Lothar Baumgarten studied at Staatliche Akademie für bildende Künste, Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1968 and at Staatliche Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf, Germany, from 1969–1971. Lothar Baumgarten has exhibited widely internationally. Important solo shows include the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2009), the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain (2008), the Museum Kurhaus, Kleve (2006), the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (1987); as well as Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1987); The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto and Tokyo (1996); and the Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2001). He has also participated in Documenta V (1972), VII (1982), IX (1992), and X (1997). His numerous awards have included the MFI Prize, Essen (2003); the Lichtwark Prize of the City of Hamburg, Germany (1997); The Golden Lion, First Prize of the 41st Venice Biennale (1984); the Prize of the State of Nordrhein-Westfalen (1976); and the Prize of the City of Düsseldorf (1974).