Paul Pfeiffer


Born in Honolulu, Hawai’i HI 1966

Lives and works in New York NY



Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program 1998

MFA, Hunter College, New York NY 1994

BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA 1987



Solo Exhibitions



Incarnator, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin, Germany



Paul Pfeiffer, Vitruvian Experiments, Inhotim Institute, Brumadinho, Brazil

Paul Pfeiffer: Incarnator, Bellas Artes Outpost, Manila, Philippines

Desiderata, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France



Paul Pfeiffer: Screen Series, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago IL

Paul Pfeiffer, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England



Three Figures in a Room, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York NY

Paul Pfeiffer: Caryatids, Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii HI

Three Figures in a Room, Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong HK

Three Figures in a Room, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin,Germany



Vitruvian Figure, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Malate Manila, Philippines

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, U.S. Embassy, Vienna, Austria



Jerusalem, commissioned by Artangel (online)



Paul Pfeiffer: The Drives, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England



The Rules of Basketball: Works by Paul Pfeiffer and James Naismith's Original Rules of Basket Ball, curated by Regine Basha, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin TX

Playroom, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York NY

Carlier Gebauer, Berlin,Germany



Paul Pfeiffer, Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany 



Paul Pfieffer: In the Zone, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo NY



The Saints, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany

Perspektive Machine, BAIBAKOV art projects, Moscow, Russia



Monologue, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, Spain Carlier|Gebauer, Berlin, Germany

The Saints, Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary at Kunstzone Karlsplatz Technische Universität, Vienna, Austria

Paul Pfieffer, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England



The Saints, The Junction, Wembley, commissioned by Artangel, London, England

Paul Pfeiffer, Live from Neverland, The Project, New York

Morning After the Deluge, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City IA



Paul Pfeiffer, MC Kunst, Los Angeles CA



Pirate Jenny, Carlier Gebauer, Berlin, Germany

Morning After the Deluge, Museum of Art at Middlebury College, Middlebury VT



Pirate Jenny, The Project, New York NY

Pirate Jenny, Gagosian, New York NY

Paul Pfeiffer, Thomas Dane Gallery, London, England

Melina Mercuri Centre, Athens, Greece

K21, Kunstsammlung, Dusseldorf, Germany



Museum of Contemporary Art, Honolulu, Hawaii HI

Morning After the Deluge, Carlier | Gebauer, Berlin, Germany

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago IL

List Visual Art Centre, MIT, Cambridge MA

Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy



Sex Machine, The Project, Los Angeles CA

The Long Court (Rumble in the Jungle) MIT – List Visual Art Center, Cambridge MA

Orpheus Descending, Public Art Fund, World Trade & Financial Centers, New York NY

Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland

Barbican Centre, London, England

UCLA Hammer, Los Angeles CA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY



The Project, New York NY

Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany

Duke University Museum of Art, (with Romuald Hazoumé), Raleigh-Durham NC



The Pure Products Go Crazy, The Project, New York NY



The Pure Products Go Crazy, Cendrillon, New York NY



Santo Niño Incarnate, Colonial House Inn, New York NY



Survival of the Innocents, Art In General, New York NY



Group Exhibitions


Opere dalla Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo a Palazzo Biscari, Palazzo Biscari, Catania, Italy

To Make Wrong/ Right/ Now - Honolulu Biennial, Honolulu HI

This is Not America, Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, Canada

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Liz Glynn, Robert Grosvenor, Justin Matherly, Paul Pfeiffer, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York NY

The Historian’s Craft, ICA Milano, Milan, Italy



Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965-2018, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY
Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844 - 2018, LUMA Arles

Ekstase, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Ready? Ok!, The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Evidence, Metro Pictures, New York NY

The Journey That Wasn’t, The Broad, Los Angeles CA

Michael Jackson: On the Wall, National Portrait Gallery, London, England; [travelled to: Grand Palais, Paris, France; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany; Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland]

The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art, Perez Art Museum, Miami FL

