Monika Grzymala      
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1970 born in Poland, German artist

1990–1994 professional training in stone sculpting and restoration 

1994-2001 Visual Art studies at Universities in Karlsruhe, Kassel and Hamburg / Germany

1996 co-founder of Stellwerk performance gallery in a former waiting room at Kulturbahnhof Kassel / Germany

2003–2004 DAAD fellowship in New York City / USA

2005–2007 Dorothea Erxleben fellowship and teaching position at University of Art in Braunschweig / Germany

2008 Artist in Residence  fellowship at Chinati / Donald Judd Foundation Marfa, Texas / USA

2008 Junge Akademie fellowship, Young Academy Academy of Arts Berlin / Germany

2008 Stiftung Kunstfonds fellowship, Bonn / Germany

2009 exhibition grant Henry Moore Foundation / UK

2010 Hans Platschek award for art and writing first prize / Germany

2010 Index award Hamburg first prize / Germany

2011 nomination Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation 

2012 Boesner Art Award first prize / Germany

2012–2013 Experimental Drawing visiting professor at University of Art in Braunschweig / Germany

2013-2014 Experimental Painting Institute of Painting and Media Arts visiting professor at University of Applied Arts in Vienna / Austria

2014 Otto Retter Award for performance collaboration Dark Material, Donaufestival Krems / Austria

2018 Helix (Raumzeichnung Uppsala) permanent, site specific installation in the Atrium at Hubben Uppsala Science Park, Uppsala / Sweden

lives and works in Berlin / Germany

lectures and artist talks, academic and curatorial work

2018 Raumzeichnung – Drawing Spatially Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI / USA

2017 Raumzeichnung – Drawing Spatially Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Iowa / USA

2016 Line in conversation with Victoria Haven The Drawing Room, London / UK (23.01.2016)

2015 Drawing Spatially lecture and talk Sotheby‘s Institute of Art, New York City / USA (16.11.2015)

2015 The Making of Forming Something New lecture and artist talk Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik / Iceland

2014 Drawing Spatially lecture and talk with Dr. Ivana Wingham, Fabrica Brighton / UK

2014 PLATFORM exhibition and performances with students of University of Applied Arts, Künstlerhaus, Vienna / Austria

2014 Raumzeichnung lecture and talk  Eva Hesse /Gego exhibition Galerie der Gegenwart Kunsthalle Hamburg / Germany

2013 Raumzeichnung lecture and guest professorship, University of Applied Arts, Vienna / Austria

2013 Drawing Spatially lecture and workshop, École nationale supérieure d’art, Nice / France

2013 Drawing Spatially lecture and workshop, School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago / USA

2013 Drawing Spatially lecture on solo exhibition Volumen, The Morgan Library and Museum, New York / USA

2013 Raumzeichnung lecture and workshop, University of Art, Braunschweig / Germany

2012 Drawing Spatially lecture and workshop, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton / UK

2011 Drawing Spatially lecture and workshop, Concordia University & Université du Québec, Montréal / Canada

2011 Drawing Spatially lecture, École nationale supérieure d’art, Nancy / France

2010 Drawing Spatially lecture On Line. Drawing through the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York / USA

2009 Drawing Spatially lecture and solo exhibition, The Drawing Room, London / UK

2008 Raumzeichnung lecture and solo exhibition, Junge Akademie/Akademie der Künste, Berlin / Germany

2007–2008 Beyond the Line lectures and exhibition University of Art, Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum, Braunschweig / Germany

2007 Drawing Spatially lecture and workshop, Institute of Art and Design, Carlisle / UK

2006 Beyond the Line lecture series, University of Art, Braunschweig / Germany

2005 Skulpturenprojekte with University of Art Braunschweig, Munster / Germany

selected bibliography, monographs (marked with *)

The World on Paper Deutsche Bank Collection (essay „Drawing and Movement“ by Elsy Lahner),Palais Populaire 2018

