Martin Naber

b 1978 Hagen, Germany. Lives and works in Hagen, Germany.


Using only a few elements, Martin Naber creates a depth that gives impulses to our thoughts and senses far transcending a specific meaning. His pictures rest on a philosophical base but appear emotional and of an almost physical urgency. Everything begins with the body – it is the structural root for the image selection, at once graphically strict and organic. With surgical precision, Naber dissects the components we use to create our idea of reality. The human face – a signpost of presumed individuality – meets bone, organs and skull. A person’s outer appearance is confronted by a view of the interior. Thus the space of the picture is turned into our space for thought, where we ponder the inescapable questions: what is the source of all things and how is meaning created? For the viewer, the impact of these worlds of images is inescapable.

Excerpt from a text by Melanie Redlberger, Osthaus Museum Hagen



  • 2010-2014 studies of cultural science, philosophy, Fernuniversität Hagen
Solo Exhibitions        
  • 2018 "Shot to nothing“, Polarraum, Hamburg
  • 2017 "Splitter", Osthaus Museum, Hagen (catalogue)
  • 2016 "Splitter", Osthaus Museum, Hagen (catalogue)
  • 2015  "Schwarze Spiegelungen", Polarraum, Hamburg
  • 2014 "Dark Attraction", Galerie143, Dortmund
Group Exhibitions (selected)
  • 2018 "Transformation", EAF, Bunker 101, long night of the museums, Cologne (catalogue)
  • "42 contemporary artists + EAF collection", Gerichtshöfe Berlin
  • "Black Box", Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg, Lüneburg
  • 2017 "Lost 48h Artfestival, Enter Art Foundation, Willner Brauerrei, Berlin
  • "Weinosten! Die Mondseite der Sonne", HilbertRaum, Berlin
  • "quantum levitation", polarraum für kunst der gegenwart, Hamburg
  • "Ansbach Contemporary", Ansbach (catalogue)
  • "Speed“, Helmholtz-Institut, Berlin with Ruprecht von Kaufmann, Léopold und Till Rabus, Martin Eder, Thomas Draschan, Thomas Zipp
  • "rien ne va plus", Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg, Lüneburg
  • 2015 "rien ne va plus", Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz, Berlin
  • with Jörg Immendorf, Franz Ackermann, Römer + Römer, Manfred Peckl
  • "Parallel Vienna", Wien (with Polarraum) double exhibition
  • with Justine Otto
  • "Kunst im Labor", Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin
  • with Armin Boehm, Erwin Wurm, Annegret Soltau, Thaddäus Hüppi
  • 2014  "Lithium", polarraum für kunst der gegenwart, Hamburg
  • "Kuboshow Kunstmesse", Flottmann – Hallen, Herne
  • "#untergrund/finca la rosetta", Osthaus Museum Hagen
  • "Offene Galerie”, Galerie143, Dortmund
  • 2013 "# Untergrund" with Sandra Schliepkoeter and Vittorio Zambardi (catalogue)
  • ehemaliges Frachtzentrum Hagen, Ihsan Alisan Project
  • “Offene Galerie”, Galerie 143, Dortmund
  • 2012 "blicke. filmfestival des ruhrgebiets", Endstation Kino Bochum
  • "KPR (Kunst Peripherie Ruhrstadt) 11", Auferstehungskirche Gelsenkirchen   
  • "Du ficki ficki in Panama City", K19 Kassel
  • Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
  • 2011 “Offene Galerie”, Galerie 143, Dortmund

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