Born 1968 in Neuss, Germany.

Lives and works in Berlin.


1991–1997 Universität der Künste, Berlin (master student of Georg Baselitz)


2015 Marianne-Werefkin-Preis, Verein der Berliner Künstlerinnen 1867 e.V., Germany
2013 Scholarship Deutsche Akademie, Villa Massimo, Italy
2012 Artist in Residence, Goethe Institute Lisbon, Portugal
2008 Art Prize Stadt Nordhorn 2008, Germany
2007 Residency Villa Aurora, United States
2005 Scholarship of The Chinati Foundation, United States

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2020 Der unerfreuliche Zustand der Textur, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin
2018 Psychotropische Landschaften, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Delmenhorst
The Year of the Whale, Fogo Island Gallery, Fogo Island
2017 DER TOTE PALAST ZITTERTE — ZITTERTE!, Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin
2015 Kontrastbedürfnis, Ernst-Barlach-Haus, Hamburg
We live in townscape and, after a trek, we shop in Futurism, art3 – art contemporain, Valence
Examination of the Origins, Quartz Studio, Turin
2014 Synapsen, ikop Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Eupen
2012 Vermilion Sands and other Stories from the Neon West, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
2010 Isa Melsheimer, Carré d’art – musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes
Mittelland, Kunsthaus Langenthal
2008 Fremdenzimmer, Stiftung Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Rolandseck
2007 Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar
2005 The Chinati Foundation, Marfa
2004 corridors, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
2003 Kunstverein Arnsberg, Arnsberg
2001 Kunstraum München, Munich

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2018 Women House, The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Belonging to a Place: An Exhibition by Fogo Island Arts, Art Gallery at the Embassy of Canada, Washington, D.C.
2017 Naturgeschichten, mumok, Vienna
Urban Lights Ruhr, City of Marl, Marl
2016 Bühnenreif / 1. Akt, Stiftung Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck, Rolandseck
Béton, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Parc de Sculptures Contemporaines, Domaine du Muy, Le Muy
2015 Le fil rouge, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris
(Un) möglich! Künstler als Architekten, MARTa Herford
2014 Backdoor Fantasies, KAI 10, Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf
Jäger & Sammler in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
2013 Macht. Wahn. Vision. Der Turm und urbane Giganten in der Skulptur, Städtisches Museum, Heilbronn
2012 Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
30 Künstler / 30 Räume, Neues Museum, Nürnberg
2011 Mondes inventés, Mondes habités, MUDAM Luxemburg
2010 (re)designing nature, Künstlerhaus, Vienna

Known for her engagement with the history of architectural styles—especially the legacy of Modernism and 1950s–70s examples of concrete architecture—Isa Melsheimer’s works are expressions of her intense research as well as formal investigations. The artist acts as archeologist of often forgotten or neglected buildings, recreating their distinctive shapes both from her study and from her vivid re-imagining of the forms and the spirit of the structures. The shift of scale inherent in the artist’s allusion to architectural structures often lets the works, made from poured concrete, appear as benches, stool-like objects, tiered steps or hollow containers that sometimes double as sites of constructed exotic vegetation. A recent body of work, her glazed ceramics find another kind of representation of architectural structures that depart in scale, material and color from the sources. Although their scale recalls the miniaturized and schematic appearance of preliminary architectural models, the material and colors add a fantastic, playful aspect. All her objects take a certain amount of free license, sometimes containing elements of fantastic recreation, but are always infused with a deep understanding and sympathy for their architectural sources.