Bert Theis

1952 in Luxembourg, lives in Milan and Luxembourg

Long time projects

2001-2010 Isola Art Center, Milan, Italy –

2002-2010 out, Office for Urban Transformation, Milan, Italy / Mexico City

Curatorial projects:


2009 Territoria 4. Il grande balzo/The Great Leap, catalogue: Pacini Editore, Prato and 
          province, Italy

2009  Public Turbulence, with Alberto Pesavento, Isola/Milano, Italy

2007 SituazionIsola with Marco Biraghi and Maurizio Bortolotti, Isola/Milano, Italy

Solo exhibitions & installations (selection)

Inventario #A, curated by Marco Scotini, Federico Bianchi Contemporary Art, Milano

Fornire realità, permanent installation, Luicciana di Cantagallo, Italy

2551914, permanent installation, Projet artistique Parc de la Butte du Chapeau Rouge, Prolongement du tram T3, Paris, curated by Christian Bernard with Nathalie Viot

out&Theis, Galleria Contemporaneo, Mestre-Venezia, Italy

Infernal Paradise, permanent installation, private collection, Luxembourg

Building Philosophy, Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy, curated by Marco Scotini and Stefano Pezzato

Platforms and Aggregations, Galerie Erna Hecey, Bruxelles, Belgium

Building Philosophy, Federico Bianchi Contemporary Art, Lecco, Italy

Suprematist Platform, National Gallery Tirana, Albania

Agglomérations, Mamco, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Genève, Switzerland

La ville agglomérée, Orangerie du Centre artistique et culturel, Domaine départemental de Chamarande, France

Le troisième système, permanent installation, Centre artistique et culturel, Domaine
départemental de Chamarande, France

European Pentagon (Safe & Sorry Pavilion), BOZAR, Palais des Beaux Arts Bruxelles, Belgium

The true artist, Stained glass window, permanent installation, Musée National du Luxembourg
Urban Transformations, Galerie Erna Hécey, Luxembourg

Warburg Spiral, permanent installation, Place de la République, Strasbourg, France
OUT, Office for Urban Transformation, Stecca degli artigiani, Milano, Italy
Palma clandestina, urban installation, Isola, Milano, Italy

Untitled/Untilted, urban installation, Isola Art Project, Isola, Milano, Italy
AQ, Galerie Erna Hécey, ARCO Madrid, Spain

Rien à déclarer/Nothing to declare, Galerie Erna Hécey, Luxembourg
1 2 3 (Public Action), video performance, Milan Central Station, Italy

Le domaine de Marcel & Joseph, installation, Casino Luxembourg-Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
New Art Workshop, Sub Curator Project, Manifesta 2 and Casino Luxembourg

Broadway Fly, Galerie Erna Hécey / FIAC, Paris, France
Domestic Zen 1, performance, Link Project, Bologna, Italy
Coeur mâle/École de Paris, installation, European Male Choir Festival, Apeldoorn,

Thanks, that's enough! Galerie Heinrich Schmidt, Grenzach-Wyhlen (Basel) / Art Basel-Liste96, Switzerland
Return to sender, Galleria Luciano Inga-Pin, Milano, Italy
Sandwiches. Algunos mitos, Galeria Espai Lucas, Valencia, Spain
Broadway Fly, Galerie Heinrich Schmidt / Art Frankfurt, Germany

Potemkin Lock & Potemkin Lock Venice Rap, Venice Biennale, Italy
Shadow Fixing, Trois Glands, Luxembourg
Il terzo giorno, Villa delle Rose, Galleria di Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy


Group exhibitions (selection)

Retour du Monde – MANCO GENEVE - Commandes publiques autour du tramway de Paris

Frigoriferi Milanesi - Fight-Specific Isola, curated byIsola Art Center.
Presentation of the book "Fight - Specific Isola, Arte, Architettura, Attivismo e il futuro della Città". 
Artefiera Art First, Bologna with Federico Bianchi Contemporary Art

(re)designing nature, curated by Susanne Witzgall, Florian Matzner, Iris Meder, Künstlerhaus k/haus, Wien, Austria
Politically Incorrect II, curated by Federico Bianchi, Federico Bianchi Contemporary Art,
Lecco, Italy
Club 21 – Remaking the scene, curated by Oxana Maleeva, One Marylebone, London, Great Britian
A History of Irritated Material, curated by Lars Bang Larsen with Petra Bauer, Dan Kidner,
Alex Sainsbury, Marco Scotini, Raven Row, London, Great Britain
Politically Incorrect I, curated by Federico Bianchi, Federico Bianchi Contemporary Art, Lecco, Italy
Le Meilleur des Mondes/Brave New World, curated by Enrico Lunghi, Mudam, Luxembourg