A beast, a god, and a line, curated by Cosmin Costinas, Dhaka Art Summit, Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka, Bangladesh & Para Site Art Space, Hong Kong; [travelled to: TS1 Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland]

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, ICA Boston, Boston MA

Paper Empire, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia

SuperSet, Fuse, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco CA

Private Choices, Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels, Belgium

The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art, Perez Art Museum Miami, Miami FL



The Game Show, Lyndon House Arts Centre, Athens GA

Picture Industry, curated by Walead Beshty, Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson NY

Get’cha Head in the Game, The Naughton Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

I want! I want!: Art and Technology, Birmingham Museum, Birmingham, England

Versus Rodin: Bodies Across Space and Time, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
The Un-Private Jaguars and Electric Eels,
Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, Germany

Collection: Oracle, The Broad, Los Angeles CA

The Extended Moment, carlier|gebauer, Berlin, Germany



Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, New York

March Madness, Fort Gansevoort Outpost, New York, NY



Arena, curated by Adam Shopkorn, Flight Club, New York NY

Brief History of Humankind, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel [travelled to: Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany]

ésxatic photo, Samsøñ Projects, Boston MA

Blood Sport, Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University, Detroit MI

All the World’s a Stage. Works from the Goetz Collection, Sala de Arte Santander, Madrid, Spain

Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC

HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor MI

America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY



The Beautiful Game, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA



John Bock, Keren Cytter, Paul Pfeiffer, Gillian Wearing and Akram Zaatari, Regen Project, Los Angeles CA

Wish You Were Here, Chanel Waikiki/Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawai’i HI

Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo: Have you seen me before?, Whitechapel Gallery, London

Possibility of escape. For storming the reality studio and retake the universe, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain

Group Exhibition, Frye Museum, Seattle WA

And I Feel Fine, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Greece



We Could Be Heroes: The Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art, Brigham Young Museum of Art, Provo UT

Soccer, Museo de Arte Contempráneo de Monterrey, Mexico

The Sports Show, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, curated by David Little, Minneapolis MN

Audience as Subject, Part 2: Extra Large, curated by Betti-Sue Hertz, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco CA

Sophie Calle, Christian Marclay, Paul Pfeiffer, Walid Raad, Michael Sailstorfer, Carey Young, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York NY

First Amongst Equals (Part 1), Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia

First Amongst Equals (Part 2), Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia

Pursuit of Perfections: The Politics of Sports, South London Gallery, London, England



Why I Never Became a Dancer, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Soft Machines, Pace Gallery, New York NY

The Luminous Interval: D. Daskalopoulos Collection, curated by Nancy Spector and Katherine Brinson, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

Big Picture, Ständehaus, Düsseldorf, Germany

Entretiempos, La Regenta Arts Center, Lãs Palma de Gran Canarias, Spain

Human Nature, curated by Franklin Sirmans and Christine Kim, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA

Anonymous sculptures. Video and Form in Contemporary Art, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

Ball Game, Dunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas TX

American Dream, DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt, Germany



Passages. Travels in Hyperspace. A Selection of Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijon, Spain

Reverie, VCUarts Anderson Gallery, Richmond VA

Entretiempos, Museo d ľArte Província di Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy; PhotoEspaña/Centro Cultural de La Villa, Madrid, Spain

 Anonymous Sculptures. Vídeo and Form in Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseen Krefeld, Germany

Screening, 203-205 Brompton Road, London, England

SWEAT, Patrícia Low Gallery, Gstaad, Switzerland

LUSH LIFE, Salon 94 Freemans, New York NY

Julia Stoschek Collection: I want to see how you see, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London, England
Collecting Biennials, The Whitney, New York NY
Size DOES Matter, The FLAG Art Foundation, New York NY
Contemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum 2010 Rotunda, Guggenheim, New York NY
Americana, NGBK, Berlin, Germany
Hard Targets, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH



Pete and Repeat, 176 // Zabludowicz Collection, London, England

The Eye in the Door, Nikolaj Contemporary Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Coral Visual, Casa de La Cultura, Buenos Aires, Argentina

