Jan Kuck, born 1978 in Hannover, lives and works in Berlin and Munich and is represented by the artist agency Bernheimer Contemporary, headquartered in Berlin.
In his conceptual art he pointedly works out both the wit and the tragedy of our society. An important theme that runs through all of his work is the varied use of light, often in conjunction with words.
Kucks intention is to illustrate a humorous critical point of view.
His focus lies on conceptional and performance art. This can be expressed through criticism of the unreflected awkward decadency of our nowadays society or even by playful constructions of reality. His ideas and conceptual art is expressed through all different kinds of media: sculptures, installations, video works, performances and design.
Kucks art – and design works are a mirror of his biography.
At first he studied law, a path that he has to left shortly before his first state examination, cause the stiff environment would have led him straight into insanity. The logical outcome for Kuck was to engage in the studies of philosophy and history in order to understand how artistic approaches can be transformed into concepts and performances.
His master’s thesis in philosophy considered the question, how the standard of living is affected by the money paradigm of our economic systems.
In 2012, under director Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Jan Kuck had his first major gallery exhibition (PACKET-SOUP) at the non-commercial gallery SAVVY Contemporary Berlin, which was held under great media attention.
From June 2014 Jan Kuck has been represented by BERNHEIMER CONTEMPORARY. Since than until March 2022 he took part in almost 70 exhibitions in Germany and also worldwide.
Among others: Benefit Auctions for the Pinakothek der Moderne Munich, Arsenale Docks during the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale, Highlights Art Fair Munich, Art Fair Budapest, Ansbach Biennale, Genoa Biennale, SOFA CHICAGO Art fair, State Textile- and Industrymuseum Augsburg, Deutsches Museum Munich, Palazzo Ducale Genoa.
Especially his last exhibitions received great attention in the press and art scene. After his solo presentation at Kunsthalle München Time to talk now! (April 2019), Jan Kuck spoke at TEDx Munich and was the first light artist to get the chance to play the Munich Siegestor during MCBW 2020 with his light installation DESIGN! or NO SIGN?
His largest art installation in public space to date is THE BURNING RIVER, for which he set nearly 100 meters of Munich‘s Isar River at the height of the Deutsches Museum seemingly ablaze with industrial lasers in March 2020, asking people from all over the world to answer the question „What are you burning for?“
From summer to fall 2021, numerous of his neon signs were exhibited in Munich, Augsburg and Passau as part of the Designwalk.Art exhibition, including in front of the synagogue in Munich.
In August 2022, he exhibited several of his art-works in the park of Schloss Bellevue at the Federal President‘s Citizens‘ Festival.
From Mai 2022 until the beginning of 2023 two of his TIME MATTERS neon-works were installed at the historic entrance gate of the Protestant Central Cemetery Regensburg.
Currently he is preparing national and international solo and group shows, as well as installations in the public space of several major European cities.
„Art is philosophy that sets in with multidimensional beauty and sharp wit, where words alone are no longer sufficient to ask the really basic, disturbing, and above all, inspirational questions.“
EXHIBITIONS & TALKS
2024 (February) THE BURNING CANAL, Copenhagen Light Festival 2024
2023 (October) Art and Beat Party @ Museum für konkrete Kunst, Ingoldstadt
2023 (October) THE GLOWING ZOLLKANAL, Hamburg
2023 (September) ARACHNE & more – Berlin Artweek @ Bermel von Luxburg Gallery, Berlin
2023 (June – July) „sali e tabacchi“ with Peter Vahlefeld @ Galerie Michael Heufelder, Munich
2023 (from April 2023 – permanently) TIME MATTERS @ MAIIIM Genoa, Italy
2023 (January) WORDS ARE OVERESTIMATED @ Gallery Koppelmann, Cologne
2023 (February) ARACHNE, Copenhagen Light Festival 2023
2022 (from May until December) MUCBOOK CLUBHAUS „FRANZI“, Munich
2022 (November) ART COLOGNE @ Malte Uekermann Kunsthandel, Berlin
2022 (October) „Jede:r macht Geschichte – aber nicht jede:r wird dabei so sichtbar“ über Sophie Scholl @ Kulturforum Klosterkirche, Traunstein
2022 (August – September) TIME MATTERS @ Malte Uekermann Kunsthandel, Berlin
2022 (August) TIME MATTERS @ Federal President‘s Citizens‘ Festival in Schloss Bellevue, Berlin
DesignWalk.Art PART II, Art in public space @ Nuremberg
ART Düsseldorf – Main Artist @Allianz Lounge, Düsseldorf
2022 (March – April)
Honey, it’s all about money! Neons & NFT @Bonhams Munich
2021 (September – October)
DesignWalk.Art, Art in public space @ Munich, Augsburg, Passau
TIME MATTERS @ Pallazo Ducale Genoa, Italy
2021 (06th March – 14th March)
DESIGN IS EVERYWHERE @ MCBW Munich
2020 -2021 (May – February)
Amish Quilts meet Modern Art, tim | Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum, Augsburg
2020 (July – August)
Gruppenausstellung bei Michael Heufelder, München
2020 (7th March – 15th March)
The Burning River @ Isar, Munich
2020 (18th February – 17th March)
DESIGN! or NO SIGN? @ Siegestor Munich, MCBW Munich
(November) – 2020 (March)
Burn Baby Burn…The Power of Burning Thoughts @ The Center for Advanced Studies – LMU Munich
2019 (October – November)
Bernheimer Contemporary @ Ed.Meier München
Art Düsseldorf Bernheimer Fine Art, Düsseldorf
2019 (10th November)
TEDx Munich – BACK TO THE FUTURE,Munich
2019 (January – February)
BC-PopUp @ Potsdamer Platz, Berlin
VANITAS IS CONTEMPORARY, BC-PopUp @ Gallery Jordanow, Munich
POSITIONS Art Fair, Stand Telefonseelsorge, Berlin
GOLD – Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart
2018 (September – October)
MONUMENTA – intelligence of many, Leipzig
paper positions basel, Bernheimer Contemporary, Basel
2018 (April – June)
WONDERLAND I & II at historischer Kornversuchsspeicher, Berlin
Temporary Culture Artlab at historischer Kornversuchsspeicher, Berlin
2018 (January – February)
SEGRETE Tracce di Memoria – Artisti alleati in memoria della Shoah, Genova Italy
2017 (November – December)
HISTORY IS NOW – solo exhibition Jan Kuck @ ANNA LAUDEL contemporary, Istanbul,Turkey
ART MARKET BUDAPEST – Bernheimer Contemporary, Budapest Hungary
MATERIAL BOYS & GIRLS – PART II @ Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin
Contemporary Istanbul 2017 Art Fair @ ANNA LAUDEL contemporary
MATERIAL BOYS & GIRLS – PART I @ Pictet, Munich
2017 (June – July)
WE ALL LOVE ART @ Schlachthaus.fresh&fine art SevenStarGallery
2017 (July – August)
Biennale “Le latitudini dell’arte” 3° ediz. Germania e Italia
2016 – 2017 (November – July)
ARACHNE – Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum Augsburg – tim Bayern, Augsburg Germany
2017 (April – June)
MIXED REALITIES @ Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin
ARACHNE – MCBW FORUM @ Deutsches Museum, Munich
2017 (January – February)
LET‘S PLAY ?!, Bernheimer Contemporary @ Galerie Kremers, Berlin
2016 (December 2016 – February 2017)
WHEN DID WE STOP PLAYING – ART350 / Anna Laudel Contemporary, Istanbul
SOFA CHICAGO Art fair – Berengo Studio, Chicago USA
2016 (October – November)
stARTart by BC, Berlin – Bernheimer Contemporary @ Palais an der Oper, Munich
WIDE(R)KUNST @ Holzmarkt Berlin
BERLIN ART WEEK EXHIBITION – Enter Art Foundation, Berlin
Positions Berlin – Stiftung Telefonseelsorge, Berlin
Y – WHY? II -group exhibition @ Bernheimer Contemporary, Berlin
2016 (August – September)
Ansbach Contemporary- 1st Biennale for Contempoary Art at the residential city Ansbach
2016 (July – September)
PLASTIC Obsession @ Umweltbundesamt, Dessau
2016 (April – June 2016)
What would I die for? – Bernheimer Contemporary @ Residenz Monijou, Berlin
2016 (February – April)
Reflection . self-reflection – Bernheimer Contemporary @ Residenz Monbijou, Berlin
2015 (November – December)
THE TASTE OF ADDICTION – Bernheimer Contemporary @ Residenz Monbijou, Berlin
nice from far from nice – Pop-Up Restaurant with Bernheimer Contemporary & Moritz von Hohenzollern – Munich
PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. – 13. BENEFIZAUKTION 2015, Munich
VANTIAS – Bernheimer Contemporary as guest at Bernheimer Fine Old Masters, Munich
2014 (May – August)
The T.TABLE II – Q110 – Die Deutsche Bank der Zukunft, Berlin
2013 (October – November)
The T.TABLE I – JRGallery, Berlin