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Franz Ackermann: Hügel und Zweifel. Berlinische Galerie, Berlin

Within the framework of Berlin Art Week four exhibitions devoted to painting started simultaneously. The partners in this collaboration (Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) chose to focus on the art of painting. The individual locations of the overall project Painting Forever! are to be understood as complementary elements.

The solo exhibition Hügel und Zweifel (Hills and Doubts) by Franz Ackermann at Berlinische Galerie in Berlin (Germany) combines specially developed wall paintings with panel art, photography and painting. Franz Ackermann is today among the most important as well as the most influential painters of the present day. His works can be found in numerous public collection. In 1991 Ackermann received a DAAD stipend and there he began with drawings, which he called Mental Maps. To him, specific methods of creating connecting lines between nodes refer to problematic moments in the so called third world. These issues, in the beginning small-scale sketches, are thematized and in the Berlinische Galerie transmitted to large walls. In the interview Dr. Thomas Köhler talks about the background of the project Panting Forever!, the installations on display, and Franz Ackermann’s work in general. The show runs until March 31, 2014.

Franz Ackermann’s work has been presented in major exhibitions by leading museums and galleries internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Tomio Koyama Gallery (Tokio), Dirimart (Istambul), Galeria Fortes Vilaça (São Paulo), Neugerriemschneider (Berlin), and a group exhibitions including Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea (Turin); Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin); Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas); Tirana Biennial; La Biennale de Lyon; The Busan Biennale; La Biennale di Venezia; Bienal de Sao Paulo and 1. Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunst.

Franz Ackermann: Hügel und Zweifel at Berlinische Galerie, Berlin (Germany). Interview with Dr. Thomas Köhler (Director of the Berlinische Galerie), September 17, 2013. Video by Frantisek Zachoval.

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Franz Ackermann at Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires

German artist Franz Ackermann’s most recent work is a 2800 square feet site-specific work. The piece that he created for the Molinos Room of Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires consists of 20 panels of painted wood. It’s Franz Ackermann’s biggest mural ever. For this artwork, Ackermann spent several weeks in Buenos Aires to get to know the city, photographing it, and conceiving the piece.

Franz Ackermann was born in Neumarkt St. Veit, Germany, in 1963. He studied art at the Akademie er Bildenden Kunste in Munich and Hochschule für Bildende Kunst in Hamburg. To create his works, he uses photographs and sketches. Traveling is one of the fundamental parts of his work. He creates mental maps, which then are transformed into compositions of color and form. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Irish Museum of Modern Art, National Museum Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, among others. His works can be found in important collections such as Daimler Contemporary Berlin and Inho- tim Center of Contemporary Art, Minas Gerais.

Franz Ackermann: Walking South at Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires. Opening reception, November 9, 2012. Video by Roberto Rey, Milos Deretich, Luciana Zothner, and Ángel Sánchez.

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Franz Ackermann at Neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Gallery Weekend Berlin, part 2
Gallery Weekend Berlin 2007 (April 27 – 30, 2007): Neugerriemschneider presents new work by Franz Ackermann. “Franz Ackermann makes exuberant paintings and installations centered on themes of travel, tourism, globalisation and urbanism” (White Cube). By VernissageTV correspondent Lizza May David.
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