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  • Education
  • Upcoming Solo Exhibition
  • Selected Solo and Two Person
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • Selected Group
  • 2021
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • Collections
  • Selected Bibliography
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014

Melike KARA (b. 1985 in Bensberg, Germany)

  • Lives and works in Cologne, DE

Education

  • 2007 - 2014 Dusseldorf Art Academy (Rosemarie Trockel)
  • 2014 Academy letter and Protégé

Upcoming Solo Exhibition

  • Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, DE

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2021

  • HOW SHE SHAPES US, LC Queisser, Tbilisi, GE

2020

  • a slice of, Fuhrwerkswaage Kunstraum, Cologne, DE
  • where we meet, Jan Kaps, Cologne, DE
  • No Friends but the Mountains, Kunstverein Göttingen, Gottingen, DE

2019

  • Gowend Garden, Salon 94, New York, US
  • New Work, curated by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy and Samuel Saelemakers, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, NL
  • My Beloved Wild Valley, Arcadia Missa, London, UK

2018

  • A Taste of Parsley, Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN
  • Speaking In Tongues, Jan Kaps, Cologne, DE

2017

  • Köpek, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE

2016

  • In Your Presence, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE

2015

  • Lunch, Salon Kennedy, Frankfurt am Main, DE
  • Flying Dinner, Open Forum, Berlin, DE

2014

  • Real Sorbet, Ortloff, Leipzig, DE

2013

  • Das kleine Schwarze, Boutique, Cologne, DE

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021

  • Sweet Lies, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, DE
  • INCORPOREA 04, Basement Roma, Rome, IT
  • The Dreamers, 58th October Salon, curated by Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin, Belgrade Biennial, Belgrade, SR

2020

  • Risquons-Tout, curated by Dirk Snauwaert in collaboration with co-curators Zoë Gray and Devrim Bayar et al., Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, BE

2019

  • Zwei Alter: Jung, Galerie Crone, Berlin, DE
  • Solar Anus, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, CA

2018

  • Kollectors Series: Material Musings, K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong, HK
  • BAMBOO BAR, AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE, Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund, DE
  • The Same As Ever, But More So, curated by Miriam Bettin, Braunsfelder, Cologne, DE
  • Nothing Will Be As Before, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, DE
  • Untitled, LC QUEISSER, Tbilisi, GE

2017

  • (X) A Fantasy, curated by Sandra Pusterhofer, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK
  • MIDTOWN, Salon 94 and Maccarone Gallery, Lever House, New York, US
  • White Columns Benefit Exhibition and Auction, White Columns, New York, US
  • Monday is a Day Between Sunday and Tuesday, curated by Lisa Offermann, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, DE

2016

  • Melike Kara, Talisa Lallai, Lindsay Lawson, curated by Maria Chiara Valacchi, Studiolo, Milan, IT
  • Wild Style: Exhibition of Figurative Art, Peres Projects, Berlin, DE
  • In Wonderland, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, DE
  • FACE TO FACE: Works from Ernesto Esposito Collection, curated by Eugenio Viola, Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno, IT
  • SURRREAL, König Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • Folly, Emalin, Dunmore Pineapple, Airth, Falkirk, UK
  • The Snoring Princess, Kunstgruppe, Cologne, DE
  • Honey: Bread & Butter, Komplot, Brussels, BE
  • Lanzarote, Union Pacific, London, UK

2015

  • copy g_ods, (with Yves Scherer & Julia Scher), Drei Jacob, Cologne, DE
  • The State of Having Left, curated by Lisa Offermann and Pauline Seguin, Leipzig, DE

2014

  • kunstfilmtage, Pourya, Dusseldorf, De
  • NOWHERE, Bar Babette, Berlin, DE
  • L`Aventura., A+B Contemporary Art, Brescia, IT
  • Ifinito, Kunstverein Essen, Totale, Essen, DE

2013

  • Body Light, Venus & Apoll (by Julia Stoschek Collection), Dusseldorf, DE
  • Dark(traces), Hamburger Filmfestival (with Keren Cytter, Anja Kirchner, David Panos, Clemens v. Wedemeyer), Hamburg, DE
  • Fragile Islands, Parkhaus, Dusseldorf, DE
  • Zyklus, Studio Roh, Dusseldorf, DE
  • Bal Aksin, Maybachpoint, Cologne, DE
  • Ein drittel weiß hören, KIT, Dusseldorf, DE
  • Der stille Grund, Gagarin, Dusseldorf, DE
  • Here is always somewhere else, Castle Oud Rekem, Rekem, BE

