Dagmar Varady

Dagmar Varady



Duration of employment

from 2006 to 2007


Project support



Information about the work





»11012009« / 2009


The documentary film “Zeitgeist” from  HYPERLINK “http://www.infokrieg.tv/”www.infokrieg.tv – the alternative news source – was the background of the video with the title “11012009”. In this documentary film, which is banned for commercial purposes, the connections of the world’s finance capitals are shown from a historical point of view. I observe the viewer of this film and record her reactions towards the images and information with a video camera. During the recording the daylight wanes and the light reflexes from the screen can be seen more and more clearly on the face of the viewer. The viewer melts quasi with the image on the television. We see clips from the agitated back and forth movement of the viewer’s eyes with the constant changing colour and light of the film clips.

We do not see the film “Zeitgeist”, we can only hear the commentator and the original film soundtrack. The motive for this video on the theme of ‘evil’ was the question whether there is a possible ‘aesthetic of evil’ and in this context other questions such as: What feelings are associated with evil, how does it become visible, when does it become perceivable? What role does memory play in terms of our perception? Is it enough to show scenes of evil, cultural contexts, the moments of anxiety…., in order to see evil? Is evil a part of human being? Is it always the opposite of good? Who decided what is good and evil? What makes us able to endure evil? Alexander Kluge said once about Einar Schleef: “only when one (Schleef) repeats the horror, constantly going through it, can one go around it”. Where does this fascination lie? Can we also speak from nostalgia? It was for example ascertained that people today have a certain hunger for violence. More and more documentary films are about themes such as ”police states”, ”economical collapse”, ”the finance system blackmails the world”, ”9/11” or ”religions”, that explain to the seemingly uninformed public. Once wide spread knowledge about the connections is surpassed by another new research. How do we react to it? The video recording is seen as a study of evil and should be considered in further studies.



University Graduate in Fine Arts

Lives and works in Halle and Leipzig


1987 Master of Fine Arts, Academy of Art and Design; Hochschule für Kunst und Design Burg Giebichenstein Halle.
teaching at Academy of Art and Design; Hochschule für Kunst und Design Burg Giebichenstein Halle, Bauhaus Dessau, Universities of Dortmund and Cologne.
postgraduate in Visual Arts, Academy of Visual Arts: Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig.
Workshop „the difference of art and art research across the disciplines“, ZhdK, Zürich/CH.

Positions / Teaching

2006/07 teaching at Academy of Visual Arts: Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig.
member of the board of trustees Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2010 Artificial Always After, Gloria Berlin, www.heidestrasse.com
Cloudpicture, Zumikon, Institut für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg (curator: Manfred Rothenberger), (C);

2009-10 REDDEN, Dan Devening Projects + Editions, (C)

2009 Wolkenatlas II, Zumikon, Institut für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg (curator: Manfred Rothenberger); Schering Stiftung Berlin; Maerzgalerie – Torsten Reiter, Leipzig-Berlin; Ufo Galerie Halle

2008 Dan Devening Projects + Editions, NEXT, Art Chicago / USA

2007 WOLKENATLAS, Studiogalerie, Academy of Visual Arts and Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig (project in collaboration with Tobias Pfeifer-Helke, Bern / CH)
Virginsnow, maerzgalerie – Torsten Reiter, Leipzig
Ach so schön utopisch, Anhaltischer Kunstverein Dessau
Islands, maerzgalerie – Torsten Reiter, Leipzig

2006 Light, Villa Oppenheim Berlin, maerzgalerie ppp
Keine Zeit! Keine Zeit!, Galerie Stadtpark Krems / Austria
Visiting Artists, Werkleitzgesellschaft e.V., Halle.

2005 Dagmar Varady / Andrea Baumgartl semina rerum – Irene Preiswerk, Zürich / Switzerland
Speed up – slow down, maerzgalerie – Torsten Reiter, Leipzig
GRISAILLEPICTURES, Galerie Joellenbeck – Michael Nickel, Cologne

2004 DHUDM.DHUDM, Kunstverein, Gifhorn

2003 Dagmar Varady / Renee Chabot semina rerum – Irene Preiswerk, Zürich / Switzerland
IMAGINES, work-set, Galerie Joellenbeck – Michael Nickel, Cologne
Dagmar Varady, Künstlerhaus Edenkoben, Rheinland/Pfalz

2002 Life-deathI und II, maerzgalerie – Torsten Reiter, Leipzig
There is gold in them thar hills, maerzaffairs, maerzgalerie – Torsten Reiter, Leipzig

2001 INTO, Galerie semina rerum – Irene Preiswerk, Zürich / Switzerland
Oranje PLUS, Orangerien Schloss Mosigkau, Dessau (C), (curator: Wolfgang Savelsberg)

1999 Zwanzig Blickpunkte, artistic field research, federal garden exhibition „Bundesgartenschau Magdeburg“ (C), (curator: Uwe Gellner)

1998 Novalis, Chiffrieren/Dechiffrieren, Novalis Geburtshaus, Schloss Oberwiederstedt (C)

1997 ORTE, Künstlerhaus, Schloss Wiepersdorf (C)

1996 Grasberg und Wolfsberg, white hall in castle Wilhelmsburg Schmalkalden (C)

1993/94 24 Kassetten, 1 Teppich, 365 Tage/24 Minuten, 1 Klang, 365 Takte, Akademie Schloss Solitude,  Stuttgart (C)

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2010 grey light – light grey, Galerie semina rerum – Irene Preiswerk, Zürich / Switzerland
Ein Hauch von Eden, Samuelis Baumgarte Galerie, Bielefeld

