updated February 2018

Jårg Geismar

"from_me_to_you/message in a bottle" Jårg Geismar 2013 - Collection MAC Contemporary Art Museum Marseille, France

"THE RED LINE" Book 2013

Hatje Cantz Publisher
Texts by Noemi Smolik and Kenny Schachter

304 pages., 329 pictures,
21,7 x 28 cm, Linen embossed hard cover
€ 45,–
ISBN 978-3-7757-3633-6
May 2013

Jårg Geismar’s art is often unwieldy and generally difficult to categorize. He creates objects and images, as well as ephemeral installations and temporary interventions, which cannot be pigeonholed and are not made first and foremost for the market – the opposite of much of which characterizes the highly commodified, global contemporary art world on the threshold of the new millennium. His art transcends the normal ambitions and aspirations of many a contemporary artist, and his highly individual position occupies a very personal space, while at the same time addressing issues with a universal message. Kenny Schachter and Noemi Smolik delve into Geismar’s fascinating world of art and socio-cultural interaction from two highly divergent starting points and open new perspectives and ways of seeing.
Since the 1980s, the Swedish-born, German artist – a veritable globetrotter, who has lived for extended periods in both Japan and the United States – has been silently creating various trends within the contemporary art scenes at home and abroad. Transparency and ambiguity, tension and balance, lights and projectors, photographs and videos, drawings on carbon paper and cellophane, as well as actions and interventions involving cuisine and fashion, have all become trademarks of sorts. "THE RED LINE" reveals how Jårg Geismar transforms his inspiration taken from daily life and journeys into local neighborhoods around the world into his own unique and thought-provoking art. Geismar takes the viewer on a virtual journey into the self and helps to decode the often convoluted world that surrounds us.

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"COME CLOSER 2" Nässjö Kunsthall, Nässjö, Sweden
"fairytales" Gallery Ravne, Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Ruttkowski68, Cologne, Germany
"I read I write" Vamlingbo Bolaget, Gotland, Sweden
"#infiniteflowers"I-III , PLUS ONE Gallery Antwerpen
"Mixed Pickles" Ruttkowski68, Cologne, Germany
"AKKU1" Sitespecific installation, Düsseldorf
"Piccolo Cinema" curated by Martin Leyer-Pritzkow, Düsseldorf, Germany
" Future in Mind" 1999 The National Gallery Bangkok/Thailand
"living, loving and doing" 1999 Konstcentrum Gaevle/Sweden and , the Zambia National Visual Arts Council, Lusaka and the Mbala Art Center 2000/both Zambia
"Die banale Intellektualitaet " 1999, Paleis Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz/Austria
"LOW BUDGET" 1998, Konsthallen Göteborg, Sweden
"SPIRIT 104" 1998, Hallwylska Museum, ARKIPELAG, Stockholm Cultural Capital of Europe/Sweden
"You come and you go" as part of "MEDIALIZATION" in Sweden and Estonia curated by Joseph Backstein
"WOMEN, MEN, CHILDREN AND DOGS" 1997 IASPIS and Fylkingen, Stockholm/Swede

"LOW BUDGET" 1997 Kunsthalle zu Kiel/Germany
"IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH JEANNINE" Bejinhof Hasselt, Belgium
"Die verlorene Idee von der Ordnung der Dinge", Atatürk Cultural Center, Istanbul, Turkey and  Kunstpalast Dusseldorf, Germany
"Im Westen Nichts Neues" 1995 Staedtische Ausstellungshalle Am Hawerkamp, Muenster/Germany
"PUBLIC COPYRIGHT" 1994 Kunstverein fuer die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Duesseldorf/Germany
"MEN" 1994 Natalie Rivera, New York/USA
"If you can't come in smile as you go by" Thomas Taubert, Düsseldorf/Germany
"INBETWEEN" 1993 together with Adem Yilmaz LXV Biennial Venice, Italy
"My home is your home" Construction in Process, Lodz, Poland 1993
"Joint Venture" 1992 PS1, The Contemporary Art Instut New York/USA

