judith hopf

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Born in 1969. Lives and works in Berlin. Professor of Fine Art, Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.


Selected solo exhibitions

Alifi, Metro Pictures, New York

Judith Hopf: OUT, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Stepping Stairs, Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, curated by Anne Ellegood
Judith Hopf, Galerie Deborah Schamoni, Munchen
Great Hall Exhibitions, The Institute of Fine Arts at NY, New York

Up, Museion, Bolzano, curated by Letizia Ragaglia
! Hear Rings !, kaufmann repetto, Milano

MORE, Neue Galerie, Kassel

Untitled (1-4), PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin
On time, Maumaus Escola de Artes Visuais, Lisbon
Cracking Nuts, kaufmann repetto gallery, New York

A Line May Lie, Kunsthalle Lingen Kunstverein, Lingen, curated by Meike Behm
From Down, From Up & in Between, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples
Testing Time, Studio Voltaire, London
SUN UP / SUN DOWN, Deborah Schamoni, Munich
Double Feature (screening), Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
A sudden walk, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Judith Hopf: end rhymes and openings, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz

Spoken from a Balcony, Alex Zachary, New York

Contract entre les hommes et l’ordinateur, After The Butcher, Berlin

fini!, Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna

Nose up!, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Zählen, Galerie Croy Nielsen, Berlin

Türen (with Henrik Olesen), Portikus, Frankfurt/Main
What do you look like?, Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna Secession, Vienna

  • 2006
    Secession, Vienna
    What do you look like, a crypto damonic mystery, Caso Institute for Art and Design, Utrecht
    No Matter How Bright the Light, the Crossing Occurs at Night (with Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Deborah Schamoni und Ines Schaber), Kunstwerke, Berlin
    The Uninvited, WBD, Berlin

Bei mir zu Dir, WBD, Berlin

Adieu Vorhölle, Studiogalerie, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Brunswick, Germany


Selected group exhibitions

Vent’anni – Twenty Years, 20th anniversary exhibition, kaufmann repetto, new york

MASK, Aargauer Lunsthaus, Switzerland
Contemporanee/Contemporanei, curated by Denis Isaia, campus Santa Marta, Verona University, Verona
Stance & Fall – A Wavering World, Martha Herford Museum, Herford, Germany

I’m a Believer, Lenbachhaus, Munich
La Complainte du Progrès, Musée régional d’art contemporain LanguedocRoussillon, Sérignan, France
Knock Knock: Humour In Contemporary Art, South London Gallery
Further Thoughts on Earthy Materials, Kunsthaus Hamburg; GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen

Specular Windows. Reflections on the Self and the Wider World, 21er Haus, Vienna
Hard to Picture – A tribute to Ad Reinhardt, MUDAM, Luxembourg
Animal Farm, kaufmann repetto, New York
Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg-Kirchberg, Luxembourg

12×12, IBB video space, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Le Grand Balcon, La Biennale de Montréal, curated by Philippe Pirotte
Carpet for a Lord, Supportico Lopez, Berlin
Bad Visual Systems, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington New Zealand, curated by Ruth Buchanan Kalte Gesellschaft #2, Galerie der Stadt Schwaz, Tyrol, curated by Judith Hopf Surfaces of You, FRAC – Ile-de-France – Le Plateau, Paris, curated by François Aubart

Duh? Art & Stupidity, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, Essex
The School of Kyiv, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Flirting with Strangers, 21er Haus, Vienna
Animal photographers, Acud Projectraum, Berlin, curated by Alexander Wolff
All We Are, Gdanska Galeria Miejska, Poland
Your lazy eye, LiMac – Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Lima, Madrid
“Give a man a mask and he will tell you the truth” – Oscar Wilde, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
#catcontent, Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen

Abandon the Parents, SMK Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark, curated by Henrik Olesen
A Needle Walks into a Haystack, 8th Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool
Puddle, pothole, portal, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York, curated by Ruba Katrib
The Present of Modernism, Mumok, Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
The New Gravity, Overduin & Co., Los Angeles, curated by Eli Diner and Olivian Cha
The Promise, Arnolfini, Bristol

