Hans Kotter
(German, b. 1966)

Hans Kotter currently lives and works in Berlin. His work has been exhibited widely throughout Europe and the United States. Highlights include participation in exhibitions at Villa Datris (L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France), Kinetica Museum (London), Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb, Croatia), and the Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (Gremany). His work is in collections including the Targetti Light Art Collection (La Sfacciata, Italy), Museum Ritter (Waldenbuch, Germany), and Kinetica Museum (London). Kotter's theme is light. His works always address light, tracing its most-unexpected effects. In doing so, the diversity of the light phenomena allows the artist to break fresh ground in finding highly varied possibilities of expression and ever-new techniques, materials, and manners of presentation, which extend beyond the customary boundaries of the genre.

Hans Kotter 2020.3.11-4.26 MAKK- MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS COLOGNE,  “Light- Colour- Space“

Hans Kotter 2018, Transformation, the International Light Art Festival INTERFERENCE in Tunis

Hans Kotter is an expert when it comes to colours and light. His main interest during his study of painting lay with colour compositions, handling plane areas and structure, and colour and form. At the end of the 90s he began to concentrate more and more on the medium of photography. Devising his own experimental set-ups, he devoted himself to a study of light and its segmentation into colour spectra. The visualisation and aesthetic staging of light refraction, and colour compositions of great virtuosity have been part of Kotterʼs basis repertoire of works since then:“There is no other element with such a lasting impact on life on our planet as light. Light fascinates me in a huge variety of ways and I have investigated the medium of light, with its composition, physical contexts, colours, perception and cultural history for many years. The experiences and insights resulting from this investigation are later implemented in my works.”

Hans Kotter 2013 Kubus Export, Vienna

Hans Kotter 2008 London Bridge Station, Kinetica Museum, London

Tunnel View “Down Under”, Plexiglas, Metal, Mirror, LED Light with Colour Changes, 2011 (Museum Ritter)

Hans Kotter’s work is an exquisite commentary on the way that light interacts with the environment. His creations oscillate between technical perfection, naturalness, artificiality and painterly appearance, creating works of art that cannot be comfortably categorized. His light-based sculptures show a pluriverse of optical possibilities that break through the boundaries of space and extend it on a material and immaterial basis. They reflect the mutability of light due to the steady change of colors as one flows into the next, as well as a strong interest on the part of engaging his audience. This is achieved primarily through the interactive quality of his work, where the appearance of each is customizable according to viewer preference.

Private Collection

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Bluerider ART, Taipei, Taiwan, Beyond Light
2020 De Buck Gallery, New York, MAKK: Selections
2020 Light, Colour, Space, Museum of Applied Art, Cologne, Germany
2020 Futurs Antérieurs, La Chapelle, Chaumont – FR
2020 Regards d’Artistes, Château d’Aunoy, Champeaux – FR
2019 The Invisible Generation, Galerie Pascal Janssens / Keyes Art Mile,
Johannesburg – SA Crackography, Galerie Pascal Janssens, Gand – BE
2018 Leuchtende Unendlichkeit / Luminous Infinity, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria
2018 More Light, Stern-Wywiol Galerie, Hamburg
2017 Point of View, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, Great Britain
2016 Beyond light, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld, Germany
2015 Beyond light, Bildraum 07, Vienna, Austria
2014 Light Flow, Galerie Nery Marino, Paris, France
2014 Interruption, De Buck Gallery, New York City, NY, United States
2013 Superposition, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria
2013 Replaced – light flow, Kubus Export, Vienna, Austria
2013 Light flow, Osthaus Museum Hagen, Hagen, Germany
2012 Home sweet home, Galerie Klaus Benden, Cologne, Germany
2012 In the flux, Galerie Nery Marino, Paris, France
2011 Light flow, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, Great Britain
2011 Light sensitive, De Buck Gallery, New York, United States
2011 Point of view, Priveekollektie, Heusden aan de Maas, Netherlands
2011 Deflection, Studio d’Arte Contemporanea Pino Casagrande, Rome, Italy
2010 Transformation, Priveekollektie, Heusden aan de Maas, Netherlands
2009 Replaced, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, Great Britain
2009 Replaced, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria, (catalogue)
2008 The very best…, Gallery Benden & Klimczak, Cologne, Germany
2008 Balance, Shunt London, Great Britain, with Kinetica Museum London, Great Britain
2008 Colour rush, Gallery Bernd Lausberg, Toronto, Canada
2007 Ccolour rush, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art London, Great Britain, (catalogue)
2006 Luminale Frankfurt, Germany – Biannual light culture festival, with Patrick Heide
Contemporary Art London, Great Britain
2006 Licht Farbe Raum, Gallery Bernd Lausberg, Düsseldorf, Germany
2005 Chromatic impulse, Berlinische Galerie with Company Spectral, Germany
2004 Balance, Raum für Kunst/Art space, Art Association Ravensburg, Germany
2004 Illuminations, Aedes, Berlin, Germany
2004 Macro landscape, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, Great Britain
2003 Lichtecht/lightfast, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, Frankfurt, Germany
2002 Light and colour, Bezirks Galerie Oberbayern/Gallery District Upper Bavaria,
Munich, Germany
2002 Beauty in plastic, City Museum Neuötting, Germany
2001 Blue line, Factory Pasinger, Munich, Germany
1999 Stillleben, Gallery Benden & Klimczak, Cologne, Germany
1998 Spurensicherung, City Gallery in the House of Culture, Waldkraiburg,
1997 Diary with sound-collage, Modern Theatre Munich, Germany
1997 Tagebuchnotizen, Gallery Hofmeisterhaus, Massing/Rottal, Germany
1994 Body language, Radio centre of Bratislava, Slovakia
1993 Stadtmuseum Waldkraiburg, Waldkraiburg, Germany
1993 Daydreams, Chuck Levitan Gallery, New York, United States

