Thorsten Brinkmann

By 20 June 2016 Artists

THORSTEN BRINKMANN

THORSTEN BRINKMANN

Biography

Thorsten Brinkmann was born in 1971 in Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia, and has lived in Hamburg since 1996. From 1994 to 1997 he studied visual communication at the Kassel Art Institute, and then continued his studies at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, first as a student of Bernhard Blume (1997-2002) and then of Franz Erhard Walther (2002-04). Brinkmann tackles the relationship between contemporary man and his past and present with fantasy and irony. This research manifests in a playful reflection on society and on our historical and artistic culture. Through surprising combinations of everyday objects, waste materials and references to history of art, the artist presents a new and ironic reading of traditional artistic genres. In his photographs, installations and videos, Thorsten Brinkmann presents, for example, the classic genre of the portrait, however, hiding the faces of the subjects with lampshades, flower vases, battered buckets or studded leather handbags.

In still lifes he materialises the depicted objects by combining ready-mades and collages, with clear reference to the creations of Dada and the Nouveaux réalistes. Thus, the artist questions the cohesion and interrelationships between genres, objects and periods of time. Brinkmann’s works have been exhibited in numerous institutions around the world: Design Museum, Gent (2020); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (2018); Centre Photographique, Rouen (2018); Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (2017); Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2016); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2016/18); Rice Art Gallery, Houston (2016); Falckenberg Collection – Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2015), National Museum, Poznan (2014); Kunsthalle Bremerhaven (2013); Museo National de San Carlos, Mexico City (2012); Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2012); Kunsthalle zu Kiel (2011); Kolbe Museum, Berlin (2010); ICP, New York (2009).

Brinkmann’s works is part of private and public collections such as the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Museo National de San Carlos in Mexico City, the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg and the Fotomuseum Winterthur. In 2013 in Pittsburgh he rebuilt an entire house for a private collector, “La Huette Royal”. Since 2021 he has been represented in Italy exclusively by Galleria Fumagalli in Milan, which has invited him to present a selection of photographic and sculptural works at Miart – International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art in Milan (17 – 19 September 2021). The artist is also included, as a special new proposal, in the exhibition program MY30YEARS – Coherency in Diversity, conceived by critic Lóránd Hegyi to pay homage to Annamaria Maggi’s 30-year career at the head of Galleria Fumagalli.

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Biography

Thorsten Brinkmann was born in 1971 in Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia, and has lived in Hamburg since 1996. From 1994 to 1997 he studied visual communication at the Kassel Art Institute, and then continued his studies at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, first as a student of Bernhard Blume (1997-2002) and then of Franz Erhard Walther (2002-04). Brinkmann tackles the relationship between contemporary man and his past and present with fantasy and irony. This research manifests in a playful reflection on society and on our historical and artistic culture. Through surprising combinations of everyday objects, waste materials and references to history of art, the artist presents a new and ironic reading of traditional artistic genres. In his photographs, installations and videos, Thorsten Brinkmann presents, for example, the classic genre of the portrait, however, hiding the faces of the subjects with lampshades, flower vases, battered buckets or studded leather handbags.

In still lifes he materialises the depicted objects by combining ready-mades and collages, with clear reference to the creations of Dada and the Nouveaux réalistes. Thus, the artist questions the cohesion and interrelationships between genres, objects and periods of time. Brinkmann’s works have been exhibited in numerous institutions around the world: Design Museum, Gent (2020); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (2018); Centre Photographique, Rouen (2018); Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden (2017); Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2016); Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2016/18); Rice Art Gallery, Houston (2016); Falckenberg Collection – Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2015), National Museum, Poznan (2014); Kunsthalle Bremerhaven (2013); Museo National de San Carlos, Mexico City (2012); Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2012); Kunsthalle zu Kiel (2011); Kolbe Museum, Berlin (2010); ICP, New York (2009).

Brinkmann’s works is part of private and public collections such as the Hamburger Kunsthalle, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Museo National de San Carlos in Mexico City, the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg and the Fotomuseum Winterthur. In 2013 in Pittsburgh he rebuilt an entire house for a private collector, “La Huette Royal”. Since 2021 he has been represented in Italy exclusively by Galleria Fumagalli in Milan, which has invited him to present a selection of photographic and sculptural works at Miart – International Fair of Modern and Contemporary Art in Milan (17 – 19 September 2021). The artist is also included, as a special new proposal, in the exhibition program MY30YEARS – Coherency in Diversity, conceived by critic Lóránd Hegyi to pay homage to Annamaria Maggi’s 30-year career at the head of Galleria Fumagalli.

