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Stolen history (and other projects)

Together with A Prior Magazine the Eurozine Gallery presents four projects by Daniel Knorr. This, writes curator and critic Dieter Roelstraete, is an art "wholly woven into the bodily fabric of everyday life, of a relentless and vital physicality".

Stolen history

Public sculptures in Copenhagent are at the centre of this work, which took place in the first 24 hours of the U-Turn Quadrennial for Contemporary Art in 2008. In the morning of the opening day of the festival, monuments of historical personalities and modern representations of human figures were covered with balaclavas. In the evening and the following day, the sculptures and the monuments were "set free" by unveiling the covered heads.

View the project Stolen history.

The Antwerp six or seven

Seven scarecrows dressed in the clothes of the most renown fashion designers from Antwerp (the Antwerp 6). The scarecrows were on display on a city plaza as part of the Antwerp Sculpture Show in 2008.

View the project The Antwerp six or seven.


The banners of 59 student fraternities in Berlin hanging from the roof of Mies van der Rohe's Neue Nationalgalerie.

View the project Nationalgalerie.

Carte de Artist

In the process of mapping the city, Knorr collected pieces of rubbish on the street. The material was then interleaved into the blank pages of books and pressed by a 200-ton press, embossing the objects into the paper itself.

View the project Carte de Artist.


Dieter Roelstraete

On the lack thereof

Daniel Knorr's bare necessities
Daniel Knorr's work can described as a conceptually inflicted practice of very immateraial ideas, writes Dieter Roelstraete. "His is an art predicated on the immediate experience of the irreducible materiality of all thought, on the crafty mining of those ideas that lie dormant in matter, clutter, stuff." [ more ]

About the artist

Daniel Knorr was born in 1968 in Bucharest, Romania. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Solo exhibitions

Eurozine Gallery

The Eurozine Gallery features visual artists from all over Europe with series of photographs, paintings or other types of art works.

Current exhibition:
Various artists
Stories without borders
[Autumn/Winter 2014-2015]

Previous exhibitions:
Steffen Kverneland
[Spring 2014]
Henrihs Vorkals
Romantic transformations
[Spring 2013]
Semih Poroy
Without words
[Autumn/Winter 2010-2011]
Barbara Holub
Three chapters for a future of the unplanned
[Summer 2010]
Anna Meyer
[Spring 2010]
Daniel Knorr
Stolen history (and other projects)
[Autumn 2009]
Leonhard Lapin
[Summer 2007]
Cecilia Parsberg
The wall
[Summer 2006]
Josef Schützenhöfer
Art comes from labour
[Spring 2006]
Mircea Stanescu
[Autumn 2005-Spring 2006]
2004 Agents, Rote Zelle, Munich
2005 European Influenza, Padiglione Romania, 51st Biennale, Venice
2006 ¡Extranjero ven a votar!, Studio Protokoll, Cluj-Napoca
2007 1 Year Warranty, Skulpturenpark Berlin Mitte, Berlin
2008 Scherben bringen Glück, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel
2008 The way politics influences art and vice versa, Fondazione March, Padua
2008 Awake Asleep, Borges Bookstore, Guangzhou; Fei Art Center, Shanghai; space e6, Shenzen
2009 Block, Artspace, Auckland
2009 Led R. Nanirok, Kunsthalle Basel
2009 Awake Asleep, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Upcoming 2010 Färgfabriken, Stockholm

Group exhibitions

2004 Love it or leave it, 5th Cetinje Biennale, Cetinje
2005 Ortsbegehung, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin 2005 ADAM, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam
2006 Chocolates, Museo de arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City
2006 Mafia or an unopened pack of cigarettes, Standard, Oslo
2007 Beneath the Underdog, Gagosian Gallery, New York
2007 Bodycheck, Triennale für Kleinplastik, Fellbach
2007 Democracy-art-publicness, Spatiul Public Bucuresti, Bucharest
2008 When things cast no shadow, 5th berlin biennial for contemporary art, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
2008 Principle Hope, Manifesta 7, European Biennial, Rovereto
2008 U-Turn Quadriennal for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
2008 Periferic 8, Bienniale, Iasi
2008 Antwerp Sculpture Show, t'Zuid, MuHKA Antwerpen, Antwerp
2008 Between the Images, Xposeptember Festival, Stockholm
2008 Afterthought, IrmaVepLab, Reims
2009 Reading the city, EV+A Exhibition of Art, Limerick
2009 Try to make a simple Gesture, Trafó Galéria, Budapest
2009 Scenario 6, Fake or Feint, Berlin
2009 Viva l´Italia, Galleria Astuni, Bologna
2009 Various Platonisms, Galerie Elisa Platteau, Bruxelles
Upcoming 2010 The promises of the past, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Private collections

Ex Privato, Collection Tullio Leggerri, ALT Arte Contemporanea, Bergamo


Published 2009-10-29

Original in English
Contributed by A Prior Magazine
© Daniel Knorr / A Prior Magazine
© Eurozine

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