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Michael Fliri was born in 1978 in Taufers im Münstertal, Italy. Lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland, and South Tyrol. 

Fliri works with diverse media, particularly video, performance and photography. Recurrent elements in his artworks are repetition, interruption (“natural limit that must be accepted”), disguise and dressing up: as animal, athlete, cinema or cartoon character, costumes are a very important part of his poetics. These masks represent for the artist the experience of another person’s existence and to open up new possibilities.

Select exhibitions include: Replace me as the substitute, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen (2017); The Raft, Mu.ZEE, Ostend (2017); Dalla caverna alla luna, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (2017); La forza della fotografia, Museion, Bolzano (2016); Ex, Mambo, Bologna (2016); Premio Fondazione Vaf, MACRO, Rome (2016); Mapping the Body, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2016); Il sosia. Artists and private collections, Mart - Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (2015); Avatar und Atavismus, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2015); Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen (2014); MAC, Lissone (2013); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2012); 0O°°°oo°0Oo°O0, Centro per lʼArte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (2011); Hinter der vierten Wand, Generali Foundation, Vienna (2010); Linguaggi e sperimentazioni, Mart - Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (2010); Wonder World. Expecting a restless future, 3rd Moscow Biennale (2009); Hopes and Doubts, Fondazione Merz, Turin (2009); Fuori Centro, Hangar Bicocca, Milan (2009); The Rocky Mountain People Show, Galleria Civica, Trento (2008).

 

EDUCATION

2006
Advanced Course in Visual Arts, Vistiting Professor Marjetica Potrc, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como

2005
New York University, NYU, Filmmaker

1999-2003
Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, Italy
Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich, Germany (Asta Gröting, Olaf Metzl)
Kunstakademiet Bergen, Norway

GRANTS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2016
VAF Foundation Award

2015
Frans Masereel Centrum Residency, Kasterlee, Belgium

2014
Winner, ZF Award at the Zeppelin-Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany

2011
Artist in Residence, AIR Antwerp, Belgium
Finalist European Sovereign Art Prize, Istanbul

2010
Shortlisted Premio Lo Schermo dell'Arte, Florence

2009
Winner, European Festival of Visual Arts in Hospital, Art dans la Cité, Paris
Finalist Lum Prize, Bari

2008
Museion Prize, sponsored by Cassa di Risparmio di Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy; Centre International d’Accueil et d’Echanges des Récollets; Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy
Finalist, European Sovereign Art Prize, Somerset House, London, England

2007
Vienna City Residency, Ministry of Culture, City of Vienna

2006
Winner of Selected Works, Italian Video Art Competition, Avision.it, Venice, Italy
Winner of Rotary Video Art, Video Art Competition, Trento, Italy

2005
Special Honor Award from the Jury, First International Performance Prize, Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea Trento
New York City Grant, Cultural commission of the province of South Tyrol, New York


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Grenzgänge: Julia Bornefeld & Michael Fliri, Forte di Fortezza, Fortezza, Italy (until 2019)
Polymorphicc Archetypes, TransArt Festival 2018, Bolzano, Italy
Michael Fliri-AniManiMism, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Michael Fliri. The light never sees a shadow, RLB Atelier Lienz, Lienz

2017
Replace me as the substitute, De Garage-Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Mechelen
Come out and play with me (performance), Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato

2016
Becomings, Wendy Norris, San Francisco

2015
My private fog
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Museo d'Arte Moderna Mario Rimoldi, Cortina d'Ampezzo

2014
Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen

2013
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Lissone, Lissone
Videoinsight, Torino
Videography, Museo Lissone, Lissone
Let love be eternal, while it lasts, Mario Rimoldi Museum, Cortina d'Ampezzo

2012
In Between Michael Fliri-Asta Groeting, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano

2011 0O°°°oo°0Oo°O0, Centro per l‘Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato
2009 Name it as you feel it, Art dans la Cité, Parigi
2008 Getting too old to die young, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano
2007 Gravity, Eurac, cur. L. Ragaglia, Projectroom Museion, Bolzano Early one morning with time to waste, cur. M. Paderni, Galleria Enrico Fornello, Prato

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
DA.ZWISCHEN, Südtiroler Künstlerbund, Galerie Prisma, Bolzano
Kunst Landschaft Tirol, Museum Kitzbühel, Kitzbühel, Austria
The Game: a che gioco giochiamo?, Palazzo Ducale di Massa, Massa, Italy

2017
The Raft, Mu. ZEE, Ostend, Belgium
The Short Analysis of Uncertainty, South Korea
La cultura è una regola dell'ordine, Certosa di Senales (Italy)
Ferdinand II. 450 Jahre Tiroler Landesfürst, Schloss Ambras, Innsbruck
In Their Eyes…, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rijeka, Rijeka (Croatia)
ALT al PALATINO: da DUCHAMP a CATTELAN, Foro Palatino, Rome
The Central Periphery 2.0, Zuiderpershuis, Antwerpen
Dalla caverna alla luna. Viaggio dentro la collezione del Centro Pecci, Centro Luigi Pecci, Prato
SOLO FIGLI, L’Esprit Nouveau Pavilion, Bologna

2016
La forza della fotografia. Opere dalla collezione Museion, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
There is no Place like Home, Rome
In Their Eyes, Kunsthalle Lana, Italy (itinerary: Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic; Fiume, Croatia)
Ex, Mambo, Bologna
Mapping the Body, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck
VII Prize Fondazione VAF, MACRO Testaccio, Rome; Stadtgalerie, Kiel; Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz
Art & Nature – Walking with Senses, Merano

