JOHN ISAACS
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UPCOMING
— Food - the Super Metaphor of our Time, Kunstmuseum Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark, 20.09. - 28.05.18


CURRENTLY
— Abstracted #1, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 02.06. - 16.07.17
— Abstracted #2, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, 15.06. - 16.07.17
— Proof of Life, Weserburg, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany, 20.05. - 25.02.18
— Why Look at Animals?, The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, UK, 20.05. - 11.03.18


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
— 2016 Only Words, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
The 13 Corners, Solo Exhibition, Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara, Mexico
— 2015 Inconsolus, Votes for children, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
— 2014 The architecture of empathy, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy
The architecture of empathy, Galerie Haas Zürich, Switzerland
— 2013 The hand that rocks the cradle, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany
The architecture of empathy, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
— 2011 The closest I ever came to you, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
— 2010 Tears welling up inside, Wendt + Friedman Gallery, Berlin, Germany
A perfect soul, OPA, Guadalajara, Mexico
You are innocent in your dreams, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
— 2009 Let the golden age begin, Museum 52, London, UK
— 2008 Gathering Dust, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
Glass Eye ... Glass Soul, Museum 52, New York, US
— 2007 You said you would always be there, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
The supernatural world in which I am professionally involved, Invaliden 1, Berlin, Germany
A perfect soul, Museum 52, London, UK
— 2006 What is it that there is something and nothing, Museum 52, Basel, Switzerland
— 2005 Are you like me full of hope and full of fear, Museum 52, London, UK
Are you like me full of hope and full of fear, Feigen Contemporary, New York, US
— 2004 Are we not the same you and I, Museum 52, London, UK
If not now then when, Gallery Judin, Zurich, Switzerland
— 2004 Other peoples lives, 20.21 Gallery, Essen, Germany
Is more than this more than this, De Bond, Bruges, Belgium
— 2003 Voices from the id, Beaconsfield, London, UK
Dumb planets are round too, VTO Gallery, London, UK
Dumb planets are round too, Feigen Contemporary, New York, US
— 2002 Are you still mad at me, Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland
Voices from the id, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
— 2000 The Turning Point, MArtLab Gallery, Imperial College Residency, London, UK
— The Diary of a Loner, 20.21 Gallery, Essen, Germany
1999 The Incomplete History of Unknown Discovery, 20.21 Gallery Essen, Germany
— 1998 The Diary of a Loner, Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff, UK
— 1997 The Matrix of Amnesia, Imperial College, London, UK


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
— 2017 So many steps, so little time, De Bond, Bruges, Belgium
Daydreaming with UNKLE Presents...The Road: SOHO, Lazarides, London, UK
Small – an exploration of miniature, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Faith & Fathom, Galleria Poggiali, Florence, Italy
Fata Morgana: Selections from the Goss-Michael Collection, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US
My Abstract World, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany
Living in Dreams, De Bond, Bruges, Belgium
Red Desert, Artvera´s Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Elastic Collisions, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
The inner skin - Art and Shame, Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Marta Herford, Germany
Washington 186, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Meet me in Heaven, Schloss Tüssling, Germany
Unique, John Isaacs, Galleria Poggliali, Pietrasanta, Italy
— 2016 Forever, Bubox, Kortrijk, Belgium
2050. A Brief History of the Future, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
The Difference between Sunrise and Sunset, Schloss Tüssling, Germany
Private Exposure, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany
Divine Decadence, Kasteel van Gaasbeek, Belgium
Daydreaming With...Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, London, UK
The De Lirio Curiosity Shop Vol. 1, Galerie Braubachfive, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Sternstunde 100 Zeichnungen, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany
Weird and Wonderful, From the Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
— 2015 Salviamo la pelle, Galleria Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Lucca, Italy
Sueurs Froides, ENAC - Leonard de Vinci Cultural Centre, Toulouse, France
Modell Mittelholzer – Die Afrikaflüge als Anlass, Kulturraum am Klosterhof, St. Gallen, Switzerland
NGORONGORO – Artist Weekend Berlin, Lehderstrasse 34, Berlin, Germany
Humble Me, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Press Art, Galerie Pascal Polar, Brussels, Belgium
But do we know exactly where it breaks? Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve Paris, Loft 19, Paris, France
Playing Pool with a Rope, Metropol Park, Berlin, Germany
Kunstenfestival Watou 2015, Watou, Belgium
Arcadia Unbound, Funkhaus Berlin, Germany
Tous pour Tous, Centre culturel Les Chiroux, Liège, France
Hospice Thousand Thighs, CAN, Art Centre Neuchatel, Switzerland
Falling Fictions, me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany
Imago Mundi - Map of the new Art, Luciano Benetton Collection, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy
Absurd builders, handymen utopia, Abbaye Saint André, Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac, France
Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Musei Vaticani, Rome, Italy
About trees, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
Dark Ages, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2050. A Brief History of the Future, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
Fleischeslust, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, Germany
— 2014 Freedom not Genius, Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
Kunst und Alchemie – Das Geheimnis der Verwandlung, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
Full House: 100 Artists, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Aus dem Fundus der botanischen Semantik, Cruise & Callas, Berlin, Germany
Touch, Galerie Hartwich, Sellin, Germany
Le Mur, Works from the Collection of Antoine de Galbert, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Ideal Standard, Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Schwarze Sauberei, Tete, Berlin, Germany
The Remarkable Lightness of Being, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
— 2013 Glasstress: White Light/White Heat, Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, Italy
Babel, Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
C´est la vie – Das ganze Leben, Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, Germany
Signs of the Times, Carré Sainte-Anne, Montpellier, France
Flesh Reality, Point Zero, London, UK
The name is Burroughs − Expanded Media, Sammlung Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
Wonderful – Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke, Die Olbricht Collection, Me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany
UndeREALisme, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Perpignan, France
Kaboom!, Weserburg, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
Viewing Room, All Visual Arts, London, UK
Body Wars, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK
Highlights from the Collection II, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, US
— 2012 Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, US
Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Being, All Visual Arts, London, UK
Freedom not Genius, Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, Italy
Death: A Self-Portrait, The Richard Harris Collection, Wellcome Collection, London, UK
Sculptors’ Drawings and Works on Paper, Pangolin London, UK
Alice im Wunderland der Kunst, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
The Aspiration Factory, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Friends & Family, Kenny Schachter, Rove, London, UK
Het Gewichtige Lichaam, Museum Boerhaave, The Netherlands
Documenta 13, The Worldly House, Kassel, Germany
Face Off, Gallerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, Germany
The name is Burroughs − Expanded Media, ZKM, Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
The End, Jacob's Island Gallery, London, UK
Voyage Voyage, Maison de l'Amerique Latine, Paris, France
Artist´s Merchandising Art, Wonderloch Kellerland, Berlin, Germany / LA, US
Kunstenfestival Watou, Watou, Belgium
The End of Everything / A New Beginning, Larm Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Till Rabus, Artiste Invité: John Isaacs, Gallery Une, Auvernier-Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Gromiam - Les 20 ans de Groland, Miam, France
Schriftuur/Scripture, De Bond, Bruges, Belgium
Babel, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, France
— 2011 Wax – Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture, GL Strand, Copenhagen, Denmark
Verschwende deine Jugend, Wendt + Friedmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Tous Cannibales!, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
La Vallée Patibulaire, kuratiert von C. Bittermann, Berlin, Germany
Human + The Future of our Species, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
WAX – Sensation in Contemporary Sculpture, KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art, Aalborg, Denmark
All Cannibals!, ME Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany
Zwei Sammler: Thomas Olbricht und Harald Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
Berlin Klondyke, curated by Irmelin and Reinald Nohal, Odd Gallery, Dawson, Canada
Bulbus oculi – my precious, Kunstruimte deWILLEM3, Netherlands
The Dicks & Bonus Material, Teapot Gallery, Cologne, Germany
Sounds like Architecture, Castles of Poeke and Schuurlo, St Maria Aalter, Belgium
Portraits de Collectionneurs – Jocelyne et Fabrice Petignat, Muro, Geneva
Dead Lines, Von der Heydt Kunsthalle, Wuppertal-Barmen, Germany
HabiteR / Collection Frac Midi-Pyrénées les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
Mémoires du futur, la collection Olbricht, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Paradies, Wendt + Friedmann Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Wild Thing, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, UK
— 2010 Melodrama, MARCO, Vigo, Spain
1910 Figur 2010, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
In fifteen minutes everybody will be famous, Tape Modern, Berlin, Germany
Rude Britannia, Tate Britain, London, UK
The weighty body, Dr. Guislain Museum, Ghent, Belgium
Art Barter, HBC, Berlin, Germany
Lebenslust & Totentanz. Olbricht Collection, Kunsthalle Krems, Germany
Alchemy of Delusion, Aeroplastics, Brussels
Vanitas: The Transience of earthly pleasures, All Visual Arts, London, UK
berlinerzimmer #2, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck, Austria
Auf Leben und Tod – Der Mensch in Malerei und Fotografie, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Germany
Public Image, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, UK
— 2009 SAABSDPDJIMKRLCPSSSFWMW, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany
Natural Wonders, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow, Russia
Works on paper, Museum 52, London, UK
Transzendenz Inc., Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany
That’s all Folks!, Stadhallen, Bruges, Belgium
Dream Time, Les Abattoirs, Museum of Modern Art, Toulouse, France
Lynchmob, HBC, Berlin, Germany
Mythologies, Haunch of Venison, London, UK
Distortion, Venice Biennale, Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy
Wind in Athens/Möhren in Athen, Myllerou 27, Athens, Greece
Fool´s Food, CAN, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Eat Me – Drink Me, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas, US
Borderline Pleasure, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Germany
Luxus - Ruhe - Wollust, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, Germany
Projection, Venice Film Festival, Gervasuti Foundation, Venice, Italy
Transzendenz Inc., Forgotten Bar, Berlin, Germany
Tier-Werden Mensch-Werden, NGBK, Berlin, Germany
Zaunkönig, Wendt+Friedmann Gallerie, Berlin, Germany
Can birds fly?, Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt, Germany
— 2008 Tell me, Witzenhausen Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gravity, Artium, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
Deadly Serious, EXPRMNTL Galerie, Toulouse, France
12 – Works on paper, Gallery Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck, Austria
NéoFutur, Les Abattoirs, Museum of Modern Art, Toulouse, France
Evolution, Max Lang Gallery, New York, US
Paul Thek. Werkschau im Kontext zeitgenössischer Kunst, Collection Falckenberg, Hamburg, Germany
Holy Smoke, Cokkie Snoei, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Deadly Serious, Exprm´ntl Gallery, Toulouse, France
Go for it!, Olbricht Collection (a sequel), Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Lustwarande 08 – Wanderland, Park de Oude Warande, Fundament Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands
Everybody knows this is nowhere, Wendt+Friedmann Galerie, Berlin, Germany
When fears become form, CAN, Centre d’Art Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Nature is a Workshop, Turner Contemporary, Kent, UK
— 2007 Mutatis, mutandis - Collection d’Antoine de Galbert, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Say it isn’t so, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Rocker’s Island. Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Symbolism and Contemporary Art, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
Wellcome Collection, The Wellcome Trust, London, UK
Sick. Between body and mind, Dr. Guislain Museum, Ghent, Belgium
Fearful Objects, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, US
Rare Essence, Aeroplastics, Brussels, Belgium
Paul Thek. Werkschau im Kontext zeitgenössischer Kunst, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
— 2006 Blessed are the Merciful, Kinz + Tillou Fine Art, New York, US
Assemblage III, Museum 52, London, UK
Global Tour, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands
L’infinito dentro lo sguardo, Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy
Absolumental, Les Abattoires, Toulouse, France
Mankind. Story of a wound, S.M.A.K. Museum of Modern Art, Ghent, Belgium
L’Homme-Paysage, Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille, France
