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.

Timeline

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

Exhibitions

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