Peter Zimmermann (German, b.1956) is a Contemporary Abstract artist known for his blob paintings. Zimmermann was born in Freiburg, Germany, and began his studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart, Germany. His medium is typically airbrushing combined with digital arts; he mainly uses programs such as Photoshop to express his unique point of view. Zimmermann gained international prominence with his individualistic paintings. He became famous with his collection entitled Book Covers (1980s), in which he conceptualized the artwork on classic books and art catalogs. This collection was interesting in that Zimmermann was turning art into art. Primary Structures is one of the works in this grouping; this piece is based on a 1966 catalogue for the Minimalist Art exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York, NY. Zimmerman's first exhibit was at the Galerie Tanja Grunert in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1981.

Another well-known collection by Zimmermann is the Blob Paintings. The blob paintings are created on a computer, by taking found materials (photographs taken by others) and then abstracting them through Photoshop. Zimmermann then transfers the image to canvas by means of airbrushing, and carefully applies epoxy over the image, creating an Abstract, multi-textured form. While they could be dismissed as merely decorative, the layering of the different mediums draws the eye. Once set, the epoxy resin gives off the appearance of an inner light emanating from within the Abstract form. One of Zimmermann’s well-known blob paintings is entitled Air (2006). In 2002, Zimmermann received a professorship at Kunsthochschule fur Medien, Cologne, Germany. He has also been a guest lecturer at Universitat Luneburg in Luneberg, Germany.

Zimmermann ‘s works have been shown at several museums, including the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, OH, the Museum Wiesbaden in Wiesbaden, Germany, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum, in Salzburg, Germany, the Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit, MI, the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in New Orleans, LA, and the New York Public Library in New York, NY. He has published two volumes of his work, titled simply Peter Zimmermann. One volume was published in 2007 and one in 2009. Zimmermann lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

Timeline

1956
Born in Freiburg, Germany
1984
Studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart, Germany
2002–2007
Professorship at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne, Germany
Lives and works in Cologne, Germany

