Julius von Bismarck, CERN Science Gateway (2023). Photo: Marina Cavazza.

Julius von Bismarck

Collide Award 2012

Julius von Bismarck was born in 1983 in Breisach am Rhein, Germany. He grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and currently lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the University of the Arts Berlin and the Institute for Spatial Experiments founded by Ólafur Elíasson. In 2013, he received the title of Meisterschüler from the institute. 

Julius von Bismarck‘s artistic practice combines visual art with various fields of research and experimentation, such as natural and social sciences. This interdisciplinary approach allows his artworks to take on diverse forms, ranging from installations to happenings and from sculptures to land art. His works are characterized by a profound exploration of perception phenomena and the construction of reality. A key focus of his work lies in the negotiation of nature as a socially constructed category. 

The artist has already presented numerous solo exhibitions, including those at the Berlinische Galerie (2023), Bundeskunsthalle Bonn (2020), and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2019). Additionally, Bismarck has participated in various international group exhibitions and biennials, such as Abenteuer Abstraktion at the Sprengel Museum, Hannover (2023), the Mercosul Biennale in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2022), STUDIO BERLIN at Berghain Berlin (2020), Power to the People at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt/Main (2018), the first Antarctic Biennale (2017), and the Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy (2012). 

He was awarded the Collide Award and was the first artist in residence of Arts at CERN in 2012. Round About Four Dimensions was commissioned by Arts at CERN for the exhibition Exploring the Unknown at the CERN Science Gateway.

Julius von Bismarck & Benjamin Maus, Round About Four Dimensions (2023). Installation view Exploring the Unknown, CERN Science Gateway (2023). Photo: Marina Cavazza.
Round About Four Dimensions
Julius von Bismarck & Benjamin Maus
Arts at CERN Podcast: Julius von Bismarck and Michael Doser


In 2012, Julius von Bismarck was the first artist in residence at CERN. In his work, he explores the way humans perceive natural phenomena and experiments with scientific perspectives. Michael Doser is an experimental physicist at CERN with expertise in antimatter research. Together, they discuss the experience of artists at CERN, how physicists peer into the nature of reality and Julius’ commission for CERN’s Science Gateway, which is inspired by the possibility of a four-dimensional space. The conversation is hosted by Mónica Bello, Curator and Head of Arts at CERN. Arts at CERN is made by Reduced Listening. The producer of this episode is Georgia Moodie, and the executive producer is Jack Howson.