In Susi Gelb’s artistic cosmos, the boundaries between nature and technology, the organic and the artificial, are blurred and ultimately dissolved. The artist oscillates between the concepts of control and chance, merging algorithmic logic, randomness, entropy and material agency, to create environments that lead a certain life of their own.

In the studio, Susi Gelb is something of an alchemist – testing materials, processes, new technologies, interactions. Outside she is highly aware of the context. This is how a sculpture may glow in the dark, with its embedded phosphorescence. And this is also how a palm tree grows impossibly in the middle of Odeonsplatz in Munich. Her multimedia installations modify the perception of space, physics, time. 

Susi Gelb (born 1985 in Bad Tölz, Germany) is based between Berlin and Munich, Germany. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 2014. She has been artist in residence at w-o-l-k-e (Brussels), Malimage Monitor Center (Sri Lanka) and Fogo Island (Newfoundland). Recent exhibitions include Gegenüberstellungen at Museum Schloss Moyland (Bedburg-Hau), Various Others at Nir Altman (Munich), and Unworlding (Frieze London). In 2015 Susi Gelb founded the nomadic artist-run space easy!upstream in Munich, and has curated several exhibitions.


Press Text for Frieze London 2021, Unworlding, Oct 2021
The Spectator: Paintings dominate – the good, the bad and the very ugly: Frieze London 2021 reviewed, Oct 23 2021
Another: An Orgiastic Carnival of Creativity: Frieze London Returns to the Capital, Oct 15 2021
Artnet: Frieze London’s Newest Section Seeks to ‘Deconstruct the World as We Know It.’ There’s Good Art There, Too, Oct 13 2021
Pressetext Museum Schloss Moyland: Wiedereröffnung der Beuys Etage, Oktober 2021
WDR, Wer war Joseph Beuys?, 12.Mai 2021
SZ Extra, Angst vor den Wutbürgern, 4. März 2021
Gallerytalk, Unsere allerliebsten Jahresgaben, 9. Dezember 2020
Tagesspiegel, Mehr Berlin: Leuchtendes Beispiel, 18. Juli 2020
Arte Fuse, Susi Gelbs user-defined landscape at Nir Altman, July 2020
Art Viewer, Susi Gelb at Nir Altman, July 2020
Daily Lazy, Susi Gelb at Nir Altman, July 2020
NXT A,  Interview: Wann hört die Natur auf, wann beginnt die Technologie, Juli 2020
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Eskalierende Geschmacksfrage, Juli 2020
Kubaparis, user-defined landscape, Juli 2020
Gallerytalk, Interview: Verflochtene Hierarchien, Juni 2020
Exhibition text by Dominikus Müller, user-defined landscape, May 2020 (EN)
Ausstellungstext von Dominikus Müller, user-defined landscape, Mai 2020 (DE)
Booklet zu user-defined landscape (DE)
Interview Madeleine Freund + SusiGelb (DE)
interview Madeleine Freund + SusiGelb (EN)
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Citrus North, November 2018
Kubaparis, Citrus North, November 2018
Gallerytalk, Französische Fabelwelt, Mythe en Place in Paris, April 2018
Kuba Paris, no such things grow here, August 2017
id vice, diese Künstlerin erschafft mitten in München …, Juli 26 2017
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wachstum für München, 22/23. Juli 2017
ZEIT Magazin, Die Spartanische, Mai 2017
Bild, München mediterran, 21. Juli 2017
Abendzeitung, Unter dem Pflaster liegt der Strand, 26. Juli 2017
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wie kommt denn die Palme auf den Odeonsplatz?, 22.Juli 2017, Albino-Schlange auf LED Screen, Juli 21 2017
UND Magazin, Dreimal Tropen, Juli 2017
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Münchner Feuilleton, Temporäre Tropen, Juli 21 2017
Ego FM, Radiointerview, Juli 2017
Superpaper, no such things grow here, Juli 2017
TZ, Huch, warum wächst da eine Palme?, Juli 20 2017
SZ Extra, Gut bebrüllt Löwe, 20. Juli 2017
HM, Susi Gelb von A bis Z, November 19 2017
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Mehr als nur Dekor, 15. Januar 2017
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Begegnungen im Beton-Riff, 14. Oktober 2016
Selbstdarstellungssucht, Selfie 37, Januar 2016
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Gut vernetzt, 30. Dezember 2015
Reflektor M, On Munich Off … Easy!upstream, Oktober 27 2015
Süddeutsche Zeitung, der Künstler als Entrepreneur, 20. Mai 2014
ZEIT Studienführer, Die Bildhauerin, 2013
taz, Nichts ist weder gut noch böse, 28. Dezember 2012
Hallertauer Zeitung, Autos auf dem Dach wie hilflose Maikäfer, Juni 06 2010
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Am Anfang war die Farbe Gelb, Februar 2010
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Leuchtende Birnen, 19. Juni 2009
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Künstlerin mit Fernwirkung, März 31 2009


Born 1985 in Germany

SG lives and works in Europe and the tropical region.

Since 2015 SG operates the nomadic artist-run space easy!upstream with fellow artists Niko Abramidis &NE and Quirin Brunnmeier.

