Jakob Kolding is a visual artist, educated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Born in 1971 in Albertslund, Denmark. Lives and works in Berlin. Kolding works primarily with different sorts of collages and sculptures and has in his works continuously occupied himself with many ideas on, and different sorts, of spaces: from an interest in modernistic planning and the human use of urban spaces to a more general interest in social, economic and political aspects of urbanity. More recently, his work has developed in the direction of more abstract ideas of space including mental and psychological space. Throughout his work, it has always been important to Kolding not to regard these different spaces as distinct. His interest is centered on an understanding that physical, social and mental spaces are under constant development. This process is being defined by a number of factors, which cannot be understood in separation. His work therefore contains a number of different overlapping themes and through these Kolding has build his own vocabulary, where literature, theater, politics, football, sociology, music, architecture, film, psychology and art are returning subjects.
Kolding has participated in a number of exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include: Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam; University of Michigan Museum of Art; Overgaden – Insititute for contemporary art; Marabouparken; Museum in Progress; Kunstverein in Hamburg; Galleri Nicolai Wallner; Galerie Martin Janda; and Team Gallery. Kolding has furthermore participated in group exhibitions in a number of institutions including: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; Arken, Ishøj; Liverpool Biennial 2012; MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö; Museum of Contempory Art Detroit, Detroit; Wien Museum, Wien; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego; South London Gallery, London; De Appel, Amsterdam; Busan Biennale; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Kunsthalle Kiel, Kiel; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm.