KLEINBERG Fred, painter

It seems to me that Fred Kleinberg’s painting is a painting of truth, because it is true on three levels: in relation to itself, in relation to the artist, and in relation to its content.
A painting by Fred Kleinberg, answers in advance to all the “whys”, it being understood that the answer cannot belong to the order of understanding: it is in the sensible that it plunges us and it is to an acquiescence of the body that it invites.The form is sure and right: one is all the more sensitive to this truth of painting that comes from the rigour of the sensible as one also perceives a truth in relation to the artist.It seems in fact that Fred Kleinberg works under the influence of two necessities, one of a technical nature and the other of a quasi-spiritual nature. One strongly feels, in front of these great (expressionist) compositions, that for the painter, doing and being are one and the same thing.Finally, Kleinberg’s paintings contain a third truth: that of their content. The artist speaks only of what concerns him in the world, he has nothing to demonstrate but he has to show what cannot be described. The rage to paint, it exists!


Jean-Luc Chalumeau is an art historian and French art critic

Biography

Fred Kleinberg was born in 1966 in Paris. He is graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and in parallel he produced with several artist collectives some urban art in the public space by mixing painting with performance.

He has been exhibiting his work as a painter since 1983 internationally: in Europe, in United States and in Asia. His work is shown in private collections, galleries and public institutions. Globe-trotting artist, he has been selected for numerous artist residencies: the Villa Medici in Rome in 1996 in collaboration with the novelist Kits Hilaire, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow in 2001, the Art Residency of Pondichéry in 2004 in India, in China in 2010 in collaboration with the Hong Merchant Gallery of Shanghai, and in India in 2018 at the University of Shantiniketan. He received several painting awards: The Salon de Montrouge prize in 1998, the Coprim foundation prize in 2000, the Taylor foundation prize in 2008, the Charles Oulmont foundation prize in 2008 and the 1st contemporary art prize of Monaco in 2014.

Fred Kleinberg sets his work as a successive thematic project and naturally, intuitively, he is inspired by travels around the world to create his new series. Each of its main exhibitions show these thematic series: La mémoire au corps at the Coprim foundation in Paris in 1999 ; D’obscénité et de fureur at the Passage de Retz in Paris in 2002 ; Made in India at the Koehnline Museum of Art in Chicago, USA in 2006 ; Baroque Flesh at the Polad-Hardouin Gallery in Paris in 2011 ; Territoire d’héroïsme et de fureur, his first retrospective exhibition, at the Messine Gallery in Paris in 2012 ; Reborn Project at the Frank Pages Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland in 2015 ; Odyssey at the ART Elysées fair in Paris as guest of honor in 2017.

Fred Kleinberg lives and works in Paris.

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Personal exhibitions (selection since 2000)

2021  Les années Indiennes 2000-2010, Loo&Lou Gallery, Paris, France

2019  Germination, Loo&Lou Gallery, Paris, France

2017  Odyssée, solo show, Art Elysée, Paris, France
Reborn Project II, Galerie Messine, Paris, France
Portrait, Galerie Nationale, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

2016  Face to Face, Galerie Nationale, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reborn génération, Musée Krajcberg, Paris, France

2015  Reborn project, Galerie Frank Pagès, Geneva, Switzerland 
Du paysage à l’intime, Galerie Adriano Ribolzi, Monaco

2012  Territoire d’héroïsme et de fureur, Galerie Messine & Galerie Polad Hardouin, Paris, France
Chinese feast, Wei Wei Gallery, Beijing, China

2011  Chinese feast, Hong Merchant Gallery, Shanghai, China
Baroque flesh, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France
Icon, Galerie Rémy Bucciali, Colmar, France
On stage, l’Espace Cosmopolis, Nantes, France

2010  Sur les grands airs de Richard Wagner, performance picturale sur scène, Cité Internationale des Congrès de Nantes, France
Collaboration avec l’atelier Rémy Bucciali, réalisation d’estampes, Colmar, France
Monstre-toi, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France

2008  ACTE II – Made in India, Artseefld Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
UP’ART Galerie, Bruxelles, Belgium
Art français – Chicago, The Art Center Highand Park & ThinkArt Gallery, Chicago, USA

