Johanna Smiatek works especially in the field of interactive and kinetic art. Many works are “moving objects” (a term she has used since 2000) and sculptures. These works are complemented by many drawings. A further aspect of her artistic work are graphical wallpaintings, which often form a three-dimensional installation in space. In her work Johanna Smiatek refers to ordinary subjects, but changes these subjects in delicate dealing. Everyday objects are subtly transformed, their essence taken to absurd extremes. Objects originating in, or reminiscent of, the everyday world are cast in silicone and set in vibration by an electric motor specifically developed by the artist. The various objects, whether shoes, oversized lipsticks or mirrors, develop a subtly independent life. This staged trembling of the objects speaks about the human experience of self and of the body, but simultaneously calls it into question. Feelings of familiarity and strangeness are evoked, an ambivalence between exhilaration and insecurity. It is this, which gives the work its singular appeal. In her recent works the light, the digital control of light, the medium of video and sounds are essential parts, mostly in interaction with the beholder.


NEWS Exhibitions

PAR(I)TY WITH US – The 10 Million Euro Exhibition
Curators: Sarah Maske, Nina Marlene Kraus, Irina Ilieva
Opening: Thursday, April 25, 2024, 6 – 9 pm
April 24, 2024 – May 4, 2024
aquabitArt Gallery, Auguststrasse 35, 10119 Berlin

December 11 – Dezember 16, 2023
Opening: Monday, Dezember 11, 2023, 6 pm
roam, Lindenstr. 91, 10969 Berlin

One Night Group Show
Friday, November 24, 2019, 7 pm
SporKlübü, Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin

TRYST Art Fair
October 27-29, 2023
Torrance Art Museum
Del Amo Crossing
21515 Hawthorne Blvd
Torrance, Los Angeles
CA 90503, USA

Grenzen der Aufklärung (Limits of Enlightenment)
September 15 – September 30, 2023
Opening: Friday, September 15, 2023, 7 pm
Oberwelt e.V.

Unberührt Berührt (Untouched Touched)
September 02 – Oktober 01, 2023
Opening: Friday, September 01, 2023, 7 pm
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart

Exhibition of the nominees
March 4 – April 10, 2023
Opening: March 03, 2023
Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven
Adalbertstraße 28
26382 Wilhelmshaven

Rathenau Hallen
Wilhelminenhofstr. 83-85
12459 Berlin-Oberschöneweide
Opening: November 11, 2022
November 11, 2022 – November 13, 2022

PlayTime – Smiatek´s Wonderful Times
(solo exhibition)
Mayergasse 7/2
1020 Vienna, Austria
Opening: September 08, 2022
Finissage: September 21, 2022
September 08, 2022 – September 21, 2022

Gallery in Körnerpark, Berlin
18 June – 24 August 2022

Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden
Dresden 11-13 March 2022

25 November – 02 December 2021
Karlsplatz 5
1010 Vienna Austria

Berlin Art Week
Collection Ivo Wessel
Lehrter Straße 57
10557 Berlin
September 18./19., 2021


Direct Auction II
Slot 10, Void Noise (Leerstellenrauschen)
Preview: Gallery Die Ganze Freiheit
Greifswalder Str. 218
10405 Berlin
August24, 2021 – August 28, 2021
Online auction: August 28, 3 p.m.
YouTube: Film trailer for the light object “Blow-Up II” (2019)

20 years of Zagreus
Zagreus Project
Brunnenstrasse 9a
10119 Berlin
August 18, 2021 – November 20, 2021


2021 – An Earthly Odyssey
(solo exhibition)
MuseumsQuartier Q21
Museumsplatz 1/5
1070 Wien, Austria
ASIFA Austria
Opening: July 08, 2021
July 08, 2021 – August 28, 2021

June 18 – June 22, 2021
Locations: Castle and park ensemble in Ostromecko / The City Gallery in Bydgoszcz / Pałacnowy, Bydgoszcz, Poland 


…You’ve Got Mail!
MOM Art Space
Valentinskamp 34a, 20355 Hamburg
Opening: August 05, 2020 (analog & digital)
Duration: August 06, 2020 – August 17, 2020

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Beautiful
March 01, 2020 – March 29, 2020
Kunstverein Hochrhein / Villa Berberich, Germany
Artists: Julia Brodauf, Niki Elbe, Xenia Fink, Johanna Smiatek paintings, sculptures and installations
NOTE: The exhibition is closed since 17 March 2020 caused by the Corona Pandemic!

studio im HOCHHAUS, Berlin
January 28, 2020 – April 18, 2020

“PEACE – dont make me laugh // You A Two Minute Brother”
One Night Group Show, Spor Klübü, Berlin
Friday, 29. November 2019, 7 pm

Castle Neuhaus Lübben, Germany
August 24 – August 25, 2019
August 24, 2019, 2 pm – 11 pm
August 25, 2019, 11 am – 5 pm

Könnte Aber Doch
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Germany
August 24 – September 22, 2019
Opening: Friday, August 23, 2019, 7 pm

ART’s Birthday
museum FLUXUS+
Schiffbauergasse 4f
14467 Potsdam, Germany
January 17, 2019

The Artist As Curator´s Art
SCHAU FENSTER, Raum für Kunst (Arty Party)
12. Oktober 2018 – 04. November 2018
Lobeckstr. 30-35, 10969 Berlin
Artists: Christian August, Florian Bielefeldt, Elisa Ewert, Lennart Grau, Andreas Gruner, Jeroen Kramer, Johanna Smiatek, Nasan Tur

One Night Group Show
Friday, 30. November 2018, 7 pm
Spor Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin-Wedding

WonderWoman ART b!tch
(curated by Britta Helbig)
One Night Art Show Saturday, 22. September 2018, 7 pm
Bar Babette, Karl-Marx-Allee 36, 10178 Berlin

SEX ROLE curated by Johanna Smiatek
SCHAU FENSTER, Raum für Kunst
10 August 2018 – 02 September 2018
Opening: Friday, 10 August 2018, 7 pm
Film-Screening: Wednesday, 15 August 2018, 8 – 10 pm
Finissage: Sunday, 02 September 2018, 3 pm
Lobeckstr. 30-35, 10969 Berlin
Artists: Birgit Hein, Katarzyna Kozyra, Ann Noël, Cornelia Renz, Johanna Smiatek

Glory, Glory, Halleluja!
Oberwelt e.V., Stuttgart, Germany
July 27, 2018 — September 15, 2018

January 23, 2018 — March 2018
studio im HOCHHAUS
Zingster Straße 25, 13051 Berlin

10 Years Kunstverein Neukölln

December 16, 2017 — January 28, 2018
Opening: Friday December 15, 2017, 7.30 p.m.
Kunstverein Neukölln
Mainzer Str. 42, 12053 Berlin

The Drawing Hub Fundraiser Silent Art Auction
With 50+ Prolific Drawing Artists, Curated by Jan Philipp-Fruehsorge
December 15, 2017 — January 5, 2018
Preview & Silent Auction: Gerichtstraße 12-13, 13347 Berlin

Presence, Criticism, Utopia
August 26, 2017 — September 24, 2017
Opening: Friday, August 25, 2017, 7 p.m.
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart
Schlossplatz 2, 70173 Stuttgart

“…The Risk of Tumbling into Emptiness”
Herta Müller’s ‘Traveling on One Leg‘
Opening: Friday, July 14, 2017, 7 p.m.
July 14, 2017 — September 16, 2017
Oberwelt e.V., Reinsburgstrasse 93, 70197 Stuttgart

(solo exhibition)
Opening: Friday, May 05, 2017, 7 p.m.
May 05, 2017 – July 01, 2017
Brunnenstraße 9a 10119 Berlin

Opening “SWEET NOTHINGS – On Stage”
May 5, 2017 film by


Seepferdchen und Flugfische
Museum Forum Alte Post
Poststraße 2, 66954 Pirmasens
September 16, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Artists: Jonathan Baldcock, Joana BC, Isa Bordat, Selket Chlupka, Micha Das Bach, Andrea Dettmar, Carola Deye, Sebastian Haslauer, Stefanie Klingemann, Ahram Kwon, Anna Lehmann-Brauns, Stefan Mildenberger, Johanna Smiatek, Ina Weber, Zeljko Vidovic

„Inglan Is A Bitch“
One Night Group Show
Friday, November 25, 2016, 7 p.m.
Spor Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin-Wedding

MOST WANTED – Hier finden Sie das Glück

(MOST WANTED – you may find happiness here)
(solo exhibition)
Opening: Friday, August 26, 2016, 7 p.m.
August 27, 2016 – September 18, 2016
rosalux Wriezener Straße 12, 13359 Berlin

