Bram Braam

lives and works in Berlin

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Visual artist Bram Braam (NL, *1980, lives and works in Berlin) deals with architecture and the constant evolution of our daily surrounding. He draws inspiration from the raw environment of Berlin, utopian beliefs and Dutch landscape. By looking at the public space through the eye of a sculptor, the artist has established an intimate connection to the city and its architecture. The city of Berlin is known for its many contrasts in rich and poor, slick and raw. It is these contrasts that the artist plays with and brings together in his work, reflecting upon the interest in the manufacturability of a city.

While remaining close to its environment, Braam’s work offers a personal compilation of architectural references to street buildings, constructions and living environments that are essential to our perceptions of city and country. By contextualising the dissolved materials, the work opens up new narratives that reference the rapid and unrestrained development of Berlin, and ultimately constitutes a contemporary expression of today’s urban cityscape.

Bram Braam’s work seems to overflow due to a remarkable tangible complexity in the material variety of his works and therefore in what precedes the creative act itself. The concept of Utopia turns out to be the fundamental interpretative key that allows one to gain a broader understanding of Braam’s work and somehow untangle the threads that make up the stratification of his works. The word Utopia etymologically derives from the ū = ‘non’ and tópos = ‘place’ and therefore has the hidden meaning of non-place. This non-place is an impossible place, an imaginary architecture, a vision which points in the direction of a non-futuristic future.

Braam deals with this concept in a circular way through a vortex of reinvented materials, found objects, assembled furniture, rags of city walls, and almost any element can be exemplary of a constructivist historicity understood not only in relation to building but also in semantic terms. Architecture, for Braam, can be found in the buildings of Le Corbusier, in abandoned buildings, and in the graphic signs left by a person passing by. It is the historicity of the environmental evolution that Braam prefers to focus upon.

But in this vortex of signs that finds completeness in the creation of large sculptures, in which each constituent element is never randomly chosen, it is possible to highlight two trajectories that are indefinitely covered by the term mentioned above: Utopia. These are two lines that are not rectilinear, curved or curved again, and that deal with pairs such as new and old, real and false, natural and artificial, original and remodeled, construction and destruction. Through his works Bram Braam addresses Utopia both as an environmental utopia with a functionalist and constructivist mold that characterized 20th century modernism and as a non-place utopia. It is a fairly complicated dialectic in which what is identified as a possible place with its own recognizable identity becomes non-place as soon as the possibility of its being or of its lasting decay. At the same time we are witnessing the awareness of the non-place as the only place possible.

The coexistence of different architectural styles, of maps that correspond to several political periods, of signs that define the experience of an urban or civilized environment – is it even possible to find one that is completely virgin, without residues of humanity? Of elements that highlight the mixture of different styles, sanctioning them with the impossibility to find a beginning and declaring the absolute intertwining of one with the other, are at the base of this non-place place whose complex stratification is always re- proposed differently from the work of Braam.

This stratification, this overlap that actually presents itself as a chronological plot, finds a powerful explanation in the artist’s wall works. It is about real walls, parts of cities where the calmness of becoming is tangible, the fascination of non-place as place, the absence of abuse and therefore the presence of a quietness made up of voices from the past and the present that have always and forever looked at a hypothetical future in a utopian way; coming to terms with a real utopia made of rubble and scratched walls.

Domenico de Chirico (curator)


Biography

1980
born in Sittard, Netherlands
1998-2003 Sint Lucas, Communication and Design, Boxtel
2005-2009
AKV St. Joost, Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Bachelor), Den Bosch, Netherlands
2009
Starter Scholarship Fund BKVB, Netherlands
Nomination Lucas Prize, Den Bosch, Netherlands
2010
Artist-in-Residence, Culturia, Berlin
2011
Winner Jung Art Prize (together with Chris Bierl), Berlin
2013
HomeBase Project, Berlin
Working budget, Mondriaan Fonds, Netherlands
BBK funded studio program, Berlin
2014 Arbeitsstipendium der Kulturverwaltung des Berliner Senats, Berlin
Artist-in-Residence Sea Foundation, Tilburg, Netherlands
2016 Working grant for proven talent 2016-2019, Mondriaan Fonds, Netherlands
2019 Rising Stars Residency, Till Richter Museum, Schloss Buggenhagen
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Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions

2021
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (G)
2020 Bram Braam & Anneke Eussen, PARK Tilburg (S)
Galerie Burster, Karlsruhe (S)
ART KARLSRUHE (S)
Cacao fabriek, Helmond (G)
Galerie Biesenbach, Cologne (online)
2019 What Becomes and What Remains, Till Richter Museum, Schloss Buggenhagen (S)
Galerie Burster, Berlin (S)
ART BERLIN CONTEMPORARY, Galerie Burster, Berlin (S)
ENTER ART FAIR, Copenhagen (S)
Lage Egal curational projects, Berlin (G)
LFN Gallery, Spinnerei Leipzig (G)
Lage Egal curational projects, Berlin (G)
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (G)
Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam (G)
Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam (G)
Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam (G)
ACEC, Apeldoorn (G)
Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg (G)
Torrence Art Museum, DXIX Projects, Los Angeles (G)
Balzer Projects, Basel (G)
PHK18 #17, Rotterdam (G)
Galerie Peter Borchardt, Hamburg (G)
Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam (G)
2018 Dag & Bram Braam, LFN Gallery, Spinnerei Leipzig (S)
MPV Gallery,  Den Bosch (G)
Berlin weekly project space, Berlin (G)
Ufer Open, Berlin art week, Uferhallen, Berlin (G)
BOTTOM UP, Berlin art week, Kuehlhaus, Berlin (G)
Kunsthaus Erfurt (G)
GLUE, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (G)
POTLUCK – curated by Hagen Schümann & Pierre Granoux, Berlin (G)
Galerie Anja Knoess, Cologne (G)
Willem2, Den Bosch (G)
Botschaft, Wir nennen es Arbeit, Berlin (G)
Galerie Kai Erdmann, Hamburg (G)
MPV Galerie, Knokke (G)
2017 Cacoafabriek, Helmond (S)
AMSTERDAM ARTFAIR, Amsterdam (S)
ART ROTTERDAM, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam (S)
Roger Katwijk Galerie, Amsterdam (G)
Galerie Eigenheim, Berlin (G)
Ende Neu / Lage Egal, Berlin (G)
Galleria Opere Scelte, Torino (G)
Marisa Newman Projects, New York (G)
Bender Schwinn Project, Munich (G)
GLUE, Gallery Weekend, Berlin (G)
Majke Husstege Projects, MPV Gallery, Den Bosch (G)
Gallery Burster, Berlin (G)
Homecoming Project Space, Luis Leu, Karlsruhe (G)
Imago Mundi Dutch Collection, Benetton Foundation, Treviso (G)
2016 Welcome to the real world, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam (S)
ART 16, London’s Global Art Fair, London (S)
Modern Mutants, Galerie Burster, Berlin (S)
Donau83, Berlin (G)
BERLIN ART WEEK, Kuhlhaus Gleisdreieck, Berlin (G)
BERLIN ART WEEK, Berlin (G)
TABS2, Lage Egal off side, Berlin (G)
G Schau Fenster, Berlin (G)
11te INTERVENTIONALE, IG Metall/Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin (G)
2015 ART ROTTERDAM, Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam (S)
Bram Braam & Ines Doleschal, Kulturhaus Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin (S)
De Rotterdam (OMA), Rotterdam (G)
Frank Taal Gallery, Rotterdam (G)
Lage Egal, off space – Berlin Art Week, Berlin (G)
Self storage – Another Space, Copenhagen Art Week, Copenhagen (G)
Project Marzahner Promenade, Galerie M, Berlin (G)
KUNSTHAL, Rotterdam (G)
NBK Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (G)
2014 IMPORT PROJECTS, Berlin (S)
De Aanschouw, Rotterdam (S)
Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam (S)
Bram Braam & Alex Baams, SEA Foundation, Tilburg (S)
If paradise is half as nice 3, Leipzig (G)
Ampelhaus, Oranienbaum (G)
Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam (G)
VU Art Collection EXPOSORIUM, IN TRANSIT, Amsterdam (G)
Wiebengahal, Maastricht (G)
Insitu invited by Another Space, Art space festival, Copenhagen (G)
House with the heads, Amsterdam (G)
Joao Cocteau, Berlin (G)
Donau83, Berlin (G)
Frank Taal Galerie, Rotterdam (G)
2013 Bram Braam & Radu Oreian, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin (S)
If Paradise is half as nice’ Part 2, Berlin (G)
If Paradise is half as nice’ Part 2, Leipzig (G)
Westside gallery ‘s-Hertogenbosch (G)
P/ART Producers Art Fair, Hamburg (G)
HomeBase Festival – Das Unmögliche Haus, Berlin (G)
Saatchi Screen, Saatchi Gallery, London (G)
48 Stunden Neukölln Festival, Changing Perspectives, Berlin (G)
HomebaseLab, month of performance art, Berlin (G)
Kunsthalle Deutsche Bank, Macht Kunst, Berlin (G)
2012 Bram Braam & Natalia Stachon, Berlin (S)
Freies Museum, Berlin (S)
Kaleidoskop Gallery, Berlin (S)
Point de Vue SM-‘s Stedelijk museum, Den Bosch (G)
Kreuzberg Pavillion Kassel 100 Days Documenta, Kassel (G)
KAUM III, Raum, Berlin (G)
Supermarkt, Berlin (G)
De Salon, BKKC, Tilburg (G)
Front-Stage Gallery Shanghai, (G)
Tape Modern, Berlin (G)
FACTORY-ART gallery, Berlin (G)
2011 Landgoed Velden (S)
“Jung Art Prize”, Alte Münze, Berlin (G)
“Open Ateliers”, European Creative Center (ECC), Berlin (G)
Incubate Festival, Tilburg (G)
Urlaub in Berlin, Berlin (G)
Tape Modern, Berlin (G)
2010 B-art, Den Bosch (G)
Juno Gallery, Berlin (G)
Seelevel Gallery, Amsterdam (G)
Ecosyntheses, Como (G)
BYTS, Young Talent Show, Den Bosch (G)
Kunsttour, Rijkswaterstaat Maastricht (G)
2009 Louis Hartloper Complex, Utrecht (S)
Minimal Gallery, Chiang Mai (G)
Kruithuis, Den Bosch (G)
Graduation Show, Art Academy, Den Bosch (G)
DMT Loods, Den-Bosch (G)
De Salon, Museum Het Domein Sittard (G)


Publications

  • 2015 | Netherlands’s Local Favorite 2015 Award, Culture Trip
  • 2015 | Top 10 emerging Dutch artist you should know, culture trip blog
  • 2014 | Publication: Monopol magazine, P/art
  • 2014 | Publication: review “how long is now, city of tomorow” in the Witte Raaf by Edo Dijksterhuis
  • 2014 | Publication: essay by Robbert Proost, exhibition : Mobile Bram Braam & Alex Baams, SEA Foundation, Tilburg (Netherlands)
  • 2013 | Catalogue, P/ART Producers Art Fair, Hamburg (Germany)
  • 2013 | Publication : Homebase lab, Das Unmögliche Haus, Berlin (Germany)
  • 2012 | Magazine, Interview What’s Up Art Magazine (Netherlands)
  • 2012 | Magazine, bkkc, integral culture policy (Netherlands)
  • 2012 | Catalogue, “You can tell me!” FACTORY-ART gallery
  • 2011 | Catalogue, Jung Art (Germany)

 

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