Stephan Kurr


  • born May 1st in Nuremberg, lives in Berlin

1983 – 84

  • studied at the Hochschule der bildenden Künste Kassel (D)

1985 – 91

  • studied at the Akademie der bildenden Künste Nuremberg (D)


  • awarded "Akademiepreis", Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts


  • Meisterschüler (Master)


  • awarded "Absolventenpreis" (best graduated) from the Nuremberg Academy

1992 / 93

  • DAAD (German academic exchange program) - scholarship, Yemen

1993 - 96

  • Assistant to Prof. Werner Knaupp, at the Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts


  • Co-founder of the World Adornment Association (Weltverschönerungsverein), Nuremberg, Winterthur, Turin


  • Co-founder of the Sunday Academy (Sonntagsakademie)
  • Scholarship from the Bavarian Ministry of Science and Culture for young Scientists and Artists


  • awarded "Debutantenpreis" of the Bavarian Ministry of Science and Culture



  • Visiting artist at Concordia University, Montréal


  • DAAD (German academic exchange program) - scholarship, visiting professor at Concordia University, Montréal


  • Book production grant by the Senate of Science, Culture and Research of the City of Berlin
  • Residency at HIAP, Helsinki International Artist-in-residence Program, Finland


  • Exhibition grant by ifa (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations of Germany), Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Wins the competition for an artwork for the canteen of the gasag limited in the Shell Building, Berlin



  • Wins the competition for an ephemeral artwork on the Marzahner Promenade, Berlin
  • Grant for "Elementarwerk" by Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung (cultural education Berlin)


  • Wins the competition: „exhibition, artistic interventions and walks“ as part of the dialogue on the planing of the city centre of Berlin „Alte Mitte – neue Liebe?“ (old city - new love), together with Veronika Brugger and Philipp Wehage


  • Wins the competition for an artwork for the Clay-School, Berlin

artistic activities:


  • conception and realisation of different formats of investigations of the city surrounding the TV-tower of Berlin, on behalf of the Senate of Berlin, in cooperation with Veronika Brugger (mediation), Phillip Wehage (architecture and city planing) und Maria Simons (exhibition design)


  • “Elementarwerk“ (elementary work) 5 partly animated educative videos, made by students of the Erwin-von-Witzleben elementary school, Berlin (DVD, ca. 60 min.)



  • “Das Bild das wir haben“ (the image we have) facade of the Picture Gallery of Anhalt, Georgium, Dessau (D)
  • “alles ist Arbeit ist alles“, (on work and idleness) drawing in cooperation with students of Carl-von-Ossietzky University, Oldenburg for the cafeteria of Öffentliche Insurance Company, Oldenburg (D)
  • “Lugar a Dudas - espacio en residencia“, Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, El Parqueadero, Bogotá, Colombia


  • ““, part of „48 hours Neukölln“, Berlin

2010 – 11


  • “3. Open Academy Vietnam“, Workshop at the University of Fine Arts Hué; open workspace at Zero Station, Saigon; talk at the University of Fine Arts Saigon
  • “19 Freiheiten“, (19 freedom) collaboration with María Linares; workshops on the basic rights with kids from Berlin- Neukölln, initiated by the Institute Art in Context at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Office of Arts Neukölln, were merged into an exhibition and catalogue and completed with a video installation at the Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin


  • “HELD DU HELD" (hero you hero) animated video installation, project with Roma kids from Berlin; part of „On Use Value of Art – Art as a Social Practice", exhibited at Cultural Centre REX, Belgrade, Serbia und Babel Art Space, Trondheim, Norway
  • "ausgezeichnet! - Zeichnung zwischen Kunst und Wissenschaft“ (drawing between art and science), animated movie project with school kids of the secondary school Ofenerdiek, shown at Landesmuseum „Natur und Mensch“, museum of natural history Oldenburg (D)
  • “Kulturfolger“,animated movie project with school kids of the Fritz Karsen school, shown at „NatUrban“ as part of „48 hours Neukölln“. Berlin


  • “Man kann hier keine Wahrheiten erwarten“, (one can’t expect any truth around here), ticket counter and information desk at the art-fair, Art Forum, Berlin
  • “auction of money sculptures“ at the performance festival "Was ist das WERT", Hellerau European Centre for the Arts, Dresden (D)
  • "Verortetes Verlangen - Mapping traces", Arttransponder, Berlin


2006 – 08

  • “Take Away“, participatory and site specific project at the cafeteria of the gas company GASAG, Berlin



  • “Arbeit. Arbeit! Arbeit?“, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin
  • “Umleitung (Déturnement) – contemporary use of situationists’ practices “, workspace in collaboration with Sezgin Boynik, at Westend 05, Leipzig (D)
  • “The Blind Man, No.3“ (solo) Ryllega Gallery, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • “Proximities: Artists’ Statements and their Works“, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, Canada




  • “WährungsTausch“, Kunst Galerie Fürth (D)



  • “Wegen Selbst Aufgabe“ (solo) Galerie Gruppe Grün, Bremen (D)
  • “Sozialmaschine Geld“, O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst, Linz (A)



  • installation of Grenzgängerhäuschen at "Når det fremmede foruroliger" Sønderjyllands Kunstmuseum, Tønder, Denmark
  • “zebra crossing", Unione Culturale Franco Antonicelli, Turin (I)


  • “Grenzgängertournee", installation of the Grenzgängerhäuschen at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin,
    Galerie La Station, Nice (F)
    CRÉDAC d’Ivry, Paris,
    at „Picturale Est“, CRAC d’Alsace, Altkirch, (F),
    at “Festival de Teatro en la Calle de Alcorcón“, Madrid,
    and within the urban space of Limoges (F), Amiens (F), Valencia (E) and Alicante (E)
  • Villa Romana propositions, Städelsche Galerie, Frankfurt/Main (D)


  • “auction of a money sculpture", Germanic National Museum, Nuremberg (D)
  • “Leichte Arbeiten“, (solo) gallery KUNST IM GANG, Bamberg (D)


  • “positionen und tendenzen", Faber-Castel castle, Stein (D)


  • “general view", site specific project at the library’s cafeteria of Samsara Al-Mansuriah, Sana’a, Yemen


  • “164 Countries" (solo) gallery Bauer&Bloessl, Nuremberg (D)
  • “12 Houses“, site specific project for 12 bus stops in Nuremberg (D)


  • “Kunstraum Franken", Kunsthalle Nuremberg, (D)
    Gallery of the city of Gera (former GDR)
    Gallery of the city of Krakow (PL)
    National Art Gallery, Skopje, (former Yugoslavia)


  • “Young Artists of the Academy of Nuremberg", Feierabendhaus BASF, Ludwigshafen, (D)
  • “ Young Artists of the Academies of Nurembergand Munich", Kunsthalle Nuremberg (D)
    Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringer Strasse, Munich

public collections:

  • Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen (D)
  • Bayrische Staatsgemäldesammlung, Munich
  • Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
  • Sammlung Pfleiderer Industries, Neumarkt / Oberpfalz (D)
  • Sammlung der BASF, Ludwigshafen (D)