Michael Cleff


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I like to encourage what I call “controlled coincidences”, which provoke unexpected irregularities in both my forms and surfaces. After the firing, I sometimes enhance these effects by grinding parts of my sculptures to highlight the stony character of the body and enrich my palette of colours and textures.

The way in which I generate my basic forms depends to a great extent on my profound empathy with the subtleties of both architecture and minimalist art. I seek to construct a dialogue between my original rationally determined proposition and my urge to attenuate symmetry and imply the acceptance of organic growth.

My pieces also express notions of containment, so I aim to construct, at the centre of my works, a miniature yet meaningful space, even if it is only implied rather than seen, for it is here in this silent void that my work finds its real resonance with man.



Contemporary Ceramics, Officine Saffi, Milan, Italy

Figur & Abstraktion, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
Failing Geometries?, Terra Delft Gallery, Netherlands
Shifting, Carlernst Kürten - Stiftung, Unna, Germany
Über fast rechte Winkel, Landesmuseum Oldenburg, Germany

On Addition, Galerie Séries Rares, Carouge, Switzerland

Michael Cleff, Galerie Hélène Porée, Paris, France

2011 Über Gärten, Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland
Emulsion, Galerie Jutta Idelmann, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Spiel-Raum, Stadtmuseum Hattingen, Germany
Galerie Terra Delft, Netherlands

Galerie Hilde Holstein, Bremen, Germany
Galerie Jutta Idelmann, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Stadtmuseum Hüfingen, Germany

Galerie Terra, Delft, Netherlands
Galerie Frank Steyaert, Gent, Belgium
Galerie Pierre, Paris, France

Galerie Barthels, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Galerie Terra, Delft, Netherlands
Produzentengalerie Offenburg, Germany
Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland

Galerie Pierre, Paris, France
Art Karlsruhe , Galerie b15, Germany
Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany

Gallery Puls, Brussels, Belgium
KunstRAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Zwischen den Dingen, Stadtmuseum Hattingen, Germany

Galerie Terra Delft, Netherlands
Garth Clark Gallery, New York, USA
Kunstforum Kirchberg, Bern, Switzerland
Galerie Mouvements Modernes, Paris, France

Galerie b15, München, Germany
Michael Cleff, Lauenburgischer Kunstverein, Büchen, Germany
Galerie le Vieux-Bourg, Lonay, Switzerland

Galerie Küniglberg, Wien, Austria
Galerie Loes and Reinier, Deventer, Netherlands

Kunsthuis Loosveldt, Oostende, Belgium
Galerie Ortillés-Fourcat, Paris, France


1200° sind relativ, Syker Vorwerk, Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Syke, Germany
ECC 2014 Ceramic Art, Bornholm Art Museum, Denmark
Formed, Djanogly Art Gallery, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom
trésor, Kunstforum Solothurn, Solothurn, Switzerland

Fotografie und neue Medien, Kunstmuseum Mülheim, Germany
Gefäß/Skulptur 2, Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Germany
Intonation, Deidesheimer Kunsttage, Deidesheim, Germany
Gruppe 83, Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig, Germany
Einen langen Weg gehen, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany

Gruppe 83, Stadtmuseum Bad Hersfeld, Germany
Mülheimer Künstler, Kunstmuseum Mülheim, Germany
Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

COLLECT, London, Gallery Terra Delft, United Kingdom
L’Appel de L’Abstrait, Galerie du Don, France
Focus in Terra, The Masterpiece, Museum Het Prinsenhof, Delft, Netherlands

Gruppe 83, Galerie Rosemarie Jäger“, Hochheim, Germany
11:5, Galerie Jutta Idelmann, Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Bochumer Künstler, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Germany
Gruppe 83, Veste Coburg, Germany
Ceramique Allemande“, Bandol, France
Biennal International de Ceramica, Manises, Spain

Galerie Handwerk, München, Germany
Sans Titre, Galerie Pierre, Paris, France
Gefäss/Skulptur, Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Germany
Gruppe 83- Neue Arbeiten,Galerie im Rosenthal Studiohaus, Hamburg, Germany

4th World Ceramic Biennale Korea, Korea
OBJECT Artfair, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Modern Ceramics from Central Europe, Museum of Modern ceramic Art, Gifu, Japan
Manufactum Retrospective, Museum Zons, Dormagen, Germany

Meister der Moderne, Int. Handwerksmesse München, Germany
Bienvenue en Deux Mille Six, Galerie Pierre, Paris, France
Positionen 2006, Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany

COLLECT, Victoria & Albert Museum London, United Kingdom
53th Premio Faenza, Concorso Internazionale della Ceramica d’Arte, Faenza, Italy
Ceramiques Contemporaines, Troyes, France
Präsent, Kunstforum Solothurn, Switzerland
ARTISTES D’ETE, Galerie Pierre, Paris, France
Keramik zwischen Tradition und Moderne, Landeskulturzentrum Salzau, Germany
Die Sprache der Dinge, Theodor-Zink-Museum, Kaiserslautern, Germany

SOFA New York, Museum Zauli, USA
fire/ice – minimalism in Ceramics, WDO, Charlotte/NC, USA
Biennale de la Sculpture en Céramique, Marmer, Luxemburg
European Ceramic Contest, Athen, United Kingdom
Galerie Christiane Hölz, Düsseldorf, Germany

The Legacy of Modern Ceramic Art, The Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Mino, Japan
Great Pots, Newark Museum, Newark, USA
The Art Show, In Praise of Holes: From Fontana ToVoulkos, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, USA
47. Art Fair München, Galerie b 15, Germany
World Ceramic Biennale Korea, Seoul, Korea

2 culturas, un dialogo, Museo Nacional de Ceramica, Valencia, Spain
Blue + White + Radical, Garth Clark Gallery, New York, USA

Und keiner hinkt, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany
Hommage to Ewen Henderson, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany
Architecture, Galerie Ortilles-Fourcat, Paris, France

1900-2000 - 100 Years German Ceramics, Exhibition in Arita, Hagi, Seto, Shigaraki,
Sapporo and Tokyo - National Museum of Modern Art, 2000-2002, Japan
Craft from Scratch, Frankfurt, Sidney, Germany, Australia
Masters of the Modern - International Fair of Crafts, München, Germany
The Sixth Taiwan Golden Ceramics Award, Taipei County Yingo Ceramic Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Sculptour - International Sculpture, Galerie Küniglberg, Wien, Austria


American Craft Museum, New York, USA
Long Beach Museum, Long Beach, USA
Mint Museum of Art and Design, Charlotte, USA
Newark Museum, Newark, USA
Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Racine, USA
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Mino, Japan
World Ceramic Center, Icheon City, Korea
Musée Nationale de Céramique, Sèvres, France
Musée de Vallauris, France
Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy
Musée Ariana, Genf, Switzerland
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe, Germany
Grassimuseum, Leipzig, Germany
Keramikmuseum Berlin, Germany
Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany
Keramion, Museum für Zeitgenössische Keramik, Frechen, Germany
Kunstgewerbemuseum Schloß Pillnitz, Dresden, Germany
Kunsthalle Mannheim, Collection Freudenberg, Germany
Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, Germany
Museum für Moderne Keramik, Deidesheim, Germany
Museum Veste Coburg, Museum Veste Coburg, Germany
Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany


Preis der NEUE KERAMIK, Germany
Diessener Keramikpreis,Germany

European Ceramic Contest, Athens, Bronze Prize, United Kingdom

The 6th International Ceramic Competition, Mino, Special Judge’s Award, Japan
18. Biennale Internationale de Céramique d’Art de Vallauris, Grand Prix, France


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