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Smart Artist

Claus Böhmler: Smart Artist, Textem Verlag, Hamburg 2019


Smart Artist

November 21, 2019 – Febuary 8, 2020

Opening and book presentation by Michael Glasmeier:
November 20, 2019 at 7 pm

An exhibition on the occasion of the publication of the book “Claus Böhmler – Smart Artist”
(edited by Michael Glasmeier, Naho Kawabe and Nora Sdun, Textem Verlag Hamburg, 2019)

Smart Artist is not only an artist’s book, but can also be understood as a handbook, which not only conveys the most diverse tasks of Böhmler as a media craftsman in pictures, but also – updated to the latest state of media achievment by QR code – mediates them in film and sound by simple scanning using a tablet or smartphone app.

Edition Block
Prager Str. 5
10779 Berlin

Book Presentation: Claus Böhmler – Smart Artist

Claus Böhmler: Smart Artist, Textem Verlag, Hamburg 2019

Book Presentation

Claus Böhmler – Smart Artist

October 24, 2019 at 7pm

Galerie Renate Kammer 
Münzplatz 11
20097 Hamburg 

Textem Verlag and Galerie Renate Kammer present the book Smart Artist by Claus Böhmler. The art historian Michael Glasmeier, who also wrote the catalogue text for the book, will talk about the contents of the book. In order to show the virulence of the Böhmler method, there will also be a “gift table” where former students of Böhmler will display materials, paperwork and tracks of all kinds – a mental scavenger hunt in honour of Claus Böhmler.

Fuzzy Dark Spot

Exhibition + Catalogue

Fuzzy Dark Spot – Video art from Hamburg

April 13 – November 3, 2019

The exhibition FUZZY DARK SPOT at the Falckenberg Collection brings together 56 video works by over 30 mostly Hamburg-based artists ranging from the 1970s to the present day, featuring historical and contemporary productions in both thematic and monographic groups. The exhibition examines how video in art interprets social and media irritations and manipulations.

Participating artists: John Bock, Claus Böhmler, Öyvind Fahlström, Harun Farocki, Jeanne Faust, Britta Gröne/Peter Piller, Romeo Grünfelder, Christian Jankowski, Naho Kawabe, Paul McCarthy, Vanessa Nica Mueller, Wolfgang Oelze, Nam June Paik, …

Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Falckenberg Collection
Wilstorfer Str. 71
21073 Hamburg

Farbtesttafelnblütenfilm, 1985
Video, PAL, 4:3, Farbe, 4 Min. 57 Sek.

Fuzzy Dark Spot

Cat. Deichtorhallen / Falckenberg Collection Hamburg

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Dirk Luckow and Wolfgang Oelze
texts (German/English) by Friedrich Heubach, Dirk Luckow, Thomas Macho, Wolfgang Oelze, Claudia Reiche, Gerd Roscher, Siegfried Zielinski as well as introductory texts on the artists
324 p with 210 coloured illustrations
240 x 180 mm, softcover embossed

ISBN 978-3-86442-287-4
34,00 €

Artist Books The Collection

Exhibition + Catalogue

The Collection

Dec 1, 2017 – April 2, 2018

Press release: “Artists’ books tell stories, are manifestos, archives or political proclamations. They break with traditional forms of design, open up new spaces, are programmatic, narrative, playful or even abysmal. Discovered as an open and versatile medium through conceptual art and the Fluxus movement, the artist’s books have established themselves as an independent art genre since the 1960s.
With the exhibition “Künstlerbücher. Die Sammlung”, the Hamburger Kunsthalle presents for the first time a selection of the best-known publications from its collection of around 1,700 exhibits. […] Dieter Roth, the most important and most stubborn as well as uncompromising protagonist of the artist’s book, and the Hamburg artist Claus Böhmler, who died last year, each have their own rooms dedicated to them.”

Artists’ Books – The Collection’ with Claus Böhmler, Exhibition until April 2, 2018, 

ARTIST´S BOOKS. The collection

Catalogue for presentation of the collection
166 Pages
german-english edition

Second Nature


Second Nature

March 11 – April 17, 2017

Curated by Janet Fong

With David Altmejd, John Baldessari, Claus Böhmler, He Chi, Hua Mao First Floor (HMFF), Idris Khan, Lam Yau Sum, Lin Xin, Helen Marten, Kingsley Ng, Tony Oursler, Utopia Group, Yang Xinjia

Pressrelease: “Second Nature borrows from American philosopher John Mcdowell’s conceptualisation of a “second nature” in human beings. Second nature consists of conceptual capacities built upon instincts. Mcdowell contends that the development of these capabilities is facilitated by one’s society. Second nature involves the enhancement of one’s autonomy, and it requires accumulation of experiences. This feature sets second nature apart from first, primal nature. Artists, as highly autonomous individuals, appeal not only to collective experience but also intuition and nature in order to explore humans and their inner selves, and their relationship with the outside world. The creation of art requires the combination of human imagination and capability of thinking so as to engage in endless creation.

photocredit: Second Nature, curated by Janet Fong, chi art space Hong Kong,

The exhibition is laid out in two exhibition halls. The first hall starts off the exposition by anchoring the content of display on nature and traces of civilisation. The second one exhibits the participating artists’ reflections upon the issues they take on through new media, interactive pieces, and creative modes through which the development of human civilisation can be manifested. Each exhibit is riddled with complexity. The exhibition also raises questions about the root of our nature: regardless of our nationalities and communities, the ultimate issue that all of us ponder upon remains the root of the whole human race. The rumination of our past, our history, and our expectations for the future are all built upon a shared nature. We reflect upon the intriguing relationship amongst humans, nature, and experiences on such common ground.”

chi art space
663 Clear Water Bay Road
Hong Kong

In-memoriam notice

Claus Böhmler presents: Pinocchio – A Linear Program. König Köln – New York 1969.

