Claudia Angelmaier

This is Photography
Untitled (Clouds)
Works on Paper
Works on Glass
Self-Portraits (Slides)
Color and Gray
Red, Yellow, Blue
Plants and Animals


Angelmaier photographs reproductions of artworks as objects so that books, postcards, transparencies or slides become the very protagonists of her photographic creations. Every photo taken by Angelmaier thus plays with two forms of representation: the photograph shows both a work of art and the medium of its representation.

In many ways, Claudia Angelmaier’s photographs are an example of art on „art about art“. Her pictures conceptually mediate between the two great lines of tradition represented by the history of art and the reproduction and / or distribution of art. In terms oft he reception of her photographic works, Angelmaier, on the one hand, stands as a representative of a current artistic development which, in ist discourse, picks up and applies the „appropriation art“ oft he 1980s only to rework it for the purposes of contemporary artistic practice. On the other hand, the work she has hitherto produced also functions as an ingenious coexistence of the development strands ot the history of art and photography which, since their first correlation in André Malraux’s „imaginary museum“, have come to stand fort he intervisual relations between a work of art and its reproduction, relations that extend beyond the act of representation.

  • 1972 born in Göppingen (Germany)
  • 1995-2001 Magister in art history in Berlin
  • 2001-2006 Studies of photography at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
  • 2003-2006 Studies in the class of Prof. Timm Rautert
  • 2006 Diploma at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
  • 2006-2008 Master Studies at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Prof. Timm Rautert
  • lives and works in Berlin

Solo shows

  • 2016 New Works, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
  • 2015 Text, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart
  • 2013 Portrait, Parrotta Contemporary Art, Stuttgart
  • 2012 Photographs, Villa Katzorke, Essen
  • 2011 Reprinted, Münchner Stadtmuseum 
  • 2010 Rear-view figures, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
  • 2009 L'image et l'objet, National Gallery Linz (Austria)
    Collection, Galerie Junges Forum, Wiesbaden
  • 2008 Works on Paper, Gallery Alexandra Saheb, Berlin
  • 2007 Color and Gray, on the occasion of the LVZ-Award at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig
  • 2006 Red, Yellow, and Blue, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig

Group shows

  • 2023 Dialectic of Presence, Art Foundation DZ Bank, Frankfurt (Main)
  • Punctum. The Nominees for the 2023 Haus am Kleistpark Art Award, Haus am Kleistpark, Berlin
  • Re-Inventing Piet. Mondrian und die Folgen, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (Germany)
  • 2022 A Trillion Sunsets, International Center of Photography, New York
    Fotofestival Track and Trace, Kortrijk (Belgium)
    Songs of the Sky, C/O, Berlin
    Biennale für Aktuelle Fotografie, Kunsthalle Mannheim / Kunstverein Ludwigshafen et al.
    Keeper of the Hearth, Houston Center of Photography, Houston (USA) 
  • 2019 Camera Lucida, Das Weisse Haus, Vienna
  • 2018 Depot #9 Photography, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden
  • Land Scope, Stadtmuseum, Munich
  • Echt Jetzt?! Klasse Kunst, Landesgalerie Linz (Austria)
  • Ins Offene. Photography from East Germany since 1990, Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Salle
  • 2017 ReVision, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
  • 2016 Photo Poetics, Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • revelation. Leipzig artists and religion, Altes Rathaus, Luherstadt Wittenberg
  • 2015 Pro M - 22., annual exhibition, Westwerk, Leipzig
    Poetics, Kunsthalle der Deutschen Bank, Berlin
    History is a warm gun, n.b.k., Berlin
    Counterpoint, Sparkasse Leipzig Art Exhibition Hall, Leipzig
    Déjà-vu in the Art Photography, DZ Bank Collection, Frankfurt/Main
  • 2014 VOLTA 10 / Basel, Markthalle, Basel
    Förderankäufe der Kulturstiftung Sachsen, Vertretung des Freistaates Sachsen beim Bund, Berlin
    The Marseillaise/Fifteen years of collecting, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam
    (Mis)Understanding Photography, Folkwang Museum, Essen
    WIN/Win - The acquisitions of the Kulturstiftung Sachsen 2014, Halle 14, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei
    A Class for itself-Project room for Photography, Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Dresden
    navigation. Contemporary Art from Saxony, Kulturhistorisches Museum, Görlitz
  • 2013 "Blue Bloom" Nature image und Imaged Nature, Künstlerhaus Dortmund
  • 2012 Acquirement I, Fotogalerie Wien, Austria
    Alice in Wondrland, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Cádiz, Spain
    Déjà-vu? The Art of Repitition from Dürer to Youtube, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
  • 2011 The Difference lies in the differnce, Gallery Alexandra Saheb, Berlin
    Leipzig. Photography since 1839, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig
    Among Heros – Pre-Pictures in the Contemporary Art, Art hall Nuremberg
    Alice in Wonderland, Turku, Finnland
    »Terre transformée/Transformed Land — photographies«, Centre culturel Calouste Gulbenkian
    »Krupp – Fotografien aus zwei Jahrhunderten«, Villa Hügel, Essen
    Alice in Wonderland, Köydenpunojankatu 14, Turku, Finland
    »Jetzt«, Von-der-Heydt-Museum Wuppertal
  • 2010 Lost Data, Presentation in the Context of the Exhibition Art – Photography,
    Emancipation of a medium, Kupferstichkabinett, Royal Palace, Dresden
  • 2009 Close the Gap, Werkschauhalle Leipzig
    Close the Gap, City Gallery Speyer
    Art association Paffenhofen, Kulturhalle, Pfaffenhofen
    From the Wall into the Mouth, Vorstadt 14, Zug
    60/40/20. Art in Leipzig since 1949, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig
    Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Awards, Photographic Resource Center, Boston
  • 2008 Einführung in die Kunstgeschichte III, Gallery Fotohof, Salzburg
    We are not here to consider each other kind, Gallery Löhrl, Mönchengladbach
    The Ubiquitous Image, New York Photography Festival, Dumbo, New York
    Carte Blanche II: Leipziger Volkszeitung, LVZ-Award + Collection, Gallery for Contemporary Art, Leipzig
    Close the Gap, City gallery Kiel
  • 2007 Without Shadows, Gallery Eigen+Art, Leipzig
  • 2006 Artifical Presence, Family Pues, Essen
  • 2005 Sweet, Useful, Museum - Das Tier in der Fotografie, Folkwang Museum, Essen
    Screen Change, Gallery Rainer Wehr, Stuttgart
    Cold Hearts, Gallery Kleindienst, Leipzig
    Art association Radolfzell
  • 2004 Cold Hearts, Kunstbunker Tumulka, Munich


  • 2021 Kulturwerk Berlin Foundation grant
  • 2020 stipend of the Berlin senate
  • 2015/16 Nomination for Villa Massimo of the state of Berlin
  • 2014 Berlin Senate working stipend
  • 2010 Project support by the Cultural Foundation of Saxony
  • 2009 Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Photography Award
    Grant of the Goethe Institute in Helsinki
  • 2008 Grant of the cultural foundation of Saxony
  • 2007 Leipziger Volkszeitung (LVZ) Award
  • 2006 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach-Grant


  • 2009 Claudia Angelmaier - L'image et l'objet,Catalogue
  • 2008 Close the Gap - studies with Timm Rautert
  • 2007 Claudia Angelmaier - Color and Gray, Catalogue
  • 2005 Vor aller Augen, Photography from Leipzig, masterclass of Timm Rautert
  • 2004 Cold Hearts, Photography from Leipzig, masterclass of Timm Rautert