Michael Dreyer (artist)

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Michael Dreyer (* 1953 in Coburg ) is a German artist and designer.

He is professor for visual communication at the Merz Academy , University of Design , Art and Media, Stuttgart, and was involved in its realignment in 1982. Dreyer has headed the WO Scheibe Museum exhibition space in Stuttgart since 2006 .


Dreyer creates assemblages , installations and films in which he combines painting and sculpture, graphics, sounds and texts.

Solo exhibitions, performances and films

  • 1986: The borrowed emergency (together with Diedrich Diederichsen and Lucius Burckhardt ) as part of the exhibition “Explorations”, Messe Stuttgart
  • 1996: Shorty, Film, Performance (Berlin, Marburg, Stuttgart, Hamburg) (together with Sharon Lockhart, Cinematography, Schorsch Cameroon and many others)
  • 2004: Abolition of spanking language Performance I, exhibition, performance, films, publication (Künstlerhaus Stuttgart), performers: Helmut Draxler, André Butzer , Grazer Kunstverein ; Galerie Meerrettich, Berlin
  • 2006: Pianist, listening to a recording of 'electronic sounds' by Stockhausen, exhibition, performance, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Abolition of spanking language Performance II, performer: Michael Krebber , Galerie Meerrettich, Berlin
  • 2010: White Albums, exhibition, publication, together with Julian Göthe, Hans Jürgen Hafner, Michael Paukner, WO Scheibe Museum, Stuttgart
  • 2011: Theory of the Poor Audience / Towards A Poor Audience, Hermes and the Pfau, Stuttgart; Triple Negation - Double Props, I WE NOW INTERRUPT FOR A COMMERCIAL, guest curator Clemens Krümmel, Aanant & Zoo, Berlin


  • Michael Dreyer - Theory and Plastic , edited by Helmut Draxler, 2016.
  • Use what is useful in: Style change. Issued by International Design, 1986.
  • Five interviews on social changes, Wilhelm Beermann, Michael Dreyer, Jürgen Hoffmann (eds.), Merz Akademie, Stuttgart 1992, Hey, hey, we are not the monkeys , (interview with D. Diederichsen), ibid., Urban guerrilla and interior design , Exhibition catalog Julio Rondo / Michael Dreyer; Gallery Klaus Peter Goebel, Stuttgart.
  • Albert vs. History , exhibition catalog, Kunsthalle Basel (with Albert Oehlen), That must be sewn (about art and politics), in: Die Beute, May 1998.
  • The suffering of young words (mixed-media artist Ferdinand Kriwet from the 1970s), in: Merz Akademie 2, Ed. Merz Akademie, Stuttgart 1999. Edited by Michael Dreyer, Tom Holert, Andreas Cziepluch.
  • How to do things without words. (Essay) in: Prärie, edited by the Volksbühne Berlin, Alexanderverlag, pianist, listening to a recording of “electronic sounds” by Stockhausen. Michael Dreyer, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, 2006.
  • Making posters politically in: 100 Best Posters 06, Musical Behavior in: Shandyism. Authorship as a genre, When institutional comedy helped. Michael Dreyer in: Texts on Art No. 68, 2007.
  • Dreyer, Michael - Holert, Tom (Ed.): PALINDROM. Up and down with Rex Whistler & Friends. WO Disk Museum, 2009.
  • Before the white album. in White Albums , WO Scheibe Museum, 2009.
  • a nose is a nose is a noise in: Palindrom - Rex Whistler and Friends. WO Disk Museum, 2010.
  • Image and support - and a pillar from Sanssouci. In: BKV Potsdam eV, 2011.
  • Peter Ott, Michael Dreyer: Atelier. In: Karokunst Art that is on top. December 2012, Discussion Protocol No. 11, Duisburger Filmwoche, Christian Koch, November 7th, 2012., A game with the limits of the documentary by Sven Reden; in: Der Standard , November 12, 2012.


  • Hans-Jürgen Hafner: Michael Dreyer. Berlin 2012.
  • Miriam Thomann: Until the next round. In: Texts on Art , July 15, 2011.
  • Peter Daners: News from Sirius. Peter Daners on Michael Dreyer in the Künstlerhaus Stuttgart. In: Texts on Art. Issue 62, June 2006, p. 256.
  • 1996: Shorty (film), performance (Berlin, Marburg, Stuttgart, Hamburg) (together with Sharon Lockhart, camera, Schorsch Cameroon and many others)
  • Tranches of the hare and duck - palindrome at Hermes and the peacock. WO Scheibe-Museum, Stuttgart, Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Artnet, November 19, 2009, palindrome. Up and down with Rex Whistler & Friends. In: Hermes and the Peacock.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Vita of Michael Dreyer merz-akademie.de, accessed on April 12, 2014.