I want to be a shine at the very top
Opening: Friday, July 8, 2016, 7 pm
July 8 – September 16, 2016
Oberwelt e.V., Reinsburgstrasse 93, 70197 Stuttgart

Seepferdchen und Flugfische
Opening: June 11, 2016, 1 pm
Speaker during the opening event:
State Premier Mrs. Malu Dreyer
exhibition space: Thermen am Viehmarkt, Trier, Germany Directorates-General cultural heritage of the state Rhineland-Palatinate
June 12, 2016 – August 28, 2016
Artists: Jonathan Baldcock, Joana BC, Isa Bordat, Selket Chlupka, Micha Das Bach, Andrea Dettmar, Carola Deye, Sebastian Haslauer, Stefanie Klingemann, Ahram Kwon, Anna Lehmann-Brauns, Stefan Mildenberger, Johanna Smiatek, Zeljko Vidovic, Ina Weber

Seepferdchen und Flugfische
Opening: February 14, 2016, 11 a.m.
February 14, 2016 – May 22, 2016
Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck (Remagen/Bonn)
Hans-Arp-Allee 1, 53424 Remagen
Special exhibition “Seepferdchen und Flugfische”
Artists: Jonathan Baldcock, Joana BC, Isa Bordat, Selket Chlupka, Micha Das Bach, Andrea Dettmar, Carola Deye, Sebastian Haslauer, Stefanie Klingemann, Ahram Kwon, Anna Lehmann-Brauns, Stefan Mildenberger, Johanna Smiatek, Zeljko Vidovic, Ina Weber.
A catalogue will be published in the Salon Verlag, Cologne.

I will show my new interactive light work “Secret Power – Top Secret” and the special edition “Hu Go Ball By Jo Hanna Smiatek”.

(solo exhibition)
Opening: Saturday, November 21th 2015, 7 pm
November 22, 2015 – February 21, 2016
museum FLUXUS+
Schiffbauergasse 4f, 14467 Potsdam

December 30, 2015 – February 25, 2016
artists: Johanna Smiatek, Satch Hoyt, Katrin Kampmann, Oliver Pietsch, Carlotta Herzog-von-Berg, Katja Pfeiffer, Vadim Zakharov, Katharina Arndt

Made in Balmoral
Bad Ems, Schloss Balmoral
December 12, 2015 – January 24, 2016
artists: Johanna Smiatek, Jonathan Baldock

„You knee them in the chin…“
One Night Group Show
Friday, November 27, 2015, 7 pm
Spor Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin-Wedding

Die schwarze Spinne

September 19, 2015 – Oktober 17, 2015
Reinsburgstrasse 93, 70197 Stuttgart

IWF Mördertreff
One Night Group Show
Friday, November 28, 2014, 7 pm
Spor Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin-Wedding

Anonymous Drawings 2014, based in Berlin.
1. May 2014 – 19. May 2014
exhibition I: May 2 – 05, 2014 | opening: May 01 | 7 pm exhibition II: May 9 – 12, 2014 | opening: May 08 | 7 pm exhibition III: May 16 – 19, 2014 | opening: May 15 | 7 pm 300 drawings by Berlin-based artists will be presented anonymously in three consecutive exhibitions.
Pavillon am Milchhof
Schwedter Str. 232, 10435 Berlin

Dear artist, draw for me! Part 1: abstraction, concretion, notation and structure
1. February 2014 – 8. March 2014
Semjoncontemporary Gallery of contemporary art
Schröderstr. 1, 10115 Berlin-Mitte
Artists: Axel Anklam, Colin Ardley, Eve Aschheim, Martin Assig, Carola Bark, Olaf Bastigkeit, Wolfgang Berndt, Alvar Beyer, Pedro Boese, Max Cole, Takayuki Daikoku, Angela Dwyer, Ute Essig, Ellinor Euler, Helmut Federle, Martin Flemming, Tony Franz, Matthias Geitel, Helga Edith Geng, Franziska Goes, Ludwig Gosewitz, István Haász, Renate Hampke, Bertram Hasenauer, Geka Heinke, Silke Helmerdig, Marc von der Hocht, Markus Keibel, Jan Klopfleisch, Achim Kobe, Willi Kopf, Bettina Krieg, Dittmar Krüger, Mayako Kubo, Michael Kutschbach, Katrin von Lehmann, Jobst Liebrecht, Ray Malone, Dóra  Maurer, János Megyik, Yurina Misaki, Taiyou Mori, Bastian Muhr, Henrik  U. Müller, Frank Nitsche, Susanne Pomrehn, Thomas Prochnow, Dirk Rathke, Matthias Reinmuth, Dorothee Rocke, Jakob Roepke, Christine Rusche, Christian Schellenberger, Hanns Schimansky, Christiane Schlosser, Daniel Schörnig, Arne Schreiber, Martina Schumacher, Gerda Schütte, Thomas Skiba, Zuzanna Skiba, Johanna Smiatek, Björn Streeck, Stefan Thiel, Petra Tödter, Gabriela Volanti, Royden Watson, Bettina Weiß, André Werner

