Michael Riedel’s conceptual practice, ranging from art exhibitions, film screenings and concerts, to readings, experiences, and overheard exchanges, is rooted in appropriation and the subsequent alteration of a variety of materials. 

A through line in the artist’s oeuvre is the dynamic relationship between repetition and spontaneity. Riedel maintains that anything that can be considered art, and that art can be endlessly remade through the reordering of elemental forms. His installations offer fragmented manifestations of the artist’s source material, exploring multiple derivations while maintaining the homogeneity of an ordered system. Probing and exploring the relationship between contemporary art, methods of presentation, and distribution, Riedel’s layered process, is as much about the reinvention of experiences as presenting the material by-products of our socially constructed systems.

Michael Riedel (b. 1972 in Rüsselsheim, DE) studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf (DE), Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main (DE) and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (FR). Over the past decade, Riedel has participated widely in solo and group exhibitions at venues throughout the United States and Europe. His works have been exhibited in the Museum of Moden Art, New York, NY (US); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR); Tate Modern, London (UK); Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (DE); Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (FR); Kunsthalle, Zurich (CH); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR); Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main (DE); Kunsthaus, Bregenz (AT); Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (AT); Judisches Museum, Vienna (AT); Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (US); Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin (IT) and the Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig (DE). Riedel’s work can be found in major public and private collections such as: Fondation François Pinault, Venice (IT); Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (US); Kunsthaus, Zurich (CH); Yuz Fondation, Hong Kong (HK); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL) and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR) among others.