“The efforts of Geismar are very much of the like inherent in the sentiments of Jasper Johns to take an object to do something to it, to do something else to it and then do something else.”

Kenny Schachter


Jårg Geismar was a German contemporary artist. He was born 1958 in Burgsvik, Gotland, Sweden. He died February 26th. 2019.

He studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and New York. Important stations were, among others, New York and Tokyo, where he lived and worked temporarily. The main residence and center of Jårg Geismar’s life has always been Düsseldorf.

Jårg Geismar has participated in many international art projects. At the same time he was lecturer and visiting professor at numerous art academies in Europe, Asia and North America. He has received numerous awards and scholarships,e.g. DAAD-Scholarship for New York, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Atelier d’Artistes, Marseille, IASPIS Stockholm, German Art Fund Bonn and the Foundation of art and culture of Northrhine-Westfalia.

Jårg Geismar has exhibited in numerous wellknown museums worldwide, e.g. PS1, Contemporary Art Center, New York, Museum of contemporary art, Rio de Janeiro, National Art Museum of Tokyo, National Museum of Kyoto, Museum of contemporary Kumamoto, Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum for Art, Sagacho Exhibition Space Tokyo, MAC – Musée d’art contemporain de Marseille, CNAC at Grenoble (F)), Foundation Joan Miró, Barcelona etc. Not to forgotten are exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, at Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, at Art Association Cologne as well as at the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republik of Germany, Bonn.

His works use the everyday objects of life, the leftover remains of a consumer society that gets rid of the superflous materials. Out of them he creates something completely new. He breathes them a new soul, he developes a new sensuality. His works arenot narrative, non-imaging showing and also want to show anything real. He is concerned with the essence of the essential, the unveneered view to an aspect or an object. He makes the transience of the monent visible and tangible.

The monography of Jårg Geismar with texts by Kenny Schachter is published and available by: Hatje Cantz.

Jårg Geismar and Niclas Östwind realized a performance in Venice 2015 under the “Walking and Talking” at different places in Venice.

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Jårg Geismar has been awarded numerous prizes and scholarships, including:
DAAD-Stipendium für New York
Fondation Cartier pour l’artcontemporain, Paris, 
Atelier d’Artistes, Marseille
IASPIS Stockholm
Kuntsfonds Bonn
Stiftung Kunst und Kultur des Landes NRW

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Jårg Geismar has exhibited in numerous well-known museums worldwide, including:
PS1, Contemporary Art Center, New York
Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro
National Museum of Art in Tokyo
National Museum of Kyoto
Museum of Contemporary Art, Kumamoto
Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art
Tokyo at Sagacho ExhibitionSpace
MAC – Musée d’art contemporain in Marseille (France)
CNAC in Grenoble (F)
Fondation Joan Miró in Barcelona and many more.

Not to forget exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, the Kölnischer Kunstverein and the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn.

Jårg Geismar and Niclas Östwind realized a performance in Venice on the occasion of the Biennale 2015 under the title “Walking and Talking”.




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