We do it. curated by Marco Scotini, assistant curator Matteo Lucchetti, Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, Austria
Public Art, curated by Maria Campitelli in collaboration with Elisa Vladilo, Galleria Neon-campobase, Bologna, Italy

Taipei Biennial 08, curated by Manray Hsu and Vasif Kortun, Taiwan
Public Art, mostra internazionale documentativa, a cura di Maria Campitelli in collaborazione con Elisa Vladilo, Palazzo Costanzi, Trieste, Italy
Soft Manipulation, curated by Zoran Eric, Enrico Lunghi, Maria Lind, Casino Luxembourg and Stiftelsen, Bergen, Norway

Transient City, Urban Landmarks, curated by Hou Hanru, Luxembourg
The 10th Istanbul Biennial, curated by Hou Hanru, Turkey
Cities from below, curated by Marco Scotini, Fondazione Teseco per l’Arte, Pisa,

Eldorado, curated by Marie-Claude Beaud, Musée d’Art Moderne MUDAM, Luxembourg
Busan Biennial, curated by Manu Park, Busan, Korea
Ink Painting Biennale Shenzen, curated by Martina Köppel-Yang, He Xiangning Museum of Art, Shenzhen, China
Chauffe, Marcel!, curated by Emmanuel Latreille, Frac Languedoc-Roussillion, Montpellier, France
La scelta della gente/The People’s Choice, curated by Marco Scotini, Isola Art Center, Milano, Italy

Chi/Ich, arte e vita/Kunst & Leben, Galleria Gruppo Credito Valtellinese, Refettorio
delle Stelline, Milano, Italy
Emergency Biennale in Chechnya, curated by Evelyne Jouano, Milan Stop, Italy /
Grozny, Chechnya
Multitudinario, curated by Marco Scotini, Sala de Arte Pubblica Siqueiros, Mexico
D.F., Mexico
Art-chitecture of change, curated by Marco Scotini, Isola Art Center, Milano, Italy

The Shenzhen International Public Art Exhibition, The Fifth System: Public Art in the
Age of Post-Planning, curated by Hou Hanru, Shenzhen, China
Out. Oficina de Transformaciòn Urbana, Galeria Arquitectura, Mexico City, Mexico

2. Tirana Biennale, curated by Edi Muka, Gezim Qendro, Albania
Fragments d'un discours italien, curated by Christian Bernard, MAMCO, Musée
d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
No Art-No City! Urban Utopias in Contemporary Art, curated by Florian Matzner,
Städtische Galerie Bremen, Germany
Salon des Refusés, Public art projects never realized, curated by Roberto Pinto,
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia, Italy
Networking, curated by Marco Scotini, Villa Renatico Martini, Monsummano Terme,

Gwangju Biennial, curated by Charles Esche and Hou Hanru, Korea
Spazi d’arte, curated by Angela Vettese, Gori Foundation, Celle, Italy

Salto Mortale, curated by Florian matzner, Museum of Sepulchral Culture, Kassel,

Strange Paradises, curated dby Enrico Lunghi, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art
contemporain, Luxembourg
A casa di, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio, Cittadellarte, Fondazione Pistoletto,
Biella, Italy

Melbourne International Biennial, Domestic Zen, curated by Roberto Pinto,
Melbourne, Australia
Skulptur Biennale 1999 im Münsterland, curated by Florian Matzner, Nordkirchen,

Arte all’Arte, Arte, Le dita della mano/Ten fingers, Galleria Continua, Parco
archeologico Fiumi, Volterra, Italy
Manifesta 2, curated by Robert Fleck, Maria Lind, Barbara Vanderlinden, Casino
Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg
Subway, the metropolitan underground, curated by Roberto Pinto, Milano, Italy
P.O. Box, MAMCO Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland

Skulptur.Projekte in Münster, Philosophical Platform, curated by Kaspar König,
Münster, Germany
Visual Rave, curated by Antonio d'Avossa & Centro Arte a Parte, Società
Umanitaria, Milano, Italy
Arte per tutti, curated by Loredana Parmesani, Palazzo Soave, Cotogno, Italy

