Kenneth Bergfeld

born 1990 Kenneth Bergfeld's work engages the complex dynamics of representation, exploring the complexity of personal identity and the shifting nature of subjectivity. Oscillating between parasitic and symbiotic scenarios, his avatar-like figures move through shape-shifting backdrops, blurring the boundaries between the self and its environment. His interest in the realities of the globalized economy and the psychological conditions of consumerism is reflected in his works that address issues of sustainability and relational dynamics. His works have been exhibited at the Kölnischer Kunstverein; the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; the Kunstverein Duisburg; the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg; and the Kunstverein Leverkusen, among others.

Gallery exhibitions

Kenneth Bergfeld, Animal at Jan Kaps, Cologne
02 Feb – 23 Mar 2024
Jan Kaps, Cologne
Kenneth Bergfeld, Human Performance at Jan Kaps, Cologne
Human Performance
12 Mar – 07 May 2022
Jan Kaps, Cologne
Opening: Saturday, 12 March 2022, 5 - 9 Pm

Institutional exhibitions

Kenneth Bergfeld, The Spire (Part 2) at Part One, Cologne
The Spire (Part 2)
05 Oct – 09 Oct 2019
Part One, Cologne
Kenneth Bergfeld, The Spire (Part 1) at Hospitality, Cologne
The Spire (Part 1)
16 Apr – 20 Apr 2019
Hospitality, Cologne
Kenneth Bergfeld, Icons & Rituals at Pik Deutz, Cologne
Icons & Rituals
05 Oct – 27 Oct 2018
Pik Deutz, Cologne
Kenneth Bergfeld, Von den Strömen der Stadt at Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Von den Strömen der Stadt
03 Jul – 23 Oct 2016
Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach



Lives and works in Cologne, Germany Born 1990


Black Box Theater, Clearing, New York (Group)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2024 Animal, Jan Kaps, Cologne

2022 Human Performance, Jan Kaps, Cologne

2021 Fast Day Menu, Project Native Informant, London

2020 A home with no hands, Art Basel Miami Beach with Project Native Informant

2019 I, Spider, Project Native Informant, London

2018 The Spire, Pt. 1, Hospitality, Cologne The Spire Pt. 2, Part One, Cologne

2012 Recherche + Archiv, Project space of Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf

2011 Kunstverein Leverkusen, Leverkusen

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 De Profundis Oscar Wilde, L’Hotel, Paris
 November, Juli August September, Tokyo

2022 An Ocean Standing, LC Queisser, Tbilisi The Male Gaze: From Larry Stanton to Now, The Artist Room, London Onsen Confidential, Mujin-to Production, Tokyo

2021 Capturing Light, Ung5, Cologne

2020 Jahresgaben, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

2019 Condo New York, New York

2018 Icons & Rituals, Pik Deutz, Cologne

2017 Jahresgaben, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

2016 Von den Strömen der Stadt, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach The Politics of Portraiture, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

2015 What would you pay for a rotting whale, Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf

2014 Steady State, Kunstverein Duisburg, Duisburg (cat.) Spring Exhibition, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (cat.)