Matthias Leupold

Matthias Leupold

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

About Matthias Leupold

Matthias Leupold was born in 1959 in Berlin and lives and works in Berlin. He is professor of Photography at the University of Applied Sciences Europe Berlin. Since 2012 he has realized several documentaries in Vietnam, Lebanon, Albania and Switzerland.

Artist Statement
Staged photography is a tool to realize my artistic intentions. The technical medium photography allows to either fixate or transform past, present or already enunciated situations. Concerning that, my photography envelops many different historical aspects: the reflection of present happenings and the re-staging of historical references. Actors and models are placed in various landscapes or urban ex- and interiors, which I interpret to be "playgrounds" or stages for my photography. My inspiration is fed by the "outrageous occurence", the genius loci and by the observation of human interaction.
Subject matters such as loneliness, vulnerability, injury and dissipation are taken on in tableaus or single photographs.

The fundamentals of Leupold's artistic photographics works
In his photographic series, Leupold investigates the manifestation and the social ties of various picture groups. "Appearance and being, realism and illusion become conceptually mixed up for the viewer. What should he believe? What is considered acceptable?" This quote by the german publicist Enno Kaufhold displays the diversity of Leupolds artistic creations, which are thematically tied to the german politcal system of the twentieth century. In particular, the differences between the social and art worlds of the GDR and the FRG.


1992/1994 qualified designer/master pupil at the University of Arts Berlin


13.3.-29.8.2020 Festival Düsseldorf Photo+, Gallery Bernd Lausberg: Matthias Leupold, Staged and documentary Photography: Female Beauty virtual gallery tour:


Selected Soloexhibitions:
1992 Flag Raising Ceremony, Bauhaus Dessau
1995 Leupolds Allotment – A Collector‘s Photographs in Memory of a German Family Magazine, Berlin
1994 Leupolds Allotment and Flag Raising Ceremony Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston USA. Curator: John P. Jacob
1996 The World of Women–The Woman As Such Has Already Proven Itself in Photography“ Festspielgalerie Berlin
Female Beauty – Photographic Studies in the Open Air, State Gallery Moritzburg, Halle
1997 The World of Women..., German Academy Villa Massimo, Rome
2003-2004 The Past has only just begun, 5 stations: Berlin, Erfurt, Halle (Saale), Mannheim, Iserlohn
2013 Gallery Argus Fotokunst Berlin
2018 GalleryPhoto Edition Berlin
2020 Gallery Bernd Lausberg, Düsseldorf

Selected Group Exihibitions:
1987 Out of Eastern Europe: Private Photography, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge/Mass. and Rosa Esman Gallery, New York
1996/97 1st Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art „The End of Utopias“, venues: Castle Gottdorf, Schleswig; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin; Japanese Palais, Dresden; Museet for Fotokunst Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense (DK); Taidehalli Helsinki; Maison du Danemark, Paris; Center of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; Center of Contemporary Art, Tallinn; Galeria Miesska, Arsenal Poznan
2003 Art in GDR, National Gallery Berlin
2004 Moscow-Berlin Berlin-Moscow, Staatliches Historisches Museum, Moskau
2009 Übergangsgesellschaft – Portraits and Scenes, 1980 -1990 | Academy of Arts Berlin
2012 Closed Society – Fine Art Photography in Eastern Germany 1949-1989, Berlinische Galerie

Public Collections: Photographic collection of the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Bibliothèque Nationale France, Paris
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
State Gallery Moritzburg, Halle
Heinz Nixdorf Museumsforum, Paderborn
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Artothek Berlin
Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen, Cottbus
Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden
Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin
Haus der Geschichte, Leipzig

"The Past has only just begun–Scenic Photographs", Schaden Cologne