Carsten Nicolai, pionier I, 2011, parachute, wind machine, sound proof paneling, installation dimensions variable, site specific © Carsten Nicolai

Carsten Nicolai


Photography by Andrey Bold


b. 1965, Karl-Marx-Stadt, Germany



Carsten Nicolai is one of the only contemporary artists working simultaneously in visual and sonic media.

Nicolai studied landscape design from 1985 to 1990 in Dresden and in 1992 he cofounded the Voxxx.Culture and Communication Center in Chemnitz (Voxxx.Kultur und Kommunikationszentrum). Nicolai has been the subject of more than fifty international solo exhibitions since 1987.

Nicolai’s work is held in major international collections including the Rubell Family Art Collection, Miami; the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Lugano-Castagnola, Spain; Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig, Germany; Klingspor Museum Offenback, Germany; the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev, Ukraine; Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz; and Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Gent, Belgium.


Carsten Nicolai, moiré glass, 2010, six printed glass plates and steel, 81-5/8" x 11' 2-5/8" x 9' 8-5/8"(207.3 cm x 341.9 cm x 296.2 cm) © Carsten Nicolai