An exhibition catalogue will be published.

POWER.DELUSION.VISION. The tower and urban giants in the sculpture.
26. October 2013 – 23. February 2014
Museen Heilbronn: Museum im Deutschhof and Kunsthalle Vogelmann
Artists: Doumbouya Aboudramane, Ràul Ortega Ayala, Jan Brueghel d. J., Boran Burchhardt, Claus Bury, James Lee Byars, Lynn Chadwick, Abraham David Christian, Tony Cragg, Stephen Craig, Marc Dittrich, Malachi Farrell, Sakir Gökçebag, Florian Goldmann, Florian Graf, Friedemann Grieshaber, Uli Günther, Klaus Hack, Günther Haese, Romuald Hazoumè, Albert Hien, Leiko Ikemura, Jörg Immendorff, Tadashi Kawamata, Per Kirkeby, Jan Köchermann, Wasa Marjanov, Martin Matschinsky und Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff, Fausto Melotti, Isa Melsheimer, Stephan Mörsch, Koken Nomura, Werner Pokorny, Bettina Pousttchi, Augustin Rebetez, Peter Sauerer, Jo Schöpfer, Abi Shek, Roman Signer, Johanna Smiatek, Giuseppe Spagnulo, Annette Streyl, Markus Uhr, Timm Ulrichs, Thomas Virnich, Fritz Wotruba, Erwin Wurm, Yin Xiuzhen.

An exhibition catalogue will be published.
Including essays by Dr. Günter Baumann, Dieter Brunner, Prof. Dr. Stefanie Lieb, Jutta Mattern M. A., Dr. Birgit Möckel, Dr. Kirsten Voigt.

REMIX – 10 years in the mix!
30. August 2013 – 22. September 2013
Spor Klübü
Freienwalder Str. 31, 13359 Berlin-Mitte (Wedding)

Pandora’s Box – 100 years of Franz Kafka’s Judgement
20. July 2013 – 03. September 2013
Oberwelt e.V.
Reinsburgstrasse 93, 70197 Stuttgart

Schau Fenster Schau
curated by Uwe Poth
SCHAU FENSTER, Schauraum für Kunst
09. August 2013 – 25. August 2013
Lobeckstr. 30-35, 10969 Berlin 
Artists: Udona Boerema, Roos van Haaften, Carla Mercedes Hihn, Anya Janssen, Johanna Smiatek, Uli Westphal, Margret Wibmer

Anonymous Drawings 2013
March 24 – April 20, 2013
Kunstverein Tiergarten / Galerie Nord
Turmstraße 75, 10551 Berlin
further stations:
Delikatessenhaus Leipzig 27. April 2013 – 19. May 2013 Karl-Heine-Str. 59, 04229 Leipzig; Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven (TAC) 25. May 2013 – 9. June 2013 Vonderweg 1, 5611 BK Eindhoven, The Netherlands

From Mythological Demigod to Mass Phenomenon
1. December 2012 – 10. February 2013
6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Artists: Barbara Bloom, Felix Burger, Luis Camnitzer, Niklas Goldbach, Conny Habbel, Katja Hammerle, Ely Kim, Jürgen Klauke, Franticek Klossner, Urs Lüthi, Bjoern Melhus, John Miller, Olaf Nicolai, Helmut Schober, Johanna Smiatek, Anan Tzuckerman, Wainer Vaccari et al. An exhibition catalogue will be published by Snoeck Verlag Köln (engl./germ.). Including essays by Beate Ermacora, Maren Welsch, Sylvia Zwettler-Otte; Julia Brennacher, Lotte Dinse, Christian Hartard, Silvia Höller, Markus Neuwirth, Susanne Petersen, Dieter Ronte, Jürgen Tabor, Peter Weiermair

