Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode

Robin Rhode (b. 1976, Cape Town, South Africa; lives and works in Berlin) engages photography, performance, drawing, and sculpture in creating visual narratives that are brought to life using quotidian materials such as soap, charcoal, chalk, and paint. Rhode came of age in the newly post-apartheid South Africa and was exposed to new forms of creative expression motivated by the spirit of the individual rather than dictated by a political or social agenda. The growing influence of hip-hop, film, and popular sports on youth culture as well as the community’s reliance on storytelling in the form of colorful murals encouraged the development of Rhode’s hybrid street-based aesthetic. Rhode is best known for his photographic series that document a protagonist interacting with murals the artist painted on public walls in Johannesburg and Berlin. In the succession of photographs, the movements of the actor or group appear to alter the two-dimensional renderings, compressing space and time and transforming the urban landscape into a fictional storyboard. Melding individual expression with broader socio-economic concerns, Rhode’s work reveals a mastery of illusion, a rich range of historical and contemporary references, and an innate skill for blending high and low art forms.



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Robin Rhode, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, the Netherlands
The Backyard is My World, Lehmann Maupin, London, the Netherlands

Memory is the Weapon, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems an der Donau, Austria

Jericho, Stevenson, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Memory is the Weapon, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland
The Geometry of Colour, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY

Under the Sun, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Force of Circumstances, Kamel Mennour, Paris, France

Tucci Russo Contemporary Art Studio, Turin, Italy
The Moon is Asleep, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA

Erwartung, Performa 15, New York, NY
Robin Rhode, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
Robin Rhode: The Sudden Walk, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm, Sweden
Recycled Matter, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Robin Rhode: Drawing Waves, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Anima, Braverman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Tension, Tucci Russo Studio Per L’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
Rhode Works, Museum of Art Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

The Call of Walls, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Paries Pictus, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY

Imaginary Exhibition, L&M Arts, Los Angeles, CA

Probables, Fons Welters, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Let in the Outside, Tucci Russo Studio Per L’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy
Variants, White Cube, London, United Kingdom

Contemporary Projects 12: Robin Rhode, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Robin Rhode: Catch Air, The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH

Who Saw Who, Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Through the Gate, White Cube, London, United Kingdom
Promenade, Tucci Russo Studio Per L’Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy

Walk Off, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Robin Rhode, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY

Robin Rhode, Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Storyteller, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France; carlier | gebauer, Berlin, Germany

Street Smart, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL

Robin Rhode, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY
The Score, Artists Space, New York, NY
The Animators, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Fresh, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Living in Public, Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa


Allied with Power: African and African Diaspora Art from the Jorge M. Pérez Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
Studio Berlin, Berghain Club, Berlin, Germany
Glass and Concrete – Manifestations of the Impossible, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany
Power Wall, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong

Radical Revisionists: Contemporary African Artists Confronting Past and Present, Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University, Houston, TX
Prix Pictet 2019: Hope, Victoria and Albert Museum Porter Gallery, London, United Kingdom

The Street. Where the World is Made, Museo Nazionale Delle Arti del XXI Secolo (MAXXI), Rome, Italy
Gridology, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
The World’s Game: Futbol and Contemporary Art, Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL
NOW: Jenny Saville, Sara Barker, Christine Borland, Robin Rhode, Markus Schinwald, Catherine Street, National Galleries, Edinburgh, Scotland
PlayTime, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Experimentation/Improvisation, The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Eblouissements, 5th Lubumbashi Biennial, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo Spots, Dots, Pips, Tiles: An Exhibition About Dominoes, Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
ERWARTUNG, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Art/Afrique, Le nouvel atelier, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Videobox Festival, Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France
Virtual Frontiers, Art Basel and Google Arts & Culture Virtual Reality Project, Hong Kong
A Painting Today, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Synthesize: Art + Music, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Shifting Views: People and Politics in Contemporary African Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Foto Focus Biennial, Cincinnati, OH
March Madness, Fort Gansevoort, New York, NY
10th Busan Biennale, Busan, South Korea
Post No Bills: Public Walls as Studio and Source, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

Drawing: The Bottom Line, SMAK Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
Re-V-ision, Mind Set Art Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
What remains is tomorrow, South African Pavilion, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
All Of Us Have A Sense Of Rhythm, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, United Kingdom
Göteborg International Biennale, Göteborg, Sweden
Liberated Subjects: Present Tense, Foundation de 11 lijnen, Oudenburg, Belgium
3rd Annual Collectors Contemporary Collaboration-Boundless Treasures: Inexhaustible and Limitless, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Future Seasons Past, Lehmann Maupin, New York, NY
Move on- 100 years of animation art, Kunsthal KadE, Amersfoort, the Netherlands
Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain
Drawing Now, The Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria

GOLD, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL
Manifest Intention. Drawing In All Its Forms, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Under the Skin, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
Passo a due (Step Two), The Avant-gardes of Motion, Museo MAN, Sardinia, Italy
Contemporary Art / South Africa, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Wall Works, Nationalgalerie Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany
Nuit Blanche 2013, Paris, France
my joburg, La maison rouge, Paris, France
LE PONT, MAC Musées d’Art Contemporain, Marseille, France
Writings without Borders, Lehmann Maupin, Hong Kong
10 Under 40, Istanbul ’74, Istanbul, Turkey
My Brain is in my Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process, Cranbrook Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
El Teatro del Arte, La Caixa Collection of Contemporary Art Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
More Light, Moscow Biennale, Moscow, Russia
The Cinematic Impulse, Nasher Museum at Duke University, Raleigh, NC

Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Chance: Marina Abramović, David Hammons, Robin Rhode, George Economou Collection, Athens, Greece The Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real Contemporary Video Art, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ
Fiction and Fiction (or, a Ninth Johannesburg Biennale), Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Beyond the wall: The Museum’s holdings: projects, special itineraries and recent acquisitions, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy
If a Tree…, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
all our relations, 18TH Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Prism: Drawing from 1990 to 2012, National Museum of Norway—Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
Lightness?, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium

Number Five: Cities of Gold and Mirrors, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, Germany
Streetlife and Homestories – Fotografien aus der Sammlung Goetz, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany
Blink! Light, Sound & the Moving Image, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
21st Century: Art in the First Decade, Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Things are Queer – Highlights der Sammlung UniCredit, Marta Herford, Herford, Germany Echoes, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France
FotoSkulptur: Die Fotografie der Skulptur, von 1839 bis heute, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Staging Action: Performance in Photography since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The Dissolve, SITE Sante Fe Eighth Biennale, Santa Fe, NM
Street and Studio, from Basquiat to Seripop, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, United Kingdom
More of an Activity: the artist as choreographer, Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan
The Bearable Lightness of Being 2, The Metaphor of the Space, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice, Italy
In Context, Arts on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa
1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Darkroom: photography and new media in South Africa since 1950, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Visual Arts Center, Richmond, VA; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
Video Art: Replay Part II: Everyday Imaginary, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Move: Choreographing You: Fifty years of Art and Dance, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; The Hayward Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Framed, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN

Being in the World: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Cisneros Collection, Miami, FL
Dada South?, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
30 Seconds Off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Intimate Geographies, Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain
The Moving Image: Scan to Screen, Pixel to Projection, Part I, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
Silent Writings, Espace Cultural Louis Vuitton, Paris, France
Animated Painting, Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; El Cubo at Centro Cultural Tijuana, Tijuana, Mexico

VideoStudio Series: Psychogeography, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Prospect.1 New Orleans, The New Orleans Biennial, New Orleans, LA
Street Art, Street Life, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY
Walls in the Street, Siemens Art Program, Belgrade, Serbia
Currents: Recent Acquisitions, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Art Focus International Contemporary Arts Biennale, Jerusalem, Israel
The Morning After: Videoworks from the Goetz Collection, Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany
Geopoliticas de la Animación, MARCO Vigo, Vigo, Spain
Sensory Overload: Light, Motion, Sound and the Optical in Art Since 1945, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Stray Alchemists: Robin Rhode, Sterling Ruby, Matt Bryans, Amy Granat and Takeshi Murata, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Street Level: Mark Bradford, William Cordova, and Robin Rhode, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
For The Love of the Game, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT

Fantasy- C’est pas du Jeu!, Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France, Pontault-Combault, France e-flux: VIDEO RENTAL, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris, France; Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge MA; Arthouse Texas, Austin, TX; Mucsarnok - Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary; Kunt-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Animated Painting, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA; El Cubo at Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico
An Atlas of Events, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
International Contemporary Art, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey
Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraßa in Bremen 2007, Art Prize, Kunsthalle Bremen, Germany
Cape 07, Cape Town Biennial, Cape Town, South Africa
Momentary Momentum: Animated Drawings, Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom
All About Laughter: The Role of Humor in Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Dirty Yoga: 2006 Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Venice – Istanbul: Selections from the 51st International Venice Biennale, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey
Version Animée: Animation in Contemporary Art, Centre pour l’Image Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland
Street: Behind the Cliché, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Out of Time: A Contemporary View, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Echigo Tsumari Trienniale 2006, Tokamachi, Japan
Human Game: Winners and Losers, Stazione Leopolda, Florence, Italy
Empieza el Juego, La Casa Encindida, Madrid, Spain
The Beautiful Game: Contemporary Art and Fútbol, Brooklyn Institute of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY
Dak’Art, Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar, Senegal
Collection in Context: Gesture, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Contemporary Masterworks: St. Louis Collects, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Mima Offsite: Animated Drawing, Middlesborough Institute for Contemporary Art, Middlesborough, United Kingdom
Personal Affects: Power & Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
Biennale Cuvée: World Selection of Contemporary Art, O.K. Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria

Hidden Rhythms, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
New Photography ‘05, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Sounds like Drawing, The Drawing Room, London, United Kingdom
Sculpture in a Non-Objective Way (S.N.O.W.), Tucci Russo Studio per l’Arte Contemporaneo, Torre Pelice, Italy
ars viva 05/06 Identität/Identity, Kunsthalle Rostock, Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft, Berlin, Germany
Art Circus, Yokohama Triennial, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video, Miami Art Central, Miami, FL
The Experience of Art, Italian Pavilion, 51st International Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
I Still Believe in Miracles/Drawing Space (part 1), Musée ďArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
[P] Attention à la marche (histories de getes), La Galerie, The Art Center of Noisy-Le-Sec, Paris, France
How Latitudes Become Forms, Museum of Modern Art, Monterrey, Mexico
Upon Further Review; Looking at Sports in Contemporary Art, The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College, New York, NY

Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico
Dedicated to a Proposition, Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium
How Latitudes Become Forms, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City, Mexico; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX
Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art, Museum for African Art, Long Island City, NY; The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York, NY
Adaptive Behavior, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
MINE(D)FIELDS, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland; Stadtgalerie, Bern, Switzerland Tremor: Contemporary South African Art, Palais des Beaux Arts, Charleroi, Belgium
Things you Don’t Know 2, Home Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
Schizorama, National Centre for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
BUSTED: New Works by Felipe Dulzaides and Robin Rhode, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

Making Space, Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul, Turkey
How Latitudes Become Forms, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per L’Art, Torino, Italy; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Things You Don’t Know 2, Gallery K & S, Berlin, Germany
Coexistence: Contemporary Cultural Production in South Africa, The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Intersection, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Survivre à l’apartheid: De Drum Magazine á Aujourd’hui, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; Le Studio – Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Playtime: Video Art and Identity in South Africa, Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Dislocation, Image and Identity in South Africa, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain
Shelf Life, Spike Island, Bristol, United Kingdom

Shelf Life, Gasworks Gallery, London, United Kingdom
FNB Vita Art Prize, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Tour Guides of the Inner City, Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa
Switch On/Off, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Light Sculptures, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa
Juncture, The Granary, Cape Town, South Africa; Studio Voltaire, London, United Kingdom

Pulse: Open Circuit, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

Babel Tower – 70 South African Artists, Johannesburg Civic Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Softserve, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Visions of the Future: The World’s Largest Canvas, Civic Gallery to Sydney Olympic Games, Johannesburg, South Africa
Personal Concerns, Market Theatre Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Truth Veils: The Inner City, Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa
Channel: South African Video Art, Association for Video Art, Cape Town, South Africa
Unplugged IV, Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa

Human Rights Day Exhibition, Hillbrow Fort, Johannesburg, South Africa
Technikon Witwaterstrand Final Year Exhibition, Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg, South Africa


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