Frame Publishers, One Artist, One Material, Frame Publishers Amsterdam 2018

Neil Holt Papier: Material, Medium und Faszination, Prestel 2018

Hamburger Kunsthalle Zeichnungsräume/Drawing Rooms Kerber 2017

Haus der Kunst St. Josef Haus der Kunst Solothurn 2017

Berlin Studio Conversations Twenty Women Talk About Art The Green Box Berlin 2017

Monika Grzymala Drawing Spatially – Raumzeichnung* Hatje Cantz Berlin 2016

Monika Grzymala The Making of Forming Something New * Monika Grzymala & Galerie Crone Berlin 2015

Drawing in the Twenty-First Century: The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary Practice Elizabeth Pergam, Ashgate 2015

Drawing Now Albertina Vienna 2015

Spaceliner Arter space for art Istanbul 2015

a women‘s work. is never done Catherine de Zegher, Asamer Publishers 2014

Contemporary Drawing Katharine Stout, Tate Publishing 2014

Les Immémoriales. Pour une écologie féministe 49 Nord 6 Est FRAC Lorraine 2014

Monika Grzymala Rückbau * Städtisches Museum Villa Zanders 2014

Monika Grzymala Portfolio # 6 * Griffelkunst Vereinigung und Kunsthalle Hamburg 2013

The Mobility of the Line Dr. Ivana Wingham Birkhäuser Verlag 2013

Monika Grzymala 11. works 2011–2000 * Hatje Cantz Verlag 2013

Geste Serpentine et Autres Prophéties 49 Nord 6 Est FRAC Lorraine 2012

all our relations Catherine de Zegher & Gerald McMaster 18th Biennale of Sydney 2012

Monika Grzymala Aerial * Galerie Crone Berlin 2012

Monika Grzymala Kontinuum * Stiftung Stormarn 2011

Monika Grzymala Up There Up Here * Dian Woodner Collection New York 2011

On Line. Drawing through the Twentieth Century Cornelia Butler & Catherine de Zegher MoMA New York 2010

Hyperdrawing. Beyond the Line of Contemporary Art IB Tauris Publishers 2011

Stickers. From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art DB Burkemann, Rizzoli Publishers New York 2010

Monika Grzymala Kritisches Lexikon zur Gegenwartskunst * Weltkunst Verlag 2009

The End of the Line: attitudes in contemporary drawing Hayward Gallery London 2009

Monika Grzymala update * Chinati Foundation, Marfa TX USA 2008

Freeing the Line Catherine de Zegher, Marian Goodman Gallery New York 2007

Monika Grzymala fast forward * University of Art Braunschweig 2007

LineAge Th e Drawing Center New York 2005

public collections

Kupferstich-Kabinett Staatliche Museen Dresden, Germany

MAJ Musee d’Art de Joliette Collection Joliette, Canada 

Helix (Raumzeichnung Uppsala) permanent, site specific installation in the Atrium at Hubben Uppsala Science Park, Uppsala, Sweden

Deutsche Bank Collection

Des Moines Art Center Collection, Des Moines Iowa, USA

Brooklyn Museum NY, USA

Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland

Museum Villa Zanders Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Kunsthalle Hamburg, Germany

FRAC Lorraine 49 Nord 6 Est Metz, France

Hauptverwaltung Landesversicherungsanstalt Hamburg, Germany

public commissions

Reykjavik Art Museum Iceland

MSK Museum voor de Schone Kunsten Ghent Belgium

Kampnagel Hamburg Germany

The Morgan Library & Museum New York USA

18th Biennale of Sydney Australia

MoMA Museum of Modern Art New York USA

Ponton Group Hamburg Germany

private collections (selection)

Dian Woodner


Franziska and Christian Hausmanninger

Morris Orden

Catherine de Zegher

Petra Kipphoff von Huene

Elizabeth Pergam

Franka Hörnschemeyer

Hubertus Gaßner

Bernd Wiemann

Dr. Andreas Pense

Anton Wolfgang Graf von Faber Castell

Gudrun Libnau