Exhibitions

2012
Galerie Perrotin, Hongkong, China
2012
smo Gallery Beirut, Lebanon
2012
Shibboleth öffentlich/privat - Thomas Locher und Peter Zimmermann, Frederiksberg, Denmark
2012
Peter Zimmermann/ Jens Wolf, Nosbaum Reding gallery, Luxembourg (solo)
2011
Farbe im Fluß, Weserburg Museum, Bremen, Germany
2011
Peter Zimmermann: new paintings, Galerie MaxWeberSixFriedrich, Munich, Germany
2011
Panorama - Malerei. Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall and Kunstforum der Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, Germany (solo)
2010
Kith and Kin, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris (solo)
2010
Next of Kin, Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey (solo)
2010
Beauty is Diamond, Laleh June Gallery, Basel, Switzerland (group)
2010
Shibboleth, Sammlung Claus Carstensen, Copenhagen, Denmark (group)
2010
Exquisite Corpse Drawings at the Armory Show, New York NY (group)
2010
Beauty is Diamond, Laleh June Gallery, Basel, Switzerland (group)
2010
Shibboleth, Sammlung Claus Carstensen, Copenhagen, Denmark (group)
2010
Exquisite Corpse Drawings at the Armory Show, New York NY (group)
2010
Beauty is Diamond, Laleh June Galerie, Basel, Switzerland
2009
Galerie Distrito 4, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2009
Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin (solo)
2009
Galerie FriedrichUngar, Munich (solo)
2009
All You Need. Museum für Moderne Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria (solo)
2008
Peter Zimmermann. Galería Horrach Moya, Palma de Mallorca (solo)
2008
Peter Zimmermann. Galería Manuel Ojeda, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (solo)
2008
New Paintings. Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
2008
The Box. Norma Desmond Productions, Los Angeles CA (group)
2008
Slick Surfaces. (kuratiert von / curated by Dirk Steimann) Galerie Kleinsimmlinghaus, Düsseldorf / Villa Goecke, Krefeld, Germany (group)
2008
Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich (group)
2008
Vetrautes Terrain. Aktuelle Kunst in & über Deutschland – collector’s choice. ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (group)
2008
A Truley German Saving Grace. Norma Desmond Production, Los Angeles CA (group)
2008
There is Desire left (Knock, knock). Werke aus der Sammlung Mondstudio, Museum Wiesbaden / Kunstmuseum Bern (group)
2008
Plasticismes. Pràctiques abstractes avui. Centre de cultura Sa Nostra, Palma de Mallorca (group)
2008
The Box. Norma Desmond Productions, Los Angeles CA (group)
2008
Slick Surfaces. (kuratiert von / curated by Dirk Steimann) Galerie Kleinsimmlinghaus, Düsseldorf / Villa Goecke, Krefeld, Germany (group)
2008
Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich (group)
2008
Vetrautes Terrain. Aktuelle Kunst in & über Deutschland – collector’s choice. ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (group)
2008
A Truley German Saving Grace. Norma Desmond Production, Los Angeles CA (group)
2008
There is Desire left (Knock, knock). Werke aus der Sammlung Mondstudio, Museum Wiesbaden / Kunstmuseum Bern (group)
2008
Plasticismes. Pràctiques abstractes avui. Centre de cultura Sa Nostra, Palma de Mallorca (group)
2008
Vertrautes Terrain - Collector´s choice. ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany (group)
2008
Abstrakt. Museum für Moderne Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Germany (group)
2008
Museum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria (solo)
2008
Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, USA (solo)
2007
Kunsthalle, Nuremberg, Germany (solo)
2007
Reliance, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (solo)
2007
The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2007
GMG Gallery Moscow, Moscow, Russia
2007
Small is beautitul, Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc. NewYork, NY
2007
Mechanism, Projektraum Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin
2007
National Geographic, Norma Desmond Productions, Los Angeles, CA
2007
Through the painting, Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
2006
Capas de gelatina, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain (solo)
2006
DistritoQu4tro, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2006
Cialis, Xanax, ..., Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL (solo)
2006
Different Realities?, Crown Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2006
Floating forms. Abstract art now, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany
2005
Art Unlimited, Foire de Bâle, Switzerland
2005
Waters and Watercolours, Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria
2005
Der Kunst ihre Räume, Bonner Kunstverein, Germany
2005
The Dazzling Show, Galerie Roellin Duerr, St. Gallen, Switzerland
2005
Extreme Abstraction, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA
2005
Vom bild // zum Bild, Metarmorphose, Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum, Salzbourg, Austria
2005
Spinnwebzeit, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
2005
Ratatouille, 20.21 Galerie Edition Kunsthandel, Essen, Germany
2005
New Paintings, Crown Gallery, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2005
OMR Gallery, Mexico City (with Thomas Grünfeld) (solo)
2005
Nach Rokytník, Die Sammlung der EVN, Museum Moderner Kunst – Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria
2005