Collections

  • Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, US
  • Yuz Museum, Shanghai, CN
  • Zumuseum, Riga, LV

Selected Bibliography

2020

  • Melike Kara at Jan Kaps, Art Viewer, June 26, 2020
  • Behr, Louisa, Das Sichtbarmachen von Simultanitäten Melike Kara Kunstverein Göttingen, Passe-Avant, February 25, 2020
  • Melike Kara at Kunstverein Göttingen, Art Viewer, January 27, 2020
  • Semonjek, Anja, Melike Kara offenbart ihre kurdisch-alevitischen Wurzeln, Göttinger Tageblatt, January 21, 2020

2019

  • The Artists to Know Right Now, The Artsy Vangard 2019, Artsy, September 2019
  • Rees, Lucy, Melike Kara’s Striking Canvases Go On View at Salon 94, Galerie Magazine, September 10, 2019

2018

  • Herriman, Kat, Melike Kara Brings The Spirit World to the Yuz Museum, Cultured Magazine, July 6, 2018
  • Roland, Kristian, 5 Artists to Watch by Kristian Roland, Artland, March 10, 2018
  • Melike Kara in conversation with Venus Las, Yuz Museum, July 7, 2018

2017

  • Kulturbeziehungen auf der Großleinwand, Arte, November 2017
  • Ther, Milan, Dogged Disclosure: Melike Kara, Mousse Magazine, Issue 60, October-November 2017
  • Corrigan, A., Berlin - Melike Kara: “Köpek” at Peres Projects Through November 3rd, 2017, Art Observed, November 1, 2017
  • Radley, Jack, Exhibition: An Avowal of Anonymity: Melike Kara at Peres Projects, Berlin Art Link, October 31, 2017
  • Melike Kara: Body Language, Elephant Magazine, October 18, 2017
  • Menschen wie Hunde: Melike Karos anonyme Wesen, taz, October 12, 2017
  • Loizou, Nicolette, The Human form in ‘Köpek’ by Melike Kara at Peres Projects, Berlin, Blouin ArtINFO, October 4, 2017
  • Köpek by Melike Kara, Cura Magazine, October 2017
  • Elderton, Louisa, Melike Kara solo at Peres Projects, Blouin Modern Painters Magazine, September 2017
  • Melike Kara, Hyde/Hypocritedesign Magazine, August 2017
  • Abwesenheitsnotiz: Melike Kara, Sommer in Köln, Monopol Magazin, August 15, 2017
  • Quack, Gregor, Melike Kara, Cura Magazine, Issue 25, Summer 2017
  • Zierold, Ariadna, Enigmatic Canvases by Melika Kara, Upperplayground News, June 16, 2017
  • The 15 Best Booths at Art Basel in Hong Kong, Artsy, March 22, 2017
  • Weisenstein, Kara, (Photos) Inside Independent New York, the Art fair That Shook Armory Week, Vice, March 6, 2017
  • Indrisek, Scott, From the Subtle to the Sexual, Independent’s Eighth Carves Its Own Path, Artsy, March 3, 2017
  • McMahon, Katherine, Scenes from the Independent Art Fair, ARTnews, March 2, 2017
  • Farago, Jason and Schwendener, Martha, What to See at New York’s Art Fairs This Week, New York Times, March 2, 2017
  • Donoghue, Katy, Independent New York sees Increase in Female Artist Solo Presentations, Whitewall Magazine, March 2, 2017
  • Steer, Emily, Six Female Artists to See at Independent New York, Elephant Magazine, March 1, 2017
  • Ugelvig, Jeppe, Independent Art Fair / New York, Flash Art, February 27, 2017
  • Neuendorf, Henri, Independent’s Laura Mitterrand Explains Why Dealers Make the Best Fair Directors, Artnet News, February 16, 2017

