Franz Ackermann Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Franz Ackermann
Mental Map: Evasion V


Acylic on Canvas

275 x 305cm
In Mental Map: Evasion V, Ackermann creates a biotic abstraction, a template for natural phenomena dictated by design. His jumbled composition is harmonious in its turmoil: concentric patterns of colour expose hints of identifiable place (a street map, a building interior, a snippet of landscape) only to dislocate them in a maze of organic generalisations.

Constructed graphics are corroded, integrated as if by evolution, to incorporate somatic qualities: sublime contemplation is achieved only through artificial enhancement.
Franz Ackermann
Mental Map: Evasion VI


Acylic on Canvas

195 x 210cm
Evasion VI is less a representation of a specific place than an eruption of global confusion. Wild blasts of colour rip tangled organic masses apart. Amid the wreckage are tiny vignettes of landscape displaced from their natural setting. Ackermann’s painting has an undertone of catastrophe: desert sunsets, rocky coves, and industrial parks clash together like tectonic plates in an ethical snafu. Through his unbridled abstraction, Ackermann strives to chart out the physical impossibility of conceptual space. Evasion VI reconstructs our chaotic perception of the world as an apocalyptic image-byte.
Franz Ackermann
New Building


Oil on Canvas

260 x 200cm
Ackermann paints New Building as a package holiday resort spiralling out of control. Destination: doesn’t matter. This exact development could be found anywhere. His warped perspective and candy-coloured banners compose an off-kilter composition, both unsettling and jubilant.

A triumph of marketing over nature, his hard-edged abstraction springs like Poseidon’s gift from the sea: the new universal symbol for ‘beach’.
Franz Ackermann
The Secret Tunnel


Oil on Canvas

260 x 200cm
Ackermann’s cityscape is information overload: a seething metropolis striated in Technicolor glory. Grey modernist architecture looms at an unnatural angle, engulfed in retro-style smog, while an inverted stairway to heaven descends into the open earth below. Ackermann paints his underworld as a spacey utopia: fiery blobs of magma swell with hypnotic seduction, revealing a virgin landscape at their core. The Secret Tunnel
is not a paradise, but an upper and middle earth equally and oppositely attractive.
Franz Ackermann


Oil on Canvas

200 x 250cm
Ackermann is a perpetual tourist: his paintings are like large trippy postcards from the edge. Dealing with globalisation and the commodification of cultural landscape, his work is representative of an ever-shrinking world.
Referring to his images as ‘mental maps’, Ackermann readily digests the subtle nuances of popular destinations
and regurgitates them as international signifiers: brightly coloured shapes, high-impact graphics, and pop iconography.
Franz Ackermann
Helicopter XVI (on the balcony)


Oil on Canvas

287 x 278cm
In Helicopter, Ackermann presents a gyrating distortion. Glimpsed from above, his ‘map’ is more graphic than topographical: any sense of real space has been compressed to the flatness of a logo. Among the steely refined greys of a mountainside reclusion are the stripy steppes of a vineyard and a plastic sunset. It’s only the ‘flat-pack’ patio furniture that suggests a luxury villa and not just the abstraction of affluence.

Franz Ackermann's Biography

Franz Ackermann
Born in 1963, Neumarkt St Veit, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin and Karlsruhe


No Roof But The Sky, Galerie Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Wait, White Cube, London

Franz Ackermann, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany

Franz Ackermann, Terminal, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany
Franz Ackermann, Mai 36 Gallerie, Zurich
Franz Ackermann, Kunstmuseum St Gallen, Switzerland

From Eden to Lima, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Franz Ackermann, Domus Artium, Salamanca

Home , Home Again, White Cube, London, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover

IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
FRAC, Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
Tomio Koyama gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Nonstop with the hhc, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA
Tourist, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München, Germany
Travelantitravel, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany

Naherholungsgebiet, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Eine Nacht in den Tropen, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany

Basel Public, Wandinstallation Nordtangente, Basel Switzerland
The Waterfall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Seasons in the sun, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL
Transatlantic, mit Rupprecht Geiger; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, München
Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
Eine Nacht in den Tropen, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA
Gió Marconi, Mailand, Italy

B.I.T., Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy
Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
Welt 1... and no one else wanted to play, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Reisterrassen von basel, Wandmalerei, Rückwand der Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

Works on paper Inc, Los Angeles, USA
Off, Kasseler Kunstverien, Kassel, Germany
Trawler, Mai 36, Zürich, Switzerland

Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany
Das Haus am Strand und wie man dorthin kommt, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany
Pacific, White Cube, London, UK
Songline, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany

Unexpected, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, USA
Unerwartet, Kunstpreis der Stadt Nordhorn, 1997 Germany
Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
Portikus, Fankfurt am Main, Germany
Gió Marconi, Mailand, Italy

Das weiche Zimmer, kuratiert von Florian Waldvogel, Hann. Münden, Germany
Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany

Thomas Solomon’s Garage, Los Angeles, USA
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, USA

Ackermanns Wörterbuch der Tätigkeiten, Buchpublikation
Dialo(o)g, Belgisches Haus, Köln, Germany (Cat..)
Condominium, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany

Art Acker, Berlin, Germany

Galerie Fischer, Hamburg, Germany

Galerie Komat, Braunschweig, Germany


Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London
Lost and Found, Galerie Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Fremde Heimat, Mannheim Kunsthalle, Stuttgart

Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London
Desenhos: A a Z (Drawings A to Z), Museu da Cidade, Lisbon
Against the Grain, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Private Universes, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas
Extreme Frontiers, Urban Frontiers, IVAM, Valencia
Universal Code, Powerplant, Toronto
The Social Critique 1993-2005, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden
The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame Tirana International Contemporary Art Biannual, Albania

All Inclusive: A Tourist World, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

Imagination becomes Reality, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst & Medienmuseum, Karlsruhe
Reality Bites – Making Avant – Garde Art in Post-Wall Germany, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO

Berlin-Tokio / Tokio-Berlin. Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
Infinite Painting – Contemporary Painting and Global Realism, Villa Manin, Centro d’arte Contemporanea, Codroipo, Italy Anstoss Berlin, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany
Archipeinture, Camden Arts Centre, London, England
Remote Viewing (Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing), Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
Satellite of Love Witte de With, Rotterdam
The Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Collection, London
Tokyo-Berlin / Berlin-Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Baroque and Neobaroque, The Hell of the Beautiful, Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain

36 x 27 x 10, White Cube Berlin im ehemaligen Palast der Republik, Berlin, Germany
Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
Ecstasy: in and about altered states, MOCA the Geffen Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA
Styles und Stile – Aktuelle Malerei aus der Sammlung Scharpff, Sofia Art Gallery, Sofia, BG
Ackermann, Bächli, Balkenhol, Kluge, Slominski, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain
Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse, France (Cat..)
Wittgenstein in New York, Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany
Drawing from the Modern, 1975–2005, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Biennale d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Desired Constellations, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA
Imagination Becomes Reality, Part I: Expanded Paint Tools, Sammlung Goetz, München, Germany
La nouvelle peinture allemande, Carré d’art Nîmes, Nîmes, France
Remote Viewing (Invented Worlds in Recent Painting and Drawing), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Blumenstück Künstlers Glück, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Works on Paper, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, D
Zur Vorstellung des Terrors: Die RAF Ausstellung, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany
Dosenhos: A-Z (Drawings: A-Z), Porta 33, Funchal, Ilha da Madira, Portugal
The Triumph of Painting Part II, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Colors and Trips, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz A; Museum der Stadt Ratingen, Austria

Direkte Malerei, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Central Station, collection Harald Falckenberg, La maison rouge – fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France
150Jahre, Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Germany
Champs de vision, Musée des Beaux Arts, Rouen, France
Close by - time space architecture, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
Monument to now, The Dakis Joannou Collection, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece
RealityReal, Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden, Germany
Global World/Private Universe, Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Treasure Island, 10 Jahre Sammlung Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Werke aus der Sammlung Boros, Museum für neue Kunst, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany

A New Modernism For A New Millennium: Abstraction and Surrealism Are Reinvented In The Internetage, The Logan Collection, Vail, USA
A Nova Geometria, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Un-built cities, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
Die Sehnsucht des Kartografen, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Heißkalt. Aktuelle Malerei aus der Sammlung Scharpff, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany Frahm Ltd, London, UK
Outlook, The Factory, Athens school of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece
Supernova: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA (Cat..)
Berlin-Moskau/Moskau-Berlin, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany (Cat..)
Chaotic Order, Houldsworth, London, UK
EU3, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
Hands up, baby, hands up!, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
Global Navigation System, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (Cat..)
Dreams and Conflicts - The Viewer's Dictatorship, Biennale di Venezia, Venedig, Italy
Painting abstract now, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
Mit Harald Klingelhöller, Meuser, Andreas Slominski, Galerie Georg Kargl, Wien, Austria
Love is a battlefield, New York, USA
There’s no land but the land (up there is just a sea of possibilities), Meyer Riegger Galerie, Germany
Contemporary German Art: Recent Aquisitions, Washington University, St Louis, Missouri, USA
Painting pictures, Malerei und Medien im Digitalen Zeitalter; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Away from Home, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, USA

Psychodrome 02, Fundació Juan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
En Route, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
The 8th Baltic Triennial of International Art, Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius, Lithuania
Drawing now – eight positions; Museum of Modern Art, Long Island City, USA
Hossa. Arte Alemán del 2000, Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
Lila, Weiss und andere Farben, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Reverberator (curated. Michael Archer), Houldsworth, London, UK
Nashville II, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg-Harburg, Germany
Kopfreisen, Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon Switzerland (Cat..), Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
XXV Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Paralela; Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Casa Triângulo, Galeria Luisa Strina, Galeria Brito Cimino; São Paulo, Brazil

Rotativa, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil
Arte Contemporáneo internacional, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico, Mexico
Brown Field, market, Glasgow, UK
EU; Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
Form follows fiction, Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy
Patterns: Between Object and Arabesque, Kunsthallen Brandts Klaedefabrik, Odense, Denmark
Freizeit, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, Germany
Musterkarte, Modelos de Pintura en Alemania, Goethe Institut/ Centro Cultural Conde duque/ Galeria Heinrich Erhard/ Galeria Elba Benitez, Madrid, Spain
Casino 2001, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium
Tempted to pretend, Kunsthaus Kaufbeuren, Kaufbeuren, Germany
Field, Market, Glasgow, UK
Hybrids, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Germania. La costruzione di un imagine, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
Mirror’ s edge, Tramway, Glasgow, UK
Glee: Painting Now; Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, USA
Close up; Kunstverein Hannover, Germany
Painting at the edge of the world, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
Comfort: reclaiming place in a virtual world, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
Brown field, Rob Tufnell, Glasgow, UK
Abstraction and Hybridity, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

More works about buildings and food; Fundição de Oeiras, Hangar K7, Oeiras, Portugal (Cat..)
Glee: Painting Now, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, USA; Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, USA (Cat..)
Home Ist Where the Heart is; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL
DAAD: Weltwärts, Kunstmuseum, Bonn, Germany
Salon, Delfina Project Space, London, UK
Millefleurs, picture show, Berlin, Germany
Malkunst, Fondazione Mudima, Mailand, Italy
Kunst und Mode, Picture Show, Berlin, Germany
Re_public; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria (mit Rirkrit Tiravanija)
Loneliness in the City, Migros Museum, Zürich, Switzerland (mit Rirkrit Tiravanija)
M Art in (n), M Art in (n) c/o Martin Schibli, Helsinborg, Sweden
LKW, Lebenskunstwerke, Kunst in der Stadt 4, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria
Bleibe, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
[re:songlines], halle_für_kunst e.V., Lüneburg, Germany
Close up, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany, Kunsthalle Baselland, Basel, Switzerland
Hausschau - das haus in der kunst, Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany
CITY-INDEX, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany
Mysliwska, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Utopische Bürger?,, Köln, Germany

German Open, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Carnegie International 1999/2000, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
Mirror´s Edge, BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden; Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada; Castello di Rivoli, Italy; Tramway, Glasgow, UK; Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen,Denmark

Officina Europa, Galleria d`Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Malerei, INIT Kunst-Halle, Berlin, Germany
Drawn from Artists´ Collections, The Drawing Center, New York, USA
Am Azonas Künstlerbücher, Villa Minimo, Hannover, Germany
Zoom, Sammlung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart; Museum Abteiberg,
Mönchengladbach, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany
Go away: Artists and travel, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Dream City, Kunstverein München, Germany
Otto&, Otto, Kopenhagen, Denmark
Kunstraum, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
Frieze, ICA Boston, USA

Franz Ackermann und Jonathan Meese, Sammlung Volkmann, Berlin, Germany
Ferien, Utopie, Alltag, Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringer Straße, München, Germany
Osygus, Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany
Deep Thought. Part II, Basilico Fine Arts, New York, USA
Painting: Now and Forever. Part I, Pat Hearn Gallery & Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, USA
Hanging, Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paolo; Paco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro; Museum of Modern Art, Recife, Brazil
Sehen Sehen, loop - Raum für aktuelle kunst, Berlin, Germany
Atlas Mapping, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

Urban Living, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, NL
Kunst...Arbeit, Südwest LB, Stuttgart, Germany
Heaven, P.S.1, New York, USA
Kunstpreis der Böttgerstraße in Bremen, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany
Time Out, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Germany
Atlas Mapping, Offenes Kulturhaus Linz, Austria
Topping out, Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany
Giò Marconi, Milano, Italy
Imbiss, Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
A summer group show, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany

Wunderbar, Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany (Cat..)
Faustrecht der Freiheit, Sammlung Volkmann, Kunstsammlung, Gera/ Neues Museum Weserburg, Germany

En passant... Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany
En passant... Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien, Austria

Cocktail, Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany
Wiensowski & Harbord, Berlin, Germany

BP, Hamburg, Germany