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Works

Thorsten Brinkmann, Grand Duc Vasario, 2012
C-print, 199x149 cm, Ed. 4/5 + 2 AP
Leonelle D`Ohro, C-Print, 2009, 149 x 199 cm,©Thorsten Brinkman
Thorsten Brinkmann, Leonelle D’Ohro, 2009
C-print, 199x149 cm, 1/2 AP + 5 editions
De Beul, 2019, C-Print, 127 x 95 cm©Thorsten Brinkman
Thorsten Brinkmann, De Beul, 2019
C-print, 127x95 cm, Ed. 4/5 + 2 AP
Reginald v.Eckhelm, 2010, C- Print, 170 x 130 cm_©Thorsten Brinkman 2020
Thorsten Brinkmann, Reginald v. Eckhelm, 2010
C-print, 170x130 cm, 1/2 AP + 5 editions
Venus la Shade, 2015, c_Print, 200 x 150 cm ©©Thorsten Brinkman
Thorsten Brinkmann, Venus la Shade, 2015
C-print, 150x200 cm, Ed. 4/5 + 2 AP
SUPRA, 2015, C_Print, found objects, carpet, 290 x 240 x 15 cm, unique©©Thorsten Brinkman
Thorsten Brinkmann, SUPRA, 2015
C-print, objects, old carpet, C-print: 170x130 cm | overall: 290x240x15 cm
De Schimmla, 2018, C-Print, found objects, colour, 195 x 137 x 6 cm, unique
Thorsten Brinkmann, De Schimmla, 2018
C-print, wooden panel, curtain, blue object, C-print: 127x95 cm | Overall: 195x137x6 cm
Blem Blem Assemblage; 2019:21, C-Print + found objects, 250 x 125 x 50 cm©©Thorsten Brinkman
Thorsten Brinkmann, Mdm Blem Blem, 2019/2021
C-print, objects, lamp, 230x125x50 cm

Works

Thorsten Brinkmann, Grand Duc Vasario, 2012. C-print, 199x149 cm, Ed. 4/5 + 2 AP

Thorsten Brinkmann, Grand Duc Vasario, 2012. C-print, 199x149 cm, Ed. 4/5 + 2 AP

Thorsten Brinkmann, Leonelle D’Ohro, 2009. C-print, 199x149 cm, 1/2 AP + 5 editions

Thorsten Brinkmann, Leonelle D’Ohro, 2009. C-print, 199x149 cm, 1/2 AP + 5 editions

Thorsten Brinkmann, De Beul, 2019. C-print, 127x95 cm, Ed. 4/5 + 2 AP

Thorsten Brinkmann, De Beul, 2019. C-print, 127x95 cm, Ed. 4/5 + 2 AP

Thorsten Brinkmann, Reginald v. Eckhelm, 2010. C-print, 170x130 cm, 1/2 AP + 5 editions

Thorsten Brinkmann, Reginald v. Eckhelm, 2010. C-print, 170x130 cm, 1/2 AP + 5 editions

Thorsten Brinkmann, Venus la Shade, 2015. C-print, 150x200 cm, Ed. 4/5 + 2 AP

Thorsten Brinkmann, Venus la Shade, 2015. C-print, 150x200 cm, Ed. 4/5 + 2 AP

Thorsten Brinkmann, SUPRA, 2015. C-print, objects, old carpet, C-print: 170x130 cm | Overall: 290x240x15 cm

Thorsten Brinkmann, SUPRA, 2015. C-print, objects, old carpet, C-print: 170x130 cm | Overall: 290x24

Thorsten Brinkmann, De Schimmla, 2018. C-print, wooden panel, curtain, blue object, C-print: 127x95 cm | Overall: 195x137x6 cm

Thorsten Brinkmann, De Schimmla, 2018. C-print, wooden panel, curtain, blue object, C-print: 127x95

Thorsten Brinkmann, Mdm Blem Blem, 2019/2021. C-print, objects, lamp, 230x125x50 cm

Thorsten Brinkmann, Mdm Blem Blem, 2019/2021. C-print, objects, lamp, 230x125x50 cm

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