10 UNEXPECTED FACTS ABOUT MAX SIEDENTOPF


“Things can always go wrong… but instead of giving up, you should learn to adapt“, says Max Siedentopf, the Namibian-German contemporary artist working across several media including sculpture, video, photography and publishing. He investigates social, cultural, and political situations in his artistic practice through straightforward and satirical approaches.

His often times provocative approach to art has resulted in him being labelled a prankster. The pop culture relevancy of his work let Vogue Italy coin him as “viral artist”. In 2018, Siedentopf for example installed a series of binoculars at Herzog & de Meuron’s extension to Tate Modern to give its visitors a better view into the adjacent Neo Bankside housing. The art installation was created to highlight the fact that the Tate Modern was being taken to court by residents of the neighbouring building for invading their privacy. In June 2019, Siedentopf starred in the music video for MINE RIGHT NOW, a song by Norwegian singer Sigrid Max was supposed to direct. This was due to Sigrid’s flight being cancelled, the singer therefore being unable to appear in the video herself and Max ended up starring in instead. The video currently holds over 1.5 million views and got Siedentopf nominated Best New Director at the UK VMAs.

Shortly before the global pandemic of Covid19 in early February 2020 Siedentopf caused international upheaval with a series of provocative masks made of everyday items called HOW TO SURVIVE A GLOBAL DEADLY VIRUS. In April 2020, he released the bestselling book HOME ALONE published by art book publisher HatjeCantz. With the start of the lockdown he created the project HOME ALONE where he released over 100 instructions on social media that his followers could recreate at home, the final result being a collection of over a thousand witty and unique photographs created in isolation of people’s homes.

UNEXPECTED FACTS

Max Siedentopf grew up in the oldest desert in the world.

Max Siedentopf once replaced a pop star in her music video as the lead role.

Max Siedentopf created an installation hidden somewhere in Africa that will play Toto’s Africa on a never ending loop until the end of time.

Max Siedentopf used to be a professional swimmer and competed at several World Championships.

Max Siedentopf’s last studio was an old church with a 15m wooden fort in the center and a diving board on top of it. He liked going to church.

Max Siedentopf has worked with dogs, cats, mice, gold fish, peacocks, chickens, snails, owls, pigeons, lions, giraffes, crocodiles, birds, ducks, turtles, snakes, bearded dragon, frogs and cockroaches. He generally prefers animals to humans.

Max Siedentopf’s previous work resulted in several death threats.

Max Siedentopf wrote this sentence with his left big toe.

Max Siedentopf is excited about fact #10.

Max Siedentopf preferred fact #9.

MISA DISCOVERIES

Siedentopf is part of MISA DISCOVERIES, a format that presents twenty artists from a new generation. The group exhibition at St. Agnes in Berlin consists of individual presentations that have been shaped by the social, cultural and political change of recent years. In each booth, visitors get a deeper insight into the specific work methods and visual language of the young generation of artists. MISA DISCOVERIES offers the chance to discover courageous artistic positions that will have a decisive influence on the art market in the years to come.  

Please click HERE to browse through the work available by Siedentopf that is on view at ST. AGNES until 19 September 2021.

CREDITS

Max Siedentopf, Still from the video Mine Right Now directed by Siedentopf, 2019
Max Siedentopf, Fantastic Fountain #15, 2017
Max Siedentopf, Drunk Bottle #4, 2021
Max Siedentopf, Sunday’s At St. Agnes, 2021

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