Max Schaffer

Born 1985 in Santiago de Chile
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany

Max Schaffer locates his practice at the point of collision and cocreation between the public sphere and the realm of fine art. Rooted in aesthetic debates, his practice coalesces, through his actions and interventions, into a system connecting work, theory, attitude, institution and interpretation. Schaffer engages with questions of intellectual property, appropriation and the perpetuation of the art historical canon. In objects, drawings, reworked paintings and photographs he illuminates philosophical principles of control and subverts artistic tradition. In addition to winning the Bremen Advancement Award of the Visual Arts, his work has been exhibited at institutions such as the MUMOK Museum of Modern Art in Vienna and the Salzburger Kunstverein.

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Exhibitions
Installation view, 2016

Paula Modersohn-Becker Kunstpreis

Installation view, 2016

Paula Modersohn-Becker Kunstpreis

Installation view, 2017

Aus der Branche in die Branche

Installation view (detail), 2017

Aus der Branche in die Branche

Installation view (detail), 2017

Aus der Branche in die Branche

Installation view, 2017

Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover, Germany

Power of Style, Installation View, 2016

GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen

Follower, 2016

Mattress sample, polaroid, 41,5 x 30 x 16 cm

Follower, 2016

Mattress sample, polaroid, 37 x 27 x 17 cm

Essential Gear, 2015, Friend, 2015 and Follower, 2015

abc art berlin contemporary 2015

Follower, 2015

Mattress samples, polaroids, aluminum stands, plexiglass, dimensions variable

Excessive Access, 2015

Ten cut-outs of Vienna Secession's ventilation System, galvanized sheets of metal, ø 20 cm

Aftermath, 2015

Mattress samples, polaroid, 70 x 33 x 25 cm

Aftermath (detail), 2015

Mattresses, polaroid, 70 x 33 x 25 cm

Following (detail), 2014

Mattress sample and polaroid, 40.5 x 40.5 x 30 cm

The Tourist, 2014

Digital print on canvas (high pigmented UV printing ink), 60 x 75 cm

The Tourist (installation view), 2014

Digital print on canvas (high pigmented UV printing ink), 60 x 75 cm

The Tourist, 2014

Digital print on canvas (high pigmented UV printing ink), 100 x 100 cm

The Tourist (detail), 2014

Digital print on canvas (high pigmented UV printing ink), 140 x 140 cm

The Tourist (installation view), 2014
Untitled #1 - Untitled #26 (ongoing), 2013

Pen on paper

Untitled, 2015

UV-resistant chalk-based pigment on window, window frame and wall, processed by third parties, 113.5 x 233 cm

New balance, 2011

Basket awnings, pigeon fecal, feathers

The reinvention of misinterpretation, 2013

Dust residues on styrodur, 121 x 126 cm

ATTRIBUTES OF MODIFICATION (Hill Arches), 2012

Digital print, dust residues and spray paint on chain-link netting, yarn
dimension variable

CONFESSIONS OF A POOR COLLECTOR, 2012

Discarded refrigerated display counter, neon tube, 100m electric cable, cable ties, screws, exhibition space,
dimensions variable

Between gestures of new beginning and rhetorics of ruin, 2010-2012

In progress

From: Enlightenment Strikes Back, Salzburger Kunstverein, 2013
From: Enlightenment Strikes Back, Salzburger Kunstverein, 2013
From: Enlightenment Strikes Back, Salzburger Kunstverein, 2013
Untitled (Lüpertz on Picasso), 2010

Felt tip pen on stolen postcard, signed by Markus Lüpertz
15 x 10 cm

Untitled (window Berlin), detail, 2012

UV-resistant chalk-based pigment on window and window frame, processed by third parties

Untitled (Wr. Sec., 2012), 2012

Discarded ventilation system of the Wiener Secession, dimension variable

Untitled (Wr. Sec., 2012), 2012

Discarded ventilation system of the Wiener Secession, dust deposits (detail), dimension variable

Substitute, 2012

Fine Art Print on Hahnemühle Photo Paper, Ed. 5 + 2 AP, 20 x 30 cm

Untitled (or stealing a contemplative moment alone), 2013

Pen on paper, 21 x 30 cm

Untitled, 2009

Xerox copy, framed, unique, 21 x 29,7 cm

Untitled (separating the substance from the event as such)

Wien, 2010 in original state, 2011 processed by third parties