Tobias Köbsch

In his paintings, Tobias Köbsch has developed his own figurative style, known as visionary realism. This style is, in some aspects, critical of civilisation and, as such, can be classified as belonging to the tradition of critical realism. He also enjoys widespread recognition as an object artist. One example of his most significant works in this field is Holiday Inn, a block made out of layers of compressed Matchbox cars, which takes a critical look at the car as a symbol of mobility and freedom. Tobias Köbsch has been awarded many prizes and grants for his work, including the Graduate Scholarship from the Federal State of Saxony-Anhalt (2008) and the Merkel Collection Sponsorship Award (2011).

Solo exhibitions

2012 „Gletscher“, Galerie PopArtPirat, Hamburg, Germany

2011 „last shelter of god“, maerzgalerie, Berlin, Germany

2009 „Tales from the hard side“ maerzgalerie Leipzig, Germany

2007 „ambush“, maerzgalerie, Leipzig, Germany


2004 „Aus dem Atelier“, Elfmetergalerie, Halle/Saale, Germany

2003 „Unterbau“, Galerie der IHK, Magdeburg, Germany

Group exhibitions

2015 “Pollux Capella”, ZOTT’S ARTSPACE DOLOMITES, San Cassiano, Italy

2014 “6 Künstler – 6 Kunstakademien”, Sparkasse Karlsruhe Ettlingen, Karlsruhe, Germany

2014 “Portraits”, Evelyn Drewes Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2013 “salondergegenwart”, mit Evelyn Drewes Galerie, Hamburg, Germany


2013 “Junge Positionen”, mit Evelyn Drewes Galerie, Offenbach, Germany

2013 “monumental”, 20. Leipziger Jahresausstellung, Leipzig, Germany

2012 “Punkt ohne Wiederkehr” Kunstverein Wesseling, Germany

2012 “In bester Form” Kunsthalle der Sparkasse Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

2011 “Spoiler” maerzgalerie, Berlin (mit Sophia Schama), Germany

2011 “Neuzugänge zeitgenössischer Kunst im Kunstfonds 2011”, Vertretung des Freistaates Sachsen beim Bund, Berlin, Germany

2011 “Automobil” Kunstverein Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany

2011 “WIN/WIN “Ankäufe der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, B14, Leipzig, Germany

2011 “Welcome new home” maerzgalerie, Berlin, Germany

2010 “WhiteCube/BlackBox” Kunsthaus Dresden, Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst, Drehen, Germany

2010 “Ostrale10” Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden, Germany

2010 “Große Kunstausstellung” Kunsthalle Villa Kobe, Halle, Germany

2010 “maerzflimmern 99/09” maerzgalerie, Leipzig, Germany

2010 “JugendKulturellBildendeKunst” Hypovereinbank, Halle, Germany

2009 “When I paint my masterpiece” Gates of Eden, Mannheim, Germany

2009 Soloshow, maerzgalerie, Preview Berlin, Germany

2009 “All my friends are dead” maerzgalerie, Leipzig, Germany

2009 “Das Böse ist ein Eichhörnchen” Landgericht Leipzig, Germany

2009 “maerzflimmern” maerzgalerie, Berlin, Germany

2009 “Graduiert” Volkspark, Halle, Germany

2008 “doom” KNgalerie, Hamburg, Germany

2008 “Bas De Cuer, Une Japonais, une Finlandais et cinq Mohawks” maerzgalerie, Leipzig, Germany

2008 “We Know The Smell But Not The Taste” galerie baer, Dresden, Germany

2006 “Was ist deutsch?” Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, Germany

2006 “EAST goin‘ WEST” Fahrradhalle Offenbach, Germany

2005 “Kunststudenten stellen aus” Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany

2005 “Fermente” Positionen junger Kunst, maerzgalerie, Leipzig SI ART Biennale, La Paz, Bolivia

2005 “Fin de Partida” Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes, La Paz, Bolivia

2004 “Aus dem Atelier” Elfmetergalerie, Halle/Saale, Germany

2004 Preisträgerausstellung Saar Ferngas Förderpreis Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken, Germany

2004 “out of” Galerie Marktschlösschen, Halle/Saale, Germany

2003 “Unterbau” Galerie der IHK, Magdeburg, Germany

2003 “Natur-Mensch” 9, Kunstausstellung, Nationalpark Harz, Sankt Andreasberg, Germany

2003 “14 Tage” Villa am Alberplatz, Dresden, Germany

2003 “Arena” Galerie am Volkspark, Halle/Saale “Jagdzauber” Altes Rathaus, Potsdam, Germany