Selected Group Exhibions

2020 Bluerider ART, Taipei, Taiwan, Switch ON
2020 JD Malat Gallery, London, Shifting space
2020 International Light Art Project, Cologne, Germany, Collumina II
2020 Valletta Contemporary, Malta, up to now
2020 Algorithm & Appropriation, Bluerider Ren-Ai Gallery, Taipei – TW
2020 Hemera, IBU Gallery, Paris – FR
2019 The Invisible Man, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh – USA
2019 Linha Atemporal, Dan Galeria, São Paulo – BR
2019 ArtJaws, Zurcher Gallery, New York – USA
2019 Einsichten IV, Galerie Hengevoss-Dürkop, Hamburg – DE
2019 Cape Town Art Fair, Galerie Pascal Janssens, Cape Town – SA
2019 SP-Arte, Dan Galeria, São Paulo – BR
2019 Art Paris, Galerie Hengevoss-Dürkop, Paris – FR
2019 Wechselspiel, Pforzheim Galerie, Pforzheim – DE
2019 Mutatio, Garage Amelot, Paris – FR
2018 Infinity by Hans Kotter & Annett Zinsmeister, MPV Gallery,
‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
2018 Mehr Licht! Stern-Wywiol Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
2018 LIGHT BOX – 18 aktulle Positionen, Kunstmuseum Celle, Germany
2018 Interference. International Light Art Project, Medina, Tunis, Tunisia
2018 A to Z. Works from the Collection, LH2 contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2018 Geometrics + Reflections, LH2 contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2017 Licht und Bewegung, Messmer Kunsthalle, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl, Germany
2017 PAD London, with Adrian Sassoon Gallery, London, Great Britain
2017 Art Berlin, with Gallery Klaus Benden, Cologne, Germany
2017 Colored Light | Summer Select, De Buck Gallery, New York, United States
2017 Dallas Art Fair, With De Buck Gallery, New York, United States
2017 THE THIN VIEL – Kinetica Anniversary Show, Kinetica – Museum of
Kinetic Art, London, Great Britain
2017 SIGNAL – Lichtkunst aus der Sammlung Robert Simon, Kunstmuseum Celle,
2016 Luminous perception, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria
2016 SPATIAL MIRACLES Installations, Spatial Constructions, Light Sculptures,
2016 Ritter, Sammlung Marli Hoppe – Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany
2016 Sculpture en partage, Foundation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
2016 Deck Voyage, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 Lumiere & Lumieres, Galerie Nery Marino, Paris, France
2015 Lunapark 2000, Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany, Germany
2015 Appropriation, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria
2014 Contemporaries, New Budapest Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2014 Couleur et transparence, Galerie Nery Marino, Paris, France
2014 Common Ground: Earth, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 Insanitus Festival 2014 – Insanitus Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania
2014 Geometriks, Galeria Impakto, Lima, Peru
2014 Kinetica Museum feature show – Kinetica, Museum of Kinetic Art, London,
Great Britain
2014 Summer Selections, De Buck Gallery, New York City, New York, United
2014 Scheinwerfer. Part 2, Light art in Germany in the 21. century, Kunstmuseum
Celle, Germany
2014 Out of our Heads, ARTinTRA, London, Great Britain
2014 Cielo y Tierra, Galeria Impakto, Lima, Peru
2014 LUMINALE 2014, bestregARTs, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2013 The Art of Light and Movement in the Marli Hoppe-Ritter Collection,
Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch, Germany
2013 Scheinwerfer. Part 1, Light art in Germany in the 21. century, Kunstmuseum
Celle, Germany
2013 Ceci n’est pas une lampe.., Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn,
2013 BRIGHT Ideas, Galerie Nery Marino, Paris, France
2013 Segment #3, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 Kotter luther mack, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London, Great Britain
2013 Lumino Citiy – Galeria Impakto, Lima,Peru
2012 Quadratic equations, Kepes Institute, Budapest, Hungary
