Reiner Seliger

*1943 in Löwenberg, Silesia

Natural materials in a composed interplay of space and light

Since the 1990s, Reiner Seliger has been using bricks, marble and glass, which he layers to form architectural structures such as towers, spindles or cone-like sculptures. Since around 2003, he has been working with chalk as a visual art medium: individual pieces of chalk of different lengths and widths, cut or broken, are distributed on the picture support, thus creating spatial depth. They are arranged close together as a mosaic or in a row, creating a play of light and shadow on the uneven surface depending on the incidence of light.

“I try to create a different world to the one we see every day in the form of powerful images and shapes. This is a very poetic process that is difficult to describe in words,” explains Reiner Seliger in an interview. “I take everyday materials and use them to create a different world from the everyday.”

Reiner Seliger – represented in renowned collections and public spaces

Reiner Seliger’s works are represented in top-class collections such as Marli Hoppe-Ritter, Waldenbuch, Biedermann, Donaueschingen, Rittershaus, Mannheim and Merkle, Ulm. Since 2000, he has realized numerous art projects in public spaces, including at the Landesgartenschau in Kaiserslautern and the Bundesgartenschau in Magdeburg, in Luisenpark Mannheim, at the University of Niccosia, Cyprus and at the GGN Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland.

Exhibitions and art fairs

2023:

#OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

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

Between the dimensions, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

Zero 23, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

LA MOSTRA, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

2022:

Young collectors’ choice 22, Gallery Geiger, Constance, Germany

#OrangeTheWorld, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Fall exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Summer exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

The abstract landscape, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Accrochage, Gallery Fetzer, Sontheim an der Brenz, Germany

Winter exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Karlsruhe, Germany

2021:

ORANGE DAYS – Zonta says no, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Lost Found, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Castello, Gallery Fetzer, Sontheim an der Brenz, Germany

Highlights from 5 decades of gallery work, Gallery Schrade, Mochental, Germany

All time classics, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Summertime, Gallery Fetzer, Sontheim an der Brenz, Germany

Positions of Concrete Art, Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Dätzingen, Germany

Departure into the 2020s, Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Dätzingen, Germany

Spring exhibition, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Cologne Fine Art & Design, Cologne, Germany

2020:

Brave my heart, Gallery Rother, Wiesbaden, Germany

Night whispers of the towers, Skulpturenpark Eschborn, Eschborn, Germany

2019:

ALLESINALLEM, Gallery Borchardt, Hamburg, Germany

Structures!, Gallery Kellermann, Düsseldorf, Germany

Whats up ?!, Gallery Schlichtenmaier, Dätzingen, Germany

Cologne Fine Art & Design, Cologne, Germany

Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Geiger, Karlsruhe, Germany

2018:

Young collectors’ choice 18, Gallery Geiger, Constance, Germany

Gallery Mariette Haas, Ingolstadt, Germany

Two, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

2016:

Young collectors’ choice 16, Gallery Geiger, Constance, Germany

Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany

Ulf Larsson Gallery, Cologne, Germany

2015:

Young collectors’ choice 15, Gallery Geiger, Konstanz, Germany

Gallery Borchardt, Hamburg, Germany

Gallery Conny Dietzschold, Sydney, Australia

Gallery at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

Art Fair Cologne, Cologne, Germany

2014:

Gallery Schrade, Karslruhe, Germany

Gallery P13, Heidelberg, Germany

Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2013:

Gallery Schrade, Mochental, Germany

Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Art Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Art Paris, Paris, France

2012:

Gallery La Ligne, Zurich, Switzerland

Playing with pictorial means, Gallery Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg, Germany

2011:

Gallery P13, Heidelberg, Germany

2010:

Gallery Münsterland, Emsdetten, Germany

Gallery Hoffmann, Friedberg, Germany

Works in public space

– Sculpture Park Eschborn, Germany

– State Building Authority Radolfzell, Germany

– Seprais Sculpture Park, Délemont, Switzerland

– Lörrach City Library, Germany

– Sculpture Park Mechernich, Germany

– Federal Garden Show Magdeburg, Germany

– State Garden Show Baden-Württemberg, Weil am Rhein, Germany

– Sculpture Park Elbtal, Germany

– State Garden Show Rhineland-Palatinate, Kaiserslautern, Germany

– Sculpture Park Binnenheide, Kevelaer, Germany

– Blickachsen 3, Bad Homburg, Germany

– Luisenpark, Mannheim, Germany

– Eskesehir University, Turkey

– Kunstverein Mannheim, Germany

– Sculpture Park Herne, Germany

– Sculpture Park Lucerne, Germany

– Sculpture Park Eschborn, Germany

– Sculpture Park Heidelberg, Germany

Collections

– Ricardo Gelael Collection, Jakarta, Indonesia

– Private Collection W. Nickl, Eindhoven, Netherlands

– Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection, Waldenbuch, Germany

– Biedermann Collection, MUSEUM ART.PLUS, Donaueschingen, Germany

– Heinrich Vetter Foundation Collection, Mannheim, Germany

– Rittershaus Collection, Mannheim, Germany

– Gertraud Hurrle Collection, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

– Christa Dicke Collection, Ennepetal, Germany

– Patsch-Blum Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

– Merkle Collection, Ulm, Germany

– Collection Museum for Concrete Art, Ingolstadt, Germany

Prizes and awards

2000:

Art Prize of the City of Bühl and for artistic photography, Bühl, Germany

1994:

Art Prize “Hohes Haus” (sculpture), Constance, Germany

Biography

The poetry of structures in award-winning works

Reiner Seliger was born in Löwenberg, Silesia, in 1943. In 1952, the family moved to Düsseldorf, where he lived until 1970. From 1964 to 1969, he studied industrial design at the Essen University of Applied Sciences and took part in the EXPO ’67 world exhibition in Montreal, Canada, in 1967.

In 1969, Reiner Seliger was nominated for the Folkwang Prize Essen; in 1994, he won the ‘Hohes Haus’ art prize in Constance; and in 2000, he was awarded the art prize of the city of Bühl.

Reiner Seliger currently lives and works in Freiburg and Castello di Montefioralle, Italy.

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