Friedrich Kunath  (German, 1974) 

Friedrich Kunath (German, b.1974) is a German painter, sculptor, and photographer whose works focus mostly on love, loss, optimism, and other universal themes of the human condition. Kunath was born in Chemnitz, Germany, and he attended Peter Mertes Stipendium, Kunstverein Bonn, Germany. Examples of his work include Bureau of Sad Endings and Leaving is Overated.

Kunath's works are inspired by things such as titles, song lyrics, and other genres of art. He also draws inspiration from historical art influences including German Romanticism, Symbolism, and Conceptual Art. Kunath likes to saturate his paintings with washes of color and overlay them with different visual effects, such as cartoons and doodles. Kunath relocated to Los Angeles, CA, and spent some time there. Most of his works during this period seem to be inspired by the California environment. Kunath has said that while living in Los Angeles, his subjects darkened while his paintings brightened.

Kunath has exhibited his works widely, both in group shows and in solo exhibitions. His solo exhibitions have taken place in diverse places, including Boetnagel und Quirmback, Cologne, Germany (1998), Art 34 Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2003), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, (2004), and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY. Kunath's group exhibitions have been held in different countries, although the majority have taken place in Germany, and they include those at Galerie Peters-Barenbrock, Braunschweig, Germany (1994), Boetnagel und Quirmbach, Cologne, Germany (2002), Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, (2003), and Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, (2006). Although Kunath has exhibited his work alongside many different artists, he has exhibited with Georg Herold (Geerman, b.1947) the most number of times. He has also exhibited with Rosemarie Trockel (German, b.1952), Franz West (Austrian, b.1947), and John Bock (German, b.1965) a considerable number of times. While exhibiting in the United States, Kunath frequents Blum & Poe in Los Angeles and the Andrea Rossen Gallery in New York. Kunath now lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

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Where in the world are you now

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Untitled, 2007
leather, fabric, printed paper, spray paint, crayon and waterc olor on fabric, watercolor on paper, acrylic on canvas, picture pins


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Friedrich Kunath
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1974   Born Chemnitz, Germany
1992 - 1998   University of Arts, Braunschweig, at Professor Walter Dahn
2001   Peter Mertes Scholarship, Kunstverein Bonn
  Lives and Works in Cologne, Germany
2014   Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany (solo)
2014   Centre d'art contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac, Ivry-Sur-Seine, France (solo)
2013   White Cube, London, United Kingdom
2013   Modern Art Oxford, “Raymond Moody’s Blues,”Oxford, UK
2013   Gemeente Museum Den Haag, The Netherlands, “Transforming the Known: Works from the Bert Kreuk Collection,”
2013   Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
2012   Blum & Poe, “Lacan’s Haircut,” Los Angeles CA
2012   Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY “Funny,” curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson
2012   Wentrup Avlskarl Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark, “Other Voices, Other Rooms,”
2012   Märkisches Museum Witten, Witten, Germany, “Schach Matt (Checkmate),”
2012   Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO, “The Residue of Memory
2012   Stiftung Schloss Dyck, Juechen, Germany, “Orchestra Change,”
2012   Townhouse, Zurich, Switzerland, “Death Can Dance,”
2012   Sprengel Museum, Hannover,“Your Life is Not for You,” Germany
2012   BQ, Berlin, Germany, “Things We Did When We Were Dead,” BQ, Berlin, Germany
2011   Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom, “Gesamtkunstwerk,”
2011   Berezdivin Collection, San Juan, Puerto Rico, “Collection Exhibition,” curated by Marysol Nieves
2011   Herzliya, Israel, “The Second Strike, 3rd Herzliya Biennial for Contemporary Art”
2011   Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands, “Marklin World,”
2011   Kunstpavillon Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria, “Deserteure,”
2011   Palazzo Grassi, Venice, “Il Mondo Vi Appartiene – The World Belongs to You,”
2011   Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY, “dwellings,”
2011   Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany, “Lonely are the Free,”
2011   White Cube, London, United Kingdom, “The Most Beautiful World in the World,”
2010   Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, "Tropical Depression",
2010   Kunstsaele, Berlin
2010   Kaikai Kiki Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, “I used to be darker, but then I got lighter and then I got dark again,”
2010   Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, “Hammer Projects: Friedrich Kunath,”
2010   Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg, Waldkraiburg, Germany, “Captain Pamphile- nach einem Roman von Alexandre Dumas,”
2010   Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, “Saw It, Loved It,”
2010   Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA, “Country Music,”
2010   Triennale Kleinplastik, Fellbach, Germany, “Larger than Life - Stranger than Fiction,”
2010   Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, “Kurt,”
2010   Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Also on View,”
2010   Zabludowicz Collection, Projectspace 176, London, United Kingdom, “The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place,”
2009   Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany, “Home wasn’t built in a day,”
2009   BQ, Berlin, Germany, “Hello Walls,”
2008   Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, “Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International,” May 3 – January 11, 2009
2008   Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles, California, “Gravity in Art,” curated by Rene Daalder (in association with Theo Tegelaers), March 1 – April 30 (forthcoming)
2008   Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, New York, "Informed by Function," co-curated by Claudia Calirman and Susan Hoeltzel, Feburary 5 - May 16
2008   LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, “The Leisure Suite“, January 24 – February 14, 2008
2008   Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (solo)
2007   Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Twilight,” (solo)
2007   BQ, Cologne, Germany, “Warum,” (solo)
2007   MMK, Frankfurt, Germany, September 20 - (closing date tbd) forthcoming
2007   Tate Modern, London, England, "Learn to Read," June 19 - September 2
2007   Kunst aus Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany, "Seb Koberstädt / Friedrich Kunath: Förderpreisträger 2006", July 14 - September 2
2006   Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY, “Bonanza,” curated by Karola Grässlin, March 10 – April 22
2006   BAWAG Foundation, Wien, Austria, "Nothing but Pleasure," June 30 - September 30
2006   Het Gebouw, Utrecht, The Netherlands, "Spooky," curated by Hanne Hagenaars and Theo Tegelaars
2006   Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA, “I have always been here before,” (solo)
2005   De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, “The Gravity in Art,” organized by Theo Tegelaers, in collaboration with René Daalder, December 2 – January 22, 2006
2005   Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, “Looking at Words: The Formal Use of Text in Modern
2005   Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY (solo)
2005   Fabriques du sublime, Centre d’art contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec, (catalogue)
2005   Exile New York is a Good Hotel, Broadway 1602, New York
2004   Rhinegold: Art from Cologne, Tate Gallery, Liverpool
2004   O.P.A., Guadalahara
2004   Blum & Poe, Los Angeles (solo)
2004   BQ, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2003   We are not as far west as we suppose we are, The Bakery, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland (solo)
2003   Blum & Poe, Los Angeles
2002   Superschloss, Städtische Galerie, Wofsburg
2002   Welcome Home Steve Curry, BQ, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2001   Bonner Kunstverein, Peter Mertes Stipendium, with Thea Djodjadze (solo)
2001   Friedrich Kunath, Videos, CHAUSSEE 37, Berlin (solo)
2001   Zero Gravity, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
2001   1995-2001, BQ, Cologne
2000   Parking Meters, Cologne
2000   Make my paper sound, Studiogalerie Kunstverein Braunschweig
2000   One day it will all make sense, The Modern Institute, Glasgow (Weekend-Show with Dirk Bell) (solo)
1998   Why are my friends such finks, BQ, Köln, with Dirk Bell (solo)
1995   VOXXX-Galerie, Chemnitz
1995   Green Room, San Diego
1994   The easiest thing to grow in a garden is tired, Galerie Peters-Barenbrock, Braunschweig