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Christoph Niemann

That's How! (solo show)
Cartoonmuseum Basel, Basel
6 May - 29 October 2017

Courtesy the artist and Cartoonmuseum Basel
Courtesy the artist and Cartoonmuseum Basel

Berlin-based illustrator, artist and author Christoph Niemann (b. 1970) is a master of metaphor who can mould the complex and the multifaceted in impressively clear, elegant, poetic and humorous images, with reduced, often minimalist means. Be they quick sketches or elaborate illustrations and animations, every one of this great artist’s works is an instantly absorbing implementation of a brilliant idea. At the same time, rather than exclusively committing to any one technique or style, he constantly experiments and expands his repertoire of expressive means in all directions, be it with Lego bricks, potato stamps, painted-over photographs or computer animations. This sought-after illustrator’s clients include newspapers and magazines like “The New Yorker”, “Time”, “Wired” and “The New York Times Magazine”, but also institutions and firms, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Google and Herman Miller. He writes and illustrates his own books for adults, including “Abstract City” and “Sunday Sketching”, which originated from a blog, and also conceives digital applications like the successful apps “Petting Zoo” and most recently “Chomp”, which are geared towards a very young audience. The Cartoonmuseum Basel is honouring this multi-award-winning and inspiring artist with a solo exhibition, which will be his first in Switzerland and will comprise over 120 original drawings, prints, adapted photographs and animations.
Curator: Anette Gehrig

Cartoonmuseum Basel


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Christoph Niemann

Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists (group show)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
27 June 2017 - January 2018

Over the past decade, mobile phone cameras have changed how photographs are made, used, and looked at. Whereas the camera once functioned chiefly as a tool for preserving the past, today people are using mobile phones to share their visual experience in real time and with unprecedented intimacy. Photography has become a fluid, instantaneous, ephemeral means of communication - an act closer to speaking than to writing. Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists, highlights this novel aspect of photographic communiction by inviting a diverse group of 24 artists to conduct visual dialogues with one another on their mobile phones or other devices, sending images back and forth in a game of visual ping-pong. The resulting images will be presented in the galleries in various forms: on video monitors, on touch screens, as exhibition prints, and as photo-books available for viewers to page through.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New-York


Christoph Niemann

The Masters Series: Christoph Niemann (solo show)
School of Visual Arts Gallery, New York
30 September - 4 November 2017

School of Visual Arts will honor acclaimed illustrator, artist and author Christoph Niemann with the 29th annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition. “The Masters Series: Christoph Niemann” will showcase the designer’s unique sensibility and tireless inventiveness, featuring the illustrations, magazine covers, animations and digital works that have built his reputation as one of the most renowned creative talents in the field today. The exhibition will be on view from September 30 through November 4 at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, New York City.

Niemann’s strength as an illustrator lies in his vivid and restless visual imagination, and a well-honed ability to communicate the essence of daily life, in all of its profundity and humor, with just a few concise strokes. Design writer and SVA MFA Design Co-Chair Steven Heller has praised Niemann’s work for its ability to “trigger everything from laughter to tears, while effortlessly illuminating difficult political and social issues.” In recent years, Niemann’s art has pushed beyond the boundaries of the page, as evidenced by his interactive apps, Chomp and Petting Zoo; his “augmented reality” covers for The New Yorker’s digital editions; and a recent 360-degree illustrated essay, for The New York Times, on the illustrator’s visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

School of Visual Arts, New York