b.1979, Hannover, Germany; lives and works in Brussels, Belgium and Berlin, Germany.
Peter Wächtler’s practice encompasses sculpture, drawing, and animated film, often enriched by his exploration of writing and prose poetry. Through his work, Wächtler delves into the introverted realms of labor, making it both the process and subject of his artistic inquiry. His creations frequently evoke a narrative quality, presenting animated states of animals or human figures. Drawing inspiration from elements of fiction and folklore, Wächtler skilfully weaves together specific traditions and common tales, bringing forth works that materialize the act of storytelling as much as the stories themselves. Wächtler's multidisciplinary approach allows him to traverse various mediums, which he uses to capture the essence of narration, inviting viewers into his imaginative and often enigmatic worlds. By drawing on diverse influences and employing rich storytelling techniques, Wächtler's art evokes a sense of familiarity while exploring the complexities of human experience. His works invite viewers to contemplate the interplay between fiction and reality, tradition and innovation.
Peter Wächtler's recent solo exhibitions include Culturegest, Lisbon (2023); Softies, dépendance, Brussels (2022); Ever-Ready Reveries, Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York (2021); Franky's Theme, Bergen Kunsthalle, Bergen (2019); Ad Astra, Kunstahalle Zürich, Zürich (2019); And the three nails, dépendence, Brussels (2017); Kein Morgen kann so schön sein, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2017); Far Out, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2016); Renaissance Society, Chicago (2016); Mascots, The View, Genoa (2015); B.A.C.K., Ludlow 38, New York (2013); Celtic Dawn, Kunstraum London (2013); and Delusionarium 5, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Back Matter, Museo Macro, Rome (2021); Busan Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Busan (2020); The Promise, Index, Stockholm (2017); 6th Moscow Biennial, Moscow (2015); Colección Jumex, In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimor Igni., Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2015); Terrapolis, Neon Foundation/Whitechapel Gallery, Athens (2015); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2014); Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Slovenia Göteborg International Biennal for Contemporary Art, Göteborg (2013); and Melanchotopia, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2011).
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