Kiel, Germany, 1954
Wiebke Siem lives and works in Berlin. She studied sculpture from 1979 to 1984 at Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg where she was a professor for sculpture from 2002 to 2008. The artist was awarded numerous grants and residencies, recently the Goslarer Kaiserring (2014).
The artist’s solo exhibitions include: Wiebke Siem – Der Traum der Dinge, K20 Grabbeplatz, Labor, Düsseldorf (2016); Wiebke Siem, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2015); Wiebke Siem – Kaiserringträgerin der Stadt Goslar, Mönchehaus-Museum, Goslar (2014).
Selected group of the last exhibitions with participation of the artist: Gesichter zwischen Figur, Porträt und Maske, Neues Museum, Nürnberg (2015); Regionalismus, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2013); and Weltreise-Kunst aus Deutschland unterwegs.
Starting from sculpture and installation, sometimes located on the border between art and design, Wiebke Siem’s works comment on social conventions related to issues of gender, appearance and masks, the creation of myths and collective value. Humour and irony, citation and invention direct his critical eye and the figurative options which give it its expression.