Thorsten Brinkmann

The Hamburg based artist THORSTEN BRINKMANN, born 1971, takes staged photographs of himself. He uses discarded objects like vases, bowls and cans to disguise his head and slips into costumes in order to create various characters. Even though these photographies are self-portraits he always stays anonymous. He creates imaginary worlds with ‚other man’s trash’. Oftentimes he makes assemblages with these photographs, adding found objects to the image and therefore creating three-dimensional pieces. The works sometimes remind the viewer of popular works of art history showing equestrian statues or monarchs. His work has been exhibited in many national and international museums and is in following renowned collections a.o.: Collection Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany; Sammlung des Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland; Collection Rusche, Germany; Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands; Sammlung des Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria; Collection of Pieter and Marieke Sanders, Aerdenhout, The Netherlands; Collection Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany; Collection Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Germany; Collection Falkenberg, Germany; Collection Museo de San Carlos, Mexcio City; Mont Blanc Collection, Germany; Collection Caron, France; Collection Evan Mirapaul, USA; Collection Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, Germany.

16.10.2021 – 16.01.2022
ICH – Zwischen Abbild und Neuerfindung / ME – Between image and reinvention
Galerie Stihl Waiblingen
Weingärtner Vorstadt 16
71332 Waiblingen

  15.08.2021 – 31.10.2021
Fahrradkörper – Bicyclebodies
Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst
Fischstraße 30
27749 Delmenhorst

     15.05.2021 – 19.12.2021
OUTSIDEINSIDE – 20 years Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung
Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung
Hauptstraße 1
24536 Neumünster

    23.10.2020 – 01.11.2020
Humor in Photography
Nomination for the 8th Merck-Price
Designhaus Darmstadt
Eugen-Bracht-Weg 6
64287 Darmstadt

  04.10.2020 – 03.01.2021
Trasher Island
Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung
Hauptstraße 1
24536 Neumünster

13.03.2020 – 21.02.2021
Van Eyck’s Colours in Design
Design Museum Gent
Jan Breydelstraat 5
9000 Gent

    19.05.2019 – 22.09.2019
Faszination Gesicht
Vögele Kultur Zentrum
Gwattstraße 14
CH – 8808 Pfäffikon

  30.05.2019 – 25.08.2019
MASKE – Kunst der Verwandlung
Kunstmuseum Bonn
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2
53113 Bonn

  08.11.2018 – 19.09.2019
The Video is the Message
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall 5
20095 Hamburg

  06.09.2018 – 30.08.2019
Between Now & Then
241 West 14th Street
USA – New York, NY 10011

27.02.2019 – 03.03.2019
Special Project at Arco Madrid – booth 7C01
ARCO Madrid
Av. Partenón 5
ES – 28042 Madrid

Thorsten Brinkmann – The juggler
Published in English and germen
281 pages
ISBN-13: 978-3-944683-23-2




Thorsten Brinkmann – Life is funny, my deer
Published in Germen and English
136 pages
ISBN 978-3-903228-14-6
Published by VfmK




Thorsten Brinkmann – Se King director’s shot
Published in Germen
112 pages
ISBN 9783954762200
Published by Distanz Verlag GmbH




Thorsten Brinkmann – The great cape rinderhorn
Published in flemish and English
104 pages
ISBN-13: 9789490800574
Published by APE




Thorsten Brinkamnn – Warfare Canaries
Published in english
56 pages
ISBN-13: 978-3864850721
Published by Textem Verlag