2009 Hoehenrausch, OK Centrum für Gegenwartskunst Linz / A
Skies, Clouds, Dreams, Galerie semina rerum – Irene Preiswerk, Zürich / Switzerland
Das Böse, Bundesverwaltungsgericht und HGB Leipzig (C)
Grenzwerte, drive-thru-galerie Aschersleben, IBA-2010

2008 Golden Faces, Edition of the Galerie Stadtpark Krems / Austria
Drive-thru-gallery Aschersleben, IBA-2010
Don`t look back, Galerie semina rerum – Irene Preiswerk, Zürich / Switzerland
Paper-Love, dan devening projects + editions, Chicago / USA

2007 Die Elbe [in]between, Artmuseum „Kunstmuseum Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg“ (C) (curators: Annegret Laabs, Uwe Gellner, Johannes Stahl)
Loop, IKGD,  Academy of fine arts Vienna / Austria

2006 Schein Sein, Soziale Dimensionen des Glamour in der aktuellen Kunst (Social Dimensions of Glamour in Recent Art), Queer-Filmfestival and conference „A Million Different Loves“, Spinnerei Leipzig (C), (curators: Jana Sperling, Julia Moritz)
Eine Frage (nach) der Geste, Oper Leipzig, Academy of Visual Arts: Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig (C), (curators: Alba D`Urbano, Tina Bara)

2005/06 Die Ordnung der Natur, Museum of Modern Art „Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wörlen“, Passau (C), (curators: Paolo Bianchi / CH, Hans-Peter Wipplinger / Austria)
Stabile Seitenlage; Museum Bochum, Galerie der Künstler München,
Kunst Haus Dresden,  Museum Weserburg Bremen (C)
C – Catalog

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

2008 nomination for the Ferchau art-prize, Art of Engineering

2007 workgrant for the project WOLKENATLAS, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Federal Cultural Foundation of Saxony)
Artist in Residence Krems/A

2003 scholarship from the foundation Rhineland-Palatinate, Künstlerhaus Edenkoben

2002 HAP-Grieshaber-prize awarded by VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

2000 Worklodge, Brooklyn/Williamsburg N.Y.C., USA
Residence Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, USA

1997 scholarship from the foundation Kulturfonds Berlin, Schloss Wiepersdorf

1993/94 scholarship from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart

Bibliography (selection)

2010 Silke Janssen: Letztlich Erkenntnis, eine Monografie von Silke Janssen, in: Kunststoff, Heft 18, Januar-März 2010, S. 40-43. Lauren Weinberg: The Top Art & Design Shows of 2009 Dagmar Varady „Redden“ at devening projects + editions, Art Review in: Time Out Chicago, Issue 253: Dec 31, 2009-Jan 6, 2010.

2009 Dagmar Varady, Erröten /  Redden, Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
Bredekamp, Horst: Über Wolkenatlas; Bursian, Manon: Lookatme; Ries, Marc: Erröten / Redden, alle in: Dagmar Varady, Erröten /  Redden, Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg.
Candice Weber: Dagmar Varady „Redden“, devening projects + editions, Art Review in: Time Out Chicago, 2009-11.

2008 Golden Faces, limited numb. Edition Galerie Stadtpark Krems / Austria

2007 Dagmar Varady, HI, Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld-Leipzig, Edition Young Art.
Stecker, Raimund: Auf dem Wege hin zum Wolkensimulator, in: Dagmar Varady, HI, ed. by Torsten Reiter, Leipzig, p. 5-17. Bursian, Manon: Der Hai und das Mädchen, in: Dagmar Varady, HI, ed. by Torsten Reiter, Leipzig, p. 18-19.

2006 Bursian, Manon: Dagmar Varady; Light, Der Hai und das Mädchen, in: 2. Europäische Monat der Fotografie November 2006, Kulturprojekte Berlin, p. 74.

2005 Bianchi, Paolo: Vom „Virus Novalis“ befallen, a monograph of Paolo Bianchi, in: Kunstforum International, vol. 175 April – May 2005, p. 192 – 209. www.kunstforum-international.de / Password: TIER.
Bianchi, Paolo: Menü Deutschland, in: Stabile Seitenlage, Von der Komplexität bildender
Kunst, hrsg. v. der Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn, Frankfurt / Main, revolver – Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt/M., p.124-133.
Bianchi, Paolo: Dagmar Varady, in:  Die Ordnung der Natur, ed. by O.K Centrum für Gegenwartskunst Oberösterreich, Museum Moderner Kunst Passau – Stiftung Wörlen, Martin Sturm und Hans-Peter Wipplinger, Linz-Passau, 2005, p. 86-89.

2004 Dagmar Varady, wolkenwasserwege, Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg
Bianchi, Paolo: Wolken Wasser Wege; Herbstreuth, Peter: Ins Offene; Baier, Franz-Xaver: Stadt, Gebüsch, Geröll; Ebeling, Knut: Das menschliche Aquarium, alle in: Dagmar Varady, wolkenwasserwege, Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg.

Collections (selection)

Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen Magdeburg
LVZ (collection of Leioziger Volkszeitung) Leipzig
Antonio Ratti Textile Center, Research Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
British Museum London
Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt Stuttgart
Die Neue Sammlung München

Gallery Reprasentation

Dan Devening Projects + Editions www.deveningprojects.com
Galerie Stadtpark www.galeriestadtpark.at
semina rerum Galerie Irène Preiswerk www.seminarerum.ch
Galerie Joellenbeck Michael Nickel www.galerie-joellenbeck.de