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Günther Förg

Füssen, 1952 — 2013

German painter and photo artist Günther Förg (5.12.1952, Füssen - 5.12.2013, Freiburg im Breisgau) studied from 1973 to 1979 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. In 1992, he was represented at documenta IX. Four years later, the artist was awarded the Wolfgang Hahn Prize. From 1992 to 1999, he taught at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe until he became a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1999.
The artist's photographic work deals with architectural modernism at the beginning of the 20th century, especially the Italian architecture of rationalism, Moscow modernism and Bauhaus architecture in Israel. From the 1990s, Förg created large grid-like drawings and paintings painted with a fast brushwork. Nevertheless, his abstract works may also refer to geometric architecture structures.


Exhibitions (Selection)

2018 A Fragile Beauty, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.
2014 Günther Förg, Museum Brandhorst, Munich.
2009 Günther Förg, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen.
2007 Günther Förg, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel.
2006 Günther Förg – Raum und Fläche – Fotografien, Kunsthalle Bremen.

Literature (Selection)

Günther Förg. Wandmalerei: 1978 – 2013, Cologne 2015.
Günther Förg. Back and Forth, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg 2007.
Johannes Gachnang/Max Wechsler: Günther Förg. Torso & fragment: sculpture, Milano 2000.