Magnus Plessen

(b. 1967)

Born 1967 in Hamburg, Germany

Lives and works in Berlin

Solo Exhibitions


Hope Love Helium, White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London, UK


Magnus Plessen, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland


Schablone und Fragment, Daniel Marzona, Berlin, Germany

Magnus Plessen: Mess Dress Undress, White Cube, Hong Kong, China


Magnus Plessen – The Skin of Volume, White Cube, London, UK
Magnus Plessen,
Gerhardsen Gerner Gallery, Oslo, Norway


nineteen hundred fourteen, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland


The Rose Art Museum, Boston, USA

Neunzehnhundertvierzehn, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany


Magnus Plessen, Gladstone Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Magnus Plessen, White Cube, Sao Paulo, Brasil


Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO, USA

Magnus Plessen, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA

Riding the Image, White Cube, London, UK


Magnus Plessen, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland


Magnus Plessen, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA


Magnus Plessen, Freizeit”, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Germany


Magnus Plessen, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA


Magnus von Plessen, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland


For Immediate Release, Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA


Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany

Magnus von Plessen, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA


K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany

PS1, New York, USA

Magnus von Plessen, Malerei, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany


Neues Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland


Magnus von Plessen, Fotografien 1996—1999, Kunstsammlung Neubrandenburg, Germany


Magnus von Plessen, Emigration, Aidan Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Selected Group Exhibitions


salondergegenwart, salondergegenwart Hamburg, Germany

Remembering Tomorrow: Artworks and Archives, White Cube, Hong Kong, China

Memory Palace, White Cube, London, UK


Fruits of Passion, Project for Contemporary Art, Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France


Wojtec Bajowski, Piotr Bosacki, Magnus Plessen, Iza Tarasewicz, Philip Topolovac, Galerie Isabella Czarnowska, Berlin, Germany


Slow Pantings, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany

HUB, DuMont Editions, White Space Beijing, China


You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil, White Cube, London, UK

(desperately) trying to figure out the world, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland

The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, Zabludowicz Collection London, London, UK


Imagination Becomes Reality, ZKM — Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany


Imagination Becomes Reality, Part V: Fantasy and Fiction, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany

Subject, Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT, USA

Full House — Gesichter einer Sammlung, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Infinite Painting, Villa Manin, Codroipo, Italy

Havekost / Kahrs / Plessen / Sasnal, Museo Serralves, Porto, Portugal


Bilder von Magnus Plessen und Fotos von Carlo Bottigello, Kunstparterre e.V., Munich, Germany


New exhibitions at the Espace 315: Kristin Baker, Magnus von Plessen, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France


Clandestine, Dreams and conflict, 50. Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland


Missing Link. Menschen-Bilder in der Fotografie, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland


Fergus Bremner, Magnus Plessen, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany

Monographs, solo exhibition catalogues and artist books


Siegel, Katy: Magnus Plessen: Riding the Image. White Cube, London


Grosenick, Uta and Marzona, Daniel (eds.): Magnus Plessen, Die Augen in der Hand. DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne, texts by Rainer Fuchs and Eva Meyer-Hermann; interview with the artist by Hans-Martin Hennig.


Bonami, Francesco: Magnus Plessen. Navado Press, Trieste, Italy and Gladstone Gallery, New York


Magnus von Plessen, Gladstone Gallery, New York


Bertaux, François (ed.): Magnus von Plessen. Espace 315, Éditions du Centre Pompidou, Paris, texts by Pontus Hultén and Christine Macel


Magnus Plessen: Malerei. K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, texts by Julian Heynen and Daniel Marzona; interview with the artist by Ulrich Loock

Magnus Plessen: Recent Paintings, PS1, New York


Heynen, Julian and Loock, Ulrich: Magnus von Plessen. Neues Kunstmuseum, Luzern

General publications and group exhibition catalogues


Rondeau, James: Contemporary Collecting: The Donna and Howard Stone Collection, Art Institute of Chicago and Yale University Press, New Haven


Miller, Harland: You Dig the Tunnel, I’ll Hide the Soil, White Cube, London


Imagination Becomes Reality: An Exhibition on the Expanded Concept of Painting, Sammlung Goetz, Munich and Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, texts by Hubertus Von Amelunxen, Gottfried Boehm, Hans Belting, Gregor Jansen, Stephan Urbaschek and Peter Weibel