2016

  • Vasey, George, Melike Kara, KALEIDOSCOPE Magazine, Winter 2016
  • Neuendorf, Henri, 10 Emerging Artists to Keep on Your Radar, Artnet News, November 21, 2016
  • Leclère, Lucas, Melike Kara, Frog Magazine, Issue 16, October 2016
  • Elderton, Louisa, Wild Style, Flash Art Magazine, no. 310, September-October 2016
  • Bordignon, Elena, Tre artisti, tre momenti | Studiolo, Milano, ATP Diary, June 24, 2016
  • Honigman, Ana Finel, A Silent Majority: In Berlin, an Intergenerational Array of Female Artists Carries the Day, ARTnews, June 3, 2016
  • Karcher, Eva, Kunstmessen Art- und Independent Brussels, Der Tagesspiegel, April 23, 2016
  • Yang, Ida, In Your Presence, We Dissolve, Together: Melike Kara, LEAP Magazine, Issue 38, March/April 2016
  • Kara, Melike, Portfolio: Melike Kara, Frieze, March 15, 2016
  • Bardos, Alice, Exhibition: Melike Kara at Peres Projects, Berlin Art Link, March 4, 2016
  • Bier, Arielle, Critics’ Picks: Melike Kara, Artforum, February 26, 2016
  • Darrelmann, Amelie, Im Gespräch mit Melike Kara, KubaParis, February 2016

2015

  • 16 Emerging Artists to Watch in 2016, Artsy, December 16, 2015
  • Julia Scher, Melike Kara, Yves Scherer, KubaParis, November 15, 2015
  • Gottschalk, Molly, Art-World Insiders Select Frieze’s Must-See Works, Frieze, October 14, 2015
  • Melike Kara - Lunch, KubaParis, July 2015