Mito, Operat '95, Ex-Fornace Adriatica, Russi, Ravenna, Italy
Linea Infinita, Villa Domenica per l'Arte Contemporanea, Lancenigo, Treviso, Italy
Anni '90. Arte a Milano, Galleria del Credito Valtellinese, Milano, Italy

Dva tisìce, Luggage for the Next Millenium, Plasy Monastery, Czech Republic
Rendez-vous provoqué, curated by Wim Beeren and Enrico Lunghi, Musée
National d'Art et d'Histoire, Luxembourg & CBK, Leiden, Netherlands

Bibliography and Press review (selection)

Bert Theis. Building Philosophy (french/english/italian), 2010, authors: Christian
Bernard, Hou Hanru, Vasif Kortun, Judith Quentel, Marco Scotini, editor: Domaine
départmental de Chamarande, Centre d’art contemporain,
Bert Theis, some works (german/english), 2003, authors: Christian Bernard,
Barbara Engelbach, Walter Grasskamp, Florian Matzner, Marco Senaldi, Martì
Peran, Roberto Pinto, Lorenzo Rocha Cito, Pierluigi Tazzi, Angela Vettese, edited
by Florian Matzner with Erna Hécey, ISBN: 3-7757-9104-3, Hatje Cantz Verlag,

- Ein Urlaubstag im Kunstbetrieb. Bilder und Nachbilder (german), Walter
Grasskamp, author: Bert Theis, Philosophische Plattform, Fundus-Bücher 188,
Hamburg Germany
- out&Theis. Office for urban transformation & Bert Theis, (Italian/english) authors:
Riccardo Caldura, Bert Theis, Antiga Edizioni, Galleria contemporaneo, Mestre/
Venezia, Italy
- Visible, Judith Wielander, Angelika Burtscher (eds), Biella, contribution by
Emiliano Gandolfi, Sternberg Press

-Territoria 4. Il grande balzo/The great leap, (italian/english) curated by Bert Theis,
catalogue: Il grande balzo/The Great Leap., ISBN 978-88-6315-166-4, Pacini
Editore, Italy
-Bert Theis, High-Low, Artco nr. 200, May 2009,, Contemporary
Art Centre Taipei, Taiwan
-Marco Bazzini, Specchio del mondo. L’arte contemporanea secondo Bert Theis / A
Mirror of the World. Contemporary Art according to Bert Theis, Pratoreview, nr. 2,
spring 2009, Italy

-Caroline Corbetta, Taipei Biennial, Domus 919, novembre 2008, Italy
-Anna Daneri, Le Biennali di Gwangju e Taipei, Flashart ottobre-novembre 2008,
-Jean T. C. Kao, Art Talk, Artco Monthly, N. 189, June 2008, Taipei, Taiwan
-Millepiani 33, Per un’ecologia politica, cover and all images and Christian
Bernard, La città come modelage, p., Milano, Italy
-Bert Theis, Résistance et alternatives, Revue Urbanisme n. 358, Janvier-février
2008, Paris, France

-Trans(ient) City, exhibition catalogue, European Pentagon (Safe & Sorry Pavilion)
Bert Theis, Bom Publishers, European Capital of Culture 2007, Luxembourg and
Greater Region,
-Vasif Kortun, A Walking discussion with Bert Theis,
2007/06/walking-discussion-with-bert-theis.html, Platform Garanti, Istanbul, Turkey
-Illaria Bombelli, Interview with Bert Theis, Flash Art n. 60, Giugno-Luglio,Italy
-Marco Senaldi, L’isola che non c’è (più), Exibart.onpaper, June-July, Italy
-Nicola Bertasi, Interview with Bert Theis, Il Manifesto, February 20, Italy
-Judith Quintel, Hospitalités, catalogue, La Ville agglomérée, et Le troisième
système, Accords excentriques/L’esprit des lieux, tram, réseau art contemporain
Paris/Ile-de-France, Chamarande, France
-Massimiliano Scuderi, Bert Theis. Spazi nomadi e partecipazione collettiva/
Nomadic Spaces and Collective Participation (it/eng), Arte e Critica, June-August,
-Mariona Vivar Mompel, Architecture: the second Europe’s Rennaissance. Isola Art. Kunst gegen
urbane Ungeheuer,, Die Europa-Zeitung Beta,

