Stumpf, Michael


Artist statement

-- Åpent atelier søn 22.sept 2024, kl 12-17 --

Over the past 20 years I have developed an art practice that explores sculpture and its possibilities through my own, and collaborative practice. I strongly believe in the possibilities of artmaking to help us to address existential aspects of living and I use sculpture and the exploration of space to pose questions about the material and technological reality of the complex world we currently inhabit. The world of music, in particular improvised music and all its meandering forms is a constant inspiration to explore agency and to challenge perceptions of perfection. With materiality and the handmade at its core, my work manifests itself as large-scale installation, public artwork and moving image in a body of work to raise questions of imagination, ecology, attitude, technology and time.

DUI, Damsgårdsveien 229
5160 Bergen



Michael Stumpf was born in Mannheim (GER), studied at State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe and Glasgow School of Art (MFA). For 20 years Michael lived and worked in Glasgow and since autumn 2022 has lived in Bergen (NOR) and Lingbo (SWE).

He has had exhibitions in galleries and public institutions in the UK [CCA Glasgow; Cooper Gallery, Dundee; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow], Europe [Viborg Kunsthall, Viborg; Lewis Glucksmann Gallery, Cork; Landesmuseum, Münster], North America [Kavi Gupta Gallery; Chicago] and Asia [Shanghai Himalayas Museum]. And has been on residencies in Denmark, China, Spain, Germany, Canada and Scotland.

In addition to his own practice, he has worked collaboratively as a member of the artist group Poster Club. He was a co-founder and curator of the independent exhibition space Kaiserpassage 21a, the exhibition project The Tower, and he served on the committee of Transmission Gallery. From 2017- 2023 Michael Stumpf was a lecturer in Sculpture and Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art. He is a co-founder of Lingbo Kontshall (2023- ongoing) and is a member of the studio collective den uferdige institusjon in Bergen (2022- ongoing).

Looking at You (This Song Belongs to Those Who Sing It), Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow
We are More Dimensional, Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg
Song: Rock, Twig, Ring (This Song Belongs to Those Who Sing It), Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art
The Sound of Silver