Images in Painting: Museu Serralves, Museu Serralves, Porto, texts by Ulrich Loock and Daniel Marzona


Bonami, Francesco and Cosulich Canarutto, Sarah (eds.): Infinite Painting: Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Codroipo, Italy


Von Plessen, Magnus and Bottigelli, Carlo: Magnus von Plessen, Kunsparterre, Munich


Coetzee, Mark: Not Afraid: Rubell Family Collection, Phaidon, New York

Newspaper, magazine, and online articles


Siegel, Katy: The Year in Review, Frieze, No.151, November–December, pp.100—101

Editor: At Gladstone, Magnus Plessen’s painting technique creates collage-style works,, 5 March

Buhmann, Stephanie: Magnus Plessen,, 2 March

Kuhn, Nicola: Auf dem Sprung, Tagesspiegel (Kultur), 2 March

de Jong, Caleb: Magnus Plessen at Gladstone Gallery,, 17 February

Un-authored: Gladstone Gallery: Magnus Plessen,, 15 February


Un-authored: Magnus Plessen,, August

Currin, John: “Slow Paintings” at Museum Morsbroich,, 3 February


Turvey, Lisa: Magnus Plessen, Artforum, November, p.228

Fakh, Lney: Magnus Opus, The New York Observer, 28 September, p.22

Frenzel, Sebastian: Magnus Plessen sucht nach dem Ort der Bilder in Berlin,, 1 January


Neil, Jonathan: Reviews marathon, New York, Art Review, February, p.75

Kurian, Ajay: Magnus Plessen@Barbara Gladstone Gallery,, January

Bovino, Emily Verla: Magnus Plessen: Critics’ picks,, 8 January

Un-authored: Magnus Plessen: Galleries—Chelsea, The New Yorker, 7 January, p.14

Un-authored: Magnus Plessen, The New Yorker, 7 January, p.14

Geenbaum, Ethan: Inside Lights,, 1 January


Speers Mears, Emily: Motion Detector, V, Winter, p.72

Un-authored: Magnus Plessen, Monopol, January, p.125


Un-authored, Magnus Plessen at Gladstone Gallery New York,, November

von Burg, Dominique, Magnus Plessen: New Paintings,, November

Un-authored: Magnus Plessen,, November

Buhre, Elke: Art’s blooming in Berlin, Modern Painters, March, pp.93—97


Yood, James: Magnus von Plessen, Artforum, September, pp.309

Jana, Reena: Magnus von Plessen, Tema Celeste, July–August, p.69

Un-authored: Magnus von Plessen (Chicago), Tema Celeste, July–August, p.98

Leffingwell, Edward: Magnus von Plessen, Art in America, June–July, pp. 175—176

Un-authored: Magnus von Plessen, Modern Painters, June, p.114

Elms, Anthony: Focus: Magnus von Plessen, Time Out (Chicago), 30 June

White, Roger: Magnus von Plessen,, May

Halle, Howard: Reviews: Magnus von Plessen, Time Out (New York), 14—20 April, p.64

Glueck, Grace: Magnus von Plessen, The New York Times, 8 April, E4

Marquis, Jocelyn: Magnus von Plessen at the Gladstone,, 6 April


Kantor, Jordan: The Tuymans effect, Artforum, November, pp.164—171

Poli, Francesco: Magnus von Plessen: Espace 315 Centre Pompidou, Paris, Tema Celeste, September—October, p 97—98

von Heydebreck, Amelie: Magnus von Plessen, Monopol, June—July, pp.106—111

Edwards, Natasha: Swimming against the tide, Art Review, June

Un-authored: Kristin Baker and Magnus Von Plessen,, 9 June


Smolik, Noemi: Magnus von Plessen: Mai 36 Galerie, Artforum, No. 42, November

Un-authored: Magnus von Plessen: Art Institute of Chicago, Artforum, 1 September

Marzona, Daniel: Spatial pictures / pictorial spaces, Tema Celeste, July—August, pp.46—51