Benjamin Appel

1978 born in Augsburg, Germany, Grew up in Ecuador

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

since 2021 member of the German Association of Artists

Awards, grants and residencies

2022 Neustart, Deutscher Künstlerbund

2021 Scholarship, Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, Germany

2020 Denkzeit, Scholarship, Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, Germany 

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

2022 Das Haus mit Beton füllen, Gallery Grölle Pass Projects, Wuppertal

         Das Quadrat ist nicht rund genug, with Carolina Perez Pallares, Gallery Burster, Berlin 

         undo ending, with Carolina Perez Pallares, St. Moritzkirche, Augsburg Germany 

2021 Basement and garden, ASPN Gallery, Leipzig Germany 

2019 Between the washing machine and the wall, MAC Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago Chile

         Fill the gap between the wall and the washing machine, ASPN Gallery, Leipzig Germany 

2017 Flowerbed in the cellar PIFO Gallery, Beijing China

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

         Lay the wall on the floor, ASPN Gallery, Leipzig Germany

2015 The fish in the fish, ASPN Gallery, 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

         Bird house in the room, 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,

         CAC Contemporary art center, Quito Ecuador

         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, ASPN Gallery, 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. Studio Control Karlsruhe, Germany

2009 As the bird in its nest, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany


Group exhibitions

2022 What I like!, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen

         Von Karlsruhe nach Leipzig sollte man über Mannheim fahren, Einraumhaus Mannheim

         On the Quiet, Salzburger Kunstverein 

2021 Win / Win, Hall 14, Center for Contemporary Art, Leipzig Germany

         Listing, PIFO Gallery, Beijing China

         You shouldn't drive from Mannheim to Karlsruhe via Leipzig, Gallery B2, Leipzig Germany

         We have the silence but don't use it. Ortloff art space, Leipzig Germany

         You shouldn't drive from Leipzig to Mannheim via Karlsruhe, Projektraum V8, Karlsruhe Germany

         On the quiet. Municipal gallery Fruchthalle, city of Rastatt Germany

         Ignescent: Group Exhibition of Xennial Artists, Holly’s Space, Beijing China

2020 No lo utilizamos, MAC Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago Chile

         FLUID. The whole of the part - final exhibition. KV Freunde aktueller Kunst, Zwickau
         Logical Freedom. Epoch Art Museum, Wenzhou, China
         We don’t use it. Art foundation Erich Hauser, Rottweil
         On the Quiet. Kunsthalle Mannheim

2019 Äpfel Birnen Ananas, Christine König Gallery, Vienna Austria 

         On the Quiet, Gallery City Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen Germany
         Vanitas Contemporary, H2 Center for contemporary art, Augsburg Germany
         In Abeyance. ASPN Gallery, Leipzig Germany 

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 Center for contemporary art, Karlsruhe Germany

         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,        


         Über alle Maßen, Art Foundation Erich Hauser, Rottweil

         Poetique, PIFO Gallery, Peking, China  

         Art Rotterdam, Gallery ASPN Leipzig, Rotterdam

         Rompeflasche, H2 Centre for Contemporary Art, Augsburg Germany

2015 Art Tour 2015, Art Foundation Baden Wurttemberg, Stuttgart 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, Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland

         The Karlsruhe Connection and other Stories, Kunstraum Riehen, Switzerland

         Pretty Vacant, Villa Renata, Basel, Switzerland

         Junger Westen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Germany

         Territorial and narrative expeditions, art space L6, Freiburg Germany

2012 Collection of new art VI. H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg Germany

         A man speaks in the forest. MAC Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago, 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, Gallery of the city 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, Augsburg Germany

         Retrospective and Current, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg Germany

2009 The instantaneous paradise, Zeißholz in Dresden, Germany

         Ostrale 09, Center for Contemporary Art, Dresden Germany

         Top 09, Villa Merkel, Esslingen Germany

         Silent Spaces - spaces of silence, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg Germany

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

2007 Augsburger sponsorship support Visual Arts 1997 - 2007, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg Germany

         Klasse 07, Gallery Supper, Baden-Baden Germany

2006 Serendipity 26 views, Flottmann-Hallen, Herne Germany

         Klasse 06, Gallery Supper, Baden-Baden, Germany

2005 Tendenzen, Darmstädter Sezession, Darmstadt Germany

Collections (selection)

Art collections of Dresden, Germany 

MAC Contemporary Art Museum, Santiago, Chile

Museum Voorlinden, DenHaag, Netherlands 

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

Art collections of the City Karlsruhe, Germany

Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen, Germany  

Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Germany  

Kunst Raum Riehen, Switzerland 


Gallery ASPN, Leipzig,

PIFO Gallery, Beijing China, 

Art Fair

Art Basel Hong Kong

Art Rotterdam


Art Brussels

NADA Miami 

Artissima Turin

Artinternational Istanbul

DNA Shenzhen


Art Cologne NADA