Stephan Balkenhol

- Selected Works
- Biography

Stephan Balkenhol (B. 1957) is a contemporary German artist known for his monumental statues of humans. Balkenhol’s totem-like sculptures, which are reminiscent of Folk Art and recall medieval carving techniques, expand the traditional role of the statue by featuring everyday people rather than celebrated historical figures. The artist uses a variety of woods, including poplar and Douglas fir, and crafts his works out of single blocks using hammers, power saws, and chisels. Born in Fritzlar, Germany, Balkenhol attended the Hamburg School of Fine Arts from 1976–1982, where he was taught by Nam June Paik and Sigmar Polke. In a response to the abstract and conceptual practices that he was introduced to, he decided to concentrate on the figure—a quotidian, “everyday” persona, instead of an idol. His art has been exhibited at institutions around the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the National Museum of Art in Osaka, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, among many others. He currently lives and works between Meisenthal, France, and Karlsruhe, Germany.

- Exhibitions
  • 2016

    Stephan Balkenhol, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Palais Gogolevski, Moscow, Russia
    Stephan Balkenhol and Philippe Cognée, Fondation Fernet-Branca, Saint-Louis, France
    Stephan Balkenhol, Nosbaum Reding Gallery, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

  • 2015

    New Sculptures, Akinci, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Stephan Balkenhol, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2014

    Stephan Balkenhol, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg, Luxeumbourg
    Stephan Balkenhol, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
    Stephan Balkenhol, Landes Museum, Linz, Austria
    Skulpturen, Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Germany

  • 2013

    Universe, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
    Alles gut!, Holger Priess Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Jochen Hempel, Leipzig, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
    Stephan Balkenhol, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
    Inauguration of the Wagner Memorial Sculpture, Leipzig, Germany
    Big Head Column, Peggy Guggenheim Colletion, Venice, Italy
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie des Wetzlarer Kunstvereins, Wetzlarer, Germany
    Sotheby's, Beyond Limits: A Selling Exhibition, Chatsworth, Derbyshire, UK

  • 2012

    New Works, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
    Stephan Balkenhol, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
    Stephan Balkenhol in St. Elizabeth, St. Elizabeth Church, Kassel, Germany
    A Sign in the Forum of Caesar: Stephan Balkenhol more and more, Valentina Bonomo Gallery, Rome, Italy
    Unlimited Bodies [Corps Sans Limite], Palais d'Iéna, Paris, France
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
    Stephan Balkenhol, Nosbaum & Reding, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

  • 2011

    Stephan Balkenhol, Kunstforum Wuerth, Turnout, Belgium
    Stephan Balkenhol, Tomo Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
    Stephan Balkenhol, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, China
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Stephan Balkenhol, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK

  • 2010

    L'Art et la Manière, Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
    Stephan Balkenhol, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
    Stephan Balkenhol, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
    Stephan Balkenhol: New Works, Lars Bohman Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
    Stephan Balkenhol, Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
    Stephan Balkenhol, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
    Stephan Balkenhol, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
    Stephan Balkenhol, Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy

  • 2009

    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
    Druckgrafik 1992-2008, Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
    Glücksach, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Dogenhaus Galerie Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
    Druckgrafik 1992-2008, Kunstverein Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie de l'Erban, Nantes, France

  • 2008

    Stephan Balkenhol, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
    Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
    Neue Abreiten, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galleria Valentina Bonomo - Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

  • 2007

    Stephan Balkenhol, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Milano, Italy
    Stephan Balkenhol, Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galeri Artist, Istanbul, Turkey
    Stephan Balkenhol, MKM Museum Küppersmühle für moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, Sweden
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
    Stephan Balkenhol, Monica De Cardenas Milano, Milan, Italy
    New Works, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
    New Work, Art Statements Gallery, Hong Kong, China
    UMRAUM: Stephan Balkenhol: Architektur und Objekt, Wenzel-Hablik-Museum, Itzehoe, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
    Stephan Balkenhol, Johnen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, PAC - Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

  • 2006

    Stephan Balkenhol, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden / MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany
    Holzskulpturen und Bilder, Kunstverein Lippe - Lippische Gesellschaft für Kunst, Detmold, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Museum der Moderne Salzburg Mönchsberg, Salzburg, Austria
    New Works, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Stephan Balkenhol, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • 2005

    Stephan Balkenhol, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
    Esculturas, Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid, Spain
    Stephan Balkenhol, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
    Stephan Balkenhol, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
    Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
    The Task of Solitary Man, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Mann schwarz-weiß, Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany
    New Sculptures, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

