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Berlin, March 2012
Berlin, May 2009
Stockholm, November 2007
Berlin, October 2006

Michael Schmidt

Image No. 1 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Lebensmittel), 2006-2010,installation view "Prix Pictet" exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum London, 2014

Image No. 2 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Lebensmittel), 2006-2010, gelatin silver bromide prints and two C-prints, group of 9 photographs, framed by the artist, each 55.2 x 81.6 cm, framed 56.1 x 81.6 cm, Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Image No. 3 of Michael Schmidt

Frauen, 1997-1999, gelatin silver print, each 59.6 x 49.6 cm, framed 60.2 x 49.8 cm, Edition of 5 + 1 AP, installation view at Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2010

Image No. 4 of Michael Schmidt

Unitled (from Frauen), 1997-1999, gelatin silver print, groupe of 2 photographs, each 59.6 x 49.6 cm, framed 60.2 x 49.8 cm, Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Image No. 5 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Waffenruhe), 1985-1987, gelatin silver print, group of 9 photographs, framed by the artist, each 49 x 39 cm, framed 50 x 40 cm, Edition of 12 + 3 AP

Image No. 6 of Michael Schmidt

Triptychon II (from Waffenruhe), 1985-1987, gelatin silver print, 3 photographs, framed by the artist,49.1 x 38.9 cm (right panel), 49.9 x 59.8 cm (middle panel), 49.3 x 39 cm (left panel), Edition of 12 + 3 AP

Image No. 7 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from 89/90), 1989-1990/2009, gelatin silver print, 39.9 x 31.7 cm, framed 59.45 x 49.6 cm, Edition of 4 + 1 AP

Image No. 8 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, gelatin silver print, 32.35 x 40.75 cm, framed 40.4 x 49.7 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

Image No. 9 of Michael Schmidt

Irgendwo, 2001-2004, silver bromide gelatine print golden tinted, 32.35 x 40.75 cm, framed 40.4 x 49.7 cm, Edition of 6 + 1 AP

Image No. 10 of Michael Schmidt

Untitled (from Natur), 1989-1990/2009, gelatin silver print, 69.9 x 55.5 cm, framed 81.5 x 67 cm, Edition of 4

Image No. 11 of Michael Schmidt

Unitled (from Stadtbilder), 1982/2009, gelatin silver print, 70.1 x 88.2 cm, framed 89.3 x 104.9 cm, Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Michael Schmidt was born in Berlin 1945. He died on May 24, 2014 in Berlin.
He was a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin from 1999-2014.
In 1976, he founded the Werkstatt für Fotografie at VHS Berlin-Kreuzberg, which became a major forum for international discussions on photography in (West) Berlin. He was one of the first living German photographers to have a solo exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art, when he exhibited his series „Waffenruhe" (Cease Fire) in 1988. In 2010 Haus der Kunst, Munich presented a comprehensive survey exhibition of his work. In 2014, the artist was awarded with the prestigious Prix Pictet for his work „Lebensmittel" (Food). The Prix Pictet exhibition "Consumption" was on view at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and will be travelling to Westbau Zurich in September 2014.
Michael Schmidt participated in the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013, and the Berlin Biennial in 2006 and 2010.
His latest work, "Lebensmittel", a monumental essay on everyday life in the agriculture and food industries consisting of 177 individual images, made between 2006 and 2010, was presented at Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (2012), Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2013) and at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2013).
Michael Schmidt had numerous exhibitions in Germany and internationally, including solo presentations at Museum of Modern Art (1988, 1996), Museum Folkwang, Essen (1981, 1988, 1995); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (1987, 1996, 2006), Sprengel Museum, Hanover (1987, 1996), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden_ (1997), The Photographer's Gallery, London (1996) and Arp Museum Rolandseck, Remagen (2005). His work was recently presented in group exhibitions at Fotomuseum Winterthur (2013); Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main (2012), Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012 and 2001); New Museum, New York, Sprengel Museum, Hanover (both 2011); Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (2009), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2007); Tate Modern, London and Museum Ludwig, Köln (both 2003).

A major retrpspective of Michael Schmidt's work curated by Thomas Weski is planned for 2020 and will be shown in one of the museums of Nationalgalerie Berlin.
An exhibition of Michael Schmidt's photographic project "Natur" curated by Thomas Weski will also be on view during Gallery Weekend Berlin at Galerie Nordenhake Berlin (April 30 - May 28).


Selected Photo Books and Catalogues by the Artist

Lebensmittel - Food, Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne 2012
89/90, Thomas Weski (Ed.), with a text by Chris Dercon, Cologne 2010
Berlin nach 45, Ute Eskildsen und Steidl Verlag (Ed.), Steidl Verlag Göttingen 2005
Irgendwo, Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne 2005
Ihme-Zentrum 1997/98, Karsten Heller and Thomas Scheibitz (Ed.), Berlin 2003
Frauen, Heinz Liesbrock and Thomas Weski (Ed.), Cologne 2000
Fotografien, Sammlung Bernd F Ku_nne, Hanover 1999
Landschaft-Waffenruhe-Selbst-Menschenbilder (Ausschnitte), Heinz Liesbrock (Ed.), Mu_nster 1998
Ein-heit, Thomas Weski (Ed.), Berlin 1996
Fotografien seit 1965, with a text by Ute Eskildsen, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen 1995
Michael Schmidt, AR/GE Kunst Galerie Museum Bozen (Ed.), Bozen 1992
Mauern, Kunstverein Göttingen, Göttingen 1991
Michael Schmidt, Galerie Springer, Berlin 1990
Waffenruhe, Goethe-Institut München, Munich 1989
Waffenruhe, in collaboration with Einar Schleef, Berlinischen Galerie, Berlin 1987
Berlin-Kreuzberg. Stadtbilder, Bezirksamt Kreuzberg von Berlin, Berlin 1984
Benachteiligt, Senator von Gesundheit, Soziales und Familie, Berlin 1982
Stadtlandshaften 1981, Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen 1981
Berlin-Wedding, Stadtlandschaft und Menschen, Bezirksamt Wedding von Berlin, Berlin 1978
Berlin, Stadtlandschaft und Menschen, Stapp Verlag, Berlin 1978
Photographien, Galerie Springer, Berlin 1975
Berlin Kreuzberg, Erika Bräuel and Michael Schmidt (Ed.), Berlin 1973