-Barbara Fässler, Paradossi dell’amicizia, Bert Theis. Untitled/Untilted & out,
catalogue, (it/eng), Electa Editore, Italy
-Francesca di Nardo, Janus 20, 20100, Milano, Italy
-Marco Scotini, Bert, Theis, Dopopaesaggio, Social space and natural
environnment in contemporary art, TRA ART strumenti, (it/eng), Regione Toscana,
-A Tale of Two Cities: Busan-Seoul/Seoul-Busan, Bert Theis, Running Water (W)
right House, Busan Biennale 2006, catalogue, Corea
-Marco Scotini, Geografie insurgent, Pratiche artistiche e costruzione urbana, Flash
Art n. 113, Italy
-René Kockelkorn, Drifters, Mudam Opening, Eldorado, exhibition catalogue
-Uli Botzler, Die andere Sicht, Telecran n. 42, Luxembourg, p. 178-180
-Chauffe Marcel, FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, exhibition catalogue, Isthme
éditions, France

-Bert Theis, safe & sorry, (french/dutch/engl), authors: Koen Van Synghel, A Throne
Canopy for Brussels. Bert Theis’ Luxemburg Pavilion, Hou Hanru, That is certainly
more than a philosophic Karaoke, ed. Bozar Bruxelles & Galerie Erna Hécey,
Bruxelles, Belgium
-out/out, (english, italian, spanish), Office for Urban transformation newsletter,
Milan/Mexico D.F, Mexico
-Alessandra Poggianti, Milano: L’arte si appropria del quartiere Isola, Liberazione,
January 25, Italy
-Ina Helweg-Nottrot, Bert Theis: Stationen einer Künstlerlaufbahn, Forum n. 251,
-Lorenzo Rocha Cito, out, Oficina de Transformación Urbana, Espacio. Arte
Contemporáneo, n. 1, May, Mexico D.F., Mexico
-Marco Scotini, Exodo, Espacio. Arte Contemporáneo, n. 1, May, Mexico
- Citying, pratiche creative del fare città, Bert Theis, Relazione e contesto. Aspetti
problematici delle pratiche di public art, Seminario Urbanlab, Venezia, Supernova,
-Safe&Sorry, A+193, Revue belge d’architecture, Avril-Mai, Bruxelles, Belgium

-Bert Theis, The true artist never tells the truth, (german), MNHA, Musée info n.17,
Musée national d’histoire et d’art Luxembourg
-David Ho Yeung Chan, The Fifth System as New Psychological Spaces, Yishu,
Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Volume 3, n. 1, March, China

- -Martì Peran, Bert Theis a Isola. L'espai públic: model es construeix amb els peus
& Bert Theis. Office for Urban Transformation. Oficina por la transformaciòn urbana,
Transversal n. 20, rivista de cultura contemporània, Lleida, Spain
-No Art = No City!, Urban Utopias in Contemporary Art, (german/english), exhibition
catalogue, edited by Florian Matzner, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Germany
-Tirana Biennale 2, exhibition catalogue, Albania
-NetworkingCity, Artistic Practices and Urban Transformation, Marco Scotini,
interview with Bert Theis: Partecipation: Unfinished thought (it/eng), ed. TRA ART
Maschietto&ditore, Firenze, Italy
-Segno n. 190, Italy
-Shenzhen Evening News, 7 december, China

- Pause, exhibition catalogue, Bert Theis, Russel-prosthesis 01, Gwangju Biennale,
- Abstract Magazine, Claude Zurcher, Dossier: Arte a Milano, “Untitled/Untilted” à
Isola, Geneva, Switzerland
-Artfan, Audience as Artist. A Constructed World & Serpentine Gallery, London,
Great Britain

-Maurizio Bortolotti, L’Isola Garibaldi, (it/eng), Domus n. 838, Milano, Italy
-Bert Theis, Art and the City: Einige Samples/A Few Samples (german/english), in
Public Art/Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, ed. Florian --Matzner, Hatje Cantz Verlag,
-Bert Theis / relax, booklet edited by Galerie Erna Hécey, Luxembourg
-Salto mortale, exhibition catalogue, Bert Theis, Fischbehn, Museum of Sepulchral
Culture Kassel, edited by Florian Matzner, Quantum Books, Kassel, Germany
-Javier Fuentes Feo, El paseo olvidado. Entre el Arte Público y el Arte Exterior,
Cimal Arte internacional, n. 54, Valencia, Spain
-b-guided n. 11, spring, Barcelona, Spain
-Maurizio Bortolotti, Dopopaesaggio, Juliet Art Magazine, n. 103, giugno, Trieste,

-Strange Paradises, exhibition catalogue, Casino Luxembourg, p. 114-121
-Josée Hansen, Einsteins’ Brain, FRAC Bourgogne 1984-2000 catalogue, France

-Giulio Ciavoliello, Arte o Barbarie. Verso un minimalismo ecologico, Flash Art n.
214, Italy
- Skulptur-Biennale im Münsterland 1999, Bert Theis, BPNB (By-Pass Niels Bohr),
catalogue, Laumann-Verlag, Dülmen, Germany
-Andreas Denk, Skulptur-Biennale 1999 im Münsterland, Kunstforum n. 147,
-Jen Budney & Roberto Pinto, Stranger Knocking, Signs of Live, Melbourne
International Biennial, Collaborating Country Project, Italian Pavilion, catalogue,
-Mimmo Di Marzio, Quando l’artista è “public”, That’s art n. 15, aprile, Milano, Italy

-Ulrike Groos, Markus Müller, Interview mit Bert Theis, Make it funky: Crossover
zwischen Musik, Pop, Avantgarde und Kunst, Oktagon Verlag, (Jahresring 45),
-Claudia Posca, Manifesta in Luxembourg, Unterwegs zur Kunst im erweiterten
Europa, Kunstforum n. 142, Germany
-Bert Theis, Independent subcurator project / Dialectical Leap, Manifesta 2,
exhibition catalogue, (french/english), Casino Luxembourg
-Sven Lütticken, Apes on the rock in Luxembourg, Manifesta 2, archis, n. 9,
Rotterdam, Netherlands
-Bert Theis, Le dita della mano/Ten fingers, Arte all’arte 98, exhibition catalogue,
(italian/english), Galleria Arte Continua, Maschietto & Musolino, Florence, Italy
-Bert Theis, Enclave 1876, Subway, exhibition catalogue, Milano, Italy
-Bert Theis, Artfan 8, Summer 1998, A Constructed World Inc., Australia
-Kunst im Stadtraum: Toskana, Art n. 11, November, Gruner+Jahr AG, Germany
-Heie Treier, Dialektiline sissevaade Manifestale, Eesti Ekspress n. 10, July,

- Carlo Dolci, Interview with Bert Theis, Skulptur.Projekte Münster 1997, (germ/
eng), exhibition catalogue, Verlag Gerd Hatje, Germany
-Michael Hübl, Kreisende Bewegungen. Von den Räumen zwischen Kleingarten
und Internet, Kunstforum n. 138, Germany
-Christoph Blase, Die Beute des Kunstsommers aus Venedig, Kassel und Münster,
Kunstbulletin 7/8, Juli/August, Schweizerischer Kunstverein, Switzerland
-Alberto Fiz, Ciò che è nascosto non ci interessa?, Class n. 4, Milano, Italy

-Frederico Tanzi-Mira, Bert Theis, Flash Art n. 198, Italy
-Federico Tanzi-Mira, Bert Theis, Return to sender, Flash Art n. 200, Italy
-Antonio D’Avossa, Interview with Bert Theis, Cimal Arte internacional, n. 45, Ed.
Cimal Internacional, Valencia, Spain

- Bert Theis, Potemkin Lock, catalogue by the Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg
1995, La Biennale di Venezia 1995, authors: Antonio d’Avossa, B.T.M.D. and
Enrico Lunghi, The art of rapping, zapping and other (virtual) pranks, Marsilio
Editori s.p.a., Italy
-Loredana Parmesani, Anni ´90. Arte a Milano, Abitare Segesta Cataloghi, Italy
-Biennale-Venedig, Kunstforum n. 131, Germany

Mariette Schiltz, Bert Theis. Some Platforms, 2007, DVD, 20 min
Mariette Schiltz, Picked-out, 2004, DVD, 15 min
Mariette Schiltz, Palma clandestina, 2002, DVD, 3 min
Mariette Schiltz, Bert Theis more works 2001-2004, DVD, 30 min
Mariette Schiltz, Bert Theis some works, 1995-2000, DVD, 50 min
Mariette Schiltz, Uno, due, tre. A Public Action, 1999, DVD, 3 min
Paul Kieffer, Bert Theis, Portraits, Cassette 7-12, 1998, VHS, Samsa Films

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