Recent Prices and Residencies
2019 Leif Rumke Price
2019 Residency, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
2018 Bavarian Art Award
2017 Residency at Malimage Monitor Center, Sri Lanka
2016 1st price, competition by invitation „public art Munich 2017“

2008-2014 Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany, with Professor Magdalena Jetelová, Professor Olaf Metzel, Professor Julian Rosefeldt
Residencies in South Corea, Portugal, Belgium, Serbia, Kosovo, Georgia, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Turkey
2014 Master Student of Professor Olaf Metzel
2010-2014 Federal Grant for emerging artists, Cusanuswerk Bonn

From 2010 till 2013 SG ran the lecture series jour fixe at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and invited Santiago Sierra, Mona Hatoum, Wolfgang Tillmans, Bruce LaBruce, Christian Jankowski, David Claerbout, Alicja Kwade, Ayse Erkmen, Daniel Buren, Martin Creed, Hans Haacke, Monica Bonvicini and others.


group Jahresgaben Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany
duo booth at Artissima, Turin, Italy
solo booth at Frieze London, UK
group 100 Jahre Joseph Beuys, Gegenüberstellungen, Museum Schloss Moyland, Germany
group Various Others, Nir Altman, Munich
solo T2051MCC, Set Design for the Climate Conference, Bellevue di Monaco, Munich

group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München
group  TROST, Galerie der Künstler, Munich
group  transformative figures, Schaulager Basel
solo  user-defined landscape, Nir Altman, Munich
group  ground level, Berlin

solo  49°, Long Studio, Fogo Island, Newfoundland, Canada
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München
group  Disruptive Scenario, Z Common Ground, Munich, Germany
group  Inspiration Meisterwerk, Museum Villa Roth, Burgrieden-Roth, Germany
group  Imitations, Kunsthaus Raab, Munich, Germany

duo  MYTHE EN PLACE, Cité Internationale, Paris, France
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany
solo  fluidity device, escape hatch, New York, USA
group  CITRUS NORTH (artist & curator), Schwabinger Tor, Munich, Germany
group  I shot Mercury to make this exhibition, Galerie Nir Altman, Munich, Germany

solo  NO SUCH THINGS GROW HERE, public art project, Munich, Germany
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany
group  PIN. Auction, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
group  3000 years Rhadamanthys Foundation, easy!upstream, Munich, Germany

group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany
group  Spreez at Dash, Dash Gallery, Kortrijk, Belgium
group  Coral North (artist & curator), Schwabinger Tor, Munich, Germany
group  Machinery (artist & curator)/ easy!upstream Munich, Germany
group  Hybrids, Curated by We Are Hercules, Agip Gas Station, Munich, Germany
group  Upstream!edition (artist & curator), easy!upstream Munich, Germany

solo  field office, Menath Metal Museum, Puchheim, Germany
duo  full size original ∞ loading (with Gabi Blum), Kunstarkaden, Munich, Germany
group Art Unanchored, M.S. Stadt Wien, Vienna, Austria
group  It’s more like an elevator, Halle 12 Werkschau, Leipzig, Germany
group  Animal Friends, RSTR4, Munich, Germany
group  Jahresgaben, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany
group  Idle upgrade illusion, easy!upstream Munich, Germany

duo  night yellow, w-o-l-k-e, Brussels, Belgium
duo  results, easy II, Headegg, Munich, Germany
solo  unspaced measures, AdBK, Munich, Germany
group  Infame Esilio, studio5, Berlin, Germany

solo  Enzyklopädie von S bis G, Galerie Knust x Kunz, Munich, Germany
group  Quarterly Statement, easy!upstream, Munich, Germany
group  Take the manet and run, AdBK, Munich, Germany
group  II:NA-EN-DE-NA-EN-DE-NA-WIDA:II, Schaustelle, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
group  I Never Read, Art Book Fair Basel, Volkshaus Basel, Switzerland

group  Doublings, Curated by Gregor Schneider, Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin, Germany
duo  ESC, Galerija FLU, Belgrade, Serbia
group  Underworld, Galerie f5,6, Munich, Germany

group  Noordkaap EU Tour, Istanbul, Turkey
group  Jetklasse Tbilisi, Tiflis, Georgia

solo Pullout, Space Hamilton, Seoul, South Corea
group  Jetklasse Seoul, Space Hamilton and Gallery27, Seoul, South Corea group  Kunst und Klima, Munich Re Insurance, Munich, Germany
group  Zimmer frei, Hotel Mariandl, Munich, Germany
group  art goes green, Praterinsel Munich, Germany
group  Goldenes Dorf, Ruhr.2010, Recklinghausen, Germany
group  Kunstmeile Mainburg,  Mainburg, Germany
group  Hermetisch Zwart, Eergiehuis Dordrecht, Netherlands

group  Jetklasse Lisboa, Fábrica do Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal
group  invasion occupation transformation, Norwich, England
duo Meine Projektion ist größer heller und schneller als deine, Akademiegalerie, Munich, Germany

group  Tirana Munich – so near so far, Lothringer 13, Munich


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