Thomas Zipp  (German, 1966) 

Thomas Zipp (German, b.1966) is a Berlin artist whose work has been shown throughout the world. Zipp studied art at both the Städelschule in Frankfort and at the Slade School in London. His London studies lasted from 1992 to 1998. Zipp's work consists largely of installations; these pieces involve taking the space provided to him and creating artistic statements. Zipp works in a variety of media, from paper to florescent light.

Zipp's work is purposefully dark. His subjects are often controversial historical figures. Otto Hahn, the father of nuclear chemistry, and Martin Luther, the Protestant monk from the 15th-century who helped begin the schism of the Catholic Church, are featured in multiple installations. The artist’s treatment of these historical figures is that of a moralist, pointing out their flaws using his artwork. Many of his subjects are disfigured, with Zipp placing needles in their eyes or covering the subject with scribbles. Zipp doesn't limit himself to the subjects.

Zipp also extends his artistic disdain to the subject's work. In his 2008 exhibition White Dada, for example, he created a series of Dada-style montages in what appears to be a Victorian-era lecture hall, with several defaced photographs attached. The photos included a description of electro-shock therapy and images of drugs. A collection of vases completes the installation. These vases were filled with dead plants, including poppies. The combination of installation parts is a statement on the art and narcotic experiments of Dada. In the center of the installation, Zipp placed a drum kit, microphone, organ, amp and, distortion pedals. On the opening day, Zipp and his band performed, leaving the instruments behind as a rebellious statement against Dada's work. The White Dada expedition took place at the Alison Jacques Gallery in London.

Zipp has multiple representatives. In Berlin, his representative is Galerie Guido W Baudach, in New York he is represented by Harris Leiberman, his Gstaad representative is Patricia Low Contempory, and in California he's represented by Patrick Painter. Zipp has exhibited in New York with his Defamation of Character at the PS1 in 2006, and he has had his work Rings of Saturn shown at the Tate Modern in London in 2006. Other showings include those at the OTTO in Copenhagen and the Transmission Gallery in Glasgow. Zipp currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

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Thomas Zipp, Physical help


Thomas Zipp
Physical help

Patricia Low Contemporary
Thomas Zipp, Constellation of defences; Personality types


Thomas Zipp
Constellation of defences; Personality types

Patricia Low Contemporary
Thomas Zipp, Vision is meaning-dependent


Thomas Zipp
Vision is meaning-dependent

Patricia Low Contemporary
Thomas Zipp, Hysteric Character


Thomas Zipp
Hysteric Character

Patricia Low Contemporary
Thomas Zipp, Depressive Character


Thomas Zipp
Depressive Character

Patricia Low Contemporary
Thomas Zipp, Obsessive Character


Thomas Zipp
Obsessive Character

Patricia Low Contemporary
Thomas Zipp, Conversion Character


Thomas Zipp
Conversion Character

Patricia Low Contemporary
Thomas Zipp, Invitation


Thomas Zipp
Galerie Krinzinger
Thomas Zipp, A.B.: Scrub Nurse


Thomas Zipp
A.B.: Scrub Nurse

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle
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Thomas Zipp, Treatment (Innsbruck, April 2011)


Thomas Zipp
Treatment (Innsbruck, April 2011), 2011
color photograph, painted


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Thomas Zipp, PPT#17


Thomas Zipp
PPT#17, 2010
felt-tip pen, opaque white, rivets and frottage on paper


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Thomas Zipp, Red Pill Rain


Thomas Zipp
Red Pill Rain, 2005
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1966   Born in Heppenheim, Germany
1992 - 1998   Studied at the Freien Kunst Städelschule Frankfurt/M. and the Slade School London
2006   Guest professorship at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe, Germany
  Lives and works in Berlin
2010   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
2010   (White Reformation CO-OP) MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (solo)
2010   Nachtdarstellungen in der zeitgenössischen Malerei, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, Germany
2010   Wystawa, Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej, Warsaw, Poland
2009 - 2010   Faces, Kunstverein Heppenheim, Germany (solo)
2009   The World’s Most Complete Congress Of Strange People, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2009   MENS AGITAT MOLEM (Luther & The Family of Pills), Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany (solo)
2009   ILSATIN, Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy (solo)
2009   Galerie Seiler, Munich, Germany (solo)
2009   Die andere Seite, KAI 10 Raum für Kunst, Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany
2009   Nothing is permanent, Albert Baronian, Profession: Galeriste, La Centrale électrique, European Centre for Contemporary Art, Brüssel, Belgium
2008   Das zweite Gesicht, Sammlung Südhausbau, Munich, Germany
2008   Thomas Zipp / Anouk De Clercq / Dolores Bouckaert, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
2008   Back to Black. Die Farbe schwarz in der aktuellen Malerei, Kestner, Hannover, Germany
2008   Butzer Hofer Meese Strode Zipp, Sammlung Sperling, Mainburg, Germany
2008   Thomas Zipp – White Dada, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2008   THOMAS ZIPP, PAINTINGS 2002-2007, Marc Jancou, New York, USA (solo)
2008   S.S.B.S.M. (sick souls by sick minds), Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2008   Thomas Zipp, Harris Lieberman, New York, USA (solo)
2007   De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands (solo)
2007   MOOLeSDe (BIRDS), Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland (solo)
2007   Planet Caravan a Futuristic World Fair, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (solo)
2007   Planet Caravan? Is there a life after death?, Kunstmuseum Mühlheim an der Ruhr, Germany (solo)
2007   Ballet Méchanique, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
2007   Yellow Snow, La Maison Jaune, Quebeck, Canada
2007   La Boum III, Warsaw, Poland
2007   Perspektive - Neuerwerbungen, Schenkungen und Wünsche der Sammlung für Gegenwartskunst im Lenbachhaus, Lenbachhaus Munich, Germany
2007   Kommando Friedrich Hölderlin Berlin, Galerie Max Hetzler/Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Osram-Höfe, Berlin, Germany
2007   Menschenbilder, Sammlung Südhausbau, Munich, Germany
2007   Made in Germany, Sprengelmuseum, Kunstverein, Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, Germany
2006 - 2007   Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany (solo)
2006 - 2007   Rings of Saturn, Tate Modern, London, UK
2006   Faster!Bigger!Better!, ZKM/Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
2006   Of Mice and Men, 4th Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2006   Geist Über Materie, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CA (solo)
2006   Uranlicht, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2006   EEEEEEE (God bless the (Lord Auch)), Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2005   Achtung! Vision: N.I.B., Alison Jacques Gallery, London, England (solo)
2005   The Return of the Subreals, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany (cat.) (solo)
2005   Nuevo Tychónico, Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, Spain (solo)
2005   man muss das adjektiv abschaffen, Baronian_Francey, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2005   Das neue Schwarz, Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany
2005   Security Check. Painting after Romanticism. Galerie Arndt&Partner, Zürich, Switzerland
2005   Almstadtstr. 50, Berlin (with Ralf Dereich, Ruth Detzer, Patricia Kaiser, Bernhard Lehner, Rut Massó, Jutta Rossmann, Tanja Tügel and Claudia Wieser)
2005   Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid (solo)
2004   Worldkanzler, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles (solo)
2004   The New Breed, Galerie Michael Neff, Frankkfurt/M. und Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt/M., Germany (cat.) (solo)
2004   Made in Berlin, ArtForum, Berlin, Germany (cat.)
2004   Heimweh, Haunch of Venison, London
2004   Guido W. Baudach, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany (cat.)
2004   Kommando Pfannenkuchen, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles
2004   Central Station (Collection Harald Falckenberg), La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
2003   Hands up, Baby, hands up, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Germany
2003   actionbutton, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (cat.)
2003   Inauguration, Marc Jancou Fine Art, New York
2003   Painting on the roof, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (cat.)
2003   Neroin, Maschenmode, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2003   Marc Jancou Fine Art, New York
2002   FRIEDE, FREIHEIT, FREUDE, Maschenmode, Berlin, Germany
2002   Grosse Kunstausstellung Sommer 2002 im Pazifik, PAZIFIK, Berlin, Germany
2002   Schöne Aussicht, Herr Schweins, Galerie Otto Schweins, Cologne, Germany
2002   TIERE, Elternhaus Thomas Palme, Immenstadt, Germany
2001   Montana Sacra (Circles 5), ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2001   Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2001   Musterkarte – Modelos de Pintura en Alemania, Galerie Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, Spain (cat.)
2001   Exorcise the demons of perhaps, Maschenmode (Galerie Guido W. Baudach), Berlin, Germany (solo)
2001   Bis dass der Tod uns meidet (with Manfred Peckel and Philipp Zaiser), Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2001   Atrium Vagari (with Philipp Zaiser), Halle fur Kunst, Essen, Germany (solo)
2001   The Ölwechsel, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK
2001   Viva November, Stadtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany
2001   Bayrle, Jensen, Neumeier, Vatter, Zipp, Gesellschaft fur junge Kunst, Baden-Baden, Germany
2000   Maschenmode, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2000   Nobody loves an Albatros, Montparnasse, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2000   Deathrace 2000, Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA
2000   turning into a loop, Gallery Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy
2000   The Bridges – Art on the Highway, Fuori Uso 2000, Pescara, Italy (cat.)
2000   Landscape, Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
2000   Face The Black (Sammlung Zipp), Maschmode, Berlin, Germany
1999   Otto hat Besuch, OTTO, Copenhagen, Denmark
1999   Jugendsünden, HHK Hamburg, Germany
1999   Phantombüro, Kunstverein Frankfurt a. M., Germany
1999   Video Bar, Galerie Voges & Deisen, Frankfurt a. M., Germany
1999   Schlockweltall, Andersens Wohnung, Berlin, Germany
1999   Stuttgart 17.5.56 – Salem (Wisconsin USA) 3.3.77, Portikus, Frankfurt a. M., Germany (Cat.)
1999   Vivienne, Kunsthalle Lüneburg, Germany
1999   1. Diciembre 1999 - 29. Enero 2000 (mit Thilo Heinzmann), Galerie Heinrich Erhardt, Madrid, Spain (solo)
1998   Seilers Schlafzimmer, Helmut Seiler, Munich, Germany
1997   n.n. (with Thilo Heinzmann), Galerie ak, Frankfurt/M., Germany (solo)
1997   Kunststudenten stellen aus, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany (cat.)
1995   Filmcuts, Galerie neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (cat.)
1995   Fenster für Elke Martin, Kunstverein Frankfurt a. M., Germany
2006    “Emily Speers Mears, Thomas Zipp, Of Mice and Men,” 4th Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art, Exhibition Guide, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2006, pp. 128-129.
2006    Hafner, Hans-Juergen. “Vom Deuten und Bedeuten – Thomas Zipp bei Guido W. Baudach,” online Review,, 8.3.2006
2006    Choire Sicha, “Sillman, Hesse, Walker. How ‘bout Utah for some art,” The New York Observer (online), Spring Preview 2006
2006    Hamacher, Sophie. “Berlin Critics’ Picks,”, February 2006
2006    Prince, Marc. “Pluralism and the ´isms of art history,” Art Monthly, February 2006 / No 293, pp.7-11
2005    Smith, Roberta. “A Carnival of Art, Money, Surf and Sand,” New York Times, 3.12.2005
2005    Thomas Zipp, Achtung! Vision: Samoa, The Family of Pills & The Return of the Subreals, Hatje Cantz Publisher, 2005
2005    “Heitere Qaeälnummern”, Der Spiegel, Nr. 34/2005: 127.
2004    “Thomas Zipp”, art, Nr.9 / September 2004: 56
2004    Veit Loers, „Ich komme Wohl, doch bleib ich nicht...“, Thomas Zipp , Neroin & The new Breed, Publisher Heckler und Koch, Berlin, 2004.