Claus Böhmler

*1939 † 2017

We’ll never forget him.

Julia Böhmler with Lilli Mittig
Elke Suhr
Rolf and Ingeborg Böhmler

The funeral took place on 17.03.2017 at the cemetery Hamburg-Olsdorf.

Memorial speech by Peter Lynen on 17.03 2017

Stop Motion

Stop Motion

On the death of the Hamburg artist Claus Böhmler

There is a video by Claus Böhmler, which simply shows how a record is placed on a plate and the tonearm moves inwards until the next record is put on. Who would stare so long into the groove at home? But you remain seated in front of the video and watch the medium at work. This is the laconic joke with which Böhmler took every technology at its word. Born in Heilbronn in 1939, Böhmler was one of the first German media artists. He was a master student of Joseph Beuys and was early exhibited by the gallery owner Alfred Schmela. He participated in the “Medien-Documenta” of 1977 and had solo exhibitions at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, the Fridericianum in Kassel and twice at the Hamburger Kunsthalle. From 1974 to 2005 he was a passionate professor in Hamburg, with students such as Martin Kippenberger and Albert Oehlen. Nevertheless, his name is hardly known beyond his circle of companions. On the one hand, this is due to his lack of talent for self-marketing, and on the other, to the shape of his art. Böhmler was a master of the small form, for whom check paper and a children’s stamp with the Disney Pinocchio were sufficient to sound out the possibilities and limits of animated film. Someone who was so interested in the conditions of representability that it was all the more worthwhile to bring it back into the light. Last week Böhmler died in his apartment in Hamburg. kjr

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 27.02.2017, Nr. 49, S

Claus Böhmler presents his record archive on videotape, 1987. Photo: René Block, Drawing: Claus Böhmler


CLAUS BÖHMLER´s latest contribution to

KULTUR & GESPENSTER No. 14 – special issue RADIO

The magazine “Kultur & Gespenster” on the subject of radio will be available from autumn 2013.

The texts are dedicated to radio as a haunting medium, electronic presence from telegraphy to television and schizophrenia.

With texts by Ole Frahm, Klemens Gruber, John Mowitt, Patrick Primavesi, Milo Rau, Andreas Stuhlmann and many others, as well as picture series by Simon Logan, Peter Lynen and Claus Böhmler, Wibke Larink, Leonore Mau, Michaela Melián.

Textem Verlag Hamburg

Radioaktiv – Gelbe Musik | C-Print | 30 x 40 cm | 2011

Visual Music

Installation view, Visual Music, 2012, Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne


Visual Music

March 31 – May 19 2012

Press release: “We are particularly pleased that we were now able to put together the last works of Claus Böhmler in a single show. The works cover the years 2004 to today and include videos, installations and silkscreen prints.

Claus Böhmler (*1939) studied in Stuttgart and Düsseldorf in the 1960s and is a former student of Josef Beuys. For almost 30 years (until 2005) he was professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg. His last major solo exhibitions were in 2001 at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum Kassel and in 1999 at the Kunsthalle Hamburg.

Böhmler was one of the first artists in Germany to be interested in the possibilities of image reproduction and its technique. Using simple and everyday materials, as well as a simple ironic questioning of technical mechanisms and a playful approach to the possibilities of a medium, he creates functions and references that are full of effects within their simplicity. He makes many media his own: He draws, writes, sets to music, collages, films and animates. His installations, readymades, drawings and animations are all about the diversity of an object that grows beyond its traditional function. Kritsch questions Böhmler’s relationship between appearance and existence, original and copy, reality and image.

Gallery Warhus Ritterhaus Cologne

En vogue ist in!


Claus Boehmler: En vogue is in!

November 19 – December 19, 2009

From screen tower to flat screen – a installation.

Press release: “Claus Boehmler’s current exhibition “en vogue ist in!” opens at 8 p.m. on November 19, 2009 in the Galerie Renate Kammer. From 1974 to 2005, Claus Boehmler taught at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, thus shaping an entire generation of artists. A student of Beuys himself, Claus Boehmler is still associated with Fluxus today. He associates freely and hopes that the viewer will do the same: “The title of the exhibition itself is the program – en vogue is in! The artist asks: Can this language game, like the nonsense in the Kōans of the Zen masters, trigger a flash of inspiration? But even if he builds thematically and consistently on what occupied him early on, in his mind he is again rushing ahead of his time – perhaps only to look back on us stumbling behind with the ironic wink that is so typical of him – “en vogue is in!

Galerie Renate Kammer
Münzplatz 11
20097 Hamburg