Painter and installation artist Franz Ackermann (German, b.1963) was born in Neumarkt-Sankt Veit in Bavaria. From 1984 to 1988, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, then, from 1989 to 1991, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg under Bernhard Blume. In the 1990s, he began the series Mental Maps. These small-scale watercolor and gouache sketches were produced during his travels around the world. The works depict semi-realistic architectural views, biomorphic ornamentation, and cartographic elements mixed with abstract, bright areas of color and geometric constructions. Ackermann combines these Mental Maps with photographs and found objects to create large-scale installations. His wall design The Great Journey (2003) can be seen in the Munich subway station Georg-Brauchle-ring. Often, his works can be understood as a critical and political commentary on the issues of tourism and globalization, such as African Diamond, with abstracted map sections covered by African sculpture in the shape of a diamond. Since 2001, Ackermann has been a professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe. His works have been shown at White Cube gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdem, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ackermann lives and works in Berlin.

Timeline

1963
Born in Neumarkt St. Veit, Germany
1984–1988
Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, Germany
1989–1991
Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Hamburg, Germany
DAAD, Hong Kong

Exhibitions

2013
Alles neu! Neuerwerbungen aus der Graphischen Sammlung - Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel
Collection - Tomio Koyama Gallery - Tokyo, Tokyo
2012
Walking South, Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina (solo)
Transit: Again/Always/Forever, Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2011
New Ads for São Paulo, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
Measuring the World: Heterotopias and Knowledge Spaces in Art, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
Precarious Worlds: Contemporary Art from Germany, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, USA
Tracks, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
2010
No Roof But The Sky, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Wait, White Cube, London, UK (solo)
Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, UK
Lost and Found, neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany
Fremde Heimat, Mannheim Kunsthalle, Stuttgart, Germany
2009
Franz Ackermann, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (solo)
Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London, UK
Desenhos: A a Z (Drawings A to Z), Museu da Cidade, Lisbon, Portugal
Against the Grain, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany
Private Universes, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA
Extreme Frontiers, Urban Frontiers, IVAM, Valencia, Spain
Universal Code, Powerplant, Toronto, Canada
The Social Critique 1993-2005, Kalmar Konstmuseum, Sweden
The Symbolic Efficiency of the Frame Tirana, International Contemporary Art Biannual, Albania
2008
Franz Ackermann, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (solo)
Franz Ackermann, Mai 36 Gallerie, Zurich, Switzerland (solo)
Franz Ackermann Terminal, Meyer Riegger, Karlsruhe, Germany (solo)
All Inclusive: A Tourist World, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2007
Reality Bites, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, USA
Udomsak Krisanamis and a German Artist, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, USA
Home, home again, DA2 Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca (solo)
From Eden to Lima, Giò Marconi, Milan, Italy (solo)
2006
Home, home again / 23 Gespenster, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (solo)
Kunstparterre, Munich (solo)
Casa aberta, INHOTIM centro de arte contemporanea, Minas Gerais, BR
Idylle. Traum und Trugschluss, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
2005
36 x 27 x 10, White Cube Berlin im ehemaligen Palast der Republik, Berlin
Drive. Cars in Contemporary Art, Galleria D’Arte Moderna, Bologna
Cosmic Dancer, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, BR (solo)
IMMA Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IR (solo)
2004
Nonstop with the hhc, Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, USA (solo)
Tourist, Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, Munich (solo)
Direkte Malerei, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim
Central Station, collection Harald Falckenberg, La maison rouge – fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France
2003
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, BR
Naherholungsgebiet, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (solo)
Eine Nacht in den Tropen, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg
2002
Psychodrome 02, Fundació Juan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
Lila, Weiss und andere Farben, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, Germany
Kopfreisen, Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Basel Public, Wandinstallation Nordtangente, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
The Waterfall, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (solo)
Seasons in the sun, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Transatlantic, mit Rupprecht Geiger; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich, Germany (solo)
Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland (solo)
Eine Nacht in den Tropen, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (solo)
2001
Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, USA (solo)
Gió Marconi, Mailand, Italy (solo)
Arte Contemporáneo internacional, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico
Casino 2001, S.M.A.K., Gent, Belgium
Hybrids, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Comfort: reclaiming place in a virtual world, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
2000
Salon, Delfina Project Space, London, UK
Malkunst, Fondazione Mudima, Milan, Italy
CITY-INDEX, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany
B.I.T., Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy (solo)
Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
welt 1... and no one else wanted to play, Meyer Riegger Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany (solo)
reisterrassen von basel, Wandmalerei, Rückwand der Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (solo)