Carsten Höller (DE) (b. 1961, in Brussels) lives and works in Stockholm.
Höller was originally educated in research at the University of Kiel (1985 – 92) specialising in insects. In the late 1980’s he began to create artworks, but also continued working as an entomologist until 1994.
Höller is particularly well known for his interactive installations, for example carousels and slides and has created many large exhibitions. He was given the chance to exhibit in Tate Modern’s turbine hall during the Unilever-series and constructed a collection of sculptured, interlocking slides in the large room (2006 – 2007).
In 2010 12 live reindeer were included in the artist’s exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof together with canaries, mice, flies and an elevator bed in the shape of a mushroom. One could sleep overnight in this installation for a fee of 1,000 euro.
His other important exhibitions include MACRO, Rome, New Museum, New York, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Venice Biennale. A sculpture by Carsten Höller is found at ARoS and he has collaborated in Denmark with Niels Borch Jensen.
The artist is represented by, amongst others, the Gagosian Gallery and Air de Paris and this spring he is opening an unconventional, international exhibition site in Stockholm in collaboration with curator Stefani