Ingmar König


  • The Paintball Arena
    I once spend an afternoon at an Paintball Arena. A place designed solely for this particular game, created from the speed and measurements of the human body. Its room size correlates with its game duration.

    The activity taking place in such an arena does not resemble anything even close to an actual fight. But could, be considered as a stage where endurance and precision appears.Thought has been put into invisible paths which the visitors use to move from object to object; hiding, attacking, hiding yet again. The objects, or shelters, are set upon different levels of the arena and all are carrying benefits together with disadvantages. No shelter is completely safe and the visitors thus have to keep moving. Every shelter is a facade, even for a shelter.

    All the components inside the arena come from design; operating within a balance between aesthetic and function. An arena like such is a fundamental example of the use of facades as props, as decoration. But if every part of an area is decor, then figuratively there is no facade anymore.

    Although sometimes a lot of effort is put into the decoration of such an arena, it does not even wish to illustrate the evocation of an actual war or battle. The goal is not to convince players of a fictional battle taking place. Rather it tends to abstract the feeling of tension and stress.

    I am intrigued by such places.
    May 2018



    From September 2018
    I will be in the Master's program
    Interior Architecture: Research + Design
    at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam

Shows (selection)

  • 2016 - Happy Like Yesterday (group) Nest (04.09-30.10)
  • 2016 - Stroom Ondertussen (solo) Stroom Den Haag
  • 2016 - Art Brussels (fair) with Nest
  • 2016 - Unfair Amsterdam (fair)
  • 2016 - Art Rotterdam (fair) Prospects & Concepts by Mondriaan Fund
  • 2016 - Unfair X Christies (Auction)
  • 2015 - Contraband (solo) Galerie Gabriel Rolt
  • 2015 - Art Brussels (fair) 1-hour solo, participant of 120 Minutes project.
  • 2015 - Misfit Love (group) Galerie Gabriel Rolt
  • 2015 - Art Rotterdam (fair) represented by Galerie Gabriel Rolt
  • 2014 - Unfair (fair) Amsterdam
  • 2014 - On Observation And Construction (group) Chongqin Air (China)
  • 2014 - Concept Store (group) Nest
  • 2014 - Freizeit Normal (residency) Ampelhaus Oranienbaum
  • 2014 - Detourist (solo) P///akt
  • 2013 - Piet Bakker Prijs (prize) Academiegalerie Utrecht
  • 2013 - Oktoberfest (group) Hotel MariaKapel
  • 2013 - Ernstig Geschikt! (group) Circadit
  • 2013 - Let There Be Light (group) Nest
  • 2013 - Hitherto (group) Kunstpodium T

Awards / Nominations / Stipends

  • 2015 - PRO Invest, Stroom Den Haag
  • 2015 - Werkbijdrage J T + Opdrachtgever, Mondriaanfonds
  • 2014 - Werkbijdrage Jong Talent, Mondriaanfonds
  • 2013 - Incentive award , Cayacz
  • 2013 - Nomination Piet Bakker Prijs, HKU

Guest Speaker / Lecturer

  • 2016 - Fine Arts; 4th year - Utrecht School of the Arts
  • 2016 - School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University
  • 2015 - Faculty Fine Arts & Design - Utrecht School of The Arts
  • 2015 - School of History, Culture and Communication - Erasmus University


  • 2014 - Ampelhaus, Oranienbaum (DE)
  • 2014 - P/////akt, Amsterdam
  • 2013 - Hotel MariaKapel, Hoorn



  • - Ingmar König
    Works and photographs, achronologically
    available for €15 incl postage. contact me

  • my work appeared in Colour Logics
    'Colour in Context'
    Frank Koolen / Fleur van Muiswinkel


  • Frank Koolen, 2013
    Mapping The Landscape
    Museum van Bommel van Dam
  • Zoro Feigl, 2012
    A Matter of Fluidity


  • Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA), 2013
    -with Honours-

    Utrecht School of the Arts
    (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht)