Tim Bengel

Bengel has been immersing himself in the topic of superfoods since 2021. His observations show that the greatest superfood probably grows right on our doorstep: cabbage! In the fall of 2023, Tim Bengel and other artists dedicated an exhibition to the underrated superfood cabbage and we supported him in the realization of his work. So it's high time we sat down with him for an interview to talk about his previous work and future projects.

Image: Maximilian Kamps

"Aesthetically appealing art is often unfairly criticized."

Tim Bengel

Artist

Clearly recognisable: the transition from the 3D-printed beads to the mirror-polished surface of the pointed cabbage.

Tim Bengel at the acceptance of his 3D-printed "Cabbage"

"Do things differently!" This has been Tim Bengel's motto since he went on strike against the school system as a teenager. In the same year, at the age of 18, he won the school art prize and thus began his path to becoming an artist.

His innovative and aesthetically pleasing gold and sand collage technique made him famous overnight. Videos of his work reached over 500 million people on social media. In 2017, Tim Bengel opened his first solo exhibition in New York and has been working as a professional artist ever since.

Staying true to his white and gold aesthetic, Bengel completed his first installation in 2019, the "Flower-Skull-Cemetery" on the grounds of the Factory in Berlin Mitte. The installation consists of 100 tombstones engraved in gold, which offer a humorous and critical look at the artist's own journey through life.

With the aim of "freezing the zeitgeist", Bengel presented his first sculptural work in Berlin and Miami in 2021. "Who wants to life forever?" is an avocado bagel cast from approx. 7000 grams of solid gold. The work deals with contemporary millennial culture, a green double standard and social media hype.

While working on the avocado sculpture, Bengel immersed himself in the topic of superfoods. His observations show that the greatest superfood probably grows right on our doorstep: Herb! 

In autumn 2023, Tim Bengel and other artists dedicated an exhibition to the underrated superfood herb and we supported him in the realization of his work.

Reason enough to sit down with him for an interview and talk about his previous work and future projects.

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Tim Bengel was born in Stuttgart in 1991. He studied art history and philosophy at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen. Bengel lives and works in Esslingen near Stuttgart.

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