„Cocaine – blows my brain..“
One Night Show
Friday, November 30, 2012, 8 pm
Spor Klübü
13359 Berlin-Wedding
Artists: Sonja Alhäuser, Mika Andersen, Robert Barta, Pedro Boese, Matthias Beckmann, Mark Brogan, Saskia Breitenreicher, Anna Bromley, Johannes Bünemann, Jérôme Chazeix, Maurice Doherty, Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez, Anneke Eussen, Michael Fesca, Frederik Foert, Tom Früchtl, Anne Gathmann, Stella Geppert, Axel Gerber, Ingo Gerken, April Gertler, Robert Gfader, Zoe Giabouldaki, Massoud Graf-Hachempour, Armin Häberle, Andrea Hartinger, Max Hattler, Vanessa Henn, Stephan Homann, Hervé Humbert, Sarrita Hunn, Henrik Jacob, Hubi Jäger, Patrick Jambon, Jakob Jensen, Uwe Jonas, Stefan Kaminski, Silke Koch, Susanne Kohler, Simone Lanzenstiel, Julia Lazarus, LEO, Simon Lindhardt, Sabine Linse, Clement Loisel, Jens Christian Madsen, Gerhard Mantz, Matthias Mayer, Elva Olafsdottir, Kirsten Palz, pattypalmtree, Daniel Permanetter, Oliver Pietsch, Maria Leena Räihälä, Ioannis Savvidis, Adrian Schiesser, Mira Schnedler, Sonya Schönberger, Stefanie von Schroeter, Richard Schütz, Bernadette Schwelm, Anja Schwörer, Eva Seufert, Heiko Sievers, Heidi Sill, Johanna Smiatek, Eric Smith, Melissa Steckbauer, Gabriele Stellbaum, Klaudia Stoll, Jozefa Storp, Jaro Straub, Kirstine Strømberg, Vassiliea Stylianidou, Max Sudhues, Susa Templin, Alex Tennigkeit, Lina Theodorou, Thea Timm, Peter Torp, Julien Villaret, Jacqueline Wachall, Julius Weiland, Michael Witte, Gloria Zein, Sibylle Zeh, Michaela Zimmer, Christof Zwiener, Oliver Zwink.

Salon Salder
Art Collection Museum
Castle Salder Salzgitter / Niedersachsen
9. September 2012 –  4. November 2012
Artists: Rolf Bier, Volker Blumkowski, Christian Dootz, Lars Eckert, Bernd Giering, Oliver Godow, Ria Patricia Röder, Christine Schulz, Johanna Smiatek, Bernd Uhde, Mei-Shiu Winde-Liu, Anette Ziss

Haus am Kleistpark
Grunewaldstr. 6-7, 10823 Berlin
17. August 2012 – 14. October 2012
Artists: Ludwig Bräutigam, Harriet Groß, Alexander Habisreutinger, Jens Hausmann, Jan Klopfleisch, Anna Kolod, Bettina Kuntzsch, Petra Lottje, Ono Ludwig, Beatrice Minda, Yvonne Roeb, Susanne Ruoff, Daniel Schlemme, Egon Schrick, Zuzanna Skiba, Johanna Smiatek, Matthias Stuchtey, Ralf Tekaat, Johannes Vogl und Anne Vorbeck

UNSCHARF – Nach Gerhard Richter
BLUR after Gerhard Richter
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall 20095 Hamburg
11. February 2011 – 15. May 2011
Artists: Pablo Alonso, David Armstrong, Anna und Bernhard Blume, Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Michael Engler, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Maxine Henryson, Bill Jacobson, Adam Jankowski, Tamara K. E., Wolfgang Kessler, Karin Kneffel, Peter Loewy, Marc Lüders, Ralf Peters, Qiu Shihua, Gerhard Richter, Ugo Rondinone, Johanna Smiatek, Thomas Steffl, Ernst Volland, Franziskus Wendels, Michael Wesely, Paul Winstanley. An exhibition catalogue will be published by Hatje Cantz Verlag. Hardcover, 180 pages. Including essays by Hubertus Gaßner, Eckhart Hoffmann, Bernd Hüppauf, Sabine Schnakenberg, Marc Wellmann

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