German, born in 1963
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany

Stefan Kürten studied painting at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (with prof. Michael Buthe) and later attended the Art Institute San Francisco (1990). Since 2014, he is professor at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf after teaching by turns at the Art Institute San Francisco, at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar and at The School of Art and Design - Alfred University New York.

In his work, Kürten walks the fine line that separates the delightful, sunlit idyll from the dark shadows along the edges of architectural scenes or lovely gardens. The detached, single-family home and its environment of greenery, flowers, and all kinds of accessories is a major subject in the artist’s oeuvre. Kürten captures what is seemingly incidental about these places through his choice of framing. At the same time, he portrays their harmlessly enticing beauty—evidence of their stereotypically obtrusive veneer—in a style of painting that, like that of the Impressionists, only picks up on what the eye can immediately detect without a sophisticated knowledge of the effects of color and form. Since he does not depict human beings, Kürten prods the viewer into completely indulging in the visual illusion.

His work has been shown extensively for over 30 years in galleries and institutions, and collected by such public art collections as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, The Saatchi Gallery, London, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


EDUCATION

1989-1990
Graduate - Painting studies, Art Institute, San Francisco, USA

1983-1989
M.A. - Painting studies, Staatlichen Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany,  with Prof. Michael Buthe

1982-1983
Philosophy and English studies, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA (oct.)

2017
Perfect World, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf, Germany
Millefleurs, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Through the mirror (2-pers.exhibition), NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France

2016
In Between Days, Galleria Rubin, Milan, Italy

2015
Running to stand still, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA

2014
Heimlich, Galerie der Stadt Backnang, Germany *
Where the Sun never goes down, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany

2013
Tonight and the beautiful Future, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Silencer, Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, Germany *

2012
Come on Home. Arbeiten auf Papier, Kunstmuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Here Comes the Night, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA

2011
Rainbows in the Dark, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf, Germany

2010
Time Goes By, Rathaus, Neuss, Germany
Supernatural, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany

2009
Printaffairs. Stefan Kürten and Kiki Smith, Mike Karstens Galerie, Münster, Germany
Once in a Lifetime, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2008
Trains and Boats and Planes, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA
Always, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf, Germany
Black Mirror, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK
Transmission, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf, Germany

2007
Shadowtime, Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland *

2006
Green Carpet, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Bad Moon Rising, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA

2005
Dream Maker, Galerie Michael Cosar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Say Hello, Wave Goodbye, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK

2004
Unerklärliche Phänomene, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany
Somebody Else?s Dream, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2003
Something to Believe In, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA
The Nearest Thing to Heaven, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, Germany *

2002
Die besten Jahre, Galerie Michael Cosar, Düsseldorf, Germany
Perfect Day, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA

2001
Darker with the Day, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1999
Every Day Is like Sunday, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1998
Die Lüge der Erinnerung, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Different Worlds, Goethe-Institut, Hong Kong, China

1997
Andere Stimmen, andere Räume, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany

1996
Auf Wiedersehen Bielefeld, Galerie Raab, Berlin, Germany

1995
Schwarzweisse Welt, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany

1994
Jonker Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Good, The Bad, The Between, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1993
Das ABC des Lebens, Kulturforum Alte Post, Neuss, Germany *
Life Cycles, Artspace, San Francisco, USA

1992
The Living Room, San Francisco, USA
Mundos Symbolicum, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, USA

1991
The Diversity of Life, Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Aschenbach Galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1990
One Thousand and One Mornings, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Pictures from this Life, Artspace, San Francisco, USA

1989
Matrix 131. Stefan Kürten, University Art Museum, Berkeley, USA *

1988
Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany *

1984
Fun Gallery, San Francisco, USA

* Exhibition catalogue


SELECTED COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

2018
Winter Song, NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France
101 drawings, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA

2017
Featured works: Through the mirror, NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France

2016
Das Abenteuer unserer Sammlung I, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany *

2015
Mehr Kunst, Neuerwerbungen und Schenkungen, Kunstmuseum, Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany

2014
New Paintings, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA
Interior Spaces, DC Moore Gallery, New York, USA
Dreams & Disappointments, Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin, Germany

2013
Le peintre de la vie moderne, Galerie Jochen Hempel, Leipzig, Germany

2012
Künstlerkinder. Von Runge bis Richter, von Dix bis Picasso, Kunsthalle, Emden, Germany *

2011
Gesamtkunstwerk. New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK *
Heinz und Marianne Ebers-Stiftung, Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld, Germany *
Himmel und Erde, Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf, Germany
Time flies, Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2010
Optical Shift. Illusion und Täuschung, b-05 Kunst- und Kulturzentrum, Montabaur, Germany *
Mona Hatoum, Stefan Kürten, and Rita McBride, Alexander and Bonin, New York, USA
Collecting the New, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Architectonica, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Traveling Without Moving, Cosar HMT, Düsseldorf, Germany

