Morgan Betz 1974

Lives in Berlijn. Works in Berlijn.
Represented by:

Willem Baars Projects

Betz mediates reality through constructed images and forms in such a way that they get stuck between multiple meanings. A reluctant participant reality, he constantly recomposes materials and images to produce new comments on how the self is in a constant flux between perception and imagination. Originally a series, now each drawing work stands alone, some images are familiar players in his visual language, while others are a nod to artists like Guston, Picasso or Matisse. Betz has combined drawing with other devices, to create a reciprocal relationship between works on paper, paintings, and collages. Images created on paper and end up deconstructed on canvas. Large stencils are cut out to shapes, painted and directly applied to the canvas. The very stencils used to make up these images are reconfigured and used in collages. His process searches for the right balance between directness, construction, and the tension of a planned outcome.

Market position


De keuze van... Otto Nan
''Morgan Betz's work is very free, loose and airy, and yet it is far from naive. He combines existing and own images and works with different techniques. And thus creates a very powerful, individual and new visual language.''
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Otto Nan

In museum collection:

Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag

In corporate collection:

VandenBroek Foundation


EDUCATION Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam De Ateliers, Amsterdam Lives and works Berlin SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2018 Flies in Milk, Green Eggs and Ham Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Den Haag 2015 Transformer Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam 2014 Brussels Cologne Contemporaries Galerie Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne 2011 Morgiana Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam 2009 New Work Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam Baker Street Aschenbach & Hofland Galerie, Amsterdam 2008 Nova Swing (with Lutz Driessen) Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Düsseldorf Amour Fou Galerie Hidde van Seggelen, London 2007 Bermuda Love Triangle (with Helgi Thorsson) 101 Gallery, Reykjavík 2006 Die Welt des Essens Kunstraum acapulco, Düsseldorf 2005 Poep Bruin (together with Rob Birza) De Overslag, Eindhoven Cet obscur objet du plaisir Ministry OC&W, Den Haag Saloon des Independents (with Frank Koolen) Atelierhaus Mengerzeile, Berlin SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2015 Druck Berlin Urban Spree Galerie, Berlin 120 Minutes Art Brussels , Brussels 2014 Oranžerija Biennale Vilnius, Lithuania - curated by Zilvinas Landzbergas 2013 November Rain (Böhmen #2) Böhmen, Berlin Summer Exhibition Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam 2012 Murder Ink curated by Christof Mascher Der Grieche, Berlin Change your desires rather than the order of the world curated by Zlatko Wurzberg Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam Summer Exhibition: group show with artists of the gallery Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam 2011 What´s up! De Jongste Schilderkunst in Nederland Dordrechts Museum, Dordrecht (NL) Plastische Positionen im Jetzt Galerie Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne Drawing on hands curated by Serge Onnen Print Room, Rotterdam (NL) Kjarval Division Nylo - The living art museum, Reykjavik 2010 Lucy Stein presents LIVING IN ORANGE!!! (easyjetsetters) The Forgotten Bar - Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin Remain in Light W139, Amsterdam 2009 Neue Künstler, Richtiger Schnaps Galerie Warhus Rittershaus, Cologne A4 SHOW Salon Chanel, Berlin Remain in Light W139, Amsterdam N.t. (with Paul Haworth, Simon Hemmer, Lutz Driessen) Villa Goecke, Krefeld (GER) 2008 KAAP Fort Ruigenhoeksedijk, Utrecht (NL) 2007 Royal Prize for Painting Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (NL) The Contented Heart W139, Amsterdam bye, bye acapulco Kunstraum Acapulco, Düsseldorf Royal Bunker Institut für zeitgenössische Beobachtung, Vienna 2006 Denkt Allen 85 Gallery, Antwerp Celebration (with Gayatri Subramanian, Sjoerd Tim) M.E.P., Amsterdam Royal Prize for Painting Gemeentemuseum, The Hague 2005 Unitdèd De Player, Rotterdam EXHIBITIONS CURATED BY THE ARTIST AND SPECIAL PROJECTS 2013 Il Tenki Willem Baars Projects, Amsterdam