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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator Ocula News We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator 13 December 2019

The Power Station of Art will make a fitting location for Andrés Jaque, whose past projects expose the politics concealed by buried pipes and managed cables. Spanish architect, writer, and curator Andrés Jaque has been named the chief curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, which will take place at the Power Station of Art (PSA) from 13 November...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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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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Peak Season, 2003 (For Parkett 68) by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannPeak Season, 2003 (For Parkett 68), 2003 10-colour silkscreen print on Somerset 300gm
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The Ruin by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannThe Ruin, 2019 Mixed media on paper
76.5 x 97 cm
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Sao Paulo/Brace/Brace by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannSao Paulo/Brace/Brace, 2019 Oil on canvas
185 x 300 cm
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Stadt der Eibsen by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannStadt der Eibsen, 2019 Oil on canvas
339 x 254 cm
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Construction by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannConstruction, 2019 Work on paper
80 x 60 cm
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chess Me by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz Ackermannchess Me, 2016 Oil on canvas
210 x 220 cm
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Sunrise by Franz Ackermann contemporary artwork
Franz AckermannSunrise, 2016 Oil on canvas
210 x 160 cm
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Franz Ackermann Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Franz Ackermann, Our Houses at Templon, Brussels
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5 September–19 October 2019 Franz Ackermann Our Houses Templon, Brussels

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Franz Ackermann In Ocula Magazine

Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 Ocula Report Gallery Weekend Beijing 2019 29 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

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 Templon : 14 September 2019

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

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