2015
Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen
Avatar und Atavismus, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf
Contour7 - Biennial of Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium
Il sosia - artists and private collections, Mart - Museum of modern and contemporary art, Trento and Rovereto

2014
Premio Cairo, Palazzo della Permanente, Milano
Maravee Corpus. L’elogio del corpo come sistema sociale: l’identità plurale in fotografie, video, costumi, performance e tatuaggi, a cura di Sabrina Zannier; Castello di Susans di Majano, Udine
Meteorite in giardino 7 - Art Music and Summer Program, Fondazione Merz, Torino; Dolomiti Contemporanee, Casso; Palazzo Riso, Palermo
Vevringutsillinga, Naustdal

2013
Arttirol, Kunstankaufe des Landes Tirol 2010-2013, Tiroler LandsemuseumFerdinandeum, Innsbruck
Embassy goes contemporary, Italian Embassy in Berlin, Berlin
2012
Hors Pistes. Un autre mouvement des images. Centre Pompidou, Paris
Alpenrepublik. Kunstraum, Innsbruck
Altra Natura Cambio di Stagione 2 (proposte dalla collezione del museo Pecci), Milano
Personal effectsonsale. Padiglione Esprit Nouveau, Bologna
2011 The Collection in Action, Museion, Bolzano
OPEN AIR #5, A.I.R. Antwerpen, Antwerp Belgium Italian genius now-home sweet home Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts/ Taichung Cultural Park, Taiwan Matter of Action, O‘ Artoteca, Milano Biennale Giovani Monza, Villa Reale, Monza 2010 Hinter der vierten Wand, Generali Foundation, Vienna
Linguaggi e sperimentazioni, Mart, Roverto In full bloom, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan Italian genius now-home sweet home, Expo, Padiglione Italiano, Shanghai Mal d'Archive, Careof-La Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille VideoReport, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone Video sur l'Ile # 2, Finis Terrae, Ouessant
Irresistible Forces, Hancock Museum (GNM), Newcastle 2009 Wonder World. Expecting a restless future, special project for the 3rd Moscow Biennale, Ekaterina Cultural Foundation, Mosca Hopes and Doubts, Fondazione Merz, Turin; Dome City Centre, Beirut. La Difference, Centre d'Art de la Bastille, Grenoble Fuori Centro, Hangar Bicocca, Milano New Entries, Museion, Bolzano Il Cielo in una Stanza, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone Emerging Talents, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence Labyrinth::Freiheit, Franzensfeste, Bozen Una collezione trasversale, ALT Arte Contemporanea 2008
The Rocky Mountain People Show, Galleria Civica of Contemporary Art, Parallel Event Manifesta7, Trento European Sovereign Art Prize, Somerset House, London VideoReport / "Soft Cell", Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone Hypnotic Show, Silverman Gallery, San Francisco 2007 Looking for the border, De Garage Mechelen and Culturcentrum, Strombeek (Belgium) and Fondazione Stelline, Milan As it screams please love me, Form Content, London The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, Apexart, New York From_&_To, Kunsthaus, Merano Bellavita, New Barber Shop Gallery, Los Angeles Albedo, XII International Media Biennale WRO 07, Wroclaw, Polonia Hallucination, Media Arts Seoul Soul, Seoul, Korea Neverending Cinema, Galleria Civica of Contemporary Art, Trento
Video Report Italia, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, HRV

2006
Fragmented Show, Viafarini, Milano
Videoreport, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone
Neverending Cinema, Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea di Trento
Video Year book 2006, Facoltà dell'Università di Bologna, Bologna
MMM, milano.melbourne.milano, C/O careof, Milano
Ad'a,Rocca Sforzesca, Imola
Wonderful, Trieste
Mulhouse 006, Parc Expo, Mulhouse, France
Catodica, Galleria LipanjePuntin, Trieste

2005
Untitled, Spazio Via Ventura, Milano
Sperequazione, Neon>fdv, Milano
Primo Premio Internazionale della Performance, Galleria Civica di Trento
Mobile Kunsthall, Kunsthall, Oslo
Deficit!, Galleria Neon, Bologna
Zone di Transito, Galleria A+A, Venezia
Our Nature,Villa Serana, Bologna

2004
Play, Galleria Valentina Moncada, Roma
Museo Sperimentale d'Arte Contemporanea, L'Aquila
Neon>Campobase, Bologna
C/O CareOf, Milano
Pilot, Galleria Giovanni Pintori, Bologna
On Air: video in onda dall'Italia, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone

2003
LAB 03, Viafarini, Milano
Ach, Himmel es ist verspielt, A9 Forum Transeuropa Museumsquartier, Vienna
Panorama 03, Ex edificio delle poste, Bolzano
Sense Media Space, Kulturhuset USF, Bergen
Invasion 1, Pasinger Fabrik, Monaco

2002
Oltre il giardino, Parco di Rimini
…in stazione, Stazione FS, Bologna

2001
…in stazione, Stazione FS, Bologna
Video Happening, Villa Serena, Bologna


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

AGI Verona Collection, Verona, Italy
Museion, Bolzano, Italy
Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck, Austria
Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Masereel Art Collection, Kasterlee, Belgium
Museum of Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
Pecci Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy
ZF Art Foundation Germany, Friedrichshafen, Germany