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KALAS LIEBFRIED (*1989 in Svishtov, Bulgaria) is a multidisciplinary artist and curator, based in Munich, Germany. He studied sculpture and time-based media at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich and Philosophy at the LMU Munich. Central to his installations and performances is the exploration of the sculptural and socio-political potentials of sound, focusing on ecological and post-imperial topics, critical theory and ambient studies. 
His works have been shown among others at Musée d’Art Moderne (Paris), National Gallery (Sofia), Lenbachhaus (Munich) and Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich).
Liebfried is founder of „PARA“ (non-label organisation for sound) and co-organizes the independent art association „Rosa Stern Space“.

prizes, stipends, grands and residencies
Project stipend by the City of Munich, 2022
Project grand, Stiftung Kunstfonds, 2022
Prize for Off-Spaces, granded by th City of Munich, with Rosa Stern Space, 2021
Project Grand, Neustart Kultur, Innovative Art Projects, 2021
Bayern Innovativ, project grand, 2021
Kickstarter, production stipend, Stiftuftung Kunstfonds, 2021
Studio stipend, Akademieverein Munich, 2021-2026
Project grand, Stiftung Kunstfonds, 2020
Erste Jahre der Professionalität, BBK, Munich 2020/2021
Imagining Ecological Futures, residency and research grand, Namur, Belgium, 2020
Project grand, Erwin und Gisela von Steiner-Foundation, Munich 2020
Perspektiven 2020, Prize of the Kunstclub 13 Association Munich 2020
Kulturpreis Bayern, Munich 2019
Diploma Prize of the Erwin und Gisela von Steiner-Foundation, Munch 2019

PROJECTS

solo exhibitions and projects
READING THE AIR, solo show, GiG, Munich, 2021
NEW AGE BALKAN, solo show, Goethe-Institut, Sofia, 2021
AMBIENT DU PASSAGE, solo show, Goethe-Institut, Paris, 2021
AMP WALL MONUMENT CONFRONTATION, public art project, Munich, 2021
SELECTED AMBIENT WORKS 85-92, solo show, Nir Altman Galerie, Munich, 2019
RADIO, LIVE TRANSMISSION, solo show, Hinterconti, Hamburg, 2018

selected group exhibitions, performances and projects (selection)
CIRCULATION ET EXTINCTION, performance, Museé d’Art Moderne, Paris, 2022
SPARKS OF IMAGINATION, group show, National Gallery, Sofia, 2022
TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, group show, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, 2021
Erste Jahre der Professionalität, Galerie der Künstler, Munich, 2021
RELATIONAL BODIES, group show, Fructa Space, Munich, 2021
FALSE GROUND CARRIER, group show, IDEAL, Leipzig, 2020
BAZA Award, group show, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia, 2020
RADIO-AKTIVITÄT, group show, Lenbachhaus, Munich, 2020
Tacker, group show, Galerie der Künstler, Munich, 2020
ART START, group show, Credo Bonum Gallery / Goethe-Institut, Sofia, BG, 2020
MOVEMENT 1920-2020, festival, Onassis Stegi, Athens, GR
, 2020
AMBIENT FOR A SILENT FOREST, sound installation in resonance to Joseph Beuys, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, 2019
BLACK MESA, in: Debütanten 2019, group show, Haus der Kunst, Munich, 2019
IN D, diploma show, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, 2019
JAHRESGABEN, group show, Kunstverein München, Munich, 2018
CORPS-À-CORPS feat. MC NANCY, listening session, Kunstverein München, Munich, 2018
Imaginary Display(s), group show, BNKR, Munich, 2018
Public Art Munich, festival/group show, Munich, 2018
JAHRESGABEN, group show, Kunstverein München, Munich, 2017
ZIMMER FREI, group show, Hotel Mariandl, Munich, 2017
ADD FX, Sluice Biennial 2017, London, GB (two person, with Paul Valentin), 2017
BLIND CARBON COPY, Akademie-Galerie, Munich (two person, with Paul Valentin), 2017
P.OSTEUROPA, group show, Kunstarkaden, Munich, 2017
NOISES, group show, Fire Proof, Brooklyn, New York, USA, 2016
THERE WILL BE BLOOD, group show, Ludwigskirche, Munich, 2016
UNBOXING PANDORA, group show, Kunstpavillon, Munich, 2016

curatorial work
from 2020: founder and artistic director, PARA, non-label organisation for sound; projects: „PARA80000: Unset Time and Pace„, „Fragments of Sonic Extinction
from 2020: co-organiser and curator, Rosa Stern Space, art space, Munich;
curated projects i.a. „Drawing Restrict. A Growing Exhibition“, „Natalia Jordanova: The Console“, „Alexander Scharf: Jason“, „Paul Valentin: A Piano Plays in Another Room and it’s Raining“
2015-2018: curator, Jour Fixe, lecture and workshop series, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

education
2014-2019: Sculpture and Time Based Media, with Stephan Huber, Julian Rosefeldt and Alexandra Bircken, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich
2010-2016: Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich

teaching
Winter semester 2021/2022: Guest Professor, Theaterakademie August-Everding, Munich

publications
OBSCURE AMBIENCE, catalogue, monograph, Edition Metzel, 2021
PORTS IN TRANSITION, C-60 cassette tape, Molten Moods Records, 2022
AMP WALL MONUMENT CONFRONTATION, double LP, 12″ vinyl, and catalogue, SVS Records (upcoming in July 2022)

lectures and talks
Hyle, lecture and listening session, Athens, 2020
Pinakothek der Moderne, talk with Corinna Thierolf (Head of Post War Art Department) Munich 2019

Public Art Munich, talk with Alexander Kluge and Students of the Academy of fine Art Munich, 2018
Nir Altman Gallery, screening and talk, Munich, 2017

press reviews and interviews
Süddeutsche Zeitung about „Amp Wall Monument Confrontation“
Süddeutsche Zeitung about „PARA: Unset Time and Pace“
Goethe-Institut Belgium: Interview
porcile.org: review by Magda Wisniowska 
gallerytalk.net: Interview with Felicia F. Leu
Passe Avant: Questionnaire and playlist 

Whitehot Magazine: Review, Various Others 2019 
Süddeutsche Zeitung: Review „Ambient for a Silent Forest“ at Pinakothek der Moderne
KubaParis: Review „Selected Ambient Works 85-92“ at Nir Altman 
Art Viewer: Review „Selected Ambient Works 85-92“ at Nir Altman
Tzvetnik: Review „Selected Ambient Works 85-92“ at Nir Altman
This Orient: Review „Selected Ambient Works 85-92“ at Nir Altman

contact
kalas.liebfried(at)gmail.com