David Adamo

David Adamo is a sculptor avant la lettre due to his engagement with form and materiality. His sculptures of chipped away wood for example, express this interest in the materiality of the object very well. These sculptures are often surrounded by the wooden fragments that were chopped off, thereby referring to the creation process of the sculptures. In his humorous small-scale sculptures Adamo plays with the expectations of the audience. These sculptures appear to be everyday objects, but by further examining them it becomes clear that the objects are removed from their traditional context due to the use of impossible materials.



Born 1979 in Rochester, New York, USA

Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions


Untitled, Peter Freeman, Inc., Paris, France


rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium

David Adamo and Margarita Myrogianni, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece

Symphonic Poem, curated by Ugo Rondinone, 39 Great Jones, New York USA


Termite Mounds, Whitespace, The Mordes Collection, West Palm Beach, FL, US

David Adamo & Rallou Panagiotou, Ibid, London, United Kingdom

Untitled (Music for Strings), Ibid, Los Angeles, CA USA

Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, NY USA


M.A.C - Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Lima, Peru

Ibid., Los Angeles, CA USA

Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY USA


David Adamo, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium


Capri, Düsseldorf, Germany


Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, NY USA

Mendes Wood Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil


David Adamo, MD 72, Berlin, Germany


Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris, France

David Adamo, N. Dash, Sommer Contemporary, Tel Aviv, Israel

Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany


All in Good Time, Chapter III: David Adamo and Ettore Favini, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Bergamo, Italy


Fruit & Flower Deli, Stockholm, Sweden


Kunsthalle Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland


Galerie Nelson-Freeman, Paris, France


N.O. Gallery, Milan, Italy

Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Gent, Belgium

On se bat toujours quelque part (w/ Michael Portnoy), Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France


Fruit and Flower Deli, Berlin, Germany

Untitled (The Rite of Spring), IBID PROJECTS, London, UK

Untitled (Louli), Fruit and Flower Deli, New York, NY USA

Group exhibitions and performances


Breakfast Club, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium


Downtown Painting, Peter Freeman Gallery, New York, NY USA,

Greenery, Dispari and Dispari, Berlin, Germany


Carte Blanche, Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall, Germany

Present, Musée van Buuren, Bruxelles, Belgium

Objects Like Us, co-curated group exhibition with Amy Smith-Stewart, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA


Strange Attractors, The Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Art Vol. 1 Life on Earth, Organized by Bob Nickas, Redling Fine Arts, Los Angeles, LA USA Small Sculpture, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL USA

Ground Control, Bass Museum, Miami Beach, Florida, FL USA


Material Issue, KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY USA

Che il vero possa confutare il falso, Santa Maria della Scala, Palazzo Pubblico, Accademia dei Fisiocritici, Siena, Italy

Holiday, Ibid., London, UK

Pièces-Meublés, curated by Bob Nickas, Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris, France

something old, something new, rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium


Freedom Culture, curated by Graham Collins, The Journal Gallery, New York, NY USA

Material, Galerie Johann König, Berlin, Germany

CLUB OF MATINEE IDOLZ, CO2 Gallery, Torino, Italy

It Rained Again, BUREAU, New York, NY USA

Some school are cages and some schools are wings, Museo de Arte de Rio, Rio de Janeiro ( 26 August, 2014 - 11 January 2015)


Dreierlei, Fuerstenberg Zeitgenoessisch, Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen, Donaueschingen, Germany

Vor Ort, Kunstprojekt Sennestadt, Sennestadt, Germany

SLOW FUTURE, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland

Game Changer, BmoCA, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO USA

On the Devolution of Culture, Rob Tufnell Gallery, London, UK


Several species of small furry animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict, Veneklasen Werner Gallery, Berlin, Germany

SOUVENIR, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

Berlin Status (2), Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Nature of Speed, organized by IBID Projects and Gallery EXIT, Hong Kong, China

Material World, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO USA

Rien Faire Et Laisser Rire, curated by Bob Nickas, Galerie Rodophe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Song of myself, Unosunove, Rome, Italy

Filmscreenings 2013, Wentrup, Berlin, Germany

Downtown: A View of the Lower East Side, James Cohan Gallery, Shangai, China


It Ain’t Fair, OHWOW, Miami Beach, FL USA

Hools, Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw, Poland

Raisons d’Être, Peter Freeman, Inc., New York, NY USA

5 Videos, Project 88, Mumbai, India

Straight Up, Family Business, New York, NY USA

Sint-Jan, curated by Jan Hoet and Hans Martens, Sint Baafskathedraal, Ghent, Belgium

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Magazzino, Rome, Italy

S.H.O.W.T.I.M.E., Hoet Bekaert Gallery, Ghent, Belgium

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I would spend six sharpening my ax, Kunstraum Riehen, Basel, Switzerland


No Sense of Place : David Adamo, Einat Amir, Keren Cytter, Brendan Fernandes, Carole Douillard, Dora Garcia, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

Terrible Beauty: Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance, Dublin Contemporary 2011, Earls-fort Terrace, Dublin, Ireland

Hypothesis for an exhibition, PSM Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Against the Way Things Go, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York, NY USA

Based in Berlin - Kunst-Werke Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany

My Beautiful Mongo, Thomas Brambilla, Bergamo, Italy

Sympathy for the Devil, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium

The Confidence Man, curated by Gianni Jetzer, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany

Text/Werke, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany


Psycho Painting, Carlson Gallery, London, UK

David Adamo, Heather Cook, Brendan Fowler, Rashid Johnson, Phil Wagner, Untitled, New York, NY USA

Pyschosculptures, curated by Lorenzo Benedetti, Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands

Greater New York, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Butler and Neville Wakefield, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY USA

Tussen Taal en Beeld/Verzamelde Verhalen #02, curated by Joost De Clerck, Kunstenfestival, Watou, Belgium

Whitney Biennale 2010, curated by Francesco Bonami and Gary Carrion Murayari, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY USA

A Basic Human Impulse, curated by Andrea Bruciati, Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea Monfalcone, Italy


The Perpetual Dialogue, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY USA

This place you see has no size at all…, curated by Jennifer Teets, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, France

Broken Tales, curated by Rainer Ganahl, Shanghai Theatre Academy, Shanghai, China

Thessaloniki Biennale 2, Thessaloniki, Greece

Art in the City, Egmont Parc, Brussels, Belgium


The Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY USA