Sebastiaan Schlicher

In Sebastian Schlicher’s (1975) drawings ecstatic stage performers, cult members, religious types, occultists, survivalists or politicians appear who are in a state of melancholia, rage or fear.

They have put themselves into a pathetic battle mode, struggling to get through life, trying to find heroic, symbolic ways to overcome their own mortality and insignificance. According to Sebastian Schlicher everyone is working on their own heroic project, the larger-than-life personality is a favourite metaphor in his work. Besides making drawings Schlicher also initiates projects to which he invites musicians and friends to contribute. The result is always attributed to the fictional group, Amerikan Teenager. The projects consist of making making cooperative wallpaintings, videos, stage performances and gigs.

For some time Schlicher has focused on the Homestead Principle: the appropriation of resources that have not yet been claimed, usually implying a plot of land. This mechanism matches the theme of the ‘lone wolf’, an individual who wants to live his life in a heroic and authentic way and longs to turn his back on society. As Patti Smith so aptly put it: ‘Outside of society they are waiting for me, outside of society is where I want to be.’ Sebastiaan Schlicher applies the Homestead principle by building a hut in an exhibition space, thus claiming it. Inside the walls of the hut are covered with wall paintings of woods and primitive survival settlements, along with the video Disappear. The video shows a compilation of forest fires seemingly filmed by the arsonist who has unleashed this apocalypse.

1975 Born in Roermond, The Netherlands


1994 – 1999 AKI, Academy for Visual Arts, Enschede, NL
1999 – 2000 Wimbledon School of Art, (MA) London, UK
lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

solo exhibitions

2015 The Homestead Principle #7: A beautiful Corpse in an exquisite Morgue, PuntWG, Amsterdam, NL
2014 The Homestead Principle #5: Amerikan Teenager Band Camp, Het Glaspaviljoen, Eindhoven, NL
Antistar #4: The Feral Child, Extrapool, Nijmegen, NL
Weiner Wall Project, M4 Gastatelier, Tetterode, Amsterdam, NL
The Homestead Principle #4, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
The Homestead Principle #3: Anti-fascists asleep at their desks, LE SUD, Rotterdam, NL
2013 Rolling down the stairs, SMAC Berlin, Germany
Disappearer, Galerie Jaap Sleper, Utrecht, NL
2011 Kid’s Alright, Galerie Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zürich, CH
2010 Art Bridge: New York – Berlin, Cookies, Berlin, Germany
2009 Die Information, die da drinnen steckt, ist grossartig, (with Philip Groezinger), Mikael Andersen Galerie, Copenhagen, DenmarkBCBG, Klara Wallner Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2008 To remember is bliss, Forgotten Bar Project, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin, Germany
2007 Eksorsizm Eksersize, Klara Wallner Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2006 Art Forum, Klara Wallner Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Zeichnungen/ Drawings, BASISRAUM piper, Berlin, Germany
2005 The End Is Far, Museum MAN, Liverpool, UK
2001 Return of the Dead Dogs, Stichting Outline, Amsterdam, NL
2000 G-Theorem 31/KC-Serum 94, Cult. Centrum De Azijnfabriek, Roermond, NL

