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
Exhibitions (selected)
  • 2018
  • "Black Box", Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg, Lüneburg
  • "Shot to nothing", polarraum für kunst der gegenwart, Hamburg
  • 2017
  • "Weinosten! Die Mondseite der Sonne", HilbertRaum, Berlin
  • "Splitter", Osthaus Museum, Hagen (solo, catalogue)
  • "Lost 48h Artfestival", Enter Art Foundation, Willner Brauerrei, Berlin
  • 2016
  • "Splitter", Osthaus Museum, Hagen (solo, catalogue)
  • "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 für kunst der gegenwart) 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
  • "Schwarze Spiegelungen", polarraum für kunst der gegenwart, Hamburg (solo)
  • 2014
  • "Lithium", polarraum für kunst der gegenwart, Hamburg
  • "Kuboshow Kunstmesse", Flottmann – Hallen, Herne
  • "#untergrund/finca la rosetta", Osthaus Museum Hagen
  • "Dark Attraction", Galerie143, Dortmund (solo)
  • "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
  • "Dada New York IV: I AM ART - LADY GAGA & BARONESS DADA", Cabaret Voltaire, Zürich
  • 2011
  • “Offene Galerie”, Galerie 143, Dortmund
  • Publications
    • 2013-2015 Rundgangsmagazin „Maximalismus“, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
    • 2012 flyer for Royal Beat Club, Düsseldorf
  • 2016 nominated for the Bloom Award

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