Günther Uecker  (German, 1930) 

Sculptor, op artist, and installation artist Günther Uecker (German, b. March 13, 1930) was born in Wendorf, Pomerania. He studied painting at Fachhochschule für Angewandte Kunst in Wismar, from 1949 to 1953, Kunstakademie in Berlin-Weißensee, and Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, from 1955 to 1957.

Uecker is known above all for his relief nail art works, which he developed for the first time in 1957. One of his famous art works is White Field (1964) from the Fields in Movement series, made from painted nails and painted canvas. The nails are positioned in such a way that the surface of the artwork seems to be moving. Due to its three-dimensional aspect, light and shadow vary depending on the location of the observer. In 1961, Uecker became a member of the group of artists called ZERO, founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene. Inspired by the Kinetic Art movement, these artist are interested in using light, technology, and optical illusions. Uecker also produces sculptures of pianos and chairs with nails sticking out of them, and he creates sets and costumes for opera performances.

His works are part of public collections in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Uecker lives and works in Düsseldorf and St. Gallen, Switzerland.

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Günther Uecker, Optische Partitur


Günther Uecker
Optische Partitur

Galerie Hafenrichter
Günther Uecker, Abgehockt im Appenzell


Günther Uecker
Abgehockt im Appenzell

Fabian und Claude Walter Galerie
Günther Uecker, Zeitungsblock


Günther Uecker

Galerie Thomas
Günther Uecker, Verbogen 5


Günther Uecker
Verbogen 5

Galerie Neher
Günther Uecker, Verborgen 3


Günther Uecker
Verborgen 3

Galerie Neher
Günther Uecker, Regen (4)


Günther Uecker
Regen (4)

Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Günther Uecker, Regen (14)


Günther Uecker
Regen (14)

Axel Vervoordt Gallery
Günther Uecker, Feld


Günther Uecker

Walter Storms Galerie
Günther Uecker, Aschestelle – Brief an Peking


Günther Uecker
Aschestelle – Brief an Peking

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Günther Uecker, Gehend einen Gedanken fassen, ihn zu Papier bringen am Lese- und Schreibpult, erübrigt den Umstand, mich zu setzen


Günther Uecker
Gehend einen Gedanken fassen, ihn zu Papier bringen am Lese- und Schreibpult, erübrigt den Umstand, mich zu setzen, 1982
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Günther Uecker, Untitled


Günther Uecker
Untitled, 1994
black chalk and kaolin on cardboard


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Günther Uecker, Nagel


Günther Uecker
Nagel, 1989


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1930   Born: in Wendorf, Germany
1949 - 1953   Studied art at Wismar and at the Berlin-Weißensee Academy, Germany
1953 - 1957   Studied at the Kunstakademien in Düssledorf, Germany
1961   Co-founded the Gruppo Zero together with Yves Klein, Heinz Mack, and Otto Piene
2000   Designed the prayer room for the Berlin Reichstag building, Germany
  Teaches, lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany
2012 - 2013   Sandspirale in Ends of the Earth - Land Art bis 1974, Haus der Kunst, München, Germany
2012 - 2013   Günther Uecker und Enrico Castellani, Ca’ Pesaro, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Venice, Italy
2012   Honarhaye Moaser Tehran / Teheran Museum of Contemporary Art, Teheran, Iran
2010   Günther Uecker, Handlungen Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany (solo)
2009   Günther Uecker - Das Buch Hiob, Kunst-Raum des Deutschen Bundestags, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009   Art of Two Germanys/Cold War Cultures, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Broad Contemporary Art Museum, organized by Stephanie Barron, January 25, 2009–April 19, 2009
2009   Target Practice: Painting Under Attack 1949-78, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
2008   Gunther Uecker: Post for Ordos, Ordos Art Museum, China (solo)
2008   Günther Uecker - works on paper, Kunsthalle Jesuitenkirche, Aschaffenburg, Germany (solo)
Tàpies, Hartung, Uecker, Förg, Kunstmuseum, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Günther Uecker: Nagelobjekt, Prägedrucke, Galerie Roland Aphold, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
2007 - 2008   Homenaje a Picasso, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile, Chile
2007   30 Jahre walter storms galerie, Walter Storms Galerie, Munich, Germany
Ewerdt Hilgemann / Günther Uecker, Galerie Roland Aphold, Basel, Switzerland
2007   Der Geschundene Mensch (The Human Abused), National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India (solo)
2007   Brief an Peking, National Museum of China in Beijing, China (solo)
2006 - 2007   ZERO Musée d´Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne, France
Shelter - Kunst für zwangsprostituierte Frauen, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany
2006   Günther Uecker, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India; National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, India (solo)
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Galerie Haas, Zürich, Switzerland
Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
2005   EXIT_AUSSTIEG AUS DEM BILD, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
FARBE FLÄCHE FORM, Galerie Neher, Essen, Germany
Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany
2005   Old Worlds, New Expressions, German Artist Günther Uecker, Deustchen Kulturzentrum National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (solo)
2004   Monocromos de Malevich al Presente, Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid (solo)
2004   Beuys / Chillida / Uecker, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Zwischenspiel mit goldenen Affen, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
Galerie Neher, Essen, Germany
SOMMERLUST - KUNST-STÜCKE , Galerie Rothe, Frankfurt, Germany
2003 - 2004   Berlin-Moskau / Moskau-Berlin, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
Alles auf eine Karte... , Walter Storms Galerie, Munich, Germany
2003   M_ARS - Kunst und Krieg, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria
Konkrete Kunst - Die Sammlung Holze, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
2002   Iconoclash, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2001 - 2002   Outside the network ?, Edith Wahlandt Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany
2000   Das fünfte Element - Geld oder Kunst, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
Kunst aus den achtziger Jahren, Galerie Andreas Baumgartl, Munich, Germany
2000   Der Geschundene Mensch, Mazedonisches Museum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Thessaloniki, Greece (solo)
1997 - 1998   Deutschlandbilder, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
1996   Günther Uecker Der geschundene Mensch, Museu de Arte Moderna, Goethe-Institut und Instituto Cultural Brasil-Alemanha, Rio de Janeiro Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo (solo)
1991   Zone D – Innenraum, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
1986 - 1987   Von zwei Quadraten, Wilhelm Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
1982   25 Jahre, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, Germany
1979   3rd Biennale of Sydney
1977   Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany
1972   Amsterdam Paris Düsseldorf, Guggenheim Museum, New York
1972   35th Venice Biennale
1972   Uecker Kreis Kreise, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf (solo)
1970   Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brüssel (solo)
1969   Between 2, Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
1968   Documenta 4, Kassel, Germany
1968   Collaborates with Gerhard Richter in Leben im Museum-Museum Können Bewohnbare Orte Sein
1966   McRoberts & Tunnard Gallery, London
1965   The Responsive Eye, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
1964 - 1965   ZERO Presentation: Lichtraum, Dokumenta III, Kassel.
1964   Uecker Benagelte Objekte im Pianohaus Kohl, Pianohaus Kohl, Gelsenkirchen (solo)
1964   Documenta 3, Kassel, Germany
1962   NUL, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1962   Salon de Lumière, in collaboration with Mack and Piene, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene et Günther Uecker-Dynamo, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
1958   Das Rote Bild (The Red Painting), Heinz Mack and Otto Piene Studio, Düsseldorf
  Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
  Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, Germany
  ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
  Ulmer Museum, ULM, Germany
  Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
  Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
  Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN , USA
  Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, USA