Made in LA, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Infinite Jest, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, curated by Matthias Ulirch
Some End of Things, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, curated by Nikola Dietrich
Chat Jet (Part 2) – Sculpture in Reflection, Kunstlerhaus KM – Halle fur Kunst & Medien, Graz
Triennale for Video Art, Mechelen, curated by Nikola Dietrich Fellbach
Triennial of Small-scale Sculpture, Fellbach
Words of Love and Life, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin

dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel
House of Card, Dubai Gallery Grey Noise

How to Work (More for) Less, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel

I must say that at first it was difficult work, Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo
Verbotene Liebe: Kunst im Sog von Fernsehen, Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz
Publics and counterpublics, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville
KW69 #2, cactus craze by Jean-Michel Wicker in collaboration with Gregorio Magnani, KunstWerke, Berlin
Gestures – Performance and Sound Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark

See this sound, Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
Slow Movement, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
Scorpio`s Garden, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin
Collaborations, Autocenter, Berlin
The Show Continues Upstairs, Supportico Lopez, Berlin
Celebration, Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin twice upon a time, Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
The Rehearsal, Hollybush Gardens, London
Breathless, Markthalle Wien-Mitte, Vienna, curated by Adam Budak
Palindrom, Hermes & der Pfau, Stuttgart, curated by Tom Holert and Michael Dreyer Berlin-Paris, a gallery exchange, GB agency, Paris

Draw a straight line and follow it, Tate Modern, London
Twice upon a time, Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna
Reality check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Were, There, Severe, Thin Line, Milan, Galleria Alessandro De March, Milan, curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio
The Krautcho Club / In and out of Place, Project Space 176, London
Reality Check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
FIKTION.NARRATION.STRUKTUR, Artnews Projects, Berlin, curated by Andreas Huber Konzepte der Liebe, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
1, 2, 3… VANGUARDIAS. El arte como el arte contextual, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao
Old News 4, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis
History Acts, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg

1, 2, 3… VANGUARDIAS. El arte como el arte contextual, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao Virtuosic Siblings, Red Cat, Los Angeles
Imagine Action, Lisson Gallery, London
Interaktion I, Kunstverein Braunschweig
Zorn Agression, Kunstraum Goethestrasse, Linz
Body City – Video Department, Docklands, Dublin
The Weasel: Pop Music and Contemporary Art, SLG South London Gallery, London

1,2,3…Avant-Gardes, Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
New Ghost Entertainment-Entitled, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden
Happyness, Berlin Biennale, Gagosian Gallery, Berlin
40 Jahre Video Kunst.de, Kunsthalle Bremen, Zentrum für Kunst und Medietechnologien, Karlsruhe; Städtische Galerie im Lehmbachhaus, Munich, Museum der Bildenden Künste Leibzig, Leibzig; K21Kunstsammlung, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
Judith Hopf/ Katrin Pesch, Saki Satom, Michaela Schweigers, Klaus Weber, Galerie Walbröl, Düsseldorf

100 Radiodays, De Appel Museum, Amsterdam
Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist´s Eye, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago
Ways in / Ways Out, Kunstverein Horn, Horn, Austria

Shizorama, Institute of Contemporary Art, Moscow
Atelier Europa, Kunstverein München, Munich
Open Screening, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Das Politische ist privat – und peinlich, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
Teilnahme an der 6. Werkleitz Biennale, Halle, Germany

Hey Production, Cubitt Gallery, London
Temporary no good Universe, Kunstiftung Baden Württemberg, Wurtemberg
Windstösse, Kunsthaus, Dresden
Ort des Gegen, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart
Haupt und Nebenwege, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne
Teilnahme an dem Performance Festival Public Affairs, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Vienna Tirol Transfer, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna
Teilnahme an der 8. Biennial of Fine Arts, Havana, Cuba

Gewalt ist der Rand aller Dinge, Generali Foundation, Vienna
Bei mir zu Dir, Galerie WBD, Berlin
Hossa, Centro Culturale, Antracx, Spain, curated by von Karola Gräßlin und Christian Nagel
Die Kraft der Negation, Theater der Welt Köln/Volksbühne, Berlin, curated by Diedrich Diedrichsen

Auf offener Strasse, Kunstamt Kreuzberg, Berlin

Out Monster the Monster 1, Kunstbank, Berlin
Out Monster the Monster 2, Galerie Barbara Gross, Munich

Mille Plateaux, Volksbühne Ost, Berlin
As best Kontingenz, Gesellschaft der Freunde für junge Kunst e.V., Baden Baden, Germany
Tableaux Vivante, Jazz Club, Berlin

supermarkt, Shedhalle Zürich, Zurich
Park Fiction, Hamburg

Emptiness, Gallerie ~laden, Berlin
La Saison, Galerie Neu, Berlin
The Funky Side of Zürich, Shedhalle Zürich, Zürich

now here, section “?”, Lousiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen
Pension Forum Stadtpark, Forum Stadtpark, Graz
Professionalität wieder gesucht, Forum Stadtpark, Graz; MWMWM, New York

when tekkno turns to sound of poetry, Shedhalle, Zürich; KunstWerke, Berlin

gamegirl, Shedhalle Zürich, Zurich; Kunstverein München, Munich


Public projects

Hand and Foot for Milan, Milan City Life
A Line, Scandinavium Arena, Gothenburg, Sweden


Grants and prizes

Ruth Baumgarte Prize 2007 Lucas Kranach Kunstpreis der Stadt Kronach

Stipendiatin des Kunstfonds Bonn Stipendiatin des Landes Niedersachsen

Stipendiatin der Villa Aurora, Los Angeles (mit N.Sadr Haghighian)
Projektförderung durch das Künstlerinnenprogramm Senat für Forschung

Preisträgerin des Gasag Kunstpreis 2003, Berlin

Stipendium der Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg
Projektförderung durch das Künstlerinnenprogramm Senat für Forschung, Kultur und Wissenschaft, Berlin für den Videofilm: “Bei mir zu Dir”

Stipendium der Deutsch-Französischen Kulturrates, dreimonatiger Studienaufenthalt in Paris

Projektförderung durch den Senat für Kultur und Wissenschaft für den Videofilm: “Hey Produktion”

Stipendium des Senates für Forschung Kultur und Wissenschaft, Berlin



Sculpture Moderne, MUMOK Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna (2018)
Double Feature, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2013)
2Malmö Konsthall (2012)
Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Oberhausen (2006)
Cinemateque of Los Angeles, Egypt Theater, Los Angeles, U.S. (2005)
Galerie Meerrettich, Pavillion der Volksbühne Ost, Berlin (2005)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, U.S. (2005)
e-flux, KunstWerke Berlin, Berlin
Artists Space, New York
Wiederholung Wiederholen, b_books, Berlin
Halle für Kunst Lüneburg
collective video projects with Ariane Müller, Gunter Reski, Florian Zeyfang, Natascha Sadr Haghighian



Spanning video, performance, sculpture and installation, Judith Hopf’s practice aims to provoke gaps and openings in power relations and order, inserting slapstick humor, the domestic and the absurd into the space of art. Self evident and seemingly infallible hierarchies are derided and overturned, favoring instead a spirit of non-conformity that questions our preconceptions and stereotypes. Using her immediate environment as a creative point of departure and vernacular, everyday objects and materials, Hopf’s formal questions playfully translate into political and social ones. She is Professor and Vice-Rector of Fine Arts at the influential Städelschule art academy in Frankfurt.


Judith Hopf: museum exhibitions selection

She has had solo shows at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2018), the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2017), Museion, Bolzano, Italy (2016), Neue Galerie, Kassel (2015), PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014), Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Studio Voltaire, London, and Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2013), Malmö Konsthal, Sweden (2012). She has also participated in dOCUMENTA (13), La Biennale de Montréal, and the Liverpool Biennial.


Judith Hopf: exhibitions at the gallery

Animal Farm, 2017, group show at kaufmann repetto Milan

! Hear Rings !, 2016, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan

Cracking Nuts, 2014, solo show at kaufmann repetto New York

Una piccola storia, 2014, solo show at kaufmann repetto New York

A Sudden Walk, 2012, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan