Nora Schultz


Nora Schultz (Frankfort, DE, 1975) explores the relations between painting, sculpture, performance, and language. She tends to capture the moment where forms become signs and elements of language. She is interested in translation and in the shifts that occur when external realities and cultural patterns are readapted. She mainly works with industrial materials that she collects in the surroundings of her studio in Berlin (metal of all sorts, rugs, shafts, tubes, ropes). Process and shifting are the bases of her practice which concerns transformation within each context. She remodels found objects into abstract sculpted paintings characterized by precarious balance. Her sculptures often end up taking the shape of printing machines, questioning language and the authority of its grammatical forms in an active process of materialisation.

Nora Schultz had several solo shows including Finished by Fish at dépendance, Brussels(2023); 3 Months Later at Klosterruine, Berlin(2022); would you say this is the day? at Secession, Vienna (2019);

Nora Schultz : River (performance) at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); BMW Tate Live: Performance Room – Nora Schultz at Tate Modern, London (2014); Parrottree – Building for Bigger Than Real at Renaissance Society, Chicago (2014); Portikus Plant and Portikus Sounds at Portikus, Frankfurt (2012); COMMA 35 at Bloomberg Space, London (2011); Avere luogo at Fondazione Giuliani, Rome( 2010) and 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 at Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2009).

Her work has also been part of numerous group shows as in Evan Jose, Nora Schultz, Julian Tromp, Can at Vienna(2023; in Sound As Sculpture, curated by Thomas Feulmer at The Warehouse, Dallas (2022); in Exhibition of the Jahresgaben at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2021); in Skulptur Projekte in Münster (2017) and she had a two-persons show at Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2016-17).

Past group exhibitions include Art Price Böttcherstraße at Kunsthalle Bremen, Der Kunstverein in Bremen (2016); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); Bricologie - Le Souris et le Perroquet at Villa Arson, Nice (2015); Chat Jet: Skulptur in Reflexion (Part 2) at Künstlerhaus, Graz (2014); Nature after Nature at Fridericianum, Kassel (2014); Version Control at Arnolfini, Bristol (2013); I knOw yoU at Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2013); Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language at MoMA, New York (2012); That’s The Way We Do It at Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011); Non-Solo Show, Non-Group Show at Kunsthalle Zurich (2009); Collatéral at Confort Moderne, Poitiers (2009) and On Interchange – Zwischenspiele einer Sammlung at Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Germany (2008).

Selected Works