2012 Mouvement et lumiere, Villa Datris, L´Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
2012 Luminale frankfurt – shine shine shine, Bestregarts, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2012 Effects in relation, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz, Austria
2011 New works 2011, Bestregarts, Frankfurt/Main, Germany
2011 Reflection reflected, NEXT DOOR galerie michaela stock, Vienna, Austria
2011 Stories for reflection, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna, Austria
2011 Segment #1, Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 Summer group show, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London,Great Britain
2011 Summer selections, De Buck Gallery, New York City, New York, United
2011 Lazareti – artist in residence, Art radionica Lazareti – Gallery Otok,
2011 Click clique, Galerie Lausberg, Toronto, Canada
2011 Sculptures plurielles, Villa Datris, L´Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France
2011 Sensitiv EXTRA, MSU Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb,
2011 Deflection, Gábor ERDÉLYI & Hans KOTTER – Viltin Gallery, Budapest,
2011 Konkrete abstraktion, Bernd Lausberg Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
2010 Dialog, Galerie Grazia Blumberg, Recklinghausen, Germany
2010 Beyond painting, Gallery Bernd Lausberg, Toronto, Canada
2009 Best of lausberg contemporary, Gallery Bernd Lausberg, Toronto, Canada
2009 Trilogie: berlin – london – rome, artMbassy, Berlin, Germany
2008 Best before…, City Gallery Klagenfurt, Austria
2008 Infected, Priveekollektie, Heusden aan de Maas, Netherlands
2008 Play it, Art Foundation Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany, curator:
Werner Meyer (Kunsthalle Göppingen)
2008 Targetti art – light art collection, Florence, Italy
2008 German photography Today, Gallery bkhf, Miami, United States
2007 Preview 2008, Gallery Benden & Klimczak, Cologne, Germany
2007 Obsession durch Technik, ArtMbassy, Berlin, Germany
2007 Suitcase, Italian Culture Institute, Cologne, Germany
2007 In the flux, Kinetica Museum London, Great Britain
2007 Best before…, Art Association Aschaffenburg, Germany
2006 Life forms, Kinetica Museum, London, Great Britain
2006 Fire and ice, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, Florida, United States
2005 Reflections, Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2005 Rot als farbe, Gallery Bernd Lausberg, Düsseldorf, Germany
2005 Spectrum, Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, New York, United States
2005 Look!, ArtProject Berlin, NY Arts Magazine, Berlin, Germany
2005 Solaris, Gallery Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich. Switzerland
2003 Lichtung II, Bake-Factory, Berlin, Germany
2001 Kraft und magie, Upper Bavarian Culture Days, Altötting, Germany
2000 Culture Model, Passau, Germany
2000 Große kunstausstellung, Haus der Kunst/Art House, Munich, Germany
2000 City Gallery in the Park, Viersen, Germany
1999 The museum as muse: artist reflect, Museum of Modern Art, New York
(United States), Online-Exhibition
1999 Snapshot, exhibition on tour taking pictures: Siemens AG, Munich
(Germany), City
1999 Gallery Regensburg (Germany) & Gallery Monique Goldstrom, New York
1998 Country without borders, Gallery Abraham Lubelski, New York, United
1998 New Gallery Oberhausmuseum, Passau, Germany
1997 Keine erinnerung, Old Revenue Office, Rosenheim, Germany
1997 The power of words and signs, exhibition on tour: Gallery Casa, Tokyo
(Japan), Gallery
1997 Index, Osaka (Japan), Sala Franco, Triest (Italy), Gallery Abraham Lubelski,
New York
1997 Metamorphosia, Culture Model, Passau, Germany
1997 Biennale New York, NY Arts Magazine, New York, United States
1996 Sonic identity, 450 Broadway Gallery, New York, United States
1994 Annual art exhibition, City Museum Waldkraiburg, Germany
1994 Cyber culture, Gallery Dariusz Gubala, New York, United States
1993 vertigo art, Gallery Dariusz Gubala, New York, United States
1993 Gallery Madelyn Jordon, New York, United States