2014

  • Melike Kara, i like this art, May 2, 2014

Exhibitions

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Artist  Title  Date  Location 
Group ShowShuang Li, Paolo Salvador, Austin Lee, Melike Kara, Manuel Solano, Donna Huanca, Dorothy Iannone, Richard KennedyShuang Li, Paolo Salvador, Austin Lee, Melike Kara, Manuel Solano, Donna Huanca, Dorothy Iannone, Richard Kennedy ART SG (Singapore) 2022-01-2020/01/2022–
23/01/2022
Singapore, SGSingapore, SG
Group ShowNicholas Grafia, Donna Huanca, Richard Kennedy, Rafa Silvares, Brent Wadden, George Rouy, Melike Kara, Paolo SalvadorNicholas Grafia, Donna Huanca, Richard Kennedy, Rafa Silvares, Brent Wadden, George Rouy, Melike Kara, Paolo Salvador FIAC 2021-10-2121/10/2021–
24/10/2021
Paris, FRParis, FR
Group ShowAd Minoliti, Donna Huanca, Nicholas Grafia, Rafa Silvares, Brent Wadden, Harm Gerdes, Manuel Solano, Rebecca Ackroyd, Richard Kennedy, Pam Evelyn, Dalton Gata, Hermann Nitsch, Melike KaraAd Minoliti, Donna Huanca, Nicholas Grafia, Rafa Silvares, Brent Wadden, Harm Gerdes, Manuel Solano, Rebecca Ackroyd, Richard Kennedy, Pam Evelyn, Dalton Gata, Hermann Nitsch, Melike Kara KIAF Art Seoul 2021-10-1414/10/2021–
17/10/2021
Seoul, KRSeoul, KR
Group ShowDonna Huanca, Richard Kennedy, Rebecca Ackroyd, Manuel Solano, Paolo Salvador, Pam Evelyn, Brent Wadden, Melike KaraDonna Huanca, Richard Kennedy, Rebecca Ackroyd, Manuel Solano, Paolo Salvador, Pam Evelyn, Brent Wadden, Melike Kara Frieze London 2021-10-1313/10/2021–
17/10/2021
London, UKLondon, UK
Group ShowPaolo Salvador, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Richard Kennedy, Nicholas Grafia, Rafa Silvares, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Marc Padeu, Dalton Gata, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Rebecca Ackroyd, Pam Evelyn, Harm Gerdes, George Rouy, Hermann Nitsch, Brent WaddenPaolo Salvador, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Richard Kennedy, Nicholas Grafia, Rafa Silvares, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Marc Padeu, Dalton Gata, Stanislava Kovalcikova, Rebecca Ackroyd, Pam Evelyn, Harm Gerdes, George Rouy, Hermann Nitsch, Brent Wadden Art Basel 2021-09-2121/09/2021–
26/09/2021
Basel, CHBasel, CH
Melike KaraMelike Kara Art Basel Unlimited 2021-09-2020/09/2021–
20/09/2021
Basel, CHBasel, CH
Group ShowDonna Huanca, Rebecca Ackroyd, Richard Kennedy, Brent Wadden, Melike KaraDonna Huanca, Rebecca Ackroyd, Richard Kennedy, Brent Wadden, Melike Kara Cosmoscow 2021-09-1717/09/2021–
20/09/2021
Moscow, RUMoscow, RU
Group ShowAd Minoliti, Austin Lee, Melike Kara, Donna Huanca, Beth Letain, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Paolo SalvadorAd Minoliti, Austin Lee, Melike Kara, Donna Huanca, Beth Letain, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Paolo Salvador Art Busan & Design 2020 2020-11-0606/11/2020–
08/11/2020
Busan, KORBusan, KOR
Group ShowRichard Kennedy, Shuang Li, Donna Huanca, Ad Minoliti, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Paolo Salvador, Manuel Solano, Melike Kara, Beth Letain, Dan Attoe, Rebecca AckroydRichard Kennedy, Shuang Li, Donna Huanca, Ad Minoliti, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Paolo Salvador, Manuel Solano, Melike Kara, Beth Letain, Dan Attoe, Rebecca Ackroyd Frieze London 2020 – Online Viewing Room 2020-10-0707/10/2020–
16/10/2020
Online Viewing RoomOnline Viewing Room
Group ShowAd Minoliti, Austin Lee, Beth Letain, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Manuel Solano, Paolo Salvador, Richard KennedyAd Minoliti, Austin Lee, Beth Letain, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Manuel Solano, Paolo Salvador, Richard Kennedy Art Basel Online Viewing Room – ABOVR:2020 2020-09-2323/09/2020–
26/09/2020
Online Viewing RoomOnline Viewing Room
Group ShowAd Minoliti, Austin Lee, Donna Huanca, Paolo Salvador, Dalton Gata, Richard Kennedy, Melike Kara, Rebecca AckroydAd Minoliti, Austin Lee, Donna Huanca, Paolo Salvador, Dalton Gata, Richard Kennedy, Melike Kara, Rebecca Ackroyd Frieze Viewing Room, 2020 2020-05-0606/05/2020–
15/05/2020
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Group ShowAd Minoliti, Austin Lee, Beth Letain, Manuel Solano, Melike Kara, Brent Wadden, Dorothy Iannone, Donna Huanca, Richard KennedyAd Minoliti, Austin Lee, Beth Letain, Manuel Solano, Melike Kara, Brent Wadden, Dorothy Iannone, Donna Huanca, Richard Kennedy Art Basel Miami Beach, 2019 2019-12-0505/12/2019–
08/12/2019
Miami Beach, USMiami Beach, US
Group ShowRebecca Ackroyd, Donna Huanca, Dorothy Iannone, Melike Kara, Austin Lee, Manuel Solano, Blair Thurman, Beth LetainRebecca Ackroyd, Donna Huanca, Dorothy Iannone, Melike Kara, Austin Lee, Manuel Solano, Blair Thurman, Beth Letain Art Basel, 2019 2019-06-1212/06/2019–
16/06/2019
Basel, CHBasel, CH
