Sophia Pompéry (*1984) began her career as one of the first students of the Institut für Raumexperimente (Institute for Spatial Experiments), under the direction of Olafur Eliasson. Her work has shown at the Stedelijk Museum, the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Akademie der Künste Berlin and at the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, amongst others – and these subtle and ambiguous works have their origin in scientific observations. 

Pompéry explores this comprehensively from a perceptual perspective: with a penchant for the absurd she illustrates the unreliability, ambivalence and conundrum of perception. Media reversal and transformation are important aspects in Pompéry’s minimalist and refined works, which astutely bridge the fields of art, philosophy and physics. Almost incidentally and with a unique formality, Pompéry utilises everyday phenomena to illuminate great philosophical questions.


Since 2017 Director of see up program, Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin (KHB)

2009/10 Participant at the Institute for Spacial Experiments with Olafur Eliasson, University of Arts (UdK), Berlin

2009 Academic Guest at ETH Zürich - Architecture Department

2008/09 Masterclass with Antje Majewski

2007/08 Diploma with Karin Sander and Eran Schaerf

2002-09 Study at Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin (KHB), department Fine Art / Sculpture

2005 Exchange at the State Academy of Art and Design St. Petersburg, Russia

2021 Villa Serpentara, Residency of Jungen Akademie der Künste, Olevano Romano, IT

2020 Stipend of Kunstfonds Bonn

Residency at Museum Kunst der Westküste, Föhr, GER

2017 Residency at Kunstdepot, Göschenen, Switzerland

Longlist, Preis der Freunde der Nationalgalerie, Berlin

2014 Jacqueline Diffring Award

2013 Fellow of Goldrausch Art IT program, by the Senate of Berlin and European Social Funds

Project Grant by Stiftung Kunstfonds

Longlist, Preis der Freunde der Nationalgalerie, Berlin

2012 Laureate of DAAD for a six-month stay in Istanbul, Turkey

Shortlist, Karl-Schmidt-Rottluff Grant, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

2011 Toni and Albrecht Kumm Award for Emerging Art / Friends of UDK, Berlin

2010-2012 Two years studiogrant by The Friends of University of Arts, Berlin

Fellow at Künstlerdorf Schöppingen, Federal Art Fond of North Rhine-Westphalia

2008 MART STAM Award by Friends of Weissensee School of Art , Berlin

2005 Go-East-Grant by DAAD & Artist in Residence, Gryaznaya Galereya, St. Petersburg, Russia


Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2021 There and Back, Villa Serpentara, Olevano Romano, IT

2019 Ground Control, Kanalidarte, Brescia, IT

Passpunkt, Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin

Im Kreuzgang, Diozösanmuseum Osnabrück, GER

Luv und Lee, in cooperation with Lena von Goedeke, Kunstverein Osnabrück, GER

2018 Aufschlagen, Baeckerei, Berlin The Politics of Dancing, Vitamin, Reutlingen

2017 Der Schein der Dinge, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, GER

Gravity Is Just A Habit, Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin

2016 Linie und Punkt, Manière Noire, Berlin

Häuserzeilen, project in public space comissioned by the City of Berlin

2015 Berkeleys Katze, Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin

Der Raum der Worte ist nicht der Raum der Bilder, Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin

2013 Plumb Bob, Kabinett, Hannover, GER

Transience, curated exhibition at ArtInternational Istanbul with Galerie Dix9, TR

Cheater’s Charm, NuN, Berlin

ATÖLYE, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden, GER

No-Things, Galerie Dix9, Paris

2012 The Silent Shape of Things, ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul

2011 Nothing but a Transient Light, Wozownia | Municipal Gallery, Torun, PL, 2011

2010 still, Gitte Weise Gallery, Berlin


Group exhibitions (selection)

2021 Hochrhein Triennale, Kaiserstuhl, CH

Sonderlage V, Lage Egal, Berlin

Amici di Berlino, KKMM, Palermo IT

2020 Play at Home, ARTER, Istanbul

Sleep is overrated, Kurt-Kurt, Berlin

La Fabrique du Temps, Galerie Dix9, Paris

2019 New Adventures in Vexiollogy, Kunstverein Amrum, GER

Reprint. Wandel durch Reproduktion, Kunstverein Osnabrück, GER

Finissage, Sammlung Wöbken, Berlin

Villa Heike & Other Stories, Lage Egal at Villa Heike, Berlin

Unbuntpunkt, Galerie Britta von Rettberg, Munich, GER

2018 The Missing Room, Lage Egal, Berlin Kunst geht nach Brot, Baeckerei, Berlin

Moenlight Sonata, Kunsthal 44Møen, Denmark, Curator: René Block

Spiele mit der Ewigkeit, Grimmuseum, Berlin

Ngoro Ngoro II, Berlin

Die Dauer des Moments, Galerie Wagner + Partner, Berlin

2017 10 ANS, Galerie Dix9, Paris

Festival of Future Nows, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

Skulpturtriennale Bingen, Rheingau, GER

GENODEM1GLS, Emir Šehanovi?, Hervé Humbert, Sophia Pompéry, LAGE EGAL, Berlin

Selected Works of the Bech Risvig Collection, Huset for Kunst & Design, Holstebro, DK

Die Schönheit der Formel, Science Campus & Galerie Adlershof, Berlin

Islands and Atolls: Mapping Imagination, Galeria Sztuki Wozownia, Torun, Poland

Muscle Memory, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin

FJK3, Collectors Agenda, Vienna

2016 The Contexts of Scripts, Pan Tadeusz Muzeum, Wroclaw, PL

Historicode, Bajika Lake Museum, Nanjing, CHINA

Illegibility, Art Station Foundation by Grazyna Kulcyk, Poznan, PL

Form Follows Function, Hilbertraum, Berlin

Mémoires de Livres, Galerie Dix9, Paris

Re:Form, Würtenberger Landesmuseum, Stuttgart, GER (catalogue)

2015 Cinque Garzoni Film Festival, Deutsches Studienzentrum, Venice, IT

Saloon, Galerie Sexauer, Berlin

By a Hair, Centr Kultury Zamek | Municipal Museum, Poznan, PL

Temporary Artist’s Book Shop, Lage Egal, Berlin

2014 Festival of Future Nows, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Schwindel der Wirklichkeit / Vertigo of Reality, Akademie der Künste, Berlin

Doublethink, Amatár, Budapest

Traces of Empires, Momentum, Berlin

kleinformate, Galerie Andreae, Bonn, GER

Histoires de Je, Galerie Dix9, Paris

Freundliche Übernahme , MARTa Herford, GER

Falsche Freunde, Galerie Andreae, Bonn, GER (catalogue)

L’Art et la Santé, French Embassy and Sanofi Headquarters, Berlin (catalogue)

Crosswords, Lage Egal & Jordan/Seydoux Drawings & Prints, Berlin

hausstellen, (curatorial concept), Pompery & Scholl private apartment, Berlin

About Blank I , Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin

The Shape of Time, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin

Imaginäre Größe, oder der Anfang von Etwas, Schau Fenster, Berlin

2013 BYTS, Stedelijk Museum, s’Hertogenbosch, NL (catalogue)

Körnelia - Goldrausch 2013, Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin

L’Art et la Santé, Sanofi Headquarters, Paris

Homecomings, Horse, Berlin

Contemporary Spirituality, Pitié Salpétrière Hospital, Paris

Blind Spot, Spectrum Science Center, Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum, Berlin

Berlin.Status [2], Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (catalogue)

Episode 1: Rules of Attraction, Insitu, Berlin

Interferenz_en, with IFREX and Olafur Eliasson, EnBW, Berlin

Objects of my Affection, Galerie Fricke, Berlin

2012 Landschaft, Galerie Fricke, Berlin

Miami Vice Versa, Kommunale Galerie Berlin

Ausstellung 5, Art Junction Berlin (catalogue)

2011 Ich bin ein Berliner, Schauhalle Dezer, Miami, USA (catalogue)

Berlin 2000-2011, MOT - Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, JP

Ideas are Motion - Disappearing Exhibition in Public Space, Zagreb, (Organized by Sophia Pompéry, Eric Ellingsen and Christina Werner), Institut für Raumexperimente in   cooperation with SC Gallery and Multimedijalni Institut MAMA

The End of The Dream, White Concepts, Mica Moca Berlin

Kunstkaufen, Friends of UdK, Universität der Künste Berlin

Kunstaktien, Uferhallen, Berlin

...so schön?, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden

Ausstellung 3, Art Junction Berlin

Andachtsraum, Galerie Jarmuschek & Partner, Projectspace, Berlin

without destination, IFREX at Reykjavik Art Museum, IS

2010 UPDATE art, c: Joachim Becker, UDK Berlin

Hausbesuche, Fridericianum, Kunstverein Kassel

STARTER, c: René Block, ARTER, Istanbul, TR, cat. Brandenburg, Uferhallen, Berlin

No Explanation, c: Mikolaj Polinski, Arsenal Gallery, Poznan, PL, cat.

6th International Shortfilm Festival, Detmold

Backup Filmfestival, Weimar

Let’s start to implement little errors, c: Ivana Franke, Institut für Raumexperimente, Berlin

alien tourist, Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin