"Something is beautiful, and also natural and good if it bears its own variations within itself.“
Jorinde Voigt is a leading conceptual artist based in Berlin, Germany. Born in 1977 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Voigt studied with Katharina Sieverding at Universität de Künste, Berlin, graduating with her Master's of Fine Arts in 2004. From 2014 to 2019, she taught at Akademie der Bildenden Künste (AdBK) in Munich, and today she is a Professor of Conceptual Drawing and Painting at University of Fine Arts Hamburg (HfBK).
In her work, Jorinde Voigt observes and explores the inner processes of perception in relation to various aspects and subjects such as affects and emotions, imagination, memory, sensory experience, natural and cultural phenomena, scientific data, interpersonal actions, and relationships. She creates complex systems of charts, diagrams, and thought models to depict the intersection of subjective, personal experience with seemingly objective external stimuli. Voigt understands her artistic practice as a “performative act out of the creative action with the objective to draw spaces of potency within an endless spectrum of possibilities.”
Voigt often uses as her starting point a musical composition or a philosophical text. In her early work, she took an analytical approach to highly emotionally charged erotic Chinese artwork, deconstructing and de-contextualizing the drawings into diagrams, thereby depriving them of their psychological effects.
Throughout her career, Voigt has transformed complex and intangible notions from music, philosophy, and phenomenology into visual models characterized by intricate lines organized into patterns, networks, and entire systems that strike a balance between order and chaos.
In her Studies on Reality (2021), Voigt combines drawing and collage, mounting a three-dimensional collage onto mirror glass. While smaller in scale than most of her work, this series creates the illusion of infinite space and incorporates the element of time, playing with the viewer's perception and the changing effects of light. Voigt often brings together drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture, inviting the viewer to create layers of subjective meaning through an aesthetic that feels at once personal and universal. Her artistic practice maps the natural rhythms that govern our experience of reality, and through her unique visual language she presents a world of complex, abstract concepts formally reduced into aesthetically pleasing, while conceptually charged, works of art.
Besides several grants and prize nominations such as the the Zurich Art Prize in 2021, Voigt was rewarded the prestigious Daniel & Florence Guerlain Contemporary Drawing Prize in 2012. She has participated in biennials worldwide, most notably the 54th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (2011), Venice, Italy; Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland (2016); Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2017); Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2017); and Vienna Biennial for Change, Vienna, Austria (2019).
Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA
Bundeskunstsammlung, Bonn, Germany
Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France
Fondation d’art contemporain, Florence & Daniel Guerlain, Paris, France
Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. (PIN), Munich, Germany
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA), Stuttgart, Germany
Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Germany
Kunstsammlung des Europäischen Patentamts, Berlin, Germany
Kunstsammlung Gera, Germany
Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte Sachsen–Anhalt, Halle, Germany
Leal Rios Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo, Norway
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY, USA
Sammlung der Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany
Sammlung Deutsche Bundesbank, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin, Germany
Sammlung Landesbank Hessen und Thüringen, Dependance, Paris, France
Sammlung TUI Cruises, Mein Schiff 4
Sammlung Von der Heydt, Wuppertal-Elberfeld, Germany
Schering Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, Germany
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany
The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, USA