Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Michail Pirgelis

Michail Pirgelis was born in 1976 in Essen, Germany and raised in Xanthi, Greece. He lives and works in Cologne. In 2010 Pirgelis was the recipient of the Audi Art Award for ‘New Positions’ at Art Cologne and was also awarded the Schloss Ringenberg Stipendium. In 2008 he was the first artist to be presented with the Adolf Loos-Preis by the Van den Valentyn Foundation, Cologne. Solo shows include: ‘Aerotopie’ at Förderverein Aktuelle Kunst, Münster (2006); ‘Akropolis’ at Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2010) and ‘Aeromaritime’ Artothek Cologne (2011). Group exhibitions include: ‘Play’ at the Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf (2005); ‘Schneeweiss’, a joint show with Rosemarie Trockel, at the Rohrmeisterei, Schwerte (2006); ‘Mondi Possibili’ at Sprüth Magers, Cologne (2006); ‘Quattro Stelle’ at the Villa Romana, Florence (2007); ‘Great Expectations’ at ArtLab21, Los Angeles (2008); ‘Saar Förderpreis Junge Kunst 2008’ at Kunstverein Ludwigshafen (2009); ‘Der Westen leuchtet’ at Kunstmuseum Bonn (2010); and ‘Neues Rheinland’ at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2010). (website: http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/2011/04/michail-pirgelis-at-sprueth-magers/#more-27397)

Telescope, 2011
original airplane parts (outside shell plate), aluminum, lacquer
262 x 396 x 30 cm

Second Aerialist, 2010
original aeroplane parts/aluminum, abraded
2 parts: 221 x 148 x 17cm and 159 x 265 x 40cm

original aeroplane part (overhead compartment), fabric
3 parts: 320 x 70 x 80cm, 320 x 70 x 80cm, and 270 x 70 x 80cm

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