Michael Sailstorfer

P 99

, 2016
  • Material
    ceramic, wall-mounting out of metal
  • Production Method
    signiert und nummeriert
  • Edition Size
  • Measurement
    5 x 4 x 3 cm
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About the edition

A small but impactful piece: the “P-99” edition by Michael Sailstorfer from 2016 — named after the Walther P99, a semi-automatic weapon carried by police as well as James Bond. As the observer, we stare right into the muzzle of the gun, involuntarily stepping into a relationship with the object. Though we may not necessarily feel threatened by it, we certainly feel that it addresses us directly, and thus the ceramic piece triggers — in typical Sailstorfer-esque fashion — inimitable thoughts and emotions. The fact that our world is indeed a fragile one is something the artist already demonstrated with his “Rocket Trees”, where he blasted trees together with their trunks straight into the air, or, by contrast, with “Anti-Autumn”, which saw him reattach the fallen leaves of a tree back onto its branches over the course of several weeks. Michael Sailstorfer’s destruction and impermanence, however, always contain one additional element: poetry.

About the artist

Michael Sailstorfer did not even have a client yet when he realised one of his earliest works: He furnished bus shelters at bus stops in his Bavarian home town with beds, hobs, tables, chairs and toilets, calling his installation “Living with Transport Connection”. Yet, they already exhibit two key elements of his later workmanship: the passion for transforming everyday objects and humour. Michael Sailstorfer’s exhibitions have been displayed internationally since 2001. His works are in the collection of "Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn", part of the collection of the Frankurt based Städelmuseum or Centre Georges Pompidou. He is represented by König Galerie, Berlin and Gallery Perrotin, New York.

Latest Exhibitions (Selection)

2020, Wände | Walls, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
2019, FLY ME TO THE MOON – 50th Anniversary Kunsthaus Zürich
2019, Kunst am Bau, Platz der Mainzer Republik, Mainz
2019, Perrotin, New York; NY, USA
2019, SPACE IS THE PLACE (2/4), BNKR, München
2019, I will be dead, König London, London
2018, SAPS, Mexico City, Mexico
2018, Brainspotting, Avlskarl Gallery, Copenhagen
2018, Troubling Matter II, Galerie Jahn, Landshut
2018, WE LOVE THEM ALL, Carbon 12, Dubai
2017, Clouds and Tears, Proyectosmoncolva, Mexico City
August-Macke-Preis, Preisträgerausstellung,Kunsthaus Alte Mühle, Schmallenberg
Michael Sailstorfer - Altenheim für Kosmonauten, Konsthal44, Moen
Michael Sailstorfer - Altenheim für Populisten, Grieder Contemporary, Zurich
Michael Sailstorfer, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland
Hitzefrei, KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin
2016, Maze, Senatsverwaltung für Justiz, Berlin
2016, Troubling Matter, Galerie Jahn, Landshut
2016, Silver Cloud, Studio Michael Sailstorfer, Berlin
2015, Freundschaft, Galerie Michael Zink, Waldkirchen
2015, Wiesen bei Nacht, Kunstverein Wiesen, Wiesen
2015, CentrePasqArt, Kunsthaus Centre d'art, Biel
2014, Breakwaters, Loushy Art & Projects, Tel Aviv
2014, It might as well be spring, Rochester Art Center, USA
2014, B-Seite, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin
2014, Kopf und Körper, Museum Kurhaus, Kleve
2014, Antiherbst, ST. AGNES, Berlin
Every piece is a new problem, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Reibungsverlust am Arbeitsplatz, Grieder Contemporary, Zürich
2013, Try to reach the goal without touching the walls, Carbon 12, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Freedom Fries am Arbeitsplatz, Perrotin, Paris
Young West, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen in Kooperation mit Emscherkunst
2012, Hauptweg und Nebenwege, Johann König, Berlin
Solarkatze, Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
Josef Sailstorfer & Michael Sailstorfer, Johann König, Berlin
Forst (Vattenfall Contemporary), Berlinische Galerie
Tornado, Public Art Fund, Central Park, New York
Nettoyer la Foret, Frac Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-les-Rouen
Solarkatze, Galleria Zero, Milan
2011, Für immer Strom, Kunsthalle Nürnberg
If you should die in a car crash, Zeppelinmuseum Friedrichshafen
Tornado, Public Art Fund Projects, Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York
Hang over, BDI; Kulturkreis, Berlin
T 72, Galleri K, Oslo
Clouds, Modern Art, Oxford
Raum und Zeit, S.M.A.K., Gent

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