Frank Nitsche  (German, 1964) 

Frank Nitsche (German, b.1964) is a Postmodern Abstractionist painter whose work focuses on futuristic Constructivism. Born in Görlitz, Germany, Nitsche studied art at Hochschule für Bildende Kunste in Dresden, Germany, from 1988 to 1995, earning his diploma and a MFA. In 1998, he was awarded a scholarship by the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf to further his studies. Growing up in Dresden was a major inspiration in the development of his artistic talent. Dresden, once a beautiful city, experienced the brunt of the Second World War devastation and no amount of patching up and filling holes on its cityscape by the German government could restore its former beauty. It was in this kind of environment that Nitsche studied, along with fellow painters such as Thomas Scheibitz (German, b.1968) and Eberhard Havekost (German, b.1967).

Nitsche is recognized for his Abstract works that incorporate a combination of lines and loops crisscrossing each other to create complicated architectural structures. Most of his works are characteristically done on large canvas surfaces painted in subtle shades such as khaki, slate blue, or moss green with colorful accents.

Nitsche's artistic development was influenced by the fall of the Berlin Wall. He was living in Berlin in the 1990s and witnessed the city's accelerated transformation and architectural facelift. Nitsche's work tries to encompass this complicated period in the history of Germany. This is why his futuristic landscapes tend to spin contradictory ideas. One of his exhibitions was titled Die Unvereinbarkeit von Newtons Gravitationstheorie und der speziellen Relativitätstheorie, which refers to the contradiction between Newton's Gravitational Theory and the Theory of Relativity. Some of his solo exhibitions include Frank Nitsche: Hello China in 2011 at Brandenburgischer Kunstverein in Potsdam, I am Single at Nanzuka Underground in Tokyo, and Oeuvres Récentes in 2009 at Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, France. He maintained a studio in San Francisco, CA, from 1998 to 1999, but he currently lives and paints from his home in Berlin, Germany.

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Frank Nitsche, SAB-34-2013


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Frank Nitsche, Untitled


Frank Nitsche
Untitled, 2000
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Frank Nitsche, HOC-12-2005


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HOC-12-2005, 2005
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Frank Nitsche, MBC 14-2000


Frank Nitsche
MBC 14-2000, 2000
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1964   Born in Görlitz, Germany
1988 - 1993   Studied at the HfBK, Dresden
1988 - 1993   Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (HfBK), Dresden, Diploma
1993 - 1995   HfBK Dresden, MFA (under Professor Kerbach)
1998   Scholarship of the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf
1998 - 1999   Studio in San Francisco
  Lives and works in Berlin
2013   PROFESSIONAL SMILE, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
2012   Disko, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Brussels (solo)
2012   Abstract Confusion – Malerei, Skulptur, Video, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt
2012   Verlangsamte Performance, Galerie Van Horn, Düsseldorf
2012   Death Can Dance, Townhouse, Zurich
2012   Berlin zeichnet, Stadtgalerie Kiel
2012   Face/OFF, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Berlin
2012   I Am A Berliner, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
2011 - 2012   Frank Nitsche: 'Hello China', Brandenburgischer Kunstverein Potsdam e.V., Ausstellungspavillon auf der Freundschaftsinsel, Potsdam, Germany (solo)
2011   Spannungsbogen. Figur und Raum, Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus, Germany (solo)
2011   XVIII. Rohkunstbau - Macht, Schloss Marquardt, Potsdam, Germany
2010   COCKTAILHYBRIDCONCEPT - feat. Yves Netzhammer, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2010   Berlin zeichnet, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz, Germany
2010   Welt und System, Städtische Galerie, Dresden, Germany
2008   Between the Lines, Stephane Simoens, Knokke, Belgium
2007   Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, Thomas Dane Gallery, London
2007   Imagination Becomes Reality, Werke aus der Sammlung Goetz, Museum für Neue Kunst im ZKM, Karlsruhe (cat.)
2007   International 2, FRAC Auvergne–Ecuries de Chazerat, Clermont- Ferrand
2007   InternationalL, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg (cat.) (solo)
2007   Jazz, Galerie Gebr.Lehmann, Dresden (solo)
2006   Ultravisitor, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (solo)
2006   Opening up art; The View from Here: Acquisitions since 2000 (Level 5), Tate Modern’s first rehang, Tate Modern, London
2006   Figures in the Field: Figurative Sculpture and Abstract Painting from Chicago Collections, MCA, Chicago
2006   Deutsche Wandstücke, Museion, Museum für Moderne und Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bozen (cat.)
2006   Painting S(e)oul, Kukje Gallery, Seoul (cat.)
2006   Heile Welt, Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (cat.)
2005   Very friendly Fire, Leo Koening INC., New York (solo)
2005   Frank Nitsche: The Hardest Part, Galerie Gebr.Lehmann, Dresden (solo)
2005   don’t panic, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich (solo)
2004   realityREAL, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden
2004   Galerie Johnen+Schöttle, Cologne
2004   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich
2004   Peintures récentes, Galerie Art & Public (solo)
2004   was malerei heute ist, Stiftung Opelvillen Rüsselsheim, Rüsselsheim
2003   New Abstract Painting, Schloß Morsbroich Leverkusen
2003   Face Me, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (solo)
2003   construction time again, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden (solo)
2003   Nanorobs, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris (solo)
2002   Winterorbit, Leo Koenig Inc., New York (cat.) (solo)
2002   Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin (solo)
2002   Recent Paintings, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam (solo)
2007    Frank Nitsche
Text by Gerrit Gohlke, Kirsty Bell, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2007
2003    New abstract painting
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen 2003
2002    Standards
Frank Nitsche, Leo Koenig New York, 2002
2000    Goldener, Der Springer, Das kalte Herz
White Cube, 2000
1999    In Augenhöhe
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 1999
1999    ÜberFormen
GeizLuxus, Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut Essen, 1999
1999    Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf,1999
1997    Der Körper als Steinbruch der Seele
Splatter Der Arbeiter, Galerie Gebr.Lehmann, 1997