"Unlimited" 1992 Limited Littman Gallery, Basel/Switzerland
"CABLES" 1992 Gallery Gabriele Rivet, Cologne
"WOMEN" 1991 Natalie Rivera, New York/USA
"Money money come to me" 1991 Avtosavodskaja Saal, Moscow/Russia
" VESPA" 1991 Espai 13, Joan Miro Fundacion Barcelona/Spain
"Femme Fatale" 1991 NEXT TO PUBLIC, Basel/ Switzerland
"Clothes Make People", 1991 Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo/Japan
"Food and People" 1990 Le Magasin, Grenoble/France
"Midnight-Express" 1990 Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf
"PHILIPS" 1990 De Fabriek, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
"Diamonds" 1990 Sandra Gering Gallery, New York/USA
"Decorative Things"1990 Offermann Gallery, Cologne/Germany
"Rosemary" 1989 Offermann Gallery, Cologne/Germany
"Future is based on Trust" Littmann Gallery, Basel/Switzerland
"Red" 1989 Stückfärberei Basel/Switzerland
"NY-Istanbul" 1989 Hannover subway stations, Hannover/Germany
"New York Art Made in Japan" 1989 Shingu/Japan
"New York Art Made in Japan" 1988 Yamazaki/Japan
"Action/Geismar-Action/Rees" 1987 Canalstreet, New York/USA
"NY/RAW/ROH" 1987 Thomas Krings-Ernst Gallery, Cologne/Germany
"Standort Düsseldorf 1986" Kunsthalle Düsseldorf /Germany
"unausgewogen" 1986 Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne/Germany 
"CITY" 020, 1986 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf/Germany
"OPAT" Paleis, Arnhem, The Netherlands 1984
"Den Bosch" ARTIS, s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 1984
"kyo" Stollwerk, Cologne, Germany 1984
"Projektionen" 1984 Künstlerhaus Hamburg/Germany
Room 228 , Kunstakademie Düsseldorf/Germany

"Restaurant Mes Amis"
are interactive installations, performances for five and more senses with  food, drinks, clothe line, audio, films and mixed media in museums, galleries and other locations by Jårg Geismar and invited guests. Started in 1988 in Japan. There have been more then 26 projects until today in Asia, USA and Europe.
Invitation card "Fish in a bottle" Restaurant Mes Amis Nr. 23 at La Cite de la Radieuse, Le Corbusier, Marseille, France 2013, Part of Cultural Capital of Europe MP Marseille-Provence 2013, Collection MAC Contemporary Art Museum Marseille, France

A.T.W.  -  Around the World - interactive forum for different  and overlapping media since 1986. Partipiciants from various professions and media, simultaneous exhibitions, projects and publications on different continents. Acting offices in Düsseldorf, New York and Tokyo  since 1985. Today in Düsseldorf.

A.T.W. PAST PRESENT FUTURE a retrospective worldwide exhibition and presentation.

PS.1 Museum, New York, USA 1991


2010 " CAR CITY" with 7 Belgium artists at MDA, Genk Belgium
2002 "ONE TO SEVEN", with 7 international artists at Gallery Rivet, Cologne, Germany
2000 "ART IS A VISIT" with in 8 international artists at AIAV Gallery, Akiyoshiday, Japan
1999 "FUTURE LAB" with 40 art students from 5 universities in Bangkok at The National Gallery Bangkok, Thailand
1998 "NUMEA" with 10 art students at different locations on site in the City and at the airport of Umea, Sweden
1995 "MISSION DIMENSION" with international artists at Hotel MODERN, Düsseldorf, Germany
1993 "HOTEL 48STD" Hotel Modern, curated together with Steven Pollack, Düsseldorf, Germany
1991 "Hotel 48H" OFF SOHO SUITES, curated together with Steven Pollack, New York, USA

"from_me_to_you" map and one of the 8 installations/interventions "message in a bottle" MAC Contemporary Art Museum Marseille and Cultural Capital of Europe Marseille-Provence 2013
Collection MAC, Contemporary Art Museum Marseille, France


Interview with Jårg Geismar - "In Düsseldorf ist alles ein bisschen zu brav" by Dr. Bertram Müller
in occasion of the exhibition "Piccolo Cinema" curated by Martin Leyer-Pritzkow. Rheinische Post, Düsseldof, February 19, 2015

Interview with Jårg Geismar – “Feeling my own blood" by Maria Nitulescu on the occasion of the solo exhibition at Jiri Svestka Gallery Berlin May 2 - June 14, 2014 Positive Magazine Berlin 2014

Review "The red line inbetween art and life" on the exhibition "Delights" at Galerie Fagerstedt in Cora, Stockholm 2015 by Cristina Karlstam.  in Swedish

almost all about geismar english M.14.05 from jarg geismar on Vimeo.

"daydreaming", 2004 interview, performance and film  with Jårg Geismar and Jiri Svestka at Jiri Svestka Gallery Prague by Daniel Hirschler, Cologne

"It's a wonderfull World" 1998 interview  with Jårg Geismar by Daniel Birnbaum at artnode hosted by Mats Broden, Stockholm, Sweden