Art Fairs

TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York, Art Berlin, Art Cologne, Art Central Hong Kong, Viennafair, Arco Madrid, Arte Fiera Bologna, Design Miami, Design Miami/Basel, Art Forum Berlin, Collect London, Art Moscow, Art Toronto, Art Amsterdam, PAN Amsterdam, Art Fair Köln, Art Miami, Art Palm Beach, Kunst Zurich, Art Frankfurt, Scope London, Scope New York, MiArt Milan, Kinetica Art Fair London, Kunst Köln, Pulse NY, Pulse Miami, Art Karlsruhe, P.A.D London, P.A.D. Paris, P.A.D. New York, Art Bodensee, LA Art Show, Object Rotterdam, Art Chicago, Parc Lima, Art Wynwood, Art Dubai et al.


MAKK Museum, Cologne, Germany
Targetti Light Art Collection, Italy
Collection of the German Federal Parliament, Germany
Museum Ritter, Germany
Osthaus Museum, Germany
Kunstmuseum Celle, Germany
Villa Datris, Fonds pour la Sculpture Contemporaine, France
Borusan Art Collection, Turkey
Collection Fidelity Investment, United Kingdom & United States
Collection DEKA Bank, Germany
Collection Candy & Candy Hyde Park One, United Kingdom
Collection Ron Dennis, United Kingdom
Kinetica Museum, United Kingdom
Collection Jean et Colette Cherqui, France
Collection Ichikowitz, South Africa
Collection Aareal Bank, Germany
Collection Jan des Bouvrie, Netherlands
Collection Heubeck, Cologne, Germany
Topping Rose House’s Collection, Bridghampton, New York
Collection Gerald and Jody Lippes, Naples, FL, USA
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
AT&T Collection, Dallas, Texas

Public Art

2010 Warburg Pincus, Frankfurt, Germany
2009 Aareal Bank, Hamburg, Germany
2007 Booz Allen Hamilton GmbH, Berlin, Germany
Hotel Maximilian, Nürnberg, Germany
School in Bavaria, Germany
2005 Immobilien Investment Frankfurt, Skyper, Frankfurt, Germany
Derag AG, Hotel Kanzler, Bonn, Germany
2004 E-ON Bayern Regensburg, administration building, Regensburg, Germany
Neuga Bauträge, object at Burghauser-Tor, Neuötting, Germany
2003 DEKA Immobilien Investment Frankfurt, Leomax, Munich, Germany
Staatliches Hochbauamt Rosenheim, land surveying office, Germany
1999 Passauer Neue Presse, media center, Passau, Germany
1998 Stadt Burghausen, community center, Burghausen, Germany
Passauer Neue Presse, editorial office, Passau, Germany
1997 Wochenblatt Burghausen, editorial office, Burghausen, Germany

Bluerider ChatChat Ep.11 Hans Kotter Interview

Artist video - Hans Kotter

Trailer: Beyond Light - Hans Kotter First Solo exhibition 2021.03.20 -2021.05.16

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