group exhibitions

2018 6 voor 6, collective exhibition at Loods 6, KNSM Island, Amsterdam, NL
The Wild, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
2017 ART Rotterdam 2017, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam, NL
Jetzt Druck Machen – Aus dem Atelier für Radierung Leipzig 09-17, Museum Angerlehner, Talhelm/Wels, Austria
De FamiliekamerKunstprijs 2017, De Familiekamer, Leiden, NL
Golden Ass, Laden für Nichts, Leipzig, Germany
How to Disappear Completely, Garage, Rotterdam, NL
Transience/Vergänglichkeit, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany
Transience II, Å-huset, Uppsala konstnärsklubb, Uppsala, Sweden
Observe! Observe! Observe!, Whitesuit Projections, Nijmegen, NL
2016 Track and Trace I & II: 25 Years Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
The Big Draw, Amsterdam, NL
The Larry Video Show, Larry, Berlin, Germany
TRAUMRAUM, Drawing Centre, Diepenheim, NL
Scribble for Life, Temporary Art Centre, Eindhoven, NL
Alptraum, RAE (HQ), space for contemporary art, Berlin
Sweat Shop / Behind the Sweat Shop, Schau Fenster, Berlin
Teach Me A New Language, Tetem, Enschede, NL
Drawing Front Amsterdam, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, NL
Patty Morgan radio / Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee, Intersections, Art Rotterdam, NL
2015 Parallel Stories, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
The books happen, Kunstruimte Kuub, Utrecht, NL
Arte Concordia 2015, Avenue Concordia, Rotterdam, NL
No place like home, SMAC, Berlin, Germany
My first drawing, Amsterdam Drawing, Amsterdam, NL
Alptraum/Cauchemar/Nightmare, Visual Voice Gallery, Montreal, Canada
Sleepover, De Goudfazant, Amsterdam, NL
IAMsterdamYOUBErlin, St. Johannes Evangelist-Church, Berlin, Germany
Hôtel Dunkerkque, FRAC NORD-PAS DE CALAIS, Dunkirk, France
Tales from Darkness, Sunaparanta Art Centre, Panjim, Goa, India
Alles was Ich mag, fast, Schaufenster, Berlin, Germany
2014 I am not doing anything until I feel the need, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL
My first drawing, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Amsterdam Drawing, Amsterdam, NL
Sculptures & works on Paper, Mikael Andersen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Alptraum, UGM Maribor Art Gallery, museum of modern and contemporary art, Slowenia
A Drawback, Quartair, contemporary art initiative, The Hague, NL
Glamour und Carnevaleskes, Vitrine-FN, Friedrichshafen, Germany
Recent acquisitions; Zwaan, Schlicher, Ossip, Centraal Museum, Utrecht, NL
2013 Pop Hits & Alptraum, Artspace Rhein-Main, Offenbach, Germany
The partaker partakes of that which changes him, TAC, Eindhoven, NL
Alles Wasser II, Mikael Andersen Galerie, Copenhagen
Identifying Europe, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede, NL
Because it’s written, Wolfart projects, Rotterdam, NL
Drawing Cabinet, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
My fear is your desire, Schaufenster, Berlin, Germany
Rebel House, Bonnefantenmuseum, ECI, Roermond, NL
2012 Secret Postcards, Jan van Eijck Academy, Maastricht, NL
Alptraum, X Projectspace, Berlin, Germany
September Edition: Luxus Loft #4, Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
APES presents, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany
Please wait while we contact your bank #2, French Riviera, London, UK
Huis Rotterdam, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL
Alles Wasser, Mikael Andersen Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Alptraum, Green Papaya Art Project, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Philippines
Luxus Loft Anniversary show, Forum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
 2011 Catch of the year 2011, Dienstgebäude, Zürich, CH
Les Télévisions, French Riviera, London, UK
Die Niederländische Botschaft lädt ein @ Kosmetik Salon Babette, Berlin, Germany
Gruppenausstellung, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin/Graz, Germany
Drawings. Marcel van Eeden, Johan Gustavsson, Daniel Jensen, Rens Krikhaar, Sebastiaan Schlicher, Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague, NL
Backstage Riders, Tagesspiegelgebaude, Berlin, Germany
Die Linie überschreiten. Eine Zeichnungsaustellung, Westwendischer Kunstverein, Gartow, Germany
Out of Storage: Provisoire & Définitif (collection FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais), Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, NL
All about drawing. 100 Dutch artists, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, NL
Search & Destroy, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Germany
2010 The Up and Coming, CAA & Deutsche Guggenheim Club, Münzsalon, Berlin, Germany
Night Of The Pawn, Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
So Pulo: The Secret History of the Mondrian Fan Club: part 3, Galeria Baro, São Paulo, Brazil
The total fuckin’ darkness show, Appartement, Berlin, Germany
Diving For Pearls in Your own Soup (Extension), Städtische Kunsthalle München Lothringer 13, Munich, Germany
Viehl Dolkers, Galerie Volker Diehl, Berlin, Germany
Mythe Berlijn. Museum Het Domein presenteert, AINSI, Maastricht, NL
A Drawback, Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland
Fresco Mondo, Berlin Kreuzberg Biennale, Berlin, Germany
Hostile Aestetik Takeover, Appartement, Berlin, Germany
Hypernatural, Kunstcampus Heidestrasse, Berlin, Germany
Radical Adults, The Forgotten Bar project, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin, Germany
Klara Wallner Galerie @ Art Rotterdam 2010, Rotterdam, NL
Klara Wallner Galerie @ Art Cologne 2010, Cologne, Germany
Remix IV, The Forgotten Bar project, Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin, Germany
Cabin Fever, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, USA
2009 Cabin Fever, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, USAYou can tell a cowboy by the horse he rides, Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich, CH
Zeigen. Eine Audiotour durch Berlin von Karin Sander, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany
Notes on Narratives, , NEST Ruimte, The Hague, NL
Zwei Dumme Ein Gedanke, Laden für Nichts, Leipzig, Germany
Edinburgh House, Sierra Metro, Edinburgh, Scotland
Reliquaries of Empires dust , Museum MAN @ Bereznitsky Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Backstage, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Germany
Das Unheimliche, Modulorhaus, Berlin, Germany
Kunstmanufaktur (nr.1), , Georges & I, Berlin, Germany
Trendbeheer presents, ART Rotterdam, De Hofbogen, Rotterdam, NL
2008 Accrochage!!, Klara Wallner Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Indifference (is bliss), Zentrum Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Armut Macht Geil, TAC, Eindhoven, NL
Accrochage!, Klara Wallner Galerie, Berlin, Germany
George & I presents: La Fin Du Monde, BAIZ, Berlin, Germany
2006 Today even the drawers are winners, Klara Wallner Galerie, Berlin, Germany
Panic Our Older Brother, ALM, Munich, Germany
Museum MAN @ Independents, Biennial Liverpool 2006, Liverpool, UK
Draw Drawn, The Foundry, London, UK
2005 Music For The Artists, Veemvloer, Amsterdam, NL
Untitled Drawing Show, Big Love Gallery, Göteborg, Sweden
Biennale Festival of Contemporary Art in San Francisco and Oakland, USA
Art Concept, Alpha-Beta, St Petersburg, Russia
Happy Garden, Hang Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Obsession, film & video festival, Galeri X, Istanbul, Turkey
At the Rio, The Centre of Attention, London, UK
Night Flight, Museum MAN, Liverpool, UK
Art 05 X-change, The Arena, Coach Shed, Liverpool, UK
Sztuka Fabryka, St. Niklaas, Belgium
2004 Museum MAN @ Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, UKPrecipitations 2, Al Kufa Gallery, London, UK
Draw_Drawn, Gallery 32, London, UK
geTEKENd Katendrecht, Handelsveem, Rotterdam, NL
Precipitations, The Lab Gallery, Manhattan, USA
Welcome Back, ZET foundation, Kunstvlaai 5, Amsterdam, NL
Double Scotch & Double Dutch, Amstelkerk, Amsterdam, NL
2003 Big night Out, Söders Internationella Konst Bienal (r), Stockholm, Sweden
2002 Sea View Hotel 2002 pt.2, Gardens of Joy and Multiple Pleasures, Camberwell, London, UK
2000 Posters and Flyers, RMIT, Melbourne, AustraliaOff a Wall, River Level Gallery, Milwaukee Institute of Art, Milwaukee, USA
Rosa Rot Bar, Millennium Masters, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK
Les Mots Implosifs, Lombard Estate Studios, London, UK
1999 Lucid Dreams, Wimbledon Library Gallery, London, UK
From Here to The Overlook and Back, Lombard Estate Studios, London, UK
Found Pictures Of Events That May Have Never Taken Place, Foyer Gallery, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK

Awards, Grants, Residencies

2018 Residency at Luceberthuis, Bergen, NL