Group ShowAustin Lee, Beth Letain, Blair Thurman, Donna Huanca, Manuel Solano, Melike Kara, Rebecca Ackroyd, Steffen BunteAustin Lee, Beth Letain, Blair Thurman, Donna Huanca, Manuel Solano, Melike Kara, Rebecca Ackroyd, Steffen Bunte Art Basel Hong Kong, 2019 2019-03-2929/03/2019–
31/03/2019
Hong Kong, CNHong Kong, CN
Group ShowAustin Lee, Beth Letain, Blair Thurman, Donna Huanca, Manuel Solano, Melike Kara, Rebecca Ackroyd, Steffen BunteAustin Lee, Beth Letain, Blair Thurman, Donna Huanca, Manuel Solano, Melike Kara, Rebecca Ackroyd, Steffen Bunte Art Basel Miami Beach, 2018 2018-12-0606/12/2018–
09/12/2018
Miami Beach, USMiami Beach, US
Melike KaraMelike Kara ART 021, 2018 2018-11-0909/11/2018–
11/11/2018
Shanghai, CNShanghai, CN
Group ShowDorothy Iannone, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Austin Lee, Ajarb Bernard AtegwaDorothy Iannone, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Austin Lee, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa Expo Chicago, 2018 2018-09-2727/09/2018–
30/09/2018
Chicago, USChicago, US
Group ShowBeth Letain, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Melike Kara, Donna Huanca, Austin LeeBeth Letain, Ajarb Bernard Ategwa, Melike Kara, Donna Huanca, Austin Lee Art Basel Hong Kong, 2018 2018-03-2727/03/2018–
31/03/2018
Hong Kong, HKHong Kong, HK
Group ShowDonna Huanca, Dorothy Iannone, Dean Sameshima, Mark Flood, Melike Kara, Beth Letain, Blair Thurman, Brent WaddenDonna Huanca, Dorothy Iannone, Dean Sameshima, Mark Flood, Melike Kara, Beth Letain, Blair Thurman, Brent Wadden Art Basel Miami Beach, 2017 2017-12-0707/12/2017–
10/12/2017
Miami Beach, USMiami Beach, US
Group ShowBeth Letain, Melike Kara, Donna HuancaBeth Letain, Melike Kara, Donna Huanca ART021 Shanghai, 2017 2017-11-1010/11/2017–
12/11/2017
Shanghai Exhibition CenterShanghai Exhibition Center
Group ShowBlair Thurman, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Beth Letain, Dan AttoeBlair Thurman, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Beth Letain, Dan Attoe EXPO Chicago, 2017 2017-09-1313/09/2017–
17/09/2017
Chicago, USChicago, US
Melike KaraMelike Kara Köpek 2017-09-0707/09/2017–
03/11/2017
Peres ProjectsPeres Projects
Group ShowBrent Wadden, Blair Thurman, Dean Sameshima, Donna Huanca, Mark Flood, Melike KaraBrent Wadden, Blair Thurman, Dean Sameshima, Donna Huanca, Mark Flood, Melike Kara Frieze New York, 2017 2017-05-0505/05/2017–
07/05/2017
New York, USNew York, US
Group ShowDonna Huanca, Blair Thurman, Melike Kara, Brent Wadden, Dan AttoeDonna Huanca, Blair Thurman, Melike Kara, Brent Wadden, Dan Attoe Art Basel Hong Kong, 2017 2017-03-2323/03/2017–
25/03/2017
Hong Kong, HKHong Kong, HK
Melike KaraMelike Kara Independent New York, 2017 2017-03-0202/03/2017–
05/03/2017
New York, USNew York, US
Melike KaraMelike Kara Art Basel Miami Beach, 2016 2016-12-0101/12/2016–
04/12/2016
Miami Beach, USMiami Beach, US
Group ShowBlair Thurman, Mark Flood, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Dan AttoeBlair Thurman, Mark Flood, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Dan Attoe FIAC, 2016 2016-10-2020/10/2016–
23/10/2016
Paris, FRParis, FR
Melike KaraMelike Kara CODE Art Fair, 2016 2016-08-2626/08/2016–
28/08/2016
Copenhagen, DKCopenhagen, DK
Group ShowDan Attoe, Donna Huanca, Dorothy Iannone, Melike Kara, Alex Da Corte, Brian Calvin, Cécile B. Evans, Mark Flood, Dwight Mackintosh, William J. O’Brien, Athena Papadopoulos, Unidentified African ArtistsGroup ShowDan Attoe, Donna Huanca, Dorothy Iannone, Melike Kara, Alex Da Corte, Brian Calvin, Cécile B. Evans, Mark Flood, Dwight Mackintosh, William J. O’Brien, Athena Papadopoulos, Unidentified African Artists Wild Style: Exhibition of Figurative Art 2016-06-1010/06/2016–
05/08/2016
Peres ProjectsPeres Projects
Group ShowMike Bouchet, Melike Kara, Blair Thurman, Donna HuancaMike Bouchet, Melike Kara, Blair Thurman, Donna Huanca Frieze New York, 2016 2016-05-0505/05/2016–
08/05/2016
New York, USNew York, US
Melike Kara, Leo GabinMelike Kara, Leo Gabin Independent Brussels, 2016 2016-04-2020/04/2016–
23/04/2016
Brussels, BEBrussels, BE
Group ShowMelike Kara, David Ostrowski, Blair Thurman, Mark Flood, Mike Bouchet, Brent WaddenMelike Kara, David Ostrowski, Blair Thurman, Mark Flood, Mike Bouchet, Brent Wadden Art Basel Hong Kong, 2016 2016-03-2424/03/2016–
26/03/2016
Hong Kong, HKHong Kong, HK
Melike KaraMelike Kara In Your Presence 2016-02-1313/02/2016–
11/03/2016
Peres ProjectsPeres Projects
Group ShowDan Attoe, Blair Thurman, Brent Wadden, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Mike BouchetDan Attoe, Blair Thurman, Brent Wadden, Donna Huanca, Melike Kara, Mike Bouchet Art Genève, 2016 2016-01-2828/01/2016–
31/01/2016
Geneva, CHGeneva, CH

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