Born 1953 in Bottrop, Germany.

Lives and works in Düsseldorf and Dresden.


1981–1988 Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2016 Group of Teachers, The Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda
2013 Martin Honert, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
2012 Kinderkreuzzug, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
2010 Comma 21: Martin Honert, Bloomberg Space, London
2007 Martin Honert, Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Galerie Neue Meister, Dresden
2006 under cover – aus dem Verborgenen, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
2005 Martin Honert, Landesmuseum für Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Münster

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2018 Grand Opening, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
2017 Jaguars and electric eels, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin
Man as Bird. Images of Journeys, Palazzo Soranzo Van Axel, Venice
2016 EchtZEIT RealTIME, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
2015 Formes Biographiques, Carré d'art-Musée d'art Contemporain, Nîmes
Enlight my Space. Art after 1990, Kunsthalle Bremen
2014 lens-based sculpture – the transformation of sculpture through photography, Akademie der Künste, Berlin
2013 Sculpture at the Düsseldorf Art Academy from 1945 to the present, K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
2010 The promised land, Albertinum, Dresden
2008 Vertrautes Terrain. Aktuelle Kunst in & über Deutschland, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe
2005 Spielräume, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
1995 46th Venice Biennale, representing Germany (with Katharina Fritsch and Thomas Ruff)

Since the early 1990s, Martin Honert has been redefining the possibilities of contemporary sculpture. Honert attended Fritz Schwegler’s master class at the Academy of Fine Art Düsseldorf in the 1980s and, like his fellow students Katharina Fritsch and Thomas Demand, has redefined the concept of medium specificity. This has resulted in an extremely varied oeuvre: For each work, the artist develops an individual process and materiality.


Honert works in his studio over a period of several years producing each of his works by hand. Painstakingly crafted and elaborately staged three-dimensional works capture the ambivalence associated with memories from childhood, to understand the perseverance of an image, the significance of which is not immediately apparent, not even to the artist himself.