Biography

René Wirths is known for his modern approach to still life. He takes objects that interest him and that represent an artistic challenge into his studio and transforms them on large-format canvases into precisely painted picture objects that captivate the observer with their apparent (photo)realistic depiction.

Wirths’ paintings present, at first glance, trivial objects from our surroundings. While we would only pay attention to such an object for a brief moment, if at all, Wirths makes the chosen object the centre of his attention.

In contrast to our fast-moving times, Wirths’ intense process of observation and creation can consume weeks or months. In that time, the artist, using oil paints, reduces a three-dimensional object to a two-dimensional painting, employing the highest level of craft and technique. He rejects aids of any kind, such as photographs or projectors. Painting is Wirths’ tool for studying the phenomenology of an object – the essence of the object and its depiction.

Wirths has lived in Berlin since 1970. From 1992 to 1998, he studied art at the Berlin University of the Arts, and in the final stage of his studies he was in the master class of Wolfgang Petrick. Exhibitions by René Wirths have been shown in Berlin, Zurich, Paris, Prague, Krems an der Donau, and Rotterdam, among others.

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1992-1998 Studied fine arts at the Berlin University of the Arts

Master student of Prof. Wolfgang Petrick

Lives and works in Berlin since 1970

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2023

That Nothing Stays The Same, Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam

Always Looking For A New Balance, Gana Art Nineone, Seoul

2022

One Step Beyond, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2021

Time Is On My Side (solo), Museum im Kleihues-Bau, Kornwestheim

2019

Liquids, Galerie Haas, Zürich

beatbox, Galerie Templon, Brussels

2018

The Substance, Galerie Miro, Prague

2017

René Wirths – Das Was Bleibt, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

2016

Das was bleibt, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven

Jazz, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

2015

arithmos, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2014

Aus der Welt, Kunsthalle Krems Factory, Krems

Aus dem Leben, Galerie Schönewald und Beuse, Düsseldorf

2013

Herbst, Galerie Miro, Prague

2012

analog, Galerie Haas AG, Zürich

2011

René Wirths, Kunsthalle Rotterdam, Rotterdam

2009

Zustände, Galerie Schönewald und Beuse, Düsseldorf

2008

Nature Morte, Galerie Templon, Paris

2007

Dinge, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2006

Eintauchen – Abstrakte Dinge, meinblau, Berlin

2004

Phantome, Fleisch/Café Moskau, Berlin

Relatives, glue, Berlin

2002

Weltbild Wirklichkeit, gutleut15, Frankfurt a.M.

1999

… möglich, Galerie Walden, Berlin

Magda, Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin

1994

Wald Bröl, Galerie Münsterland, Berlin

Group exhibitions (selection)

2024

On Flowers. Sag mir, wo die Blumen sind, Schaufenster, Berlin

In Shadows We Bloom, Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam

2023

Unreal – Jenseits der Realität (duoshow), Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren

Voluntary Art Liaison, Foyou Kunstraum, Berlin

The Soft And The Hard, Showroom, Berlin

Black, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

Köpfe, Maskiert, Verwandelt, Museum für neue Kunst, Freiburg im Breisgau

The Human Condition, Skoufa Gallery, Athens

2022

Alles 4, Studio im HOCHHAUS, Berlin

Wall Of Sound, LAGE EGAL, Berlin

2021

Creatio Ex Nihilo, Steinzeit, Berlin

8 days / 8artists, PremArts Project Space, Berlin

2020

Alles 3, Studio im Hochhaus, Berlin

Contemporary Summer Exhibition, Rarity Gallery, Mykonos

2020 – the exhibitions, Adria Studios, Berlin

2019

Um die Häuser ziehen, Galerie Axel Obiger, Berlin

Entering Permanent Welt Attrappe, Studiogalerie im Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

2018

,Das Lied der Dinge. Stilleben im Wandel der Kunst’, Museum für Aktuelle Kunst – Sammlung Hurrle Durbach, Durbach

PAINTING still ALIVE… On the way to modernity, Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun

The Human Condition, Schönewald Fine Arts, Düsseldorf

Echt jetzt?!, Landesmuseum Linz, Linz

IRRReal 48Std Neukölln, KINDL, Berlin

2017

club conscious, observatorium, Antwerpen

2016

Salon der Gegenwart – salondergegenwart, Hamburg


2015

Ein Baum ist ein Baum ist ein Baum… – Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf

2013

Landschaft nach 2000 – Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück

Traum & Realität, Aliseo Art Project, Gengenbach

Real – Real?, Galerie Haas AG, Zürich

2011

dream and reality, Galerie Miro, Prague

memories of the future – the Olbricht Collection, La maison rouge Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris

2009

GALA. 5 Sammler zeigen ihre Favoriten – Beaucamp, Haas, von der Heydt, Müller, Rosenkranz, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig

Open, Zoya Museum, Modra

2007

Clips, Galerie Nord, Berlin; Galerie Histoire de l’Oeil, Marseille

jetzt!, Beck&Eggeling New Quarters, Düsseldorf

2006

3. Berliner Kunstsalon, Arena, Berlin

2005

me, myself and I, gutleut15, Frankfurt a.M./Konsortium, Düsseldorf/glue, Berlin/Galerie hobbyshop, Munich

Deep Action, Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin

2004

Stoffwechsel, Galerie im Parlament/Preussischer Landtag, Berlin

2002

Hic et nunc, Villa Manin di Passariano, San Vito al Tagliamento

2001

Figurationen, Neue Galerie/Kunsthaus Tacheles, Berlin

2000

Genre Painting, G 7 Projekte, Berlin

Arti visive 3: l’occhio in ascolto, Sala delle grida, Biennale di Genova, Genova

1999-2002

Das Wolframweiße Zimmer (mit Wolfram Weiß), Hotel Künstlerheim Luise, Berlin

1999

Junge Akademie, Galerie Buch/Akademie der Künste, Berlin

1998

3 Maler: Michael van Ofen, Peter Thol, René Wirths, shift e.V., Berlin

1997

Schaustelle HdK, Galerie Gießler/Nothelfer, Berlin

Weiss Wirths (mit Wolfram Weiß), Galerie im Speicher, Waren/Müritz

1995

Halten (mit Wolfram Weiß), Neue Galerie/Hochschule der Künste, Berlin

1993

Zwölf – Positionen zur Normalität, Kunstverein Acud, Berlin

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