Ari Benjamin Meyers (1972, New York) is the founder and artistic director of the Kunsthalle for Music. He lives and works in Berlin. In his work Meyers, who trained as a composer and conductor at The Juilliard School, Yale University, and Peabody Institute, explores structures and processes that redefine the performative, social, and ephemeral nature of music. He has composed numerous works for the stage among them three operas; his chamber opera Nico. Sphinx aus Eis was commissioned by the Semperoper Dresden. Past solo exhibitions and projects include Black Thoughts, Esther Schipper (2013); Chamber Music (Vestibule), Berlinische Galerie (2013-2014); Just in Time, Just in Sequence, This is Not Detroit Festival, Schauspielhaus Bochum (2014); The Verismo Project (Franz Hartwig, A Most Wanted Man) Kino International Berlin (2015); Beating Time, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin (2015); Duet, Darb 1718, Cairo (2015); Memories of the Future, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2016); The Name of This Band is The Art, RaebervonStenglin Zurich (2016); SCORES, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2016); Symphony 80 (with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks), Lenbachhaus, Munich (2017); An exposition, not an exhibition (with the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble), Spring Workshop, Hong Kong (2017). He also participated in the 14e Biennale de Lyon (2017). Upcoming exhibitions include projects for Witte de With Rotterdam, Public Art Munich and the Liverpool Biennial. Selected collaborations include Ravel, Ravel, French Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013) with Anri Sala; Morphy, Fondation Louis Vuitton (2014); T.451, Tensta Konsthall (2012); K.62/K.85, Performa ’09, New York (2009) all with artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Collaborations with artist Tino Sehgal include: Symphony X (installation version), KW Berlin and K21 Dusseldorf (2014); This Variation, Documenta 13 Kassel (2012) and the ballet Untitled that premiered at the Paris Opera in September 2016. Meyers was Music Director of the staged group show Il Tempo del Postino curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Philippe Parreno (Manchester International Festival, 2007 and Art Basel, 2009). The book Music on Display (2016), published by Walther König, chronicles his work and practice.
Ari Benjamin Meyers
POSITIONArtistic Director and Co-Founder