Benjamin Appel


1978 born in Augsburg, Germany

2003 - 2009 State Fine Arts Academy, Karlsruhe, Germany Studied with Gerd van Dulmen, Thomas Zipp and Daniel Roth

2009 - 2010 Student in Daniel Roth‘s masterclass

2010 lives and works in Karlsruhe and Leipzig, Germany

Awards, grants and residencies

2020 Scholarship, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Denkzeit 

2018 Scholarship, Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn

2015 Josef David Art Award, 2. Price, Landau,  Germany

2014 Kunststiftung Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart, Germany

          Art Award pbr Osnabruck, Germany

2013 Erich Hauser Art Award, Rottweil Germany

2012 Promotional Prize granted by Forum Art Karlsruhe, Germany

2010 Graduate scholarship of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

2009 Hector Promotional Prize, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany

          Winner of the Academy of Karlsruhe, Germany

          Stephan Balkenhol Scholarship, France

2008 17th Swabian Art Prize, Germany

          Winner of the Academy of Karlsruhe, Germany

2007 Scholarship granted by the Cusanuswerk, Bonn, Germany

          Promotional Fine Arts Award, City of Augsburg, Germany 2006 - Promotional Award for Young Artists, Darmstadt Secession, Germany


Solo exhibitions

2019 Entre la lavadora y la pared,  MAC (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Chile), Santiago, Chile

          Den Spalt zwischen Wand und Waschmaschine füllen, ASPN, Leipzig 

2017 Flowerbed in the cellar PIFO Gallery, Beijing

          Fill the cellar with concrete, Museum of the City of Sindelfingen

          Lay the wall on the floor, Gallery ASPN, Leipzig

2015 The fish in the fish, Gallery ASPN, Leipzig, Germany

          The stool buried in the garden, Gallery Weingrull, Karlsruhe, Germany

          Between A circle and a rectangle lives a drip, with Carolina Pérez Pallares, Showroom Multipleart, Zurich, Switzerland

          Vogelhaus im Zimmer, Art Brussels, Gallery Weingrull

2014 Fill the puddle of water, Kunstverein Nurtingen, Germany

          Too big for my room, Art Foundation Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart, Germany

          Si el blanco no es un color entonces porque, son rectas las paredes?  with Carolina Pérez Pallares, Centro de arte contemporaneo Quito, Equador

          If white is not a color, why are walls then now? with Carolina Pérez Pallares, Neue Galerie in Hohmannhouse, Augsburg, Germany

2013 Playing under the table, Galery ASPN, Leipzig, Germany

          Do not place cabinets on exterior walls, Art Basel - Hong Kong, Galery Weingrull Karlsruhe, Hong Kong, China

          Cellar and Kitchen, NADA Cologne with Galery Weingrull Karlsruhe, Cologne, Germany

          Walls are stairs without soil, Galery Weingrull, Karlsruhe, Germany
2012 Like on a tree, H2 - Center for Contemporary Art Augsburg, Germany 

          The basement with garden, art space Baustelle Schaustelle, Essen, Germany

2010 The threshold of the house. (S) Studio Control Karlsruhe, Germany

2009 As the bird in its nest. (S) Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany


Group exhibitions

2020 No lo utilizamos. MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Chile

          FLUID. Das Ganze vom Teil – finale Ausstellung. KV Freunde aktueller Kunst, Zwickau
          Logical Freedom. Epoch Art Museum, Wenzhou, China
          We don’t use it. Kunststiftung Erich Hauser, Rottweil
          On the Quiet. Kunsthalle Mannheim

2019 Äpfel Birnen Ananas, Christine König Gallery, Vienna Austria 

          On the Quiet. Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen
          Vanitas Contemporary. H2 Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst im Glaspalast, Augsburg
          In Abeyance. ASPN, Leipzig

2018 Painting after painting after painting after, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong, China 

          Another Aleph - Chinese and German Contemporary Art Exhibition, Museum Xiameng, China         

          Abstraction as painterly rhetoric. A case study between Germany and China, Galerie PIFO, Peking, China 

2017 Resonanzen, ZKM, Karlsruhe 

          Four positions from four places, Kunstverein Nürtingen    

          Yesterday Tomorrow, Thermen am Viehmarkt, Trier      

          Decade: Abstract Art 10, Galerie PIFO, Peking 

          Art Rotterdam, Galerie ASPN Leipzig, Rotterdam

2016 Rompeflasche, curated by Benjamin Appel, Dr. Thomas Elsen und Carolina Pérez Pallares, Museum of Contemporary Art, Quito, Ecuador

          Über alle Maßen, Art Foundation Erich Hauser, Rottweil

          Poetique, PIFO Gallery, Peking, China  

          Art Rotterdam, Gallery ASPN Leipzig, Rotterdam

          Rompeflasche, curated by Benjamin Appel, Dr. Thomas Elsen und Carolina Pérez Pallares, Centre for Contemporary Art H2 Augsburg, Germany

2015 Art Tour 2015. Art Foundation Baden Wurttemberg, Germany

          A Visual Odyssey. Jing Gallery, Beijing, China

          Sculpture - art in public space, Landau, Germany

          Square Place. Kunsthaus L6, Freiburg, Germany

          The Collection Contemporary Art VII, H2 Centre for Contemporary Art in Glass Palace, Augsburg, Germany

2014 Cognitive Dissonance, Galery Weingrull Karlsruhe, Germany

          Multipleart, Kunsthaus Zofingen, Switzerland

2013 Uninhabitable Objects, Bundner Kunstmuseum Chur, Switzerland

          Being Specific, Regionale 14, Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland

          The Karlsruhe Connection and other Stories, Regionale 14, Kunstraum Riehen, Switzerland

          Pretty Vacant, Regionale 14, Villa Renata, Basel, Switzerland

          Junger Westen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany

          Territoriale und erzahlerische Expeditionen, Kunstraum L6 Freiburg, Germany

2012 Collection of new art VI. H2 - Center for Contemporary Art in Glass Palace Augsburg, Germany

          Un hombre habla en el bosque. Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago de Chile, Chile

          Beautiful but is wrong too beautiful, Atelier Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

          From the margins, Regionale 12,  Kunsthalle Palazzo Liestal, Switzerland

          Optimismo Radical II, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, USA.

2011 Unit/room, Galery ASPN, Leipzig, Germany

          Broadside - Focus on space, Villa Merkel, Esslingen am Neckar, Germany

2010 The rooms of the hermit, NADA Miami, with Galery Weingrüll, Miami, USA

          The unstoppable rise of daredevils and other bottles, Stadtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Germany

          Local 10. Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Germany

          The inner walls, the outer walls of Outside, John Doe Projects, Karlsruhe, Germany

          The Collection of Contemporary Art IV H2 -. Center for Contemporary Art in Glass Palace, Augsburg, Germany

          Retrospective and Current. H2 - Center for Contemporary Art in Glass Palace, Augsburg, Germany

2009 The instantaneous paradise, Zeißholz in Dresden, Germany

         Ostrale 09. Center for Contemporary Art, Dresden, Germany

         Top 09 Villa Merkel in Esslingen, Germany

         Silent Spaces - spaces of silence. H2 - Center for Contemporary Art in Glass Palace, Augsburg, Germany

2008 Local 08 Kunsthalle Basel exhibition at Klingental, Basel, Switzerland

2007 Augsburger sponsorship support Visual Arts 1997 - 2007 guest at the H2 - Center for Contemporary Art in Glass Palace, Augsburg, Germany

          Klasse 07, Galerie Supper, Baden-Baden, Germany

2006 Serendipity 26 views, Flottmann-Hallen, Herne, Germany

          Klasse 06 - Galerie Supper, Baden-Baden, Germany

2005 Tendenzen, Darmstädter Sezession, Darmstadt, Germany

Collections (selection)

Museum Voorlinden, DenHaag, Holland 

Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany  

Kunstsammlungen der Stadt Augsburg, Germany 

H2 Zentrum für Gegenwarts Kunst Augsburg, Germany  

Kunststiftung Erich Hauser, Rottweil, Germany  

Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany 

Museum of Art Guangdong - China

Kunstsammlungen der Stadt Karlsruhe, Germany

Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen, Germany  

Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Germany  

Kunst Raum Riehen, Switzerland 


Gallery ASPN, Leipzig,

PIFO Gallery, Beijing China,