Jakob Mattner

*1946 Lübeck – lives in Berlin

Jakob Mattner, who studied at the State University of Fine Arts Berlin (1967 – 1972) and was supported by grants and awards in Italy and France (Villa Serpentara in Olevano, DAAD in Rome, Villa Romana in Florence, Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris), has been creating graphic, painterly and sculptural work in the transitions between light and dark.

The iconicity of Malevich or the light dynamics of Moholoy-Nagy, the post-revolutionary constructivism, the Chiaroscuro from Caravaggio to the simple means of Arte Povera have influenced him. In his art Jakob Mattner has created a singular freedom of a continued avant-garde.
Pontus Hultén wrote about his work that it was shaped by the mystery of perspective, researched and enhanced by the means of light. In “Blick zur Sonne” he cooperated with astrophysicists from the Einstein Tower in Potsdam and displayed the overlapping of art and research in several exhibitions. He has been creating light stages as echo spaces for readings for the Berlin International Literature Festival since 2001.
Jakob Mattner’s work has been exhibited in museums, biennials and galleries in Europe, Russia, the USA and South America. The artist lives in Berlin.

Selected works

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

Jakob Mattner
Shooting Star

gouache on paper
107 x 73 cm

Reinhard Pods, Ohne Titel (will), 1981, Oil on canvas, 200 x 220.3 cm

Jakob Mattner
Der ferne Klang

acrylic and shellac on Siam paper
50 x 50 cm


Mattner, Neufundland II, 2008

16 January – 28 February 2014

Jakob Mattner


Jakob Mattner, who was born in Lübeck in 1946, lives and works in Berlin. He is interested in the phenomena of light and darkness. However, he understands these polar opposites less as day and night, but as transformations of light between darkness and brightness, between the imagined and the visible. For this he uses the colors black and white.

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