Theo Ligthart was born in The Netherlands in 1965.
In his early works, Theo Ligthart deals with the art market and challenges its customs and laws in a humorous and critical manner. In 2008 he presented his work “Das Korn” at Galerie Thomas Schulte. Whether the exhibited object is to be regarded as a work of art or as a generic bottle of liquor is up to the buyer, who either adds it to his collection or consumes it. The artist plays with the recent phenomenon of “art sponsoring,” where manufacturers try to enhance their products to premium brands through financial aid to exhibition spaces and art events.
His solo exhibitions include, among others, at Ballhaus OST, Berlin (2007), the Kunshalle Wien (2003), and Juliettes Literatursalon, Berlin (1998).
He has participated in group exhibitions at the Thalia Theater Halle (2010), the Videonale 11, Bonn (2007), and the Künstlerhaus Wien (2004).
Also, Lightart’s essays are essential for the integral reception of the artist like “Waldgang und Waldlehrpfad” in “Bunter Staub. Ernst Jünger im Gegenlicht”, published by Alexander Pschera with Matthes & Seitz Berlin in 2008.
The artist lives and works in Berlin.
2014 Ligthart enterprise, Repetition & Renaissance (part I & II), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2007 Das Korn – Eine soziale Plastik, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
2007 Ballhaus OST, Berlin, Germany
2004 PeripherProjektil, Berlin, Germany; SPIELfilm director’s cut. An exhibition, Zoo Palast, Berlin, Germany
2003 Terminator…, Galerie Play, Berlin, Germany; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
1998 Hommage à Hedy Lamarr, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; Hommage à Hedy Lamarr, Juliettes Literatursalon, Berlin, Germany
2011 Fear in the Black Box, Trafo Huse of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary
2010 Angst in der Schwarzen Schachtel (Filmprogramm), Werkleitz Festival, Thalia Theater Halle (Saale), Germany; Alien Tourists, Forgotten Bar, Berlin, Germany
2008 [scene missing], Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria; [scene missing], Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany; minimal, Flatfile Galeries, Chicago, USA
2007 Videonale 11, Bonn, Germany; Viewing Club Vienna, Berlin, London, England; The Searchers, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France
2005 Zur Vorstellung des Terrors: Die RAF-Ausstellung , Kunst-Werke Berlin, Berlin; Zur Vorstellung des Terrors: Die RAF-Ausstellung, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria; Die Internationale, Videonale, Bonn, Germany; Die Internationale, Insa, Seoul, South Korea; Die Internationale, transmediale.08, Berlin, Germany (video selection of ten outstanding videos); Die Internationale, The 30th Moscow International Film Festival, Moskow, Russia
2004 Reserve der Form, Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria
1998 ars electronica, Linz, Austria; Title: no title, an auteur film by Theo Ligthart, Filmfestival Diagonale Graz, Austria
1997 Festival der Künste, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland; SPIELfilm, film 16mm, Golden Boot Award 1997, NXN Filmfestival, Liverpool, England
1992 BROOMSDAY, film 35mm, ARCO, Madrid, Spain; BROOMSDAY, film 35mm, Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands; BROOMSDAY, film 35mm, VIPER, Lucerne, Switzerland; BROOMSDAY, film 35mm, Sao Paolo Filmfestival, Brazil