(b. 1960 in Oberneukirchen, Austria, lives and works in Berlin)
Peter Friedl's practice eludes unequivocal media- and style-specific attributions. A recurring element in his oeuvre is a highly specific mode of approach. Rather than showing dedication to particular topics or stylistic principles, Friedl's works, which often touch on politically charged issues follow an aesthetic strategy of "radical neutrality", as art historian Hilde Van Gelder puts it. Instead of arguing for a certain reading or interpretation of a cultural or political artefact, Friedl explores the social and media-specific conditions under which these readings, interpretations, and meanings become established. In this sense, his works are not so much theses but rather exemplary models for the renegotiation of political and historical certainties.
Peter Friedl's work has been exhibited internationally, including at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; and Hamburger Kunsthalle. He has participated in documenta X, 12, and 14 (1997, 2007, 2017); the 48th and 56th Venice Biennale (1999, 2015); the 3rd Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2004); Manifesta 7, Trento (2008); the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); the 28th Bienal de São Paulo (2008); La Triennale, Paris (2012); the Taipei Biennial (2012, 2016); the 10th Shanghai Biennale (2014); the 5th Thessaloniki Biennale (2015); the 1st Anren Biennale (2017); and Sharjah Biennial 14 (2019).
Selected solo exhibitions include OUT OF THE SHADOWS, Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2004); Work 1964–2006, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2006), Miami Art Central (2007), Musée d’art contemporain, Marseille (2007); Blow Job, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp (2008); Working, Kunsthalle Basel (2008); Peter Friedl, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2010); The Dramatist, Artspace, Auckland, (2014); The Diaries, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (2016); Teatro Popular, Lumiar Cité, Lisbon (2017); Teatro, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2019) and Carré d'Art - Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes (2019-20).
Peter FriedlReport 14 Feb - 30 Apr 2019Erna Hecey is proud to announce a new solo exhibition with video works by Peter Friedl. Report (2016) is the title of the paramount video installation produced for documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel. It is perhaps the cinematographically most complex among Friedl's video installations, exploring the permeability of language...
Thinking AheadA Group Exhibition 24 Oct 2018 - 31 Jan 2019Erna Hecey is delighted to invite you to the inauguration of her new space in Luxembourg, with the group exhibition Thinking Ahead. 'Thinking means venturing beyond,' German philosopher Ernst Bloch wrote in his extensive study on utopianism, The Principle of Hope (written 1938-47). Starting from this notion of thinking ahead,...
Peter FriedlDomestic / Works 1990 - 2002 With essays by Tulga Beyerle, Bartomeu Marí, Gerrit Gohlke, and Raimar Stange, 2002 21 x 12 cm., 178 pages
Peter FriedlWorking at Copan / Trabalhando no Copan Peter Friedl, 2007 21×14 cm, 256 pages
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Peter FriedlFour or Five Roses Vanessa Joan Müller, 2004 11×17 cm, 139 pages
Publisher: Sternberg Press
Peter FriedlPlaygrounds Peter Friedl, 2008
Peter FriedlSecret Modernity. Selected Writings and Interviews 1981–2009 Peter Friedl. Edited by Anselm Franke, 2010 14×21 cm, 272 pages
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen
Peter FriedlÜber 2013
Peter FriedlRehousing Peter Friedl, 2020 13×20 cm, 190 pages
Publisher: Sternberg Press, Kunsthalle Wien
Peter FriedlTheory of Justice. 1992-2006 2006 14 x 21cm, 148 pages
Publisher: MACBA and Erna Hecey