John Kleckner

Born 1978, Iowa, USA
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany


BFA, University of Iowa

John Kleckner, Galerie Dukan, Paris, France

My Building DisappearedFrancesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Bad New Business Gallery, Milan, Italy

Lesser Known Surrealist Drawings, Fruit & Flower Deli Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
Köpfe & Helme II, (with Eva Maria Salvador), Berlin 

Grazie, Prego, Scusi, Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Palermo, Italy 
Köpfe & Helme, (with Eva Maria Salvador) Ninety-Five, Berlin
John Kleckner & Riley Payne, Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Those Ghosts, (with Patrick Tuttofuoco) Peres Projects, Berlin

An Ear In A Pond, A Tooth In The Wall, A Knife In The Socket, Loraini Alimantiri / Gazonrouge, Athens, Greece

The Master Cleanser, Peres Projects, Los Angeles
The 40 Seasons, Peres Projects, Berlin

John Kleckner, Peres Projects, Los Angeles
John Kleckner, Peres Projects, Berlin

Dead: A Celebration Of Mortality, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Drawings, Galerie Dukan, Paris, France

Triptychon, Atelierhof Kreuzberg In Der Kunsthalle M3 - Kunsthalle m3, Berlin, Germany

Reflections on PSYCHEDELIAChristina Androulidaki gallery, Athens, Greece

Tryptichon, Pavillon am Milchhof, Berlin, Deutschland
Party with us. Ten years after, Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Palermo, Italy
ReMap 4, Athens, Greece 
In The Studio, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens, Greece
Partie 2 : Le corps, Galerie Dukan, Paris, France
Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Partie I : Portrait, Galerie Dukan, Paris, France
Berlin status 2, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Volta 9, Galerie Dukan, Basel, Switzerland
Art Paris Art Fair, Galerie Dukan, Paris, France

Each Memory Recalled Must Do Some Violence To Its Origins, curated by Aaron Moulton, undisclosed location in Utah, USA

A Painting Show, curated by Aaron Moulton. Autocenter, Berlin
Sticks & Stones, Peres Projects, Berlin
Laced, curated by Stephen Riolo. Torstrasse 95, Berlin
Big Minis: Fetishes of Crisis, curated by Alexis Vaillant, CAPC Musée d’art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France (catalogue)
New American Values, curated by Daniel Kingery, Atelierhof Kreuzberg
The Power of Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Thrice Upon A Time, Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden (catalogue)
Half Crazy, Half Square, curated by Marco Bruzzone. Via Farini, Milan
Premio Lissone 2010, Museo d’arte contemporanea, Lissone, Italy
Hem och Ursprung, curated by Rodrigo Mallea Lira, Stockholm, Sweden
Videodrome, curated by Aaron Moulton, Autocenter, Berlin
Step Towards Home, curated by Rebecca Layton at Dam Stuhltrager, Berlin
Available Works at HBC, HBC, Berlin, Germany
Get Behind Me Satan and Push, curated by Margherita Belaief, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany
Waking The Dead, Autocenter, Berlin, Germany

Less is More, Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin
Minneapolis, Peres Projects Los Angeles
Compass in Hand: Selections from The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (catalogue)
Opera Rock, curated by Alexis Vaillant, CAPC Musée d’art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France (catalogue)
Aura, Castrum Peregrini, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (catalogue)
The Forgotten Bar Project, ALP/Peter Bergman, Stockholm, Sweden
The Garden at 4AM, Gana Art New York, New York City

Deleted Scenes, Feinkost, Berlin, Germany
Jahresgaben 2008, Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany
Nevertheless, Kuenstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Legende, curated by Alexis Vaillant, Domaine departemental Chamarande, Chamarande, France (catalogue)
Auslaender in Berlin, CITRIC Gallery, Brescia, Italy, curated by Margherita Belaief (catalogue)
I Will Never Lie To My Mother Again, Mogadishni Aar Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
The End Was Yesterday, Kunstraum Innsbruch + Galerie, Switzerland
The End Was Yesterday, Autocenter Autocenter + Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin, Germany

Gravity’s Rainbow, Peres Projects, Athens, Greece
Destroy Athens, Athens Biennial, curated by Xenia Kalpaktsoglou Poka-Yio, and Augustine Zenakos (catalogue)
Palisadenparenchym, curated by Daniel Schmidt, Danese, New York City
RAW: Among the Ruins, curated by Lisette Smits and Alexis Vaillant, Marres Art Centre, Maastircht, the Netherlands (catalogue)

Panic Room, works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation Centre For Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece (catalogue)
LAXed, Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany

The Zine UnBound: Kults, Werewolves and Sarcastic Hippies, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California (catalogue)
Gods & Monsters, Peres Projects, Los Angeles 
A Fantasy, curated by Malik Gaines, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica
Werewolf Express, curated by Trinie Dalton, in “Exploding Zines,” Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Sign of the Covenant, John Connelly Presents, New York
Pencil Me In, Geoffrey Young Gallery, MA
The Garden Lab Experiment, Art Center College, Pasadena
Pickup Lines, Geoffrey Young Gallery, MA

Cave Canem, John Connelly Presents, New York

RETREAT, Peres Projects, Los Angeles
Iowa City, Wendy Cooper Gallery. Chicago
Making Ends Meet, Lucky Tackle, Oakland

Museum of Modern Art, New York. The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawing Collection
Magasin 3, Stockholm, Sweden
Deste Foundation, Athens, Greece
Saatchi Collection, London, UK 


Laura Schleussner, “Those Ghosts,” Flash Art Int. March – April 
Marco Bruzzone, John Kleckner, Patrick Tuttofuoco, “About Life and Ghosts,” MUSE Magazine, Spring 2011

Kelly Rae Hickman, “John Kleckner: The Transformative in Nature + Art,” Flaunt, Issue #102, January

Margherita Belaief, “Change”, Dazed & Confused, Issue #67, November
Maura Egan, “Ich bin ein Artist,” The New York Times, September, 2008
Martin Herbert, “1st Athens Biennial,” Frieze, January – February, 2008

Faye Tzanetoulakou,"Proposals for a New Painterly Post-romanticism," Highlights Art Magazine #31, November – December, 2007
Howard Junker, ZYZZYVZ, Spring, 2007
Yusuf Etiman, basso magazin, #4, March 2007
“Craving Artbook: John Kleckner”, Someone’s Garden, Tokyo, Japan, Issue #0, Feb. 2007
Ana Finel Honigman, “John Kleckner Talks to Ana Finel Honigman”, Your Gallery, April, 2007
Roos Gortzak, “Versnelde geschiedenis: Ruines in Marres,” Metropolis M, Netherlands February/March 2007

Eve Wood,  “L.A. Confidential”,, March 

Holland Cotter, “Art in Review, Sign of the Covenant”, The New York Times, September 24


Paper, exhibition catalogue, published by Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2013
Berlin Status 2, exhibition catalogue, Edited by Tannert, Christoph and Druhl, Sven, 2013
Bruce Hainley, Jennifer Higgie, David Musgrave, Aaron Schuster, Claire Moulène, Alexis Vaillant, Big Minis – Fetishes of Crisis, 2011, Exhibition catalogue, Edited by Alexis Vaillant, Published by les presses du réel with Sternberg Press, 2011
Richard Julin, Elisabeth Millqvist, Tessa Praun and Karin Thunberg, Thrice upon a timeExhibition catalogue, Produced by Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden, 2010
Compass in Hand: Selections from the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, Exhibition catalogue, Edited by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, 2009
LégendeExhibition catalogue, Edited by Alexis Vaillant, Domaine departemental Chamarande, Chamarande, France, Published by Lukas & Sternberg, 2008
Alex Farqhuarson, Thierry Jousse, Melvin Moti, Opera Rock (Jean-Luc Blanc), Exhibition catalogue, Published by les presses du réel with Sternberg Press, 2008
Raw Among the Ruins, Exhibition catalogue, Edited by Alexis Vaillant, Lisette Smits, Published by Veenman Publisher, 2007
Destroy Athens, Exhibition catalogue, 1st Athens Biennial, Εditors: Xenia Kalpaktsoglou, Poka-Yio, Augustine Zenakos, Theophilos Tramboulis, Published by the Athens Biennale and futura Publications, 2007
Panic RoomExhibition catalogue, Works on paper from the Dakis Joannou Collection, The Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens, 2006