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b. 1963, Germany

Franz Ackermann Biography

Franz Ackermann makes exuberant paintings and installations centred on themes of travel, tourism, globalisation and urbanism. Mental Maps, his first major series, were produced during a stay in Hong Kong. Combining the factual precision of traditional street maps with his own interpretation of the local environment, these small watercolours documented the artist’s perception of the great cities of Asia, South America and Australia.

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Ackermann has since created large-scale dynamic installations that are built up from individual components comprising paintings, drawings, photographs, wall drawings and sculptural, billboard-like constructions. His work frequently deals with the double side of tourism – the glamour, speed and consumption of international travel but also the detritus, architectural scarring and garbage that it leaves behind, and his installations often take on the appearance of strange advertisements for a global tourism industry run amok. The places he depicts have a generic quality, and yet they look strangely familiar: non-places where the traveller’s desire replaces the local culture.

For example his exhibition, Home, home again (White Cube, 2006) brought together a series of large-scale paintings, drawings and sculptures that focus on London as their point of departure. Ackermann presented a large-scale drawing that provides a metaphorical link between his ongoing Mental Map series – watercolours made while on the move in hotels around the world – and his paintings, constructed from memory in the studio.

Franz Ackermann was born in 1963 in Neumarkt St Veit, Germany, and lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He has exhibited extensively internationally, including solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (2009), Kunstmuseum St Gallen (2008), Irish Museum of Modern Art (2005), Kunsthalle Basel (2002), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002), Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2000) and Portikus Frankfurt am Main, Germany (1997). Important group exhibitions include Altermodern: Tate Triennial (2009), Tokyo-Berlin / Berlin-Tokyo, Mori Art Museum and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2006), Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, Remote Viewing (Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Drawing from the Modern, 1975–2005, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005).

Franz Ackermann Featured Artworks

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Old Tree With Fruits by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannOld Tree With Fruits, 2011Mixed media
94 x 74 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Empty Flagposts/ME by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannEmpty Flagposts/ME, 2016Oil on canvas
210 x 220 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
New Nest by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannNew Nest, 2013Oil on canvas
259 x 330 cm
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel Enquire
Peak Season, 2003 (For Parkett 68) by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannPeak Season, 2003 (For Parkett 68), 200310-colour silkscreen print on Somerset 300gm
Parkett Contact Gallery
The Ruin by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannThe Ruin, 2019Mixed media on paper
76.5 x 97 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Sao Paulo/Brace/Brace by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannSao Paulo/Brace/Brace, 2019Oil on canvas
185 x 300 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
Stadt der Eibsen by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannStadt der Eibsen, 2019Oil on canvas
339 x 254 cm
Templon Contact Gallery
The Crack by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannThe Crack, 2019Wall painting
Templon Contact Gallery

Franz Ackermann Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Cities in Dust at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, Rio de Janeiro
23 January–31 July 2020 Group Exhibition Cities in Dust Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel, Rio de Janiero, Rio de JaneiroRio de Janiero
Contemporary art exhibition, Franz Ackermann, Our Houses at Templon, Brussels
5 September–19 October 2019 Franz Ackermann Our Houses Templon, BrusselsBrussels

Franz Ackermann Represented By

Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro
Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France Templon Paris, Brussels

Franz Ackermann In Ocula Magazine

Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 Ocula Feature Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 By Tessa Moldan, Beijing

Beyond the fanfare of a gallery weekend, there remains the perennial question: to what end does such an event serve a city? During this year's Gallery Weekend Beijing (22–29 March 2019), this question was raised during a snippet of the inaugural Beijing Art Summit (22–24 March 2019) on a chilly Saturday morning, staged at Ullens Center for...

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Franz Ackermann In Video & Audio

Franz Ackermann - Our Houses - Galerie Templon Brussels Related Video & Audio Franz Ackermann - Our Houses - Galerie Templon Brussels 14 September 2019, Templon

FRANZ ACKERMANN Our Houses 5 SEPTEMBER—19 OCTOBER 2019 Galerie Templon - BRUSSELS © José Huedo

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