Mandla Reuter Born in 1974 in Nqutu, South Africa | Lives and works in Berlin

Mandla Reuter’s installations and interventions explore the whole spectrum of the functions of space and how they can be changed by testing what space controls and represents, what accelerates or slows it down, and how the flow of information and people can be rerouted.

Barriers and extensions, obstacles and new accesses force the visitors of Reuter’s exhibitions to seek new routes, making the exhibition space, which is normally kept neutral, part of the experience as the result of inclusions and exclusions, free flowing access, lighting, sound, and the partition of exterior space. In this way, Reuter’s interventions reveal the production of space as an active process; they reference actions and understandings that create space in the first place. Occasionally his work is reminiscent of that of the American conceptual artist Michael Asher, whose work material is the encountered situation and the onsite work develops out of the confrontation with the given institutional setting.

The fine arts are for Mandla Reuter first and foremost a means to imagine spaces, to examine spaces, and to set them in new relationship inside and outside. His work is not restricted in this to formal interests but rather considers the effects of actions and the functioning of representative systems, addresses inclusions and exclusions and also, in the process, touches on issues of social-political relevance.



1996–2002 Städelschule Frankfurt
2001–2001 Parsons School of Design, New York

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2011 Vleeshal, Middelburg
Galerie Mezzanin, Wien
2010 Galerie Croy/Nielsen, Berlin
Francesca Minini, Milan
2009 Mezzanin Gallery, Wien
Schinkelpavillon, Berlin
Kunsthalle Lingen, Lingen
2008 Neue Alte Brücke, Frankfurt

Group exhibitions (selection)

2012 An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works of Art, Francesca Minini, Mailand
2011 You Don‘t Love Me Anymore, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
Köln Skulptur 6, Skulpturenpark Köln
Based in Berlin, Berlin
Imagine Being Here Now, 6th Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norwegen
2010 Sculptures Die Too, Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse

Bibliography (selection)

2011 Alessandro Rabottini, Frieze, 137, März.
2010 Adam Carr, FlashArt International, März.
2007 "The Image Itself", Berlin.
2006 "Pigment Piano Marble", Buenos Aires.
2004 "Tokyo Panda", Revolver, Frankfurt.
2001 "Frühe Arbeiten", Verlag Bernd Slutzky, Frankfurt.