  • 2003

    Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
    Stephan Balkenhol, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Le Rectangle and Goethe Institute, Lyon, France
    Stephan Balkenhol, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol und..., Stadtische Galerie Fellbach, Fellbach, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

  • 2002

    Stephan Balkenhol, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
    Stephan Balkenhol: Installation, Landeshauptstadt Erfurt, Stadtverwaltung, Erfurt, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Gallery Pepe Cobo, Sevilla, Spain
    Stephan Balkenhol, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
    Stephan Balkenhol, Begegnungsstatte Kleine Synagoge Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany

  • 2001

    Stephan Balkenhol, Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Monica DeCardenas, Milan, Italy
    Stephan Balkenhol, Kunstforum Baloise, Basel, Switzerland
    Stephan Balkenhol, C.G.A.C (Centre Galego de Arte Contemporaneo), Santiago de Compostela, Spain
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
    Stephan Balkenhol, OMR Gallery, Mexico-City, Mexico
    Stephan Balkenhol, Dorrie Priess Galerie. Hamburg, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Barbara Wein Verlag/Galerie Berlin: S.B-Photographien
    Stephan Balkenhol, Fries Museum, Leauwarden, Netherlands
    Stephan Balkenhol, Museum den bildenden Kunste Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

  • 2000

    Stephan Balkenhol, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Johnen & Schottle, Cologne, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Kunstverein Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, The Contemporary Arts Centre, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Bell Gallery, Brown University Providence, Rhode Island, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, St Louis Arts Center, St Louis, Missouri, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy
    Stephan Balkenhol, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanéa, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galeria OMR, Mexico City, Mexico
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Mai 36, Zürich, Switzerland
    Stephan Balkenhol, Centre for Contemporary Art, Cincinatti, Ohio, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany

  • 1999

    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Stephan Balkenhol, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria
    Sculptures Récentes, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galleria Civica Di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
    Stephan Balkenhol, European Foundation for Sculpture, Parque Tournay Solvay, Brussels, Belgium
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Löhrl, Berlin, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK

  • 1998

    Stephan Balkenhol, Monica De Cardenas, Milan, Italy
    Stephan Balkenhol, Skulpturen, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Skulpturen, Gerhard Marcks-Haus, Bremen, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Skulpturen, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany

  • 1997

    Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
    Stephan Balkenhol, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany

  • 1996

    Stephan Balkenhol, Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
    Stephan Balkenhol, C.E.A.A.C., Strasbourg, France
    Stephan Balkenhol, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

  • 1995

    Stephan Balkenhol, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY, USA
    Stephan Balkenhol, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
    Stephan Balkenhol, Smithsonian Institute, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA

  • 1994

    Stephan Balkenhol: Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany. Travelled to Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol: Skulpturen, Kunstraum Neue Kunst, Hannover, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Stephan Balkenhol, Musée Departemental d’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, France. Travelled to Musée des Beaux Arts, Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France
    Stephan Balkenhol, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Dörrie and Priess, Hamburg, Germany

  • 1993

    Stephan Balkenhol: Vier Männer auf Bojen, Locations: Elbe, near Museumshafen Ovelgünne, Hamburg-Altona; Suderelbe, Hamburg-Harburg; Serrahn, Hamburg-Bergdorf; Aussenalster, near Gurlittinsel, Hamburg-Mitte, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
    Outdoor installation in Amiens, France
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, California, USA

  • 1992

    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Roger Pailhas, Paris and Marseille, France
    Stephan Balkenhol: About Men and Sculpture, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands

  • 1991

    Six ours pour Paris, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Paris, France
    Stephan Balkenhol: Skulpturen im Stadelgarten, Städtische Galerie im Stephan Balkenhol, Städel, Frankfurt, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, Germany and Kunstverein Ulm, Ulm, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol: Köpfe, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach. Travelled to Mai 36 Galerie, Lucerne, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany; Mannheim Kunstverein, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
    Stephan Balkenhol: Zeichnungen 1990 und Entwürfe fur Skulpturen, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium
    Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany

  • 1989

    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, West Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Mai 36 Galerie, Lucerne, Switzerland
    Stephan Balkenhol, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, West Germany

  • 1988

    Stephan Balkenhol, Galerie Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne, West Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol: Neue Skulpturen, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, West Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland. Travelled to Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany; the Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

  • 1987

    Stephan Balkenhol: Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, Braunschweig, Germany
    Stephan Balkenhol, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegen, Belgium

  • 1985

    Stephan Balkenhol: Skulpturen, A.O. Kunstraum, Hamburg, Germany
    Skulpturen: Stephan Balkenhol, Kunstverein Bochum, Bochum, Germany

  • 1984

    Neue Arbeiten, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany

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