Klara Hobza

Klara Hobza’s practice incorporates performance, video, drawing and sculpture and is conceptually held together by narrations of self-imposed endeavours. In her multilayered artworks, Klara Hobza captures natural matters in analytic and often also humorous ways, while maintaining an underlying thread connecting a sense of discovery, playfulness and wonder. Having studied under Mark Dion at Columbia University in New York, Hobza’s works and projects engage deeply with nature, featuring a strong interest in animal life as well as an investigative play on science’s limitations. While drawings play a growing important role in her practice, the artist also engages in long term conceptual works such as her scuba-diving project. Her projects have been widely discussed in contexts ranging from art, science and technology to general culture (selected publications include Artforum, Monopol Magazine, AD Architectural Digest, Scientific American, Popular Mechanics, New York Times, Wired).

Klara Hobza received a diploma from the Munich Academy of Fine Arts and and holds a MFA from Columbia University.

Her work has been exhibited internationally since 2005. Hobza’s most recent exhibitions include: Self-portrait, Soy Capitán, Berlin, DE (2024); The Breathing Trilogy, Soy Capitán, Berlin, DE (2023); Interactions, Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Bonn, DE (2023); Dem Wasser Folgen, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, DE (2022); PAPIER, Kunstverein Bamberg, DE (2021); Swimmingpool — Troubled Waters, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE (2021); Animaloculomat, Naturhistorisches Museum, Basel, CH (2020); Naturama, Aargau, CH (2020-2021); Soy Capitan, Berlin, DE (2018); Kunsthaus Zürich, CH (2017); Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, DE (2017); Bon Voyage! Reisen in der Kunst der Gegenwart, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, DE (2020) and In aller Munde. Von Pieter Bruegel bis Cindy Sherman, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, DE (2020). In 2021, a selection of works of Hobza’s Diving Through Europe cycle was added to the national collection of Germany (Sammlung der BRD).

Klara Hobza, born 1975 in Pilsen, Czech Republic, lives and works in Berlin and Paris.




Oceans • The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA • 2023

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Klara Hobza – Early Endeavors • Distanz Verlag, Berlin • 2012

Klara Hobza – The New Millennium Paper Airplane Book • Public Art Fund, New York • 2008

ars viva 2010/11 • Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e.V. • Hatje Cantz • 2011

Oceanomania, A Mark Dion Project • Edited by MACK, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (NMNM), London • 2011

Klara Hobza • Thinking like an Octopus, or: Tentacular Grasp • DISTANZ Verlag • Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, 2021

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Dem Wasser folgen • Kunsthalle Bielefeld • Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft, Cologne 2022

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