thea djordjadze

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Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, 1971. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.


upcoming solo exhibitions

notes on light and sound of objects, kaufmann repetto, new york
tai kwun, hong kong


Selected solo and duo exhibitions

one is so public, and the other, so private., curated by Konrad Bitterli and Lynn Kost, Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland

o potio n., Portikus, Frankfurt
Thea Djordjadze Inventur SGSM, Pinakothek der Moderne Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich

Thea Djordjadze – Fausto Melotti. Jumping out of an age we found uninhabitable, La Triennale Museum, Milan

To be in an upright position on the feet (studio visit), Secession, Vienna
Projects 103: Thea Djordjadze, MoMA PS1, New York

Ma Sa i a ly e a se – de, South London Gallery, London
Thea Djordjadze, Frieze London Project, London

Thea Djordjadze, MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge
A guide on wrong path, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna

Oxymoron Grey, kaufmann repetto, Milan
Our Full, Mudam Musée d’art Moderne, Luxemburg, curated by Christophe Gallois
Thea Djordjadze, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
Our Full, Kunstverein Lingen Kusthalle, Lingen, curated by Meike Behm
Novembe, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, curated by Søren Grammel

Our Full, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden, curated by Jacob Fabricius Sprüth Magers, London

Let me disclose the gifts reserved for age, Rat Hole Gallery, Tokyo
Lost promise in a room, The Common Guild, Glasgow
Casualties, Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen
His vanity requires no response, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis
Quiet speech in wide circulation, Kiosk, Ghent

kaufmann repetto, Milan
Thea Djordjadze: Boat, Now, Castillo/Corrales, Paris
Die 7 Lärmlampen, Dommuseum zu Salzburg, Salzburg
Capital Letter, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw

Occasional Exercise, Micky Schubert, Berlin
Thea Djordjadze, Westlondonprojects, London
Explain away, Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Endless Enclosure, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
All that is Solid Melts into air, De Garage, Mechelen, Netherlands

Kaffeesatzlesen (Performance), Kunsthalle Zürich; Sprüth Magers, Cologne; Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg
Un soir, j’ai assis la beauté sur mes genoux. And I found her bitter and
I hurt her, with Rosemarie Trockel, Sprüth Magers, Berlin

Un soir, j’ai assis la beauté sur mes genoux. And I found her bitter and I hurt her, with Rosemarie Trockel,Sprüt Magers, London
Possibility Nansen, Studio Voltaire, London
History of an Encounter, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin

Pampel, Frauenplatz, Munich
A room of ones own, with Manuela Leinhoß, Zülpicher Platz, Cologne

2, Bar Ornella, Cologne
Südstadtvirus, with Andreas Reihse, Studio Voltaire, London

Tba, Adeline Morlon Art Direction, Düsseldorf
Fröhliche Wissenschaft, Brandenburgischer Kunstverein, Potsdam

Augen ohne Gesight, Kölner Straße 334, Düsseldorf
The sight of the Conductor, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn


Selected group exhibitions

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

HYPER! A JOURNEY INTO ART AND MUSIC, curated by Max Dax, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg
I Do Speak Landscape, curated by Lisa Offermann, Braunsfelder, Cologne

Germany is not an Island, curated by Susanne Kleine, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn

Pompei@Madre. Materia Archeologica, curated by Massimo Osanna and Andrea Viliani Madre, Napoli
Inventuren, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich
Perpetual Construction, CAB Art Center, Brussels
Mentally Yellow (High Noon), Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich / Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany
A Birthday Present as a Watch, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris
Un soir, j’ai assis la beauté sur mes genoux. And I found her, Sprüth Magers Gallery, Munich

Wer nicht denken will, fliegt raus. Handlungsanweisungen nach Beuys, Museum Kurhaus, Klev
TIME AND DETAILS_Artists/Artisans/Carlo Scarpa, Ca’ Foscari, Venice
Sammlung mit losen Enden, Kunsthaus NRW – Aachen, Aachen
TeleGen. Art and Television, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
How To Charm, Qbox gallery, Athens
Flower Power!, Galerie de multiples – GDM, Paris

NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, curated by Juan Roselione-Valadez, Rubell Family Collection, Miami
‘All the World’s Futures’, 56th International Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
Le regole del gioco, Studio Achille Castiglioni, Milan, curated by Luca Lo Pinto Minimal Forms Of Reality, Gallery of Contemporary Art Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow
Ärger Im Paradies, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915 – 2015, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
BRICOLOGIE. La Souris et le perroquet, Villa Arson, Nice

TRAINS, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, curated by Sterling Ruby
QUIZ, Poirel Gallery, Nancy
Re: Museum – Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Deutschland, Georgien, Armenien und Aserbaidschan, Museum Dimtri Shvardnadze National Gallery Tbilisi, Georgia, curated by Wato Tsereteli, Sabina Shikhlinskaya and Vahra Aghasyan
The Brancusi Effect-The Archival Impulse, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
In Some Other Way, Elba Benitez Gallery, Madrid Post/Postminimal, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen

Il Piedistallo vuoto. Fantasmi dall’Est Europa, Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna, Bologna
Kamikaze Loggia, Georgian Pavilion, 55th Biennale, La Biennale di Venezia Venice, curated by Joanna Warsza
Utopie beginnt im Kleinen/Utopia starts small, 12, Fellbacher Triennale
22, Fellbach, curated by Yilmaz Dzeiwior and Angelika Nollert
Words of Love and Life, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin
Mind is outer space, Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York
Six Memos for the next…, Magazin 4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Bregenz
Nouvelles Impressions de Raymond Roussel, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, curated by François Piron
Superusurpedsupper, performance-project curated by the Nomas Foundation, Rome
Magma Dye Transfer Editions, Paris bar / Bureau N, Berlin

The castle in the air, ZAMEK, Centre of Culture, Poznan
Organic, curated by Paolo Colombo, Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva
Olinka, or where the movement is created, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City
Sculptural Matter, ACCA Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
Phases, Wallspace Gallery, New York, co-curated by Wallspace and Kelly Taxter
Dla Was/For You, curated by Jarosław Lubiak and Maria Morzuch, Museum Sztuki w Lodzi, Lodz, Poland

Beholder, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh
Pour un art Pauvre, Carré d’art, Nimes
Jahresgaben 2011/2012, Kunstverein Hamburg
Essential Art, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, curated by Federico Ferrari  FRUENZIMMER curated by Stefanie Kreuzer, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
To See Dimensions. Artists from Georgia, Lunds Konsthall, Lund
Melanchotopia, curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen and Anne-Claire Schmitz, Witte de With, Center for the Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
The art of narration changes with time, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, curated by Gigiotto Del Vecchio
Essential Art, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Curated by Federico Ferrari Time Again, Sculpture Center, New York
The Magic of Clay – Ceramics in contemporary art, gl Holtegaard – Breda Fonden, Holte
Winter in America, Tanja Pol Galerie, München
How soon now, Rubell family collection, Miami

Aporien der Liebe, BQ, Berlin
Mental Archeology, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg and Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry, Le Crèdac,Ivry-sur-Seine
5×5 Castello 10, Espai d’art contemporani de Castello (EACC), Castellón de la Plana, Spain
The New Decor, Hayward Gallery, London
Les promesses du passé, Centre Pompidou, Paris
A Thing is a Thing in a Whole Which it’s Not, Temporary Gallery Cologne, Mauritiuswall 35, Cologne
Woodman, Woodman, Who Spare That Tree, Galerie Micky Schubert, Berlin
Moves #2: MOMUS – The emotional lecture, Image movement, Berlin
Die Fuge: Ritual in Trasfigurated Time, Ehemals St. Michael, Hahnenstrasse 13, Cologne

Your Gold Teeth LL, Marianne Boesky, New York
Remote Memories, Kai 10, Raum für Kunst, Düsseldorf
In May (After October), Gallery TPW, Toronto
Arrival Inside, Mary Mary, Glasgow Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen
Vom gehen in viele Richtungen, KIT, Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf
All that is Solid Melts into Air, De Garage, Mechelen

Jahresgaben 2008\2009, Kunstverein Nürnberg, Nuremberg and Centre d’art Transformational Grammars, francesca kaufmann, Milan
Walking in many different directions, KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Mannesmannufer Düsseldorf
After October, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York Art Berlin Contemporary, Berlin
ART TLV 08\ Helena Rubinstein Pavilion and Yaacob Garden, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
ABC – art berlin contemporary, Post bahnhof am Gleisdreieck, Berlin
On Interchange, Museum Kurhaus Kleve
When Things Cast No Shadow, 5th Berlin Biennale
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican, London
On Interchange Zwischenspiele einer Sammulung, Kölnischer Kunstverein Cologne, Cologne

Atelierstipendiaten des Kölnischer Kunstverein, Die Brücke, Kölnischer Kunstverein Cologne, Cologne
Élégance, Kölnischer Kunstverein
9, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
And I found her bitter and I hurt her, Sprüth Magers, London
Objects, Karma International, Zurich
Viewing Room, Sprüth Magers, Cologne
Der Ficker, Fortescue Avenue, London
Mondi Possibili, Sprüth Magers, Cologne


Let’s stay alive till Monday, Children National Gallery, Tbilisi
Modus: Automne Frotté, Kunst Halle St. Gallen
Gregor Schneider: Totalschaden, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

7, Sprüth Magers Lee, London Open garden, Fortescue Avenue, London
I will, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf Play, Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
11, Bar Ornella, Cologne

Rheinschau, Art Cologne 2004, Cologne
Für die Kunstruktion des Unmöglichen, European Kunsthalle, Cologne
Auf dem Berlich, Cologne, Cologne Sprüth Magers Projekte München, Munich
Tombola, kjubh, Cologne

Utopia Station – Postersection, Arsenale, Venice
L’Ananas Bianco, Palazzo Zenobia, Venice
Sogni e conflitti – La dittatura dello spettatore, 50ª Esposizione internazionale d’arte, Biennale di Venezia, Venice
20th Anniversary Show, Sprüth Magers Galerie, Cologne

Salon de Thé, Hamburg

Zero Gravity, Kunstverein, Düsseldorf

Due Dimensioni, Nuova Pescheria, Rovigo and Deutsche Welle, Cologne
Klasse Trockel, Kunstraum, Düsseldorf
ArtGrus, Dom, Moscow

Spiel des Lebens, Hauptpost, Düsseldorf, München, Hamburg, Antwerpen, London, San Francisco


Prizes, Grants and Fellowships

Residency at South London Gallery, London, GB 2014 Villa Aurora, Los Angeles, USA

Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen

Catalogue Grant from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung Grant, Kunststiftug NRW
Studio Grant, Imhoff Stiftung and Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

Studio Voltaire, Artist residency, London

Sommerakademie, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern

Stipendium für Bildende Künstlerinnen min Kindern, NRW

Travel Grant, SK Stiftung Dusseldorf Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonn



At first glance, Thea Djordjadze’s sculptural assembles are not always readily identifiable as such; she often creates installations developed on site in response to the particular space or the context of an institution.

For her 2017 solo show at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich she realized out-sized vitrines that structured the exhibition space and in which she presented a selection of works on paper from Graphische Sammlung München. At the same time, she designed comfy islands of seats for the viewers. Her artistic practice at times intervenes profoundly in institutional structures; in this way, it could be grasped as a process of continual contextualization, reconfiguration and re-ordering of existing and new objects, as a provisional state that bears within it the potential of change.


Thea Djordjadze: Education

Djordjadze studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.


Thea Djordjadze: museum exhibitions selection

Survey exhibitions on Thea Djordjadze have been presented at Kunst Museum Winterthur (2019), Portikus, Frankfurt, and Pinakothek der Moderne Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich (2018), La Triennale di Milano, Milan (2017), Secession, Vienna, and MoMA PS1, New York (2016). Her work has been included in international group exhibitions such as, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012) and the Venice Biennale (2013 and 2015).


Thea Djordjadze: exhibitions at the gallery

Oxymoron Grey, 2013, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan

Thea Djordjadze, 2010, solo show at kaufmann repetto Milan