Babak Saed

*1965 in Maschhad, Iran

Award-winning word art

In his award-winning works, the German-Iranian conceptual artist Babak Saed deals with language as an art form; his theme is communication. He takes up familiar, everyday terms and formulations and questions their apparent unambiguity through subtle alienation. Saed became known above all for his word sequences and lettering placed in public spaces. He also produces video and audio works and transforms his messages into illuminated objects and wall works.

Individual decoding of messages

Saed deliberately dispenses with punctuation and space in order to sharpen perception and question what is seen. The use of capital letters in a WORD-ON-WORD language demands special attention from the viewer: the message should be understood without being immediately deciphered. Saed wants his messages to be “deciphered” and thus read individually. Every play on words can be understood as a personal statement, as a critical examination. The artist wanted to exclude uninvolved reading as much as possible.

“You stand in front of your own language as a native speaker, so to speak, and read this language in the same way that a foreigner learns it anew,” explains Babak Saed. The meaning of his site-specific installations is created in the mind of the reader and viewer during the linguistic decoding process: through individual associations and their mental continuation.

Exhibitions and art fairs

2024:

then – now: art of the 60s in dialog with contemporary works, Städtische Gallery Villingen-Schwenningen, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany

red blue blue, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

Artists of the gallery, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Linde Hollinger and Galerie Scheffel, Karlsruhe, Germany

LOVE LOVE LOVE sculpture, Stern-Wywiol Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

2023:

rotROT, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

#OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

In small format, Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homburg, Germany

10 years – Anniversary exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Linde Hollinger and Gallery Scheffel, Karslruhe, Germany

Zero 23, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2022:

BLICKFELDER, Museum Goch, Goch, Germany

Young Collector’s Choice 22, Gallery Geiger, Constance, Germany

#OrangeTheDay, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

SECHS, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

DUBISTES, Stern-Wywiol Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Linde Hollinger and Gallery Scheffel, Karlsruhe, Germany

SEIN, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

FORM – SPACE – MOVEMENT, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, German

2021:

Cologne Fine Arts & Design, Gallery Kellermann, Cologne, Germany

Orange Days – Zonta says no, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

IRGEND-WIE, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

Works by gallery artists, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

Winter exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2020:

Written Imagery, New Gallery Dachau, Dachau, Germany

Young Collector’s Choice 20, Gallery Geiger, Constance, Germany

Summer exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

AM WEGE, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

Artists of the Gallery, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Scheffel, Karlsruhe, Germany

2019:

Affordable Art Fair, Stern-Wywiol Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

Sculpture today II, Stern-Wywiol Gallery, Hamburg, Germany

ANDERSWO-WOANDERS, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

Word-Form-Light, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Scheffel, Karlsruhe, Germany

Accrochage, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

2018:

Summer Light Artists, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

In small format, Scheffel Gallery, Bad Homburg, Germany

Babak Saed, Gallery Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany

art Karlsruhe, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Karlsruhe, Germany

2017:

In small format, Gallery Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany

Multiple + Unikate, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

ISSO, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

Young Collector’s Choice 17, Gallery Geiger, Constance, Germany

Works from the collection, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

art Karlsruhe, Gallery Geiger and Gallery Linde Hollinger, Karslruhe, Germany

2016:

WECHSELZEITEN, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

ArtFair Fair Cologne, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Cologne, Germany

The Art of the Series, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

Young Collector’s Choice 16, Gallery Geiger, Constance, Germany

art Karlsruhe, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

ISTKUNST, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

2015:

Grande et Jeune, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

Domestic Space 4 – Paper Edition, Gallery Zweigstelle, Berlin, Germany

Viennafair, Gallery Robert Drees, Vienna, Austria

ArtFair Fair Cologne, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Cologne, Germany

Young Collector’s Choice 15, Gallery Geiger, Constance, Germany

Acchrochage, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

art Karlsruhe, Gallery Linde Hollinger and Galerie Am Lindenplatz, Karslruhe, Germany

FREITAGDERDREIZEHNTE, Gallery Robert Drees, Hanover, Germany

young and smart, Gallery Am Lindenplatz, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

2014:

AHA, Gallery Kunstraum 21, Bonn, Germany

WEISS INSPIRIERT, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

Young Collector’s Choice 14, Gallery Geiger, Konstanz, Germany

art Karlsruhe, Gallery Robert Drees, Karslruhe, Germany

color-concrete-constructive, Gallery Am Lindenplatz, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Art on the building

Otto-Kühne-School, Bonn, Germany

Lutherkirche, Bonn, Germany

Deutsche Welle, Bonn, Germany

Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, St. Augustin, Germany

Münster University and State Library, Münster, Germany

Zweirad-Einkaufs-Genossenschaft (ZEG), Cologne, Germany

Johanniter Hospital, Bonn, Germany

City Museum, Siegburg, Germany

Sparkasse UnnaKamen, Unna, Germany

Catholic Social Institute, Siegburg, Germany

Police Headquarters, Reutlingen, Germany

Church of St. Michael, Siegburg, Germany

Awards and honors

2002:

Winner of the digital new art award, DigitalART Gallery, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2000:

Art Prize of the City of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

1998:

Budapest Scholarship Holder, Bonn, Germany

Biography

Babak Saed, born in 1965 in Mashhad in north-eastern Iran, has lived in Germany since the age of twelve. He studied economics at the University of Bonn and began his artistic career as a painter. In 1998, he founded an office for video and installation in public spaces. At the same time, he created his first text works with a WORD-ON-WORD language, which quickly became his artistic trademark.

In 2000, he received the Art Prize of the City of Bonn and, in 2002, the digital new art award. In 2004, he released Kunst am Bau for Deutsche Welle in Bonn, followed by numerous major Kunst am Bau projects throughout Germany. In 2007, he created “After Babel”, a temporary text installation in 40 languages for the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. During this time, he also created his first acrylic glass works. In 2014, the Stadtmuseum Siegburg dedicated a major solo exhibition to him. Babak Saed lives and works in Bonn.

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