Mouse Bunker & Institute for Hygiene: Experimental Setup Berlin Opening at the BDA Gallery 05.09.2020, 1 – 6 p.m. in presence of the curator

New photographic series OUT OF HOMESTORIES is shown at the exhibition Mouse Bunker & Institute for Hygiene: Experimental Setup Berlin Buildings by G+M Hänska I Fehling+Gogel Curator  Ludwig Heimbach Exhibition 05.09. – 29.09.2020  Opening hours study room in the BDA Gallery Monday – Thursday 10 am – 3 pm and by arrangement

Artist Talk with Kay Fingerle 
Guest Gabi Schillig, Professor for Spatial Design and Exhibition Design at the Berlin University of the Arts at the Institute for Transmedia Design
Moderation Astrid Bornheim
January 22nd 7 pm
Gallery of the Association of German Architects (BDA)
BDA Gallery, Mommsenstraße 64, 10629 Berlin, T 030 886 83 206,,

whereupon the stone ran away               From 18 December 2019 to 30 January 2020, the Gallery of the Association of German Architects (BDA) is showing two current photographic series by the artist and architect Kay Fingerle. The title of the exhibition „whereupon the stone ran away“ refers to the famous Japanese story collection Kojiki, which inspired the Berlin Artist in Residence at the Goethe Institute’s Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto in the summer of 2019.
In the rocks of Nagoya, Kyoto, and Himeji an artificial and independent image of built nature is staged. Kay Fingerle juxtaposes this with spaces built by the French architect Charlotte Perriand, which form an authentic relationship with nature. Perriand’s buildings in Les Arcs from the 1970s bring together the immaculate and sensitive mountain landscape of the french Alps with the emergence of mass tourism. During her stay in Japan in the early 1940s and 1950s, she was particularly interested in traditional houses and their conceptual attachment to nature.
By juxtaposing nature experience and spatial perception in an unusual way, Kay Fingerle mediates between the demarcation from the uncontrollable forces of nature through architecture and the necessary integration of nature into a hostile, because built environment. The exhibition is curated by Astrid Bornheim, a member of the curatorial board of the BDA Galerie.

 Exhibition Opening worauf der Stein davonlief in Berlin December 2019

July 26 / 2019 observing. capturing. forming color  student workshop held at Kyoto City University of Arts, Department of Design (Environmental Design) Studio Kosuke Bando

July 26 / 2019 Kay Fingerle lecture Borges Cat at Kyoto University Department of Architecture, Takeyama Lab by Professor Kiyoshi Takeyama

artist talk July 26 / 2019 with Yuko Nagayama, architect from Tokyo, Kay Fingerle, architect and photographer from Berlin and Tetsuya Ozaki, publisher, researcher and chief editor among others of REALTOKYO.

„Anlässlich des 70-jährigen Bestehens des Deutschen Werkbund Berlin werden in der Werkbundgalerie Skizzenbücher von Werkbundmitgliedern gezeigt. Zu sehen ist ein eindrucksvoller Querschnitt aller im Werkbund vertretenen Disziplinen von Künstlern und Grafikern über Architekten, Designer, Handwerker und Hersteller bis zu Journalisten und Historikern. Darunter so renommierte Akteure wie Christoph Ingenhoven, Werner Aisslinger und Erik Spiekermann aber auch Vertreter der Avantgarde wie Kay Fingerle und Folke Hanfeld. Bei allen geht es um die Entdeckung des Ephemeren, der Linie zwischen Ungewissheit und Gewissheit, um das Verfestigen des Gedankens beim Zeichnen oder Notieren. Geplant sind weitere Expertengespräche in der Werkbundausstellung zu der Frage, „Welche Relevanz hat das Skizzenbuch bei der Entwicklung von Qualität?“

Ausstellungsdauer: 9.5.2019 – 21.6.2019 Kuratorin Astrid Bornheim


Exhibition Opening December 17th, 2019 of  „Futuruins“ – a collaboration between the City of Venice, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg.

Catalogue with Essays by Daniela Ferretti and Dimitri Ozerkov


catalogue of the groupexhibition „Futuruins“ including Shacks by Kay Fingerle

Shacks 2017 © Kay Fingerle



19 December 2018 –  24 March 2019
Curated by Daniela Ferretti, Dimitri Ozerkov with Dario Dalla Lana

„The exhibition reflects on the theme of ruins: an allegory for the inexorable passage of time, always uncertain and changeable, disputed between past and future, life and death, destruction and creation, Nature and Culture. The aesthetics of ruins is a crucial element in the history of Western civilisation. The ruin as concept symbolises the presence of the past but at the same time contains within itself the potential of the fragment: a fragment that comes from antiquity, covered by the patina of time, which with its cultural and symbolic implications also becomes a valid “foundation stone” for building the future. It comes from the past, confers a wealth of meaning on the present and offers an awareness to future projects.“

The Exhibition

designtransfer Galerie Einsteinufer 43, 10587 Berlin: November 30th, 6 pm panel discussion with the photographer Fujitsuka Mitsumasa, architect and 2016 artist in residence of Villa Kamogawa Ludwig Heimbach and the photographer and architect Kay Fingerle, presented by Gastprof. Sven Pfeiffer, Digitales und Experimentelle Architekturfakultät, UdK Berlin a cooperation with the „Japanisch-Deutschen Zentrum“ Berlin.

Kay Fingerle has been announced as Artist in Residence at the Goethe Institutes Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto in 2019

Kay Fingerle was teaching the International Summer Academy 2018 at the Detmolder Schule für Architektur und Innenarchitektur, University of Florida US, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology in Murthal, India with Prof. Carsten Wiewiorra and Christian Schulze

artist talk september 13 / 2017 as artist in residence at the Centro tedesco di studi veneziani in Venice . introduction Dr. Marita Liebermann . talk Petra Schäfer

contributing photographs of concrete architecture in Japan to SOS Brutalisme . curated by Oliver Elser

In the praise of shadows at the Metamorph Architecture Biennale Venice  curated by Kurt W. Forster and Nanni Baltzer

contributing photographs to A Primer to space by Roger Boltshauser

Mies in Berlin . series of 42 photographs at the  Museum of Modern Art New York  .  curators Terence Riley and Barry Bergdoll

Bauhaus Berlin Exhibition and Auction . curator Annemarie Jaeggi

contributing photographs to Raumshift in AIT Wohnen by Ludwig Heimbach

The unabridged Version by Franz Schulze in Art in America with photography by Kay Fingerle


appointed Member Werkbund Berlin exhibition


Goethe Institute New York single exhibition

Baunetz Woche text by Cordula Vielhauer

Die Welt des Fliessens Interview with Kurt W. Foster

contributing photographs for Reclams Kleines Wörterbuch der Architektur

 Single Exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturzentrum Berlin DAZ

contributing photographs to onSite catalogue MoMA New York . Terence Riley

Mies in Berlin . series of 42 photographs at the Caixa Forum Barcelona . Whitechapel Gallery London . Altes Museum Berlin . curated by Terence Riley and Barry Bergdoll

 Baunetz Woche 247 Rethinking Mies by Cordula Vielhauer

Altes Museum Berlin

contributing photographs to Claire Zimmerman . MoMA Magazine

contributing photographs to Mies by Detlev Mertens . Phaidon Verlag

invited to the Atelier Annette Wimmershoff

contributing photographs to Denkmalpflege der Moderne, Krämer Verlag and Wüstenrot Stiftung

all images © Kay Fingerle 1999 – 2018      .       back to start