Boris Tellegen









Boris Tellegen (NL, 1968) began his artistic career using his pseudonym on the streets in the 1980s. Tellegen always treated the two dimensional frame of the letter and the word as sculpture, bursting out or morphing into the wall, piercing its boundaries by adding a dimension. By combining the reliefs of his practice with his education in industrial design, he soon started to create three-dimensional work on the intersection of architecture, painting, sculpture and installation.

In his body of work made over a thirty-year span, Tellegen explores how to transcend the boundaries of walls by annexing, deconstructing and recomposing them, to ultimately disregard them in recent installations. Through the ever-fluctuating shape of his work, Tellegen continues to disrupt our perception of surface and space.

Boris Tellegen received his education in Industrial Design Engineering at the Technical University of Delft (NL, 1988-94). Tellegen has exhibited widely in European, North American and Australian museums, institutions and galleries. Recent exhibitions include MIMA, Brussels (BE, 2017), Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (FR, 2016), Amsterdam Museum (NL, 2015) and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR, 2014). Tellegen regularly creates commissioned sculptures in the public spaces. A recent example is a series of sculptures between Amersfoort and Utrecht in the framework of De Stijl’s centenary celebration (NL, 2017).


Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology,



Selected Solo Exhibitions


UnPlot, curated in collaboration with Daniel Hofstede, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam


Friendly takeover, curated in collaboration with Daniel Hofstede, MIMA Museum, Brussels

Rietveld meets Mondrian, Mondriaanhuis Amersfoort


Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam

2011, Basel, Switzerland

Subduction zones, Muziekgebouw  ‘t IJ, Amsterdam


Exothermic, De Fabriek, Eindhoven, Netherlands


VHDG, Leeuwarden, Netherlands


6X6, Hoogt4, Utrecht, Netherlands


Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, France

Selected Group Exhibitions


Art Brussels, Galerie Ron Mandos, Brussels


PHK18 #08, with Niels Post & Jeroen Molenaar, PHK18 Bureau Voor Kunst, Rotterdam

Centrifuge, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse

Geert Mul | Boris Tellegen curated by Domenico de Chirico, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam


New York meets The Dam, Amsterdam Museum

The Bridges of Graffiti, Arterminal, Venice, Italy

Urban Art Biennale, German museum and World Cultural Heritage Site at the Völklingen Ironworks, Völklingen / Saarbrücken, Germany

Un dessin est beau si la ligne est vivante, Le Pilori, Niort, France

Backjumps 20+1 – urbane Kommunikation und Ästhetik, Kunstraum Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin

Graffuturism 5 Year Anniversary Exhibition, San Francisco, USA

Mapping The City, Somerset House, London


Asphalte, Biennale d'art urbain \ urban art biennale, curated by Alice van den Abeele & Raphaël Cruyt, Charleroi, Belgium

Au-delà de l'architecture (Beyond Architecture), curated by Domitille d'Orgeval, Espace topographie de l'art, Paris

Hammer, artistic strategies, architectural interventions and spatial politics in public space. Boris Tellegen, J. Mayer H., Wermke / Leinkauf. Du Moulin Pop-up, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Berlin


Teenage Kicks Festival, Les Ateliers du vent, Rennes

Art Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos


Les bruits du dehors, 4e Biennale du Havre, France


Exothermic, Game City, Denbosch, Netherlands

Onder constructie, RC de Ruimte, IJmuiden, Netherlands

Blowing up the spot#2, Studio Lukas Feireiss, Berlin


BACKJUMPS 4.2, Kunstraum Kreuzberg Bethanien, Berlin

Pyramide van Ijmuiden, RC de ruimte, IJmuiden, Netherlands


Born in the Streets, Fondation Cartier, Paris

D'Raw, Glaspaleis, Heerlen, Netherlands

Wearable Technologies, NIMK, Amsterdam


Stacked and Scattered, W139, Amsterdam

De Wens Een Indiaan Te Worden, Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, Vijfhuizen, Netherlands

Fundamentals, MU, Eindhoven, Netherlands


The Whistle Test, Scion Installation, Los Angeles, USA


Jan Cunen museum, Oss, Netherlands

Bearbrick World Tour, Gbe at Passerby, New York, USA

Backjumps - The Live Issue Part 2, Bethanien, Berlin


Icy Grape, Elms Lester Painting Room, London

Romamsterdam, Museo Di Roma de Trastevere, Italia


Backjumps - The Live Issue Part 1, Bethanien, Berlin


AndNow, AndA Tokyo/AndA, Osaka, Japan


Playtime, MU, Eindhoven


Thinking of A Masterplan, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam


Clash, Kunsthal Rotterdam

Graffiti related images, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam