Friedrich Kunath
Lacan's Haircut
September 8October 27, 2012
Installation View
July 3August 28, 2010
Installation View
October 3November 14, 2009
Installation View
October 24December 6, 2008
Installation view
I Have Always Been Here Before
March 4April 8, 2006
Installation View
We were the one thing in the galaxy God didn't have his eyes on
April 3May 1, 2004


Chemnitz, Germany, 1974

University of Arts, Braunschweig, Germany, 1992-1998 (studied with Professor Walter Dahn)

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

One-Person Exhibitions

Earth to Fuckface, White Cube, Hong Kong, ChinaNassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harber, NY
The Forest Smelled Like Bananas, Capri, Düsseldorf, Germany
If I Could Only Remember Your Name, Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Bremerhaven, Germany
Grand Optimist, Eastern Star Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Temptation to Exist (May Contain Nuts), Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
A Plan to Follow Summer Around the World, Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France

I'm Running out of World, White Cube, Mason's Yard, London, UK             
Raymond Moody's Blues, Oxford Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, UK

Lacan's Haircut, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA               
Your Life is Not for You, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Things We Did When We Were Dead, BQ, Berlin, Germany

Lonely Are the Free, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
The Most Beautiful World in the World, White Cube, London, UK (cat.)

Tropical Depression, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
I used to be darker, but then I got lighter and then I got dark again, Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Friedrich Kunath, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Friedrich Kunath
, Kunstsaele, Berlin

Hello Walls, BQ, Berlin, Germany
7 x 14, Kunstalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany
Home Wasn't Built in a Day, Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany

Rising vs. Setting, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Emoh, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Twilight, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY 
Kunst aus NRW in der ehemaligen Reichsabtei Aachen-Kornelimunster
BQ, Cologne, Germany

I have always been here before, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

We Were the One Thing in the Galaxy God Didn’t Have His Eyes on, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Our Endless Numbered Days, BQ, Cologne, Germany

We Are Not As Far West As We Suppose We Are, The Bakery/Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Welcome Home Steve Curry, BQ, Cologne, Germany

Bonner Kunstverein, Peter Mertes Stipendium (with Thea Djordjadze), Bonn, Germany
Friedrich Kunath: Videos, CHAUSSE 37, Berlin, Germany

One Day It Will All Make Sense, The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland (weekend-show with Dirk Bell) 

Why Are My Friends Such Finks, BQ, Cologne, Germany (with Dirk Bell) (cat.)

Group Exhibitions (selected)

Lone Tree, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Friendly Takeover: Artists Show Their Collection, MARTa Herford, Herford, Germany  

Set Pieces, Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy
More Young Americans, L’Enclos des Bernardins, Hotel de Miramion, Paris, France
The Hope of Wrecks, Museum of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, UK
À triple tour: oeuvres de la collection Pinault, Centre des Monuments Nationaux, La Conciergerie, Paris, France

Death Can Dance, Townhouse, Zurich, Switzerland
Stiftung Schloss Dyck, Juechen, Germany
Funny, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Wonderful-Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke, Die Olbricht Collection, Me Collectors Room Berlin, Germany
You Should’ve Heard Just What I Seen, Riverview School, East Sandwich, MA 

Dwelling, Marianne Boesky, New York, NYWatercolour, Tate Britain, London, UK
Midnight Party, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Herzliya Biennial, Herzliya, Israel
Gesamtkunstwerk, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Deserteure, Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck, Austria
Always, Sometimes, Often, Never, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, CA
MärklinWorld, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Collection Exhibition, Berezdivin Collection-Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Second Strike, 3rd Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem
Il mondo vi appartiene (The World Belongs to You), Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Pamphile, Deichtorhallen Museum, Hamburg, Germany
Human Nature, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
MIAC III Away From the Horde, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami, FL
BS-VISITE, Braunschweig, Germany
Painting…Expanded, Berezdivin Collection – Espacio 1414, Puerto Rico  

The Library of Babel: In and Out of Place, Zabludowicz Collection, Projectspace 176, London, UK
11th Triennale für Kleinplastik (Triennial of Small-scale Sculpture), Fellbach, Germany
Country Music, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action, White Cube, London, UK
Captain Pamphile #2, Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg, Waldkraiburg, Germany

Play, Galeria Monica de Cardenas, Milan, Italy
Grin & Bear It: Cruel Humor in Art and Life, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Inaugural Group Exhibition, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

The Leisure Suite, The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Informed by Function, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
Gravity in Art, Telic Art Exchange, Los Angeles, CA
Life on Mars: the 55th Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
Vertrautes Terrain: Aktuelle Kunst in/über Deutschland, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Eternal Flame, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland
Journeys to Nowhere: Selections from the Collection, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN 

Blind Date, Magazzino d’arte moderna, Rome, Italy
Dream and Trauma: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria (cat.)
Learn to Read, Tate Modern, London
Seb Koberstädt / Friedrich Kunath: Förderpreisträger 2006, Kunst aus Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf, Germany
Verwendungsnachweis, Stipendiaten der Jurgen Ponto-Stiftung 2003-2006, MMK Frankfurt am Main, Germany 

Bonanza, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, NY  
Nothing But Pleasure, BAWAG Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Spooky, Het Gebouw, Utrecht, Netherlands
Esquidor en el fondo de un pozