Anna Virnich was born in Berlin, (DE), in 1984. She lives and works in Berlin, (DE).

Anna Virnich’s works are like a speculative narrative. Since her childhood Virnich has been collecting fabrics, clothes, blankets, and covers, which she deconstructs, exposes to the weather, bleaches, dyes, and even paints, to turn them into images, spaces, and worlds. In doing so, her “pictures” resemble paintings and are at the same time objects, extremely corporeal, but also ghostly empty – constructs built from Helen Frankenthaler’s liquefied colour landscapes, the post-minimal corporeality of Paul Thek, the silver foil transcendence of Warhol’s Factory. Everything in Anna Virnich’s paintings is a shell, a membrane through which something enters or leaves: “part of interconnections and an exchange of substances, technology, bodies, visual worlds, of the light of your eyes,” as Baptist Ohrtmann writes. Together the textiles create an abstract narrative about becoming, passing, painting, birth, artificiality, and science fiction.


Hochschule für Bildende Künste, class of Walter Dahn, Braunschweig, (DE)

2011 Jäger, Rebecca, Salié, Olaf, Rising – Young artists to keep an eye on, Daab Books
2010 Every so often, catalog for exhibition at Drei Raum für Gegenwartskunst
2009 La bonne horse – Klasse Walter Dahn, catalog for Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst/ Bonner Kunstverein


Solo Exhibitions

2023 Mutti raucht wieder, DREI Gallery, Cologne, (DE)
2022 Stills, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin, (DE)
2021 Frieze, DREI Gallery, London, (GB)
2020 Geflüster, DREI Gallery, Cologne, (DE)
2019 Hyperdrüse, Schering Stiftung, Berlin, (DE)
2019 Lightning Visible, no Thunder Heard, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, (MX)
2018 Warm Milky Acid, Silver Slip, DREI Gallery, Cologne, (DE)
2017 Wärme, Arratia Beer, Berlin, (DE)
2017 Art-o-rama, DREI Gallery, Marseille, (FR)
2017 Sticky Note, Galerie Nathalie Halgand, Vienna, (AT)
2016 Nervous Moments Membranes, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, (MX)
2015 Body Electric, DREI Gallery, Cologne, (DE)
2014 When You Dance With The Devil, DREI Gallery, Cologne, (DE)
2014 Ich bleibe sicher nicht für immer hier im Schreib- und Geisterzimmer, Özlem Sakalsiz, Kunstverein Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen, (DE)
2013 Gymnastik, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, (DE)
2012 Ruby Woo, Drei Raum für Gegenwartskunst, Cologne, (DE)
2012 Curiosity, Özlem Sakalsiz, Salon Schmitz, Cologne, (DE)
2012 Ambergris, Städtische Galerie, Remscheid, (DE)

Group Exhibitions
2023 Supporters Exhibition for Boobs in the Arts – Fe:male Bodies in Pictorial History, Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, (DE)
2023 Textiles Areal, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten, Marl, (DE)
2023 IMAGINE — 10 Unrealized Projects, Robert Grunenberg, Berlin, (DE)
2022 Die Vögel des Zufalls, Galerie Norbert Arns, Cologne, (DE)
2022 Strike a Pose, K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen, Düsseldorf, (DE)
2022 Text-ile, Haverkampf Leistenschneider, Berlin, (DE)
2021 Ever Seen Never Seen, Akkurat Labs, Berlin, (DE)
2020 Por un hilo, espacio artkunstarte, Madrid, (ES)
2020 Musée Sentimental de l’ours de Berlin, Bärenzwinger Berlin, (DE)
2020 Future Forms and Fiction, Schau Fenster, Berlin, (DE)
2019 Painting Zeitgeist?, Achenbach Hagemeier, Berlin, (DE)
2019 Auf dem Weg zum Motiv, Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Berlin, (DE)
2018 Insane in the Membrane, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, (DE)
2018 Recollection – A Journey After 28 Years, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, (MX)
2018 Berlinsky Model, Hunt Kastner, Prague, (CZ)
2017 Wohnfront Megadark, justmarried, Plan5., Stockholm, (SE)
2017 Okey Dokey, DREI Gallery, Cologne, (DE)
2017 La Vie, Mode d’Emploi, Centre d’Art Contemporaine Chanot, Clamart, (FR)
2017 Crooked Bazaar, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City, (MX)
2016 You are what you are, Galleria Mario Ianelli, Rome, (IT)
2016 In Formation, Sexauer Gallery, Berlin, (DE)
2015 You will find me if you want me in the garden, Valentin, (FR)
2015 Oh, of course you were berry picking co-organised by Rosa Tyhurst, DREI Gallery, Cologne, (DE)
2015 About Blank II, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin, (DE)
2014 so hält uns auch im banne fremdes sein, Schmela Haus, Düsseldorf, (DE)
2014 Apples and Pears, Drei Raum für Gegenwartskunst, Cologne, (DE)
2014 Collection Joseph Kouli, Florence Loewy, Paris, (FR)
2013 So, Gagarin, Düsseldorf, (DE)
2013 Benjamin Houlihan & Anna Virnich, Galerie Thomas Rehbein, Brussels, (BE)
2013 Pester, Schuster, Virnich, Galerie Sprüth Magers, Berlin, (DE)
2012 köppels & pürlations, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, (DE)
2012 BCC – Brussels Cologne Contemporaries, Carlswerk, Cologne, (DE)
2011 Remember what you saw, Halle Zehn, Cologne, (DE)
2010 All in together now, Galerie Mai36, Zürich, (CH)
2010 La bonne horse, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, (DE)
2009 La bonne horse, Städtische Galerie, Delmenhorst, (DE)
2008 We are ugly but we have the music, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, (DE)

past exhibitions