1965 Geboren in Nürnberg / Born in Nuremberg
1986-88 Ausbildung in einer Kunsttischlerei, Köln / Training as cabinetmaker, Cologne
1988-91 Studium der bildenden Kunst / Fine Art Studies, Hombroich bei / with Erwin Heerich
1991-92 Postgraduate Diploma in Art History, Royal Society of Arts, London
1992-93 Masters Degree in Fine Art, Sculpture, Chelsea College of Art, London bei / with Richard Deacon
1993-94 Lebt und arbeitet als bildender Künstler in London / Lives and works as an artist in London
seit 1994 Atelier auf der / Studio at Raketenstation Hombroich
seit 1996 Mitglied im Vorstand / Member of the board of Insel Hombroich Foundation
seit 2005 Professor an der / at Peter Behrens School of Arts, Düsseldorf
seit 2009 Mitglied im Vorstand / Member of the board of Architecture Omi, New York
seit 2013 Vorsitzender des Vorstands / Chairman of the board of Insel Hombroich Foundation
2015 Gastprofessor an der / Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, New York
2016 Mitglied des Kunstbeirats der Stadt Köln / Member of Art Advisory council Cologne

Oliver Kruse lebt und arbeitet in Köln und Hombroich / lives and works in Cologne and Hombroich.


Oliver Kruse is a visual artist whose multidisciplinary approach takes inspiration from architecture, geometries, and spatial environments, both constructed and natural.
His recent work explores intersections of art and architecture and includes large-scale urban and architecture-related sculpture as well as site-specific, digitally generated projects. It challenges the lines between sculpture and architecture in its efforts to respond to existing sites and enhance the investigation of spatial conditions and their interrelatedness. This is especially evident in „Door to Door“ (2010, Raketenstation Hombroich); „Interrelate“ (2012, St. Moritz, Switzerland); and „Inclinations“ (2014, Hamm, Germany).
Kruse’s ongoing investigation of virtual constructions is a critical aspect of his work. The digital reconstruction of existing forms makes it possible to assemble them in unexpected ways, resulting in works of interwoven geometries that create a cosmos of non-hierarchic, interlaced systems. Other sculptures are like crystalline microcosms, each comprised of several similar components with individual cuttings that fit together to shape a new and distinct form. The interconnected elements of these structures capture the complex nature of Kruse’s work.
Kruse has exhibited in Europe, Asia, and the USA, with several solo shows and numerous installations in public spaces, including the Omi International Arts Center in New York (2010), the St. Moritz Art Masters in Switzerland (2012) and the Poznan Biennale in Poland (2012). He is also known for his long affiliation with the Insel Hombroich Foundation, where he has served as Chairman of the Board and has many works in the museum’s permanent collection.
Kruse is a professor of sculpture at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf, where he has held tenure since 2005. In 2015, he was a visiting professor of sculpture at Cooper Union’s Chanin School of Architecture in New York. In addition to his fine arts degree, he received a Masters in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art in London and a degree in Art History from the Royal Society of Arts in London. Born in Nuremberg in 1965, Kruse currently resides in Köln and Hombroich.




1996 Oliver Kruse. ∞, Galerie Sandmann und Haak, Hannover / Hanover
2001 Oliver Kruse. Josephinenstr. 15, Galerie Andreas Brüning, Düsseldorf
2004 Oliver Kruse. Zwischenraum, Kunstverein, Grevenbroich
Oliver Kruse. Giacometti Sport, Galerie Andreas Brüning, Düsseldorf
2008 Oliver Kruse, Kunstverein, Krefeld
2009 Oliver Kruse. Skulptur, Galerie Karsten Greve, Köln / Cologne
2013 Oliver Kruse. Räumliche Zusammensetzung, architekturgalerie am weißenhof, Stuttgart
2016 Oliver Kruse. work work work work work work, gkg – Gesellschaft für Kunst und Gestaltung, Bonn




