body-Without Place, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2007
Buchmann Galerie, Buchmann Box, Berlin
2007
Alexander Ochs Galleries, Berlin/Beijing
2007
Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf
2007
Without Beginning – Without End, MNCARS - Museo Nacional Centro de Arte, Reina Sofía, Madrid, Kunstmuseum Bonn (solo)
2006
Reishäuser, Buchmann Galerie Berlin (solo)
2006
SITE Santa Fe Biennal 2006, SITE Santa Fe
2006
Monuments with a Horizon Line, Buchmann Galerie Berlin
2006
FRIENDLY GAME SCULPTURE 06 Freundschaftsspiel, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
2006
At Home Recent Acquisitions, MMoCA - Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Madison/ WI
2006
Buchmann Galerie, Berlin
2006
Centre Pompidou, Paris
2006
MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art, New York
2006
Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan
2006
Villa Massimo, Rome
2006
Galerie Beyeler, Basel (solo)
2006
Institute of Contemporary Arts, Lasalle-Sia, Singapore (solo)
2006
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland City, New Zealand
2006
SITE Santa Fe Sixth International Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
2005
Kunstmuseum Bonn
2005
Hanoi University of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam (solo)
2005
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (solo)
2005
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (solo)
2005
Buchmann Lugano – Skulpturenprojekte und Kunsthandel, Agra/Lugano
2005
Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tämaki, New Zealand (solo)
2005
Retrospektive, Fondation Beyeler, Basel (solo)
2005
MACRO - Museo d`Arte Contemporaneo Roma (solo)
2005
Wolfgang Laib – Werk op paper, foto’s, De Pont Tilburg – De Pont foundation for contemporary art, Tilburg/ NL (solo)
2005
Passageway-Overgoing, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western (solo)
2005
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Crawley/ Perth (solo)
2004
The Armory Show 2004, International Fair of New Art, New York/Buchmann Galerie
2004
Gallery Rizziero Arte, Pescara (solo)
2004
Guangdong Museum, Guangzhou / Kanton, China (solo)
2004
Buchmann Galerie Cologne, Germany (solo)
2004
The Fine Line (Between Something and Nothing), Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.
2003
20 ans des FRAC. Le cabinet d’Ann Philbin, FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France
2003
Updated Collection Presentation (IV), MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium.
2003
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
2003
Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo
2003
Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame
2003
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota
2003
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2003
Buchmann Lugano – Skulpturenprojekte und Kunsthandel, Agra/ Lugano
2003
Gallery Caratsch de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich (solo)
2002
Goethe-Institut, New York
2002
San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla/CA
2002
Haus der Kunst, Munich
2002
Folkwang Museum, Essen
2002
Des goûts et des couleurs, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lons-le-saunier, France
2002
Prière(s), Musée d’ Art et d’ Histoire, Saint-Denis, France
2001
Locating Drawing, Lawing Gallery, Houston, Texas.
2001
The Inward Eye: Transcendence in Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
2001
Minimalia, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Before Reflexion Begins, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, RI
2001
+ vrai que nature, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
2001
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale/Arizona
2001
Buchmann Skulpturenprojekte Lugano
2001
Sprengel Museum Hannover
2001
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas/Texas
2001
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle/Washington
2000
Matrix 188, Berkely, California
2000
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington
2000
Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere
2000
Buchmann Galerie, Cologne
1999
Carée d'Art, Musée d'art contemporain Nîmes, France
1998
The Arts Club of Chicago Chicago
1997
Buchmann Galerie, Basel (solo)
1997
Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe Orangerie, Germany
1995
Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany
1994 – 1995
Camden Arts Center, Camden Arts Center London, England
1994
German Art: Aspekte Deutscher Kunst 1964-1994, Der Salzburg Festspiele 1994 Salzburg, Germany
1994
Drawing on Sculpture, Cohen Gallery New York, NY
1994
German Art 1964-1994, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris, France
1993 – 1994
J.H. de Pont Foundation, J.H. de Pont Foundation Tilburg, the Netherlands
1993 – 1994
The Henry Moore Studio, The Henry Moore Studio Yorkshire, England
1993
Sperone Westwater, Sperone Westwater New York, NY
1993
Galerie Buchman, Galerie Buchman Basel, Switzerland
1993
Les Environs, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery New York, NY
1993
A Century of Silence, University Art Museum SUNY, Binghamton, NY
1993
The 21st Century, Kunsthalle Basel Basel, Switzerland
1993
Azur, Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain Jouy-En Josas, France
1993
GAS, Grandoise Ambitieux Silencieux, Capc, Musee d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux Bordeaux, France
1992 – 1993
De Opening, De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art Tilburg, Holland
1992 – 1993
The Language of Flowers, Paul Kasmin New York, NY
1992 – 1993
Capc, Musee d'Art Contemporain Bordeaux, France
1992 – 1993
Kunstmuseum Bonn Bonn, Germany
1992 – 1993
The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CA
1992
Burnett Miller Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1992
Wolfgang Laib, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris, France
1992
Museo Comunale d'Arte Moderna Ascona, Italy
1992
The Douglas Hyde Gallery Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
1992
Galleria Artiaco Naples, Italy
1992
Vorhut aus dem Hinerland, Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Germany
1992
Exposition Sentimentale, Musee d'Art Moderne Collioure, France
1992
Anselmo, Laib, Nauman, Umberg, Anselmo, Nauman, Miller Nordenhake Cologne, Germany
1992
Habeas Corpus, Stux Gallery New York, NY
1992
15th Anniversary Exhibition, Rhona Hoffman Gallery Chicago, IL
1991
Un Detail Immense, Palais de Beaux-Arts Charleroi, France
1991
Das Goldene Zeitalter, Wurtembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
1991
With Nature, Galerie Lelong New York, NY
1991
The Lick of the Eye, Curated by David, Shoshana Wayne Gallery Santa Monica, CA
1991
Galerie Crousel-Robelin Bama, Galerie Crousel-Robelin Bama Paris, France
1991
Wolfgang Laib, Pollen Installations, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, NM
1991
Sperone Westwater, Sperone Westwater New York, NY
1991
Gallery Senda Hiroshima, Japan
1991
Galerie Buchmann Basel, Switzerland
1991
Kanransha Tokyo, Japan
1990 – 1991
Lightseed, Watari-um, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
1990
Galerie des Beaux-Arts Brussels, Belgium
1990
Kunstmuseum Luzern Lucerne, Switzerland
1990
Galerie Konrad Fischer Dusseldorf, Germany
1990
Burnett Miller Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1990
Rhona Hoffmann Gallery Chicago, IL
1990
Kabinett fur aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, Germany
1990
Galerie Buchmann Basel, Switzerland
1990
Threshold, The National Museum of Contemporary Art Oslo, Norway
1990
Signs of Life, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, PA
1990
Lead adn Wax, Stephen Wirtz Gallery San Francisco, CA
1990
5th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Burnett Miller Los Angeles, CA
1990
Gallery Lelong, Curated by Burne, Gallery Lelong New York, NY
1989
Hortus Artis, Orto Botanico Turin, Italy
1989
Color and/or Monochrome, The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan
1989
Glanzlichter, Stadtisches Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
1989
Einleuchten, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
1989
Musee Departemental de Rochechouart, Musee Departemental de Rochechouart Cateau de Rochechouart, France
1989
Fundacio Joan Miro Barcelona, Spain
1989
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
1989
Galerie Buchmann Basel, Switzerland
1989
Galerie Crousel-Robelin Bama Paris, France
1989
Wurttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
1988
Wolfgang Laib: Selected Works, Burnett Miller Gallery Los Angeles, CA
1988
Lichtjahr 1988, Ruine der Kunste Berlin, Germany
1988
Zeitlos, Hamberger Bahnhof Berlin, Germany
1988
Rosc Dublin, Ireland
1988
Defacto, Charlottenborg Copenhagen, Denmark
1988
Carnegie International 88, The Carnegie Museum of Art Pittsburgh, PA
1988
Gallery Lelong New York, NY
1988
Des Moines Art Center Des Moines, Iowa
1987
Galerie Buchmann Basel, Switzerland
1987
Wechselstrome. Kontemplation, Expression, Konstruktion, Bonner Kunstverein Bonn, Germany
1987
documenta 8, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Germany
1987
Bremer Kunstpreis 1987, Kunsthalle Bremen Bremen, Germany
1987
Century 87, Oude Kerk Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1987
New Locations, Wolff Gallery New York, NY
1986
Ouverture II, Castello di Rivoli Turin, Italy
1986
Falls the Shadow, Recent British and European Art, The Hayward Annu, Hayward Art Gallery London, England
1986
The Sixth Biennale of Sydney 1986: Origins, Originality + Beyond, Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, Australia
1986
3., Triennale der Kleinplastik Fellbach, Germany
1986
De Sculptura, Wiener Festwochen im Messepalast Vienna, Austria
1986
ARC, Musee d'Art Moderne Paris, France
1986
Galerie Maeght Lelong New York, NY
1986
Galerie Crousel-Hussenot Paris, France
1986
Capc, Musee d'Art Contemporain Bordeaux, France
1985
Wolfgang Laib, Robert Ryman, Ian Wilson, Maeght Lelong New York, NY
1985
Kunstverein St. Gallen, Kunstverein St. Gallen St. Gallen, Germany
1985
Whitechapel Art Gallery London, England
1985
SkulpturSein, Stadtische Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Germany
1985
1945 bis 1985, Kunst in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany
1985
East West Visual Arts Encounter, Jehangir Art Gallery Bombay, India
1985
Spuren, Skulpturen und monumente ihrer prazisen Reise, Kunsthaus Zurich Zurich, Switzerland
1984
the rice meals for the nine planets, Kabinett fur aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, Germany
1983
Stadisches Museum Abteiberg, Stadisches Museum Abteiberg Monchengladbach, Germany
1983
the sixty-three rice meals for a stone, Konrad Fischer Dusseldorf, Germany
1983
Materie + Form, ETH, Naturwissenschaftliches Gebaude Zurich, Switzerland
1983
Ars '83 Helsinke, Ateneumin Taidemuseo Helsinki, Finland
1983
Kosmische Bilder in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Staatliche kunsthalle Baden-Baden;Tel Aviv Museum Baden-Baden, Germany and Tel Aviv, Israel
1982
University Art Museum Providence, RI
1982
documenta 7, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Germany
1982
Kunst wird Material, Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany
1982
Gewad Gent, Belgium
1982
Galerie Konrad Fischer Zurich, Switzerland
1982
Biennale Venice, Italy
1981
Sperone Westwater Fischer New York, NY
1981
Galerie Max Hetzler Stuttgart, Germany
1981
Galerie Chantal Crousel Paris, France
1981
Kabinett fur aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, Germany
1981
Art Allemagne Aujourd'hui, ARC, Musee d'Art Modern Paris, France
1981
Annemarie-und-Will Grohmann-Stipendium, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden Baden-Baden, Germany
1980
I. Ausstellung der Jurgen Ponto-Stiftung, Karmeliterkloster Frankfurt, Germany
1980
Ink, with Brice Marden, Gerhard Merz, Gilberto Zorio, Zurich, Switzerland
1979
Sperone Westwater Fischer New York, NY
1979
Kabinett fur aktuelle Kunst Bremerhaven, Germany
1979
Galerie Jean et Karen Bernier Athens, Greece
1978
Galerie Rolf Preisig Basel, Switzerland
1978
Galleria Salvatore Ala Milan, Italy
1978
Galerie Konrad Fischer Dusseldorf, Germany
1978
Kunstraum Munchen Munich, Germany
1976
Galerie Muller-Roth Stuttgart, Germany

Collections publiques

Musée d'art contemporain, Nîmes, France
Musée départemental de Rochechouart, France
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany
Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Germany
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
capc Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Collections de l'Etat Français
De Pont Foundation, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Diözesanmuseum, Cologne, Germany
Kunsthaus Zürich, Germany
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany