Martin Denker

b 1976 Hamburg, Germany. Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.


In my pictorial endeavours, I am concerned with the relationship between chaos and order.

The human eye favours order, while our thoughts tend to be chaotic: my former works were large format panoramas consisting of countless fragments of incoherent information -in its “all over”-arrangement forming a universal order out of the chaos of pictorial narrative by consideration: the rules of aestheticism slowly built up the order during months of arranging one particular work.

Over time I became more interested in reduction and the decisive moment in photography again: I use a mechanical device from chaos-research to track down chaotic behaviour within seconds while the aperture is open. The rules of gravity force chaos into order and a mechanical apparatus can take actions i.e. “make choices” (!) it seems. Choices are reactions to the universal gravities. They are unique and impossible to calculate by mathematics. This simple device disproves Isaac Newton and could be seen as physical proof of a creative force formerly known as divinity.



  • Education
  • 1996 – 2000 studies of fine arts (Prof. Ulrich Puritz) at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald, Germany
  • 2000 – 2001 studies of painting (Roxy McCloskey and Charles Field) and photography (Prof. Ronald C. Binks, Prof. Neil Maurer) at UTSA in San Antonio, USA assistant to Prof. Binks and Swain Edens
  • 2001 – 2006 studies of fine art photography with Prof. Thomas Ruff at the Art Academy Duesseldorf
  • 2002 – 2006 assistant to Andreas Gursky
  • 2006 master-student of Thomas Ruff
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2010
  •  “WesternPlastic“, Kunstverein Kjubh, Cologne, Germany
  • “MindGames“, with Eivind Blaker, Statoil art program, Trondheim, Norway
  • “Martin Denker“,  Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, U.S.A.
  • 2009
  • “Absolute Zero“, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
  • 2008
  • “Martin Denker“, Mältinranta Artcenter, Tampere, Finnland
  • “LuxPerpetua3008“, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany
  • “CitizenOfThePlanet“,  M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
  • 2007
  • “j-pix vs. mpegs“, Torch Gallery Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • “Cou Cook’s Eye“,  Galerie Hafenrichter & Flügel, Nuremberg, Germany
  • 2005
  • “Paranoia Royal“,  Galerie Burkhard Eikelmann, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • “Realität de Luxe“, Galerie Hafenrichter & Flügel, Nuremberg, Germany
  • 2004
  • “In Human Beings Sex Is Optional“, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center,
  • San Antonio, U.S.A.
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2018   
  • “26 Contemporary Artists“, Epicenter Stockholm, Sweden
  • „Questioning Photography Now“, GCA (Galaxy Museum of Contemporary Art), Chongqing, China
  • 2017
  • “30 Contemporary Artists“, Berlin Gallery Weekend, Berlin, Germany
  • Yuanart Collection Show, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 2016
  • “50 Contemporary Artists“, Berlin Art Week, EAF, Berlin, Germany
  • “Nullsummenspiel“, Duesseldorf Photoweekend, MerckFinck, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • 2015
  • “Dear Dave“, Foley Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
  • 2014
  • “5th International Contemporary Art Festival - ARTBAT FEST“, Almaty, Kasachstan
  • “Werkhallen reloaded“, Werkhallen / Obermann, Burkhard, Oberwinter, Germany
  • - artistic conception for accomodation of the German national soccer-team / Worldcup 2014, Santo Andre, Brasil
  • “Vielfalt statt Einfalt“, Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
  • 2013
  • “1986 - 2013 / An artist collecting art“,  Vestfossen Museet, Norway
  • „VielZuViel“, Galerie Baum auf dem Hügel, Berlin, Germany
  • „Goodbye Paradise - Landschaft nach 2000“,  Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany
  • “State Of The Art Photography“, NRW Forum, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • Initiative for Christoph Schlingensief’s Operndorf Afrika, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011
  • “Highspeed Insanity“, PUG / Blomqvist Art Center, Oslo, Norway
  • “Remix: Old And New Acquisitions From The Permanent Collection“, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Orlando, U.S.A.
  • 2010
  • “Stockwerk Zwölf - Fotografie der Kunstakadmie“,  Vertical Gallery/Quadriennale, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • “Medialisation“, Open Space, Art Moscow, Russia
  • 2009
  • “New Art from Duesseldorf“, Cube Art Museum, Beijing, China
  • “The unforgettable fire. 25 years Torch Gallery.“,  Kunsthal Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 2008
  • “Travaux personnels de sept anciens élèves de Thomas Ruff“, Musée La Filature, Mulhouse, France
  • “andererseits III“, Kunstverein Malkasten, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • “Early Bird“, Kunstverein Dorsten, Germany
  • 2007
  • “Nach dem Sputnik“,  KIT Museum, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • “ohne Titel“,  Cédric Emelinckx, Silvertomato, Brussels, Belgium
  • “ohne Titel“,  Irrek FineArts, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • 2006
  • “5er WG“, Galerie Revolver, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • “German Photography“,  Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, U.S.A.
  • “Perfect 10“, Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, U.S.A.
  • “Points Of View - Zeitgenössische Photographie“, Auden Galerie, Bad, Hamburg, Germany
  • “DJR- Das Junge Rheinland“, Stadtmuseum Duesseldorf, Germany
  • “Wazzup?“, German contribution to the European Month of Photography, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria
  • “Plattform Paris – Duesseldorf“, Institut Francais, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • “Plattform Paris – Duesseldorf“, (Galerie Kamchatka, Paris, France
  • 2005 
  • “ohne Titel“, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, U.S.A.
  • “Fuenf Freunde“, Kulturzentrum FHS, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2004
  • “Realismus Update“, Kunstverein Malkasten, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • 2001
  • “Annual Art Show“,  University of Texas, San Antonio, U.S.A.
  • “Sexy“, Performance and Video-Show, University of Texas, San Antonio, U.S.A.
  • “Concrete Landscapes“, (GS), Campus - University of Texas, San Antonio, U.S.A.
  • 2000
  • “Annual Art Show“, University of Texas, San Antonio, U.S.A.
  • Awards and Grants
  • 2018 Travel Grant China (Chongqing), State NRW
  • 2008 Travel Grant Finland, City of Duesseldorf
  • 2006 Representative of Germany,   European Month of Photography, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria

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