2009
Privat - Wuppertaler Sammler der Gegenwart, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany *

2008
2x[(2x20)+(2x2)]+2=Xx (desperately) trying to figure out the world, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland

2007
Garten Eden. Der Garten in der Kunst seit 1900, Kunsthalle Emden, Germany *
Home Sweet Home, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, USA
Die Kunst zu sammeln, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
Early Retirement, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
A Model Building, Palo Alto Art Center, USA
Very Abstract and Hyper-Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, UK *

2006
Idylle. Traum und Trugschluss/Idyll: Illusion and Delusion, Phoenix Kulturstiftung, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg ; DA2 Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca (E); Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, Germany *
I Love the ?Burbs, Katonah Museum of Art, USA *
Now Playing, Margarete Roeder Gallery, New York, USA

2005
De schilder van het moderne leven/The Painter of Modern Life, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere (NL) *
The City. Contemporary Views of the Built Environment, Lehman College Art
Gallery, New York

2004
Contemporary Art from Germany, Europäische Zentralbank/European Central
Bank, Frankfurt *
Weltinnenräume. Sammlung Hanck, museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf *

2003
Scenery, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco
Land and Sea, Alexander and Bonin, New York
A New Modernism for a New Millennium. Abstraction and Surrealism are
reinvented in the Internet Age, Logan Collection, Vail (USA) *

2002
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Sun Valley Arts Center, Ketchum, USA

2001
All-Terrain. An Exploration of Landscape and Place, Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, USA *

2000
Of the Moment, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
Fresh Flowers, Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, USA
Extraordinary Reality, Columbus Museum of Art, USA

1999
53. Bergische Kunstausstellung, Kunstmuseum Baden, Solingen, Germany *

1994
On Paper, The Drawing Room, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1992
Malerei, Räume für Neue Kunst, Wuppertal, Germany
New Acquisitions, University Art Museum, Berkeley, USA

1990
The Idealists, Raab Galerie, Berlin, Germany

1989
Bay Area. Fresh Views, San Jose Museum of Art, USA *
Show One, Oliver Art Center, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, USA

1988
Die verwunschene Seele deiner Träume. Michael Buthe und seine Klasse ?Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Evangelisches Waldkrankenhaus, Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany *

1987
Painting, Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York, USA

1985
Perspektiven 3, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany*

* Exhibition catalogue


AWARDS AND GRANTS

2012
Theodore Randall International Chair in Art and Design, Alfred University, New York, USA

1999
New York-Stipendium, Ernst-Poensgen-Stiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany

1997
Kulturförderpreis der Stadt Düsseldorf (Music), Germany

1995
Artspace Grant, San Francisco, USA
Kunstfonds Bonn, Germany

1991
Kulturförderpreis der Stadt Neuss, Germany

1989
Fulbright Fellowship, USA

1986
Cité des Arts, Paris, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany


SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Birmingham Museum of Art, USA
University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, USA
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
Kunsthalle Emden, Germany
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Knoxville Museum of Art, USA
Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany
The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, USA
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada
Kunstmuseum, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Clemens-Sels-Museum, Neuss, Germany
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
The New York Public Library, USA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA


TEACHING

Since 2014
Guest professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

2012
Guest professor at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, New York, USA

2010
Taught at the Bauhaus Universität, Weimar, Germany

2005
Taught at the Art Institute, San Francisco, USA

2002-2003
Guest professor at the Hochschule der bildenden Künste, Bremen, Germany

1994
Taught at the Art Institute, San Francisco, USA

1992
Taught at the Art Institute, San Francisco, USA


PUBLICATIONS

Monographs

2015
"Stefan Kürten. Running to stand still", exh. cat. Galerie der Stadt Backnang, hrsg. von/ed. by Martin Schick, Simone Scholten, Backnang

2013
"Stefan Kürten. Here comes the night", exh. cat. Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, hrsg. von Oliver Zybock, Ostfildern

2010
"Stefan Kürten. Black Mirror, Drucke/Prints 1991?2009", ed. by Martin Hentschel, Bielefeld

2007
"Stefan Kürten. Shadowtime", exh. cat. Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, hrsg. von Martin Hentschel, Bielefeld

