Günther Förg


Günther Förg (1952-2013) was born in Fussen, Germany.

Förg’s artistic practice began in the early 1970s while still studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with the grey, or ‘Gitter’ paintings. These monochrome works were the beginning of his multifarious career which spanned over four decades; they served as the foundation of his fascination with modernism during a postmodern period.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Förg incorporated photography and sculpture into his practice through his architectural photographic works. During this period Förg broke away from the surface of the canvas and art object itself by expanding his work into the space that surrounded it. Cyclically, Förg returned to painting, starting with the Grid paintings (or ‘Gitterbilder’), at the beginning of the 21st Century. While the Grid and Window paintings conformed to Förg’s tendency for formal rigour and geometric abstraction, the Spot paintings indulged the gestural side of his practice: their expressive brushstrokes toying with surface by patchworking colour across the canvas.

Förg’s work is held in notable public and private collections across the world including MoMA, New York; François Pinault Foundation, Venice; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Santa Monica; Tate Modern, London; SFMOMA, San Francisco; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Museum für Monderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Cast­ello di Rivoli, Turin; and Kunstmuseum Basel.

Solo exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
UK, An intimate encounter: the early years, Galerie Max Hetzler, London
NL, A Fragile Beauty, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
USA, A Fragile Beauty, Dallas Museum or Art, Dallas
D, GALLERY WEEKEND BERLIN, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
UK, "For Now". Grey Paintings from 1973 - 2009, Massimo De Carlo, London
HK, Förg, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong
UK, Günther Förg/Lucio Fontana Bronze/Terracotta, Massimo De Carlo, London
BE, The Double Dream of Spring, Deweer Gallery, Otegem
D, Papierarbeiten 1989-2009, Galerie Noah, Asburg
D, Malerei Skulptur Cansons, Vera Munro, Hamburg
D, Zwolf Bleibilder von 1989, Galerie Barbel Grasslin, Frankfurt
F, Pastels et aquerelles, Galerie Lelong Paris, Paris
I, Günther Förg in Rome, A modern city, Museo Carlo Bilotti, Roma
UK, Günther Förg and Olivier Mosset, Massimo De Carlo, London
D, Moskau 1982/98, Schonewald Fine Arts, Dusseldorf
D, Works from the Collection, Sammalung Grasslin, Sammalung Grasslin, St. Georgen
CH, Forms In Change, Lelong Zurich, Zurich
I, Closer, Gio Marconi, Milano
D, IG-Farben-Haus, Galerie Barbel Grasslin, Frankfurt
D, 1987-2011, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin
F, Gunther Forg Come, or the stellar tide will slip away, Galerie Lelong, Paris
D, Gunther Forg, Wandmalereien und Fotografien, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg
D, Gunther Forg, Aufbruch der Farben, Altana Kultur Stiftung, Bad Homburg
D, Neue Bilder, Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg
P, New Painting, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisboa
A, Die Trilogie der Tatzen, Galerie Elisabeth und Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
A, Back and Forth, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
F, Recent paintings and watercolors, Galerie Lelong , Paris
D, Zwischenraume (with Leiko Ikemura), Langen Foundation, Neuss
A, Malerei 1977-2007, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Innsbruck
L, New Works, Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxemburg
D, Franz Kobell/ Gunther Forg, Wolfram Voelcker Fine Art, Berlin
Group exhibitions
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
I, What You See Is What You Get, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
F, What You See Is What You Get, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
J, Abstraction: Aspects of Contemporary Art, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
I, The Parrinos, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
NL, Less is more, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar
I, Against Colour Stroke Vectors, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
UK, In Different Ways, Almine Rech Gallery, London
D, ME, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt
USA, Twenty Five, Luhring Augustine, New York
CH, Olivier Mosset, Günther Förg, Galerie Confer art actuel, Nyon
I, Naked City, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
D, Einleuchten: Will, Vorstel und Simul in HH Curated by Harald Szeemann, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

Public collections

Bawag Contemporary - Bawag Foundation, Wien
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg
Neue Galerie Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
IKOB – Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst Eupen, Eupen
SMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent
National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa
Fosun Foundation, Shanghai
Start Museum, Shanghai
ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishoj
Carré d'art - Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes, Nîmes
FRAC - Picardie, Amiens
FRAC - Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille
IAC - Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, Villeurbanne Musée Départemental d'Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, Rochechouart
Architektur Galerie Berlin, Berlin
Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst - GfZK, Leipzig
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen
Kunstraum Grässlin, St. Georgen
MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg
Museum Brandhorst, Munich
Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt/Main
Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve
Sammlung Alison & amp; Peter W. Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf Sammlung Haubrok, Berlin
Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin
Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, Munich Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
Städtische Galerie Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe
François Pinault Foundation, Venezia
Museo d'arte contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Torino
Trevi Flash Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Trevi


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