Das schwarze Quadrat, Museum Ritter, Stuttgart, Germany
2005
Miradas y Conceptos, Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, Spain
2005
10 Years!, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany
2004
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (solo)
2004
Mund Locher Zimmermann, Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich, Germany
2004
schöner Wohnen, New Centre of contemporary art 'BE-PART', Waregem, Belgium
2004
Before and After, DCCA, Delaware, USA (solo)
2004
Galerie Filomena Soares, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
2004
Poles and Pokers, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2004
Rodolphe Janssen feat Michael Janssen, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2004
Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich, Germany
2003
Der silberne Schnitt, Kunststiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart, Germany
2003
Der weite Blick, Galerie Ralf Ricke, Cologne, Germany
2003
Produzentengalerie, Hamburg, Germany
2003
Preview 2003, The Happy Lion (Leo Koenig, Inc. & Galerie Michael Janssen), Los Angeles, CA, RE-PRODUKTION 2. Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna, Austria
2003
Schweigen, Oberlandesgericht Köln, Cologne, Germany
2003
New abstract painting. Painting abstract now - Abstraktion in der Neuen Malerei, Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, Germany
2003
For all, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Jack He1gesen Collection, Norway
2003
BECOMING, First Public School of Hydra, Island of Hydra, Greece
2003
x_pollination, Kunstmuseum Esbjerg, Esbjerg Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo)
2002
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France (solo)
2002
Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2002
Galerie Klemens Gasser & Grunert, Inc., New York Zipp. Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany (solo)
2002
Swing Club, Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany
2002
Der Larsen Effekt, Casino Luxemburg, Luxembourg
2002
Shopping, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2002
von ... der Farbe. Stefan Gritsch - Pater Zimmermann, Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt, Germany
2002
Kunst nach Kunst, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany
2002
ReProduction, Galerie Bernard Knaus, Mannheim, Germany
2002
Post-Digital Painting, Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan, USA
2001
Galerie Zwinger, Berlin, Germany
2001
Im: Doppelpack: Herbert Wentscher & Pater Zimmermann, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany
2001
Glose up _Zur Inszenierung von Nahsicht und Oberflaechen, Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover, Germany
2001
Galerie 20/21, Essen, Germany (solo)
2001
Flow. Kunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany (solo)
2000
Reality bites, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
2000
The very first, Galerie Rivet, Cologne, Germany
2000
Galerie Six Friedrich & Lisa Ungar Munich, Germany (solo)
2000
Reality Bytes, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany
2000
Orbis Terrarum, Museum Platin Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium
2000
Zeitgenossen/Contemporarians/Malerei, Galerie 20021, Essen, Germany
2000
Griffelkunst, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany
2000
Möbel, Neue Gallerie, Graz, Austria
2000
Metropolis, Fondation Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
2000
Stanze, Museion Bozen, Italy
1999
Rethinking Knowledge, OFW, Universitat Köln, Cologne, Germany
1999
Billboard Project, Biennial of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
1999
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert INc., New York, NY (solo)
1999
Galerie Meile, Luzern, Switzerland
1998
Eigentlich könnte alles auch anders sein, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1997
(OmU), Otto Dix-Haus Gera, Germany (solo)
1997
Boxes + surfaces, The Agency, London, UK
1996
Remixes, Icebox, Athens, Greece (solo)
1996
Galerie Urs Meile Luzern, Switzerland (solo)
1995
Artist in Residence, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria (solo)
1994
Galerie Annette Gmeiner, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
1993
Galerie Urs Meile, Luzern, Switzerland (solo)
1992
Kunstverein Muenster, Muenster, Germany (solo)
1991
Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1990
Galerie Christian Goegger, Munich, Germany (solo)
1989
Galerie Annette Gmeiner, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
1988
Galerie Foncke, Ghent, Belgium (solo)
1987
Galerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1987
Denkpause, Karsten Schubert, Maureen Pailey, London
1986
Galerie Annette Gmeiner, Kirchzarten, Germany (solo)
1985
Galerie Annette Gmeiner, Freiburg, Germany
1984
Kunstlandschaft BRD, Kunstverein Kassel, Kassel, Germany
1984
Eine andere Plastik, Gutenbergstr. 62, Stuttgart, Germany
1983
Galerie Tanja Grunert, Stuttgart, Germany (solo)
1981
Galerie Tanja Grunert, Stuttgart, Germany

Literature

2007
Hubertus Butin. Peter Zimmermann. Painting, ed. by Hatje Cantz Verlag Ostfildern
2006
Margrit Grehm. Peter Zimmermann. Epoxiology, ed. by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne
2005
Schmidt, Petra; Tietenberg, Annette; Wollheim, Ralf (Ed.). Peter Zimmermann, Pat-terns. Muster in Design, Kunst und Architektur, Basel