2007  7EVEN, ThinkArt Gallery, Chicago, USA

2006  ACTE II – Made in India, Galerie le rire bleue, Figeac, France
ACTE II – Made in India, Galerie P.Friedland & A.Rivault & Espace Univer, Paris, France
ACTE II – Made in India, Koehnline Museum of Art, Chicago, USA
ACTE II – Made in India, Galerie Sellem, Paris, France

2004  At Barbés, Galerie P.Friedland & A.Rivault, Paris, France
Moscou, Travel Journal, Galerie Saint-Germain, Los Angeles, USA

2003  Galerie Vorbe Fallet, Geneva, Switzerland

2002  ACTE II – D’obscénité et de fureur, Centre d’art contemporain, Niort, France
ACTE II – D’obscénité et de fureur, Passage de Retz, Paris, France
ACTE II – D’obscénité et de fureur, Galerie F. Vecchio, Cannes, France
ACTE II – D’obscénité et de fureur, Galerie Sommer & Stebel, Germany
Retour de Moscou, Hôtel d’Albret, direction des Affaires culturelles, Paris, France

2001 Galerie Zloto, Germany

2000  La mémoire au corps, Centre d’art contemporain, Bar-le-Duc, France
Autoportrait, Galerie Koralewski, Paris, France

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Collective exhibitions (selection since 2000)

2011  Parade II, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France
Flashback, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France
Art Paris avec la Galerie Rémy Bucciali, Paris, France
Art Karlsruhe, Galerie Rémy Bucciali, Germany
Salon International de l’Estampe, Galerie Rémy Bucciali, Paris, France

2010  Riders, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France
Parade, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France

2009  Holy destruction, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France
Le festin de la bête, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France
Scope Art fair, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, London, United Kingdom
Art Elysée, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France
Estampes, UP’ART galerie, Bruxelles, Belgium
Dessin, UP’ART galerie, Bruxelles, Belgium
Salon Comparaison, Grand Palais, Paris, France

2007  Bridge Art Fair London avec la THINKART& Laurie Glenn Gista Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Bridge Art Fair Miami avec la THINKART& Laurie Glenn Gista Gallery, Miami, USA
Galerie Art Valley, château de Larçay
Tour de chauffe, céramiques d’artistes, Espace Univers, Paris, France

2006  Go, Galerie P.Friedland & A.Rivault, Paris, France
Group show, Galerie Saint-Germain, Los Angeles, USA

2005  Autoportrait, Centre d’art contemporain, Niort, France
Drôle de bête, Galerie P.Friedland & A.Rivault, Paris, France
Group show, Galerie Saint-Germain, Los Angeles, USA
Aparté, Galerie P.Friedland & A.Rivault, Chicago, USA

2004  Peinture A histoire…, Musée des beaux-arts de Besançon, France
Rendez-vous, Galerie P. Friedland & A. Rivault, Paris, France

2003  Animal et territoire, Artsenat, Orangerie du Sénat, Paris, France
Estampe, French Institute, Hambourg, Germany
Biennale Internationale de la gravure contemporaine, Paris, France

2002  Galerie Michelle Broutta, Paris, France
Galerie Lacerte, Montréal, Canada
Galerie P. Friedland & A. Rivault, Paris, France

2001  Passage de Retz, Galerie P.Friedland & A.Rivault, Paris, France
Galerie Zloto, Germany
Présence et trace, Galerie Vorbe Fallet, Geneva, Switzerland
Galerie Michelle Broutta, Paris, France
Tempête sous un crâne, Galerie V.Cueto, Paris, France

2000  L’automne des transis, Centre d’art contemporain, Bar-le-Duc, France
Fondation Schlumberger, Espace Lhomond, Paris, France
Galerie Michelle Broutta, Paris, France

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Fellowships and residencies

2018  SSVAD Shantiniketan Residency, India

2014  1st prize at the Monte-Carlo International Contemporary Art Competition

2012-2014  Residency at Manutan

2009  Taylor Foundation Painting Award

2008  Charles Oulmond Foundation Painting Prize

2004  Residency " ON AIR " Pondicherry, India

2001  Residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow

2000  Coprim Foundation Prize, Paris

1996-1997  Residency, Villa Medici in collaboration with the novelist Kits Hilaire, Rome, Italy

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