2006
Stefan Kürten & Rebecca Solnit, "Inside Out", ed. by Anne Marie MacDonald, San Francisco & New York

2004
"Stefan Kürten. Blue Days, Black Nights", ed. by Stefan Kürten, Düsseldorf & New York

2003
"Stefan Kürten. The Nearest Thing to Heaven", exh. cat. Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, ed. by Beate Reese, Würzburg

2001
"Stefan Kürten. Every Day Is Like Sunday", ed. by Stefan Kürten, Düsseldorf & San Francisco

1995
"Meat Candy. Poems by Tony Labat, Drawings by Stefan Kürten", ed. by Stefan Kürten und/and Tony Labat, San Francisco

1993
"Stefan Kürten. Das ABC des Lebens", exh. cat. Kulturforum Alte Post, Neuss

1992
"Stefan Kürten, Kürtens Taschenbilderbuch", ed. by Stefan Kürten and Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf

1990
"Stefan Kürten. A Never Ending Chain of Accidents", exh. cat. Artspace, San Francisco

1989
"Matrix 131. Stefan Kürten", exh. cat. University Art Museum, Berkeley, ed. by Lawrence Rinder, Berkeley

1988
"Stefan Kürten", exh. cat. Galerie Ute Parduhn, Düsseldorf

Group Exhibition Catalogues and Books

2016
"Das Abenteuer unserer Sammlung. Kunst nach 1945 aus den Kunstmuseen Krefeld", inventory catalogue ed. by Martin Hentschel, Köln

2013
"Parkhaus im Malkastenpark", ed. by Karl Heinz Rummeny, Düsseldorf
"Neuzugänge, 2001-2012", Kunsthalle Emden, inventory cat. Kunsthalle Emden, ed. by Frank Schmidt & Lena Nievers, Emden

2012
"Künstlerkinder. Von Runge bis Richter, von Dix bis Picasso", exh. cat. Kunsthalle Emden, ed. by Frank Schmidt, Bielefeld

2011
"Heinz und Marianne Ebers-Stiftung", exh. cat. Kunstmuseen Krefeld, ed. by Martin Hentschel, Bielefeld
Lee Ambrozy, "Vitamin P2. New Perspectives in Painting", London
Barry Schwabsky, "Gesamtkunstwerk. New Art from Germany", exh. cat. Saatchi Gallery, London

2010
"Optical Shift. Illusion und Täuschung/Illusion and Deception", exh. cat. b-05, Kunst und Kulturzentrum, Montabaur,ed. by Oliver Zybok, Düsseldorf

2009
"Privat - Wuppertaler Sammler der Gegenwart", exh. cat. Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, ed. by Gerhard Finckh, Wuppertal
Elizabeth Thomas, "Matrix/Berkeley. A Changing Exhibition of Contemporary Art", Berkeley

2008
"Germania", ed. by Jonathan Cape, London

2007
"Very Abstract and Hyper-Figurative", exh. cat. Thomas Dane, London, ed. by Jens Hoffmann, London
"Garten Eden. Der Garten in der Kunst seit 1900", exh. cat. Kunsthalle Emden, ed. by Nils Ohlsen, Cologne
"Idylle. Traum und Trugschluss/Idyll. Illusion and Delusion", exh. cat. Phoenix-Kulturstiftung - Sammlung Falckenberg; DA2. Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca; Galerie der Stadt Remscheid, ed. by Oliver Zybok, Ostfildern

2006
"I Love the 'Burbs", exh. cat. Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

2005
"The Triumph of Painting", ed. by Barry Schwabsky, London
"De schilder van het moderne leven/The Painter of Modern Life", exh. cat. Museum De Paviljoens, Almere

2004
"Weltinnenräume. Sammlung Hanck",exh. cat. museum kunst palast, Düsseldorf, ed. by Beatrice Lavarini & Marcella Ratajczyk, Munich
"A New Modernism for a New Millennium. Abstraction and Surrealism Are Reinvented in the Internet Age." inventory cat. Logan Collection, Vail, CO
"Contemporary Art from Germany" exh. cat. European Central Bank, Frankfurt am Main

2001
"All-Terrain. An Exploration of Landscape and Place", exh. cat. Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, ed. by Carla Hanzal, Virginia Beach

2000
"Artspace Is, Artspace Was, A Place in Time", ed. by Anne MacDonald, San Francisco

1989
"Bay Area. Fresh Views", exh. cat. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose

1988
"Die verwunschene Seele deiner Träume. Michael Buthe und seine Klasse - Kunstakademie Düsseldorf", exh. cat. Evangelisches Waldkrankenhaus, Bonn-Bad Godesberg

1985
"Perspektiven 3", exh. cat. Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf