Agnes Scherer

Agnes Scherer (born in 1985, Germany) lives and works Salzburg and Berlin. She studied painting at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf under the supervision of professor Peter Doig.

Scherer’s work develops unique forms of presentation by inscribing handmade artefacts into holistic theatrical frameworks. With her elaborate operettas – of which she writes the scenarios and participate in the conception of the music - and narrative installations, she creates complex pictorial work that resists immediate objectification and commodification, instead demanding from viewers a heightened level of focus and engagement. A persistent questioning that runs through her art- making aims at power relations and their underlying psychologies. Drawing from analyses of art history – the artist has studied it numerous years - anthropological and cultural history, Scherer adopts artistic strategies that originally served the consolidation of power through the hierarchy of representation and repurposes them with critical intent. Using anachronisms and projections, her work often illustrates the uncanny ways in which historical systems, economies and roles are reflected in the present.

Agnes Scherer’s first operetta “Cupid and the Animals”, was awarded the Nigel Greenwood Art Prize in 2015 and performed in, among other places, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne (2017) and TRAMPS in New York (2018). In 2019, her second elaborate work within this format, “The Teacher”, was presented by Kinderhook & Caracas in Berlin and at Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich (2020). Also in October 2020, Scherer presented the first part of her third operetta project “The Salty Testament” at 1646 in The Hague. The artist’s narrative installation “The Very Hungry” at the Berlin project space Horse & Pony was granted the Berlin Art Prize (2019).
Selected solo shows include “The Notebook Simulations” at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf (2021); “My refuge, my treasure, without body, without measure” at ChertLüdde, Berlin (2021); “Coeurs Simples” at Sans titre, Paris (2020); “ORLANDOTUSSAUD” at Philipp Haverkampf, Berlin (2019). Upcoming solo shows include Sans titre, Paris (2022) and Kunstverein Heidelberger (2023).

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exhibition view, The Notebook Stimulations, 2021, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf. © Mareike Tocha
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Der Perseidenschauer, 2021, wood sculpture, painting, 214 x 330 cm (screen) / 214 x 330 cm (keyboard), unique. © Mareike Tocha
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exhibition view, The Notebook Stimulations, 2021, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf. © Mareike Tocha
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Ganzheit ist träumende Halbheit III, 2021, wood sculpture, painting on canvas (cut in 2 parts), 214 x 175 cm (screen cut in two, each part) / 214 x 175 (keyboard cut in two, each part), unique. © Mareike Tocha
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Ganzheit ist träumende Halbheit III (detail), 2021. © Mareike Tocha
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exhibition view, The Notebook Stimulations, 2021, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf. © Mareike Tocha
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Plan B(ernand), 2021, wood sculpture, painting on canvas, wall painting, 214 x 330 cm (screen) / 214 x 330 cm (keyboard), unique. © Mareike Tocha
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Smile (Les Pleurantes), 2021, wood sculpture, painting on canvas, wall painting, 214 x 600 cm (screen) / 214 x 600 cm (keyboard), unique. © Mareike Tocha
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exhibition view, The Notebook Stimulations, 2021, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf. © Mareike Tocha
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exhibition view, My refuge, my treasure, without body, without measure, 2021, ChertLüdde, Berlin
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exhibition view, My refuge, my treasure, without body, without measure, 2021, ChertLüdde, Berlin
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exhibition view, My refuge, my treasure, without body, without measure, 2021, ChertLüdde, Berlin
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exhibition view, Coeurs simples, 2020, Sans titre (2016), Paris
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Coeurs simples, 2020, mixed media installation, various dimensions, unique
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Coeurs simples (detail), 2020, mixed media installation, various dimensions, unique
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Coeurs simples (detail), 2020, mixed media installation, various dimensions, unique
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exhibition view, Coeurs simples, 2020, Sans titre (2016), Paris
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exhibition view, Coeurs simples, 2020, Sans titre (2016), Paris
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Sudden idea for a poem, 2020, acrylic on canvas, painted wooden frame, 51 x 70 cm, unique
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Baby, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 75 x 104 x 32 cm, unique
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Baby (detail), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 75 x 104 x 32 cm, unique
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The guilded nut, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 214 x 167 cm, unique
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In Luck (1), 2020, gouache and acrylic on convex plaster gauze object, 27 x 10 cm, unique
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exhibition view, The Salty Testament, 2020, 1646, The Hague
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exhibition view, The Salty Testament, 2020, 1646, The Hague
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exhibition view, The Salty Testament, 2020, 1646, The Hague
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exhibition view, The Salty Testament, 2020, 1646, The Hague
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exhibition view, The Salty Testament, 2020, 1646, The Hague
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exhibition view, The Salty Testament, 2020, 1646, The Hague
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performance view, The Teacher, 2020, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
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performance view, The Teacher, 2020, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
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exhibition view, The Teacher, 2020, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
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performance view, The Teacher, 2020, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
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exhibition view, Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
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Gegenstände, 2019, pencil on paper, 80 x 59.5 cm, unique
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Inaktiver Zeichenarm mit Motiven, die ohne dessen Zutun entstanden, 2017, pencil on paper, 83 x 59.5 cm, unique
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exhibition view, The Very Hungry, 2019, Horse & Pony, Berlin
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exhibition view, The Very Hungry, 2019, Horse & Pony, Berlin
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exhibition view, The Very Hungry, 2019, Horse & Pony, Berlin
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exhibition view, The Very Hungry, 2019, Horse & Pony, Berlin
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exhibition view, The Very Hungry, 2019, Horse & Pony, Berlin
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exhibition view, The Very Hungry, 2019, Horse & Pony, Berlin
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exhibition view, The Very Hungry, 2019, Horse & Pony, Berlin
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exhibition view, ORLANDO TUSSAUD, 2019, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin
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exhibition view, ORLANDO TUSSAUD, 2019, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin
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Urlaub mit Schildpattmaske (Schweiz) / Holiday with tortoiseshell mask (Switzerland), 2019, acrylic, dispersion on canvas, 165 x 129 cm
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exhibition view, ORLANDO TUSSAUD, 2019, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin
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exhibition view, ORLANDO TUSSAUD, 2019, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin
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exhibition view, ORLANDO TUSSAUD, 2019, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin
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exhibition view, ORLANDO TUSSAUD, 2019, Philipp Haverkampf Galerie, Berlin
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1991 (HotYoke), 2019, acrylic on unstretched canvas, 268 x 138 cm, unique
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exhibition view, The Teacher, 2019, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin
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performance view, The Teacher, 2019, featuring Soya Arakawa, Tobias Textor, and Claudia Barth, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin
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exhibition view, The Teacher, 2019, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin
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exhibition view, The Teacher, 2019, Kinderhook & Caracas, Berlin
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performance view, Cupid and the Animals, 2018, TRAMPS, New York
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performance view, Cupid and the Animals, 2017, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
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performance view, Cupid and the Animals, 2017, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
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performance view, Cupid and the Animals, 2017, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
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performance view, Cupid and the Animals, 2017, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
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performance view, Cupid and the Animals, 2017, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
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performance view, Cupid and the Animals, 2017, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

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