Martins Kohout


Born 1984 in Prague, lives and works in Berlin and Prague.


Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Class of Simon Starling

BcA, Film Academy FAMU, Prague

UdK Berlin, classes of Alicja Kwade, Gregor Schneider


Selected solo exhibitions

Still there, more or less, or not (performance), National Gallery, Prague
A guided tour with Martins, Pinacoteca, Vienna

Quiet Attachments, & EXILE TV, a screening of selected video works (2012-2021)

BATEARS, Exile, Vienna, with Adrienne Herr as a guest

What if we gave a birth to a frog, Brno Art Open, Zoological exposition of Zemske muzeum, Brno

Daylight Management, Auto Italia, London
Shade at the Shapes without Names headquarters, Polansky Gallery, Prague
Alonso! It’s Elastic, 427, Riga Photography Biennial, Riga
Victorian Basics and Martian Stories (with Viktor Timofeev), Levy/Delval, Brussels
DungeonTT (with Lars TCF Holdhus), Rupert, Vilnius

Hungry, Wschód, Warsaw

Jokes Machines Make About Humans: 2nd infusion, Kunstraum Riehen, Basel, CH
Lebensrhythmen Und Geschwindigkeit, Goethe Institut China, Beijing

Jokes Machines Make About Humans: 1st infusion, Polansky Gallery, Prague

Sjezd, Etc., Prague
Skip the door, save 4s, 1822-Forum, Frankfurt am Main

Driving fast nowhere (curated by Martins Kohout), Polansky Gallery, Prague
Wrong Step, Percival Space, Oslo

Glare Inland, Quiet Attachment 2, Futura, Prague
Skinsmooth Sur+, Headquarters, Zurich

Future Gallery, Berlin
FAQ, PMgalerie, Berlin
Watching Martin Kohout launched as an online solo show


Selected projects and group exhibitions

Dormancy settings, Longtermnhandstand, Budapest

HYPERTENSION23, National Gallery, Prague
Let Them Eat Cake
, 3hd Festival, HAU 2, Berlin
1939–2021: The End of the Black-and-White Era
, National Gallery, Prague
Symbiosis 2.0
, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Flower Union
, Trade Fair Palace, National Gallery Prague

Optimised Fables about a Good Life, PLATO, Ostrava
Flower Union
, Council of the European Union, Brussels
, Kleiner Wasserspeicher, Berlin

State of High Performance, Basis, Frankfurt am Main
Vienna Biennale For Change, Museum for Angewandte Kunst, MAK, Vienna
Ora et lege, Broumov Monastery

Screening Program, Vienna Contemporary, Vienna
25 of 78, HMKV, Dortmund
Mood Spelled Backwards, Kurzor, Prague
Animace / Animácia, Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Vienna
NEMAF, Seoul International ALT Cinema & Media Festival, Seoul

Im Licht der Nacht, Marta Herford, Herford
What is happening with sleep today?, AlbumArte, Rome
Orient 2, Kunsthalle Bratislava, Bratislava
(Dis)connection, Kunstvereniging Diepenheim
Realism With A Ribbon, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
Healing 2.0, MeetFactory Gallery, Prague

Lichter Art Award, Lichter Filmfest, Frankfurt am Main
All Our Secrets, Gallery of Contemporary Art, Celje
Oh, it is easy to be clever if one does not know all the…, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester
The Undisciplined, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin
Liquid Bodies, AQB, Budapest

Jindrich Chalupecky Award, Moravian Gallery, Brno
The Brutalism Appreciation Society, HMKV, Dortmund
Medium: Figure, Prague City Gallery, Prague
Its blueness soothes the sharp burn in your eyes, Loris, Berlin
Preparatory portrait of a Young-Girl, PLATO, Ostrava
New Scenario Residency, Mala Skala

Survival Guides for Ballroom Dancers, Renovators,…, Vleeshal, Middelburg
Thirsty Garden, The Composing Rooms, Berlin
Episode 9: Dinner Room Terravore, Oslo10, Basel
Lock Up International, Ks Wave, Nakano Broadway, Tokyo
States of Flux, Swimming Pool, Sofia
Пикник на обочине, Exo Exo, Paris
F-holes, HHDM, New York, US
Grand New, Future Gallery, Berlin
Goethe Institute, Beijing, China
Apocalypse Me, Galerie Emila Filly, Ústí nad Labem
Sny na prodej, Drdova Gallery, Prague

HPSCHD 1969>2015, MAMbo, Bologna
Telepathy or Esperanto, Futura, Prague
Stoneroses 2, Grunewald park, Berlin
Typografie, Tsjechisch Centrum, Rotterdam

Jindrich Chalupecky Award, Veletržní palác, National Gallery, Prague
Other Visions finalist, PAF festival, Olomouc
Me, Me Mirror, Hariviera, Tel Aviv
The Meditative Relaxation Cycle, Arcadia Missa, London

Come, all ye faithful, Florian Christopher, Zurich
Breathing Kevlar, Perforated Skin, VAULT, Berlin
left eye, right eye, V8, Plattform für neue Kunst, Karlsruhe
Gotthard, Martins Kohout runs through the Gotthard Road Tunnel from Airolo, Canton of Ticino, to Göschenen, Canton of Uri, Switzerland on June 13th during LISTE, Basel
Atlas 2013, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship, A group exhibition stolen by Eva and Franco Mattes at Carroll / Fletcher, London

Superpositions, New Wight Biennial 2012, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles
Brand Innovations for Ubiquitous Authorship, Higher Pictures, New York
Stream of Consciousness, Galleri Krets, Malmö, Sweden
6th Zlín Youth Salon 2012, Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín
In the shadow of the sun, Bel Etage, Berlin
Post studio tales, District Berlin
dotcom, BSNP at Centre d’Art Bastille, Grenoble
Gravity, Money, Concrete, Fabric, Galerie Suvi Lehtinen
Nobody Knows You’re a Dog, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Kalmar
Astral Projection Abduction Fantasy, Monster Truck Gallery, Dublin

Material Conversion, Grimmuseum, Berlin
Looking for Mr. McLuhan,Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York
Virgins Lives (with Michal Pechoucek), Jiri Svestka Gallery, Berlin
Rat Piss Virus give it to me, Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City
Life on the Screen, Joyce Yahouda Gallery, Montréal
READ/WRITE, 319 Scholes, New York
Als der Nachbar zum telefonieren kam, Galerie Petra Vankova, Berlin
Post Internet Survival Guide,Gentili Apri, Berlin

Liminal Work, Galerie Suvi Lehtinen, Berlin
Play Biennial, Guggenheim Museum, New York
Transgression, Videotage, Hong Kong
Bosch Young Talent Show, Den Bosch
Whole Earth Catalogue, Neoncampobase, Bologna

Musíme víceméně, Galerie Mladých, Brno
Herring under a fur coat, Program, Berlin
Projectables, 7a Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Biennale de Lyon, Lyon
Objekt animace. Třetí smysl, Krajská galerie výtvarného umění ve Zlíně, Zlín
GEIST #II, Berlin
Screengrab, James Cook University, Townsville


Awards, stipends and residencies

One month residency in Mexico City through Futura, Prague

Residency Unlimited, New York
Finalist of Lichter Art Award 2018, Frankfurt am Main

Winner of Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2017 for young Czech artists, Veletržní Palace of the National Gallery, Prague
Rupert residency, Vilnius

Residency at I: project space, Beijing

Finalist of Open Frame Award, goEast festival, Wiesbaden

Finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2014,  Veletržní Palace of the National Gallery, Prague


Scholarship at KHM Köln and finalist for 14. Marler Video-Kunst-Preis, Marl (De)

Other Visions2008, PAF, Olomouc (Cz)

Lab.Award, Lab30 festival, Augsburg (De)


Select press and publications

Flatten The Cube, Art In America, April 30, online

The networked organism: Martin Kohout on the clash of circadian rhythm with machinic expectations for his Night Shifts project,
Inscription, edited by Karl-Magnus Johansson, published by Riksarkivet Landsarkivet i Göteborg

Cover story, Flash Art CZ/SK edition, no. 42
AFK. Texts on Artists 2011-2016, Domenico Quaranta, Link Editions
Artist pages, 艺术界 LEAP magazine, China
General Fine Arts Vol. 2. Issue 1 — “Values”, published by, Berlin

Two-part video interview / profile by Video In Common, London
Berlin’s top new artists, Dazed & Confused online
Labyrint Revue #35-36 ,interview and a profile by Karel Cisar

Jindrich Chalupecky Award exhibition catalogue

Wandering Magazine #2

User-Friendly, Essay by Jakob Schillinger featuring Watching Martin Kohout. Artforum, November issue
Martin Kohout, Essay by Marie Meixnerova, Fotograf magazine
Die U-30-Party, Der Tagesspiegel, 11.8. 2012
Martin Kohout, Arts & Antique magazine (Cz)

The Prosumer Version, essay by Jakob Shillinger, FlashArt international, October issue

Vernacular Video, essay by Domenico Quaranta for Flash Art Italy n. 285
Watching Martin Kohout, essay by Gene McHugh
Poučeni uměním spolupracují, an article by Lenka Lindaurova for Lidove Noviny
7a bienal do mercosul, exhibition catalog
14. Marler Video-Kunst-Preis, exhibition catalog
Berlin Athina, exhibition catalogue

Objekt animace. Třetí smysl (Object Animation. Third Sense), exhibition catalogue, ed. Cenek, Filip and Martin Mazanec

A2 #40 (01/10/2008), Kazalky in an article „Nové umění z kráteru“ by Pavel Sedlák
Lidové Noviny (09/08/2008), column Galerie curated by Katherine Kastner
Nový Prostor #306, p. 21, text by Jiří Ptáček

Umelec Inernational, text by Jiří Ptáček
IdN Magazine #5
Sticker City book (Thames & Hudson)
Hype magazine #23