No Sound, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO

Video Journeys, Sister, Los Angeles CA

Flicks - The Cinematic In Art, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland

Waiting for Video: Works from the 1960s to Today, The National Museum of Modern Art

(MOMAT), Tokyo, Japan

The Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

A Certain State Of The World?, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia

Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in Sports, curated by Christopher Bedford,

Cranbrook Art Museum, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills MI; [travelled to: Center for

Art, Design and Visual Culture, Baltimore MD; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH; Art

Gallery of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury VT; The

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg PA; and Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University,

Middletown CT]



Revolutions - Forms That Turn, 16th Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Empire, Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA

Depletion: Works from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

Shadows, Dissappearances and Illusions, Miami Art Museum, Miami FL

Currents: Recent Acquisitions, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.

Reconstitutions, Reenactments, DHC/Art Montréal, Canada

Ghost in the Machine, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway



Automatic Update, Museum of Modern Art, New York NY

Invisible, Max Wigram Gallery, London, England
For the Love of the Game, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford CT
Art in America: Now, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art and the Shanghai Museum, Shanghai, China

The Shapes of Space, Guggenheim Museum, New York NY

NO.1: DESTROY, SHE SAID, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany



Visions du Déluge, Le Musee cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne Palais de Rumine, Lausanne, Switzerland

Meditations in an Emergency, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit MI

The Gold Standard, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York NY

Fantastic Frameworks, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Choosing My Religion, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland

Full House: Views of the Whitney’s Collection at 75, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY

The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: 60 Years, Colby College, Waterville ME

Strange Powers, Creative Time, New York NY

Time Frame, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York NY

IAMNOWHERE, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College, curated by Erica Hope Fisher, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York NY

You Never Walk Alone: Football and Fan Culture, The O.K. Center for Contemporary Art Linz, Austria

Work Zones: Three Decades of Contemporary Art from SFAI, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA

Home Productions, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Republic of Singapore

Filipiniana, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain



Faces in the Crowd: Picturing Modern Life from Manet to Today, Castello de Rivoli, Turin, Italy

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI

Log Cabin, Artist Space, New York NY



CUT: Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video, North Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami FL

Contested Fields: Identity in Sports and Spectacle, Des Moines Art Center, Indianapolis IN

Modern Means: Continuity and Change in Art, 1880 to the Present, Mori Art MuseumTokyo, Japan

Pirate Jenny, The Project, New York NY

Cut: Film as Found Object in Contemporary Video, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee WI

10 Commandments, Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany



The Moderns, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy

100 Artists See God, Independent Curators International, The Jewish Museum San Francisco, CA; [travelled to: ICA, London, England; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach VA; Freedman Art Gallery, Reading PA; Cheekwood Museum of Art, Nashville TN]



Tempo, Museum of Modern Art, New York NY

Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea

21, Dusseldorf, Germany

NYC Sex, Museum of Sex, New York NY



49th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Bitstreams, TheWhitney Museum, New York NY

The Americans, Barbican Arts Centre, London, England

Loop, Kunsthalle der Hypo-kultursiftung, Munich & Germany & touring to PS1, New York NY

Casino 2001, SMAK Ghent, Belgium



Hypermental, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland






Teiger Mentor, Cornell University



Dodd Chair Residency, The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, GA



American Academy in Berlin, Fellow, Berlin, Germany



The Alpert Award in the Arts, Visual Arts



Artpace Residency, San Antonio, TX



MIT List Visual Arts Center Residency



The Bucksbaum Award, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Travel Grant, Asian Cultural Council



The Public Art Fund

World Trade Center Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY



Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to the Philippines


Project Grant, Art Matters



Travel Grant Pilot, National Endowment for the Arts and Arts International



Barbara Smith Artists Trust; two-year grant for studio work



Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program



MFA, Hunter College, New York NY                    



BFA, San Francisco Art Institute



Public Collections


Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium  

Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf, Germany

Museo d´arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy

Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão, Portugal

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - MCA Chicago, Chicago IL

Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, England

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York NY  

Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Monica CA

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden WA