1993 Contemporary Art Society, Smith’s Galleries, London
New Art Award, Cubitt Street Galleries, London
New Abstraction, Cooper and Lybrand Gallery, London
1996 Zum Gebrauch bestimmt, Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, Köln / Cologne
The Architect as Seismograph. Hombroich Architecture,
La Biennale di Venezia, 6th International Architecture Exhibition, Venedig / Venice
1997 Hombroich. Architektur Skulptur Natur, Deutsches Architektur-Museum, Frankfurt
Basis. 28 Künstler, Raketenstation Hombroich
Hombroich Architecture, Royal Institute of British Architects, London
Ein Leben lang lernen, im Studium bei Prof. Erwin Heerich, Wilhelm Lehmbruck
Museum, Duisburg
2002 Cabinet with Outfit, Galerie Andreas Brüning, Düsseldorf
2004 Horizont Hombroich, Städtische Galerie im Park, Viersen
Metamorph. spaceplacelab,
La Biennale di Venezia, 9th International Architecture Exhibition, Venedig / Venice
2005 Hombroich spaceplacelab, AIA Center for Architecture, New York
2006 Busan Biennale, Korea
2008 New Sculpture, The Fields Sculpture Park, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY
Dedicated to K.-H. Müller, Galerie Andreas Brüning, Düsseldorf
Raumortlabor Landnutzung, Museum Ludwig, Köln / Cologne
2012 SAM – St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Schweiz / Switzerland
Mediations Biennale, Poznán, Polen / Poland
plan12, Architektur Biennale Köln, Köln / Cologne
White Cube, Green Maze: New Art: Landscapes, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, USA
2013 White Cube, Green Maze: New Art: Landscapes, Yale School of Architecture
Gallery, New Haven, USA
plan14prolog  zur Architektur Biennale 2014, Köln / Cologne
Moiras Planschränke – eingeräumte Zeit, Raketenstation Hombroich, Neuss



1992 Stapelarbeit, Skulptur im Park / Outdoor sculpture, Museum Insel Hombroich
permanente Installation / permanent installation
3 Wandarbeiten im / 3 wall pieces at 12-Räume Haus, Museum Insel Hombroich
permanente Installation / permanent installation
in Verbindung mit Skulpturen von / in conjunction with sculptures by Erwin Heerich
1998 Skulptur am Moocksgang, Hannover / Hanover
2004 Zwischenraum, Raketenstation Hombroich
2006 Corner at Mipo, Busan Biennale, Korea
2008 Clench. New Sculpture, The Fields Sculpture Park, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY
2010 Interfere. The Fields Sculpture Park, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY
2012 Interrelate, St. Moritz Art Masters, St. Moritz, Schweiz / Switzerland
2014 Neigungen, Eingangsbereich der Hochschule Hamm, Hamm
2016 all in all, The Fields Sculpture Park, Omi International Arts Center, Ghent, NY




1995 one-man house, Raketenstation Hombroich
Entwurf und Realisierung eines Gästehauses aus Holz /
Plan and realisation of a wooden guest house
Zusammenarbeit mit / Collaboration with K. Nishikawa
1998 NRW Forum, Düsseldorf
Einrichtung des Museums mit speziell konzipierten Möbeln /
Furnishing of the museum with especially designed furniture
Zusammenarbeit mit / Collaboration with K. Nishikawa
1999 Kinder Insel Hombroich
Konzept, Entwurf und Realisierung einer Kindertagesstätte /
Concept, plan and realisation of a day-care centre for children
Galerie Wormser, Nürnberg / Nuremberg
Konzept, Entwurf und Realisierung eines Ausstellungsraumes
in einem Wohn- und Geschäftshaus im Stadtzentrum /
Concept, plan and realisation of an exhibition space
within a residential and commercial building in the city centre
2003 Hooy Kaye Museum, Brüssel / Brussels
Konzept und Entwurf für die Renovierung und Inneneinrichtung
eines denkmalgeschützten Warenhauses aus dem 17. Jahrhundert
Einrichtung eines Museums für asiatische Kunst /
Concept and plan for renovation and interior design
of a historic 17th century warehouse
Furnishing of a museum for Asian art




2004 Quartier 7. Raumortlabor, Stadtentwicklung Hombroich
2006 Centre for Buddhist Teaching, Neu-Delhi / New-Delhi
2007 Museum of Modern Art, Warschau / Warsaw
Zusammenarbeit mit / Collaboration with RKW, Düsseldorf
2008 Grundschule Hombroich
Kaffeehaus, Raketenstation Hombroich



1997 Auszeichnung für das / Award for one-man house
Auszeichnungen guter Bauten 1997
Bund Deutscher Architekten, Düsseldorf
2000 Auszeichnung für die / Award for Kinder Insel Hombroich
Auszeichnungen guter Bauten 2000
Bund Deutscher Architekten, Düsseldorf
2001 Auszeichnung für die / Award for Kinder Insel Hombroich
Architekturpreis NRW 2001
Bund Deutscher Architekten, NRW
2013 Siegerentwurf des vom Land NRW ausgelobten Kunst-und-Bau-Wettbewerbs für die Hochschule Hamm