Jiri Georg Dokoupil
Biography & CV
Jiri Georg Dokoupil (b. 1954 in Krnov, Czech Republic) lives and works between Berlin, Prague, Madrid, Gran Canaria, Rio de Janeiro, and Plovdiv. Dokoupil holds an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cologne (1976), and also studied at the University of Frankfurt and at Cooper Union in New York in the late 1970s. He was a visiting professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (1983–1984), Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid (1989), and Gesamtschule Kassel (1994–1995).
Being part of the German Junge Wilde movement forming around the late 1970s, Dokoupil developed a conceptually inclined and radically new approach to painting. Instead of restricting his practice to a coherent stylistic expression, Dokoupil has developed multiple and diverse painterly styles, examples of which have also been presented in his numerous exhibitions with Galleri Susanne Ottesen, organised continuously since the early 1990s. The artist’s Soap Bubble Paintings are an excellent example of his distinctive image-making techniques: he bursts the pigment-filled soap bubbles onto the surface of the canvas, the colours of which thus become animated by changing light. Further painting techniques include, but are not limited to, working with soot, painting with tires, as well as bubble wrap. Besides painting, Dokoupil also makes sculpture, prints, and paperworks.
Dokoupil’s major solo exhibitions include Deichtorhalle, Hamburg, Germany (2005); Palacio de Velasquez, Madrid, Spain (2000); and Chateau de Chenonceau, Chenonceaux, France (1999). He participated at the Venice Biennale and at documenta 7 in 1987. He was awarded the Lovis-Corinth-Prize in 2012.
The artist is represented in several prominent public collections worldwide, including Musée national d’Art moderne Centre Pompidou in France; Sammlung Ludwig, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Sammlung Metzger, Museum am Ostwall, Museum Folkwang, Kunstsammlungen zu Weimar, Neues Museum and Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart in Germany; Horsens Kunstmuseum in Denmark; The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea; Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Spain; Kunsthaus Zurich in Switzerland; and Sonnabend Collection, Hammer Museum in the USA.
Selected solo exhibitions
broken concepts and false memories, Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Zweimal Drei Musketiere, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz. Switzerland
Wild Foam at Galerie Andrea Caratsch, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Furniture For Fotos, Dvorak Sec Contemporary, Prague, Czech Republic
BUBLINY ŠVÝCARSK , Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Switzerland
Oxymoron, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia
New Paintings, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
Dokoupil – Frešo (with Viktor Frešo), Kunsthalle Košice, Košice, Slovakia
Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Haralampi Oroschakoff, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany.