Peter Weibel

Mostly known for his theoretical work and his direction of the new media art center ZKM in Karlsruhe, Weibel’s early works exerted a powerful influence over the generations to come.

Between 1965 and 1978, Weibel conducted an investigation on identity, which started from the individual as the un-dividable, as the atom of a social system; and ended up drawing the battle line between subject and system, individual and institution.

Through his art practice Peter Weibel created a new theoretical context, which affirmed individuality as a construct. The body is seen as a medium of the social and not as a pure biological or psychological medium of expression of the subject. In his persona-performances, which have been the first to be delineated from machines and media and not from painting (like other body artists, beginning with Yves Klein), he conjugated the social matrix (title of an action, 1971) of the subject. The aim was not to liberate the body, but to liberate the subject from the body. Weibel’s use of media suggested elevating the traditional prison bars of space and time.

His singular art practice included medium-based and not painting-based body art and performances.

His approach anticipated future art practices, when media, like photography and video, later became the technical carrier medium for sculpture, for the participation of the public, for performance.

03.02. – 14.05.2023
respectively, Peter Weibel. Art as an Act of Cognition
National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA)
30 Samcheong-ro 5 -gil, Jongno-gu
KOR – Seoul

16.02. – 21.05.2023
The Ulsan Art Museum Collection: Future Collection
Gallery 1
Ulsan Art Museum
72 Misulgwan-gil, Jung-gu
KOR – Ulsan


Summer 2020
Lovis-Corinth-Award for Peter Weibel

Peter Weibel – Nachricht an das Leben
Published in Germen
56 pages
Published by Waldgut
Peter Weibel & Idis Hartmann – Lichtsicht 5




Peter Weibel – Der Schmetterling schläft
Published in Germen
56 pages
Published by Waldgut




Published in Germen and English
127 pages
ISBN-13: 978-3868286717
Published by Verlag Heidelberg




Peter Weibel – Die blauen Flügel
Published in Germen
152 pages
ISBN-13: 9783037401095
Published by Waldgut




Peter Weibel – Mein Vukovar lebt
Published in Germen
56 pages
ISBN-13: 978-3729403130
Published by Waldgut




Peter Weibel – Lebensehnsucht und Sucht
Published in Germen
89 pages
ISBN-13: 9783883961743
Published by Merve Verlag GmbH