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Franz Ackermann

Private Listing , 2006

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About the artist

Franz Ackermann

Franz Ackermann, born in 1963 in Neumarkt St Veit, Germany, is a multimedia artist known for his paintings and installations that explore the cultural, social, and environmental consequences of travel, urbanism, and globalism. Ackermann’s work focuses on a visual expression of modern life, where he juxtaposes a traditional idealized vision of urban life against his subjective interpretation of urbanity. Ackermann frequently travels, and, during this time abroad, he creates small, semi-abstract visual and conceptual sketches of his experiences and observations. These “mental maps” record the semiotics of his surroundings along with subjective interpretations and reactions of specific spaces and places. When he returns to his Berlin studio, Ackermann translates these small sketches into enormous, brightly colored Cubist paintings and murals.

In addition to his two-dimensional works, Ackermann also creates large-scale dynamic installations made up of paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptural constructions. In his immersive installation Home, home again (2006), Ackermann surrounds his paintings and photographs with tourist brochures, gas cans, and pipe fittings, conveying the instability and anxieties of urban living. Ackermann juxtaposes familiar imagery of hotels and airplanes against distorted blends of saturated color and geometric shapes, creating a dystopian vision that presents the implications of tourism and the ethics of travel.

Ackermann studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Munich from 1984–1988 and then  Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg from 1989–1991. After completing his studies, Ackerman has participated in numerous group exhibitions across Europe, the United States, and Japan. In more recent years, Ackermann held major solo exhibitions at the Staatliche Kunsthalle in Karlsruhe, Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, and the Folkwang Museum in Essen. In 2018, Ackermann created the About Sand mural for the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center. 

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