Benjamin APPEL 本杰明・阿普尔

German, b. 1978, Augsburg, Germany, lived in Ecuador for twenty years, lives and works in Leipzig.


Benjamin Appel explores the intersection of painting, sculpture, and everyday objects in his practice. His works, across mediums, bear strong visual and thematic resemblances, characterized by a tendency towards minimal forms, architectural geometry, and everyday or non-traditional media – drawing an allegiance with Arte Povera, Appel frequently uses the unfinished surfaces of concrete, earth, soil, old furniture and wood in his work. His thickly built-up oil paintings have a similar tactility, but are even more austere in form and colour palette. 



Solo Exhibitions


Flowerbed in the Cellar, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

Lay the Wall on the Floor, Gallery ASPN, Leipzig

Fill the Cellar with Concrete, City Gallery Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen

Triatlón, Museum of Contemporary Art of Santiago, Santiago


Between A circle and a rectangle lives a drip, with Carolina Pérez Pallares, Showroom Multipleart, Zurich

The Stool Buried In the Garden, Weingrüll Gallery, Karlsruhe

The Fish In the Fish, ASPN Gallery, Leipzig


If white is not a color, why are walls then now? with Carolina Pérez Pallares, Neue Galerie in Hohmann House, Augsburg

Si el blanco no es un color entonces porque, son rectas las paredes? with Carolina Pérez Pallares, Centro de arte contemporaneo Quito, Quito

Too Big for My Room, Art Foundation Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart

Fill the Puddle of Water, Kunstverein Nürtingen e. V., Nürtingen


Walls are stairs without soil, Weingrüll Gallery, Karlsruhe

Playing Under the Table, ASPN Gallery, Leipzig


The Basement with Garden, Construction Schaustelle, Essen

Like on a Tree, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg


The Threshold of the House, Studio Control, Karlsruhe


As the Bird in Its Nest, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim


Group Exhibitions


Collection Presentation, Opening New, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim

Resonances, ZKM Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe

Four positions from four places, Kunstverein Nürtingen, Nürtingen

Yesterday Tomorrow, Thermal baths at the Viehmarkt, Trier

Decade: Abstract Art 10, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

In Between, Thermal baths at the Viehmarkt, Trier


Poétique: Abstract Art 9, PIFO Gallery, Beijing

Über alle Maßen, Art Foundation Erich Hauser, Rottweil

Rompeflasche, Museum of Contemporary Art, Quito

Rompeflasche, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg


Art Tour 2015, Art Foundation Baden Wurttemberg, Stuttgart

A Visual Odyssey, Jing Gallery, Beijing

Sculpture - art in public space, Landau

Square Place, Kunsthaus L6, Freiburg

The Collection Contemporary Art VII, H2 Centre of Contemporary Art, Augsburg


Cognitive Dissonance, Weingrüll Gallery, Karlsruhe

Multipleart, Kunsthaus Zofingen, Zofingen


Uninhabitable Objects, Bundner Kunstmuseum Chur, Chur

Being Specific, Kunsthaus Baselland, Baselland

The Karlsruhe Connection and other Stories, Kunstraum Riehen, Basel

Pretty Vacant, Villa Renata, Basel

Junger Westen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen

Territoriale und erzahlerische Expeditionen, Kunstraum L6, Freiburg


Collection of new art VI, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg

Un hombre habla en el bosque, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago

Beautiful but is wrong too beautiful, Atelier Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main

From the margins, Kunsthalle Palazzo Liestal, Liestal

Optimismo Radical II, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York


Unit/room, Galery ASPN, Leipzig

Broadside - Focus on space, Villa Merkel, Esslingen am Neckar


The unstoppable rise of daredevils and other bottles, Stadtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe

Local 10, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen

The inner walls, the outer walls of Outside, John Doe Projects, Karlsruhe

The Collection of Contemporary Art IV, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg

Retrospective and Current, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg


The Instantaneous Paradise, Zeißholz, Dresden

Ostrale 09, Center for Contemporary Art, Dresden

Top 09, Villa Merkel, Esslingen am Neckar

Silent Spaces - spaces of silence, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg


Local 08, Kunsthalle Basel exhibition at Klingental, Basel


Augsburger sponsorship support Visual Arts 1997 – 2007, H2 Center for Contemporary Art, Augsburg

Klasse 07, Galerie Supper, Baden-Baden


Serendipity 26 views, Flottmann-Hallen, Herne

Klasse 06, Galerie Supper, Baden-Baden


Tendenzen, Darmstädter Sezession, Darmstadt