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(1952 – 2013), Germany

Günther Förg Biography

German artist, Günther Förg was born in 1952, and studied from 1973 to 1979 at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. From 1992 until 1999, he taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruche. He died in 2013.

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An extraordinarily versatile artist, Förg’s multidisciplinary practice spanned more than thirty years and included paintings, sculptures, installations, wall paintings, as well as a great body of architectural photographs. His work often reflects on modernity and its aesthetics, often paying homage to its masters—such as Mark Rothko, Brice Marden and Barnett Newman—, but equally undermining their authority, and extrapolating the failure of modernist ideals.  As Paul Schimmel observed, ‘Förg makes formal work which seems to eschew formalism and even undermine its purity’.

Förg’s work has been shown in important institutions such as the Fountain Beyeler, Basel (2009); Langen Foundation in Neuss (2007); Kunstmuseum Basel (2006); Gemeentemuseum The Hague (2006); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2002); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía/Palacio de Velazquez, Madrid (1998); Toyko Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1991); Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach (1989) and SFMoMa, San Francisco (1989).

Works by Förg are part of major museum collections such as the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam); National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa); Museum für Monderne Kunst (Frankfurt); Ludwig Museum (Cologne); Tate Modern (London); Museum of Modern Art (NY); SFMoMa (San Francisco) and Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum für Gegenwart (Berlin).

Günther Förg Featured Artworks

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Standomi 68 by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgStandomi 68, 2001Watercolour on paper
36 x 48 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Contact Gallery
Standomi 38 by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgStandomi 38, 2001Watercolour on paper
36 x 48 cm
Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris Contact Gallery
Untitled by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled, 2001Wax crayon on paper
14.5 x 21 cm
Bernhard Knaus Fine Art Contact Gallery
Untitled by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled, 2008Acrylic on canvas
180 x 150 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Untitled (Mask) by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled (Mask), 1990Bronze
48 x 30 x 30 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Untitled by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled, 2008Acrylic and oil on canvas
120 x 160 x 2.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery
Uffizio Postale, Rome by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUffizio Postale, Rome, 1987Black and white photography
111 x 2 x 135 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
Untitled by Günther Förg contemporary artwork
Günther FörgUntitled, 2005Acrylic on canvas
195 x 280 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery

Günther Förg Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–30 September 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS ParkettZurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Stronger Than Language at Hauser & Wirth, St. Moritz
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11 June–5 July 2020 Group Exhibition Stronger Than Language Hauser & WirthSt. Moritz
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rhythms and Vibrations at Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris, Paris
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4 June–24 July 2020 Group Exhibition Rhythms and Vibrations Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris13 Rue de Téhéran, Paris

Günther Förg Represented By

Almine Rech contemporary art gallery in Brussels, Belgium Almine Rech Brussels, London, New York, Paris, Shanghai
Hauser & Wirth contemporary art gallery in Hong Kong Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong, Zurich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad, St. Moritz

Günther Förg In Ocula Magazine

Exhibitions to See in Hong Kong Ocula Report Exhibitions to See in Hong Kong By Tessa Moldan, Hong Kong

As Hong Kong gradually opens up after months of lockdown, this lowdown provides a selection of exhibitions taking place throughout the summer.

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Günther Förg In Related Press

Preview Art Basel 2019 Related Press Preview Art Basel 2019 7 June 2019, ARTnews

Art Basel 2019 opens to the public on Thursday, June 13, with two preview days, on June 11 and 12. Some 290 galleries from 34 countries will show work at the Swiss fair, which runs through June 16.

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Günther Förg: Works from 1986 – 2007 Related Press Günther Förg: Works from 1986 – 2007 2 April 2019, The Brooklyn Rail

Hauser & Wirth's exhibition Günther Förg: Works from 1986 – 2007 presents painting, sculpture, and photography by the German artist, whose estate is now represented by the gallery, in a new institutional setting. Förg, who died on his birthday in 2013 at the age of 61, experimented with mimicry in his exploration of mid-20th century...

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Art Brussels announces details of Discovery, Rediscovery and Solo sections Related Press Art Brussels announces details of Discovery, Rediscovery and Solo sections 9 April 2016, Art Fix Daily

From April 21 to 24, the 34th edition of Art Brussels will take place in a new location, Tour & Taxis, a spectacular example of industrial architecture built in 1904, formerly a customs house. This year, the fair has been reduced in size, bringing together 141 galleries from 28 countries, represented in three main sections: PRIME, DISCOVERY and...

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Günther Förg In Video & Audio

GÜNTHER FÖRG: A FRAGILE BEAUTY Related Video & Audio GÜNTHER FÖRG: A FRAGILE BEAUTY 25 June 2018, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents a major survey of the work of German artist Günther Förg (1952–2013). 'A Fragile Beauty' explores the work of a rebellious artist whose oeuvre embodies a critical, witty, yet rigorous and penetrating critique of the canon of modern art.

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