In the darkest hour there may be light, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
— 2005 New Sculpture, Museum 52, London, UK
Les Grands Spectacles, Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg, Austria
Boost in the Shell, De Bond, Bruges, Belgium
FRAKTALE IV, Palast der Republik, Berlin, Germany
Oracle of Truth, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Chronic Epoch, Beaconsfield, London, UK
— 2004 Without fear or reproach, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Blickverbindung, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany
Mike Kelley – The Uncanny, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool & Museum Moderner Kunst Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
Bad Behaviour, Arts Council Collection, National touring exhibition, UK
Pretty World, Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels, Belgium
Extended horizons, Galleria d ́Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, Verona, Italy
The Ten Commandments, Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany
Terror, Beaconsfield, London, UK
L’intime, Behind closed doors, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
Animals, Haunch of Venison, London, UK
De leur temps. Collections privées Francaises, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, France
Dreamscapes, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
— 2003 Melodrama, MARCO, Vigo, Spain
STOP!, South Bank, London, UK
Moving Energies # 01, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
The Human Zoo, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, UK
Entranced, VTO, London, UK
Bad Behaviour, Arts Council Collection National touring exhibition, various locations, UK
Without fear or reproach, Witte Zaal, Ghent, Belgium
Opzij van het kijken, Watou, Belgium
Female Turbulence, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Real by Reel, Wouter van Leeuwen Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Einblicke in Privatsammlungen, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Rancho Notorious, Pearl, London, UK
— 2002 Melodrama, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz & Palacio de los Condes de Gabia/Centro José Guerrero, Granada, Spain
Ebenbilder, Ruhrlandmuseum, Essen, Germany
Iconoclash, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Kunst nach Kunst, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Magic, VTO, London, UK
Wächserne Identitäten, Georg Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
— 2001 Big Blue – Century City, Tate Modern, London, UK
Ohne Zögern – Without Hesitation – Sammlung Olbricht, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Interaktionen – Natur & Architektur, S.M.A.K., Stadt Borken, Germany
Minimal – Maximal, Chiba City Museum of Art, Chiba, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
The Tattoo Show, Modern Art, London, UK
— 2000 Katastrophen und Desaster, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Spectacular Bodies, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
Disasters of War, KW, Berlin, Germany
Front, Bilis, London, UK
— 1999 Minimal – Maximal, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, CGAC, Spain
Bad Bad, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Center for Contemporary Visual Arts, Bilbao, Spain
Nerve Systems, ICA, London, UK
Unsichere Grenzen, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Wohin kein Auge reicht, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
A mountain and a valley, Cubitt Street Gallery, London, UK
— 1998 Post Naturam – Nach der Natur, Ausstellungshalle zeitgenössische Kunst Münster, Germany
Passage, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany
Host, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Plaats / The Kindness of Strangers, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Post Naturam – Nach der Natur, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
Project 8, Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
Near, Sharjah Art Museum, United Arab Emirates
— 1997 Urbane Legenden – London, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
Genetic Choices, Science Museum, London, UK
Crash, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK
Volume I, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany
— 1996 Young British Artists VI, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Road Works, Camden mix, London, UK
— 1995 Lost Property, W139 Gallery, Amsterdam & Great Western Studios, London, UK
Ideal Standard Summertime, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Sick, 152c Brick Lane, London, UK
Postscript, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
— 1994 Dirty Holes, Modern Art, London, UK
2B&I, Centro Cultural Salmerón, Madrid, Spain
Something’s Wrong, Tannery Arts, London, UK
— 1993 Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery, London, UK
Outpost, multiple sites, Edinburgh, UK
Wish you were here, Kings Cross, London, UK