Born 1968 in Berlin, Germany.

Lives and works in Cologne.


1989–1996 Städelschule, Frankfurt and Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig


2004 Förderpreis des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen für Bildende Kunst, Germany
1994 Peter Mertes Award, Bonner Kunstverein, Germany

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2016 Lak Sol, Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn
2012 Gost Log, Arnolfini, Bristol
2010 Salo, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig and La Galerie, Contemporary Art Center, Noisy-le-Sec
2009 Kola, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
2008 Özurfa, Museum Ludwig, Cologne and Museion, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2018 Chaos and Awe. Painting for the 21st Century, Frist Art Museum, Ingram Gallery, Nashville
A Lost Future. Shezad Dawood, The Otolith Group, Matti Braun, Rubin Museum of Art, New York
Selection of works from the NMNM collection, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco
2016 Die Kraft der Fotografie, Museion, Bolzano
2014 Bilder zwischen den Zeilen, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin
Wiederholen, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
KIASMA Hits, KIASMA, Helsinki
Black Sun - Alchemy, Diaspora And Heterotopia, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon
2012 Made in Germany Zwei, Sprengel Museum, Hannover
2011 20 Jahre Ludwig Forum, Ludwig Forum, Aachen
Until It Makes Sense, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
2010 Mental Archeology, Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine and Kunstverein Nürnberg
2009 Zeichen Setzen: Anschein, Präsenz und Auftreten, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Matti Braun’s work investigates the unexpected, often little-known effects of cross-cultural dynamics, making visible patterns of artistic migrations and cultural misrecognitions. The artist’s exhibitions have often been organized around a specific example of such appropriation, taking, for instance, an elaborate web of interdisciplinary associations spun around the Indian physicist Vikran Sarabhai that include Mahatma Gandhi, Le Corbusier, the development of the Indian space program, the Ulm School of Design and Lynda Benglis as point of departure for displays that included textile works, objects, photographs and large-scale installations.

Matti Braun’s work is characterized by a constant negotiation between concrete references and general allusions, between poetic ephemerality and an uncanny sense of visceral immediacy.