A passionate relationship to material can be seen in the works of Jan Schmidt. It is always the material itself and its inherent potential, which sets the artist apart. Each group of works are based on intense and lengthy material explorations. The, at first sight, clear and reduced appearance is deceiving. In reality, the works are an almost obsessive investigation into function, form, and the course of time. Consequently, time becomes a central component.
Jan Schmidt studied at the Kunsthochschule in Mainz and the Städelschule in Frankfurt. He recieved the Cité des Arts, Paris, and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes scholarship. Solo exhibitions (selection): Kunstverein Ludwigshafen; Museum Wiesbaden; Kunstverein Wiesbaden; Galerie Anita Beckers, Frankfurt; Kunstverein Konstanz; Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst with Ane Mette Hol. Group exhibitions (selection): Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Kunsthalle Mainz, Staedelmuseum, Frankfurt; Museum Haus Esters, Haus Lange, Krefeld. Collections (selection): Kunsthalle Mannheim, Sammlung des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, Staedelmuseum Grafischen Sammlung.