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[text] Peter Welz’s complex video installations explore the dynamic relationships between figure and space in a variety of ways. A trained sculptor, Welz places special demands on the moving image and questions the conventions of staging.

In contrast to the usual presentation of films, in dark projection rooms or on large screens, he treats video screens, projectors, and monitors like sculptures by placing them in the middle of the room. Viewers move between the projection surfaces on which the film is being played. At times they walk behind the picture; at times they stand in front of it. They view it from an oblique, menacingly foreshortened angle or head-on from the perspective of the original camera. They become part of the cinematic image itself. They steer their bodies and gazes not only through the space, but also through a sculpture and a moving image. The boundaries between work and viewer dissolve.

Peter Welz’s expansive moving-image sculptures are idiosyncratic, contemporary monuments to personali1es who have fascinated and influenced him. He sees them as a new form of portrait, conceived for various media and combining diverse techniques and crea1ve elements. From film, video, and photography to drawing, painting, and sculpture, from dance and performance to installa1on, Welz employs all the tools of our multimedia, cross- over art world. Nevertheless, his use of form is clear, precise, coherent, monolithic, and at times monumental. At its core is a person we see in a new light. The first of these portraits—or better yet, the first of these moving-image sculptures with the character of a portrait—was created by Peter Welz for the Louvre in Paris in 2005. It was dedicated to the British painter Francis Bacon and was subsequently shown in dozens of exhibitions worldwide.


Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum für Moderne Kunst | MMK, Frankfurt, Germany 
Galeria d’Arte Moderna | GAM, Torino, Italy
Weserburg | Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
Neue Nationalgalerie, Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Germany
Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg, Germany
Hoffmann Collection, Berlin, Germany

Private Collections

SHOWS 2020

Studio Berlin
Boros Foundation, Berghain, Berlin, Germany

Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany

Portrait #4 [AA Bronson]
Casa degli Artisti, Milano, Italy

Projectspace, Berlin, Germany

Green go home
HUA International, Tomas Vu and Rirkrit Tiravanija Project, Berlin, Germany

Installations from 25 years of the Falckenberg Collection
Deichtorhallen-Phoenix Hallen, Hamburg, Germany

Hoffmann Collection, Berlin, Germany


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