Biography

The paintings of the Berlin artist Reinhard Pods are gestural abstract; layers of paint in intense colours, scribbled lines smeared into streaks, enigmatic graffiti writings and deformed bodies in large format are staggered against dense spaces. In terms of motifs, the works can be associated with the late gestural abstract expressionism propagated by Willem de Kooning or Cy Twombly. Pods is part of the Berlin generation of artists that included Elvira Bach, Luciano Castelli, Rainer Fetting and Salomé.

From 1971 to 1977, he studied at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin and was a master student of Karl Horst Hödicke. He then worked in New York thanks to a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship. In 1979, together with Frank Dornseif, ter Hell and Elke Lixfeld, he founded the group and the Self-Help Gallery 1/61. In contrast to the neo-expressive painting of the Galerie am Moritzplatz, this group worked conceptually. The series of exhibitions by the 1/61 artists began in July 1979 with a group show, followed by solo exhibitions and a joint show during the Berlin Art Days in 1980.

During this period Pods was awarded the Villa Romana Prize, combined with a working scholarship to Florence. In 1988 he returned to Italy thanks to the Villa Massimo Prize. In addition to scholarships, Reinhard Pods received the award of the Kunstfonds, Bonn (1986), the Will Grohmann Prize (1994) and the Fred Thieler Prize of the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (1996). He lives at Wannsee in Berlin.

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1971-77 Studies at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin

1979 Founding of group and gallery 1/61

Lives and works in Berlin

Grants and awards

1977-1978 DAAD one-year scholarship for New York

1977 Master student of Karl Horst Hödicke

1996 Fred Thieler Prize

1994 Will Grohmann Prize

1988 Villa Massimo Prize, Rome

1986 Award of the Kunstfonds, Bonn

1983 Working grant from the city of Berlin

1980 Villa Romana Prize, Florence

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2023

Reinhard Pods. A Sort of Homecoming. Paintings 1979-2022, Fergus McCaffrey, New York

2021

Reinhard Pods. Bilder 1976-2021, Galerie Haas AG, Zürich

2018

Quer durch den Garten, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

1999

Galerie Tammen & Busch, mit Rainer Mang

1993

Reinhard Pods. Gemälde, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

1992

Asperger Gallery, Straßburg

1990

Galerie Herzer, Munich

1986

Galerie Asperger & Bischoff, Chicago

1983

Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin

Galleria Peccolo, Livorno

1980

Forum für aktuelle Kunst, Berlin

Group exhibitions (selection)

1987

Momentaufnahme, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin

1985

Stuck Villa, mit Frank Dornseif, München

1984

Neue Malerei Berlin, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover

Kunstlandschaft Bundesrepublik, Kunstverein, Stuttgart

1982

Dada, Montage, Konzept, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

1981

Bildwechsel. Neue Malerei aus Deutschland, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

1975

Galerie am Savignyplatz, mit Barbara Quandt, Berlin


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