Oliver Boberg










Oliver Boberg studied History of Art at the University of Wurzburg and Fine Art at Nürnburg Art College. His ‘locations’ are deserted cement spaces, familiar scenes of the alienated modern city space, where human life is conspicuous by its absence. They are places that everyone recognises in an instant, but no one knows from where exactly. His works evoke memories of streets and squares that we pass so frequently that they are etched onto our minds as archetype. Despite the seemingly straight recognisable aspect to Boberg´s representations, in reality they are careful manipulations, bogus pieces of visual information that deceive our mental expectation.

For these hyper-realistic ‘locations’ are the pure invention of the artist himself: constructed small-scale models with no original that are photographed and not further used. Their believability is therefore eerie and disturbing -their exact sense of place a sham. Boberg achieves a strangely compelling "reality" that is both recognisable and unknowable; banal and universal that present authenticity as something ambivalent. His capacity to evoke what we may call a ´generic modernism´ lies essentially in the ever-present nature of these architectural forms in Western cities. 

His attention for detail and the extreme precision with which he has recreated these decrepit buildings, recall the painful realisation that these intended symbols of Western self-idealisation are not immune to the processes of ageing. The abstract beauty of these constructed locations casts ultimately a different light on our modern legacy. The images of wet cement, faded colour and disturbed earth create an alternative aesthetic world that is more at home in an emotional, atmospheric environment than in a real city.

Schilderkunst, Kunst Academie, Nürnberg

Kunst Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Wurzburg

Oliver Boberg, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, USA
Oliver Boberg, dckt contemporary + Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Drei Seiten – three pages, Galerie Karin Sachs, Munchen, DE

Perfect Places, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Duolon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, CN
Koldo Mixtelena Kulturunea, San Sebastian, SP
Der verstellte Blick, Kunst Galerie Fürth, Fürth, DE
Oliver Boberg Ren Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

Fotomuseum Den Haag, NL
Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL

Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover Festival, DE
de l’Image, Toulouse, FR
Wahrnehmungsmuseum, Graz, AT
Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY 

L.A.Galerie – Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, DE

Universidad de Salamanca, Centro de Fotografia, ES
Art-chitektur, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, DE
In Szene gesetzt. Architektur in der Fotografie der Gegenwart, Museum für neue Kunst, ZKM Karlsruhe, Städtische Galerie Erlangen & Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren Kunstverein, Weiden, DE
Constructed Reality, Conner Contemporary Art, Washington DC, USA

Oliver Boberg, Nikki S. Lee and Zwelethu Mthethwa, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Wirklichkeiten, Städtische Galerie, Schweinfurt, DE
Himmel, L.A. Galerie – Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, DE

Das ist nicht die Wirklichkeit, Städtische Galerie, Erlangen, DE 

L.A. Galerie – Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, DE
Paul Morris Gallery, New York, NY  

L.A. Galerie, Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, DE

Spectucular City – Photographing The Future, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, DE

Out of the Camera – Analoge Fotografie im Digitalen Zeitalter, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, DE
Artist´s Choice: Herzog & DeMeuron, Perception Restrained, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Post-modellismus, Bergen Kunsthal, NO

Green to Green and Beyond, Part 1, Gallery 52, New York, NY
Blank – Urbane Zwischenraume, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz, AU
A la recherche du paysage perdu, Casino Luxembourg, LU
Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE
RE:Modern, Kunsthaus Wien, AU
Focus on: new Photography, Norton Museum of Art, Palm Beach, FL
Constructed Moments, Stichting Kw14, s´Hertogenbosch, NL
Modellraume – bühnen, spielfelder, versuchsanordnungen, Stadtische Galerie Nordhorn, Nordehorn, DE
19 Rainstorm, Western Bridge, Seattle, WA, USA
Alegoria Barroca na Arte Contemporanea, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, BR
Multiple Raume (2), Park, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, DE

Pasaje & Memoria/ Landscape & Memory, La Casa Encendida, Madrid and El Centro Atlantico Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, ES
Wirklich wahr! Realitatsversprechen von Fotografien, Ruhrlandmuseum Essen, DE
Bibliotek, Copenhagen, DK
Sets and Situations, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN, USA
Bluhende Landschaften, Oliver Boberg & Ernst Stark, Forum im Dominikanerkloster, Evangelische Stadtakademie Frankfurt, DE
The Amazing & The Immutable, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL
Die Neue Kunsthalle Mannheim III: materiell – immateriell, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, DE
Galerie Clair Fontaine, Luxemburg, LU


Constructed Realities: Contemporary Photography, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL
Moving Pictures, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, ES
True Fictions, StadtGalerie Saarbrücken, DE
Constructed Realities, Oklahoma Museum, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
boring…boring…boring…, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL
Die Neue Kunsthalle Mannheim II, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, DE
Faking Real, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Constructed Realities, The Garden of Golf, Environments and Realities, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV
Staging Reality: Photography from the West Collection at SEI Rosenwald-Wald Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Realitäten, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, DE
Crosscurrents at Century’s end: Selections from the Neuberger Berman Art Collection, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FL
Raum, zeit, architektur in der fotografie, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, ES
Cambio de Valores, Espai dArt Contemporani de Castelló, Castelló, ES

True Fictions, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen & Kunstverein Lingen, Lingen, DE
Seeing Things, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Geschwindigkeit – Terrain der Zeit, Fotografie – und Medienkunstpreis Wiesbaden 2002, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, DE
Art Downtown, Wall Street Rising, New York, NY
Paradise in Search of a Future, Part II, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, USA
Staging Reality: Photography from the West Collection, SEI Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Constructed Realities, Grand Arts, Kansas City, KS, USA

Paradise in Search of a Future, CEPA Gallery , Buffalo, NY  
Urban Pornography, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Artist Space, New York, NY
Phigment, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA
Photo-Synthesis – Recent Developments in Contemporary Photography,Camino Real Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Exhibition travels to: Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA), Wilmington, NC, USA
BOGUS: Issues of the Counterfeit in Art, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
The City: Prints and Photographs from 1930 to the Present, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, ES
Rocks and Trees, Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, Boston, MA

Supermodels, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA
Über die Wirklichkeit, Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum, Cologne, DE
Zeitgenössische Positionen zur Architekturphotographie, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, DE
Dirty Realism, Robert Paerre Gallery, curated by Sima Familant & Caitlan Masley, Tucson, AZ
Experiment, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Codici Virtuali /Virtual Codes, Salara, Bologna, IT
Architectural Constructs in Contemporary Photography, J. Saul Gallery, New York, NY

Inventional, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Art Cologne, Förderkoje, Cologne, DE
Re-Structure, Grinnell College Art, Fall 1999 USA
Views From the edge of the World, Marlborough Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY
Tagebuch oder die Irritation der Erfahrung, Brecht Haus, Berlin, DE
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland Constructed Reality, L.A. Galerie – Lothar Albrecht, Frankfurt, DE
On Site, Bard College, Fall 1999 USA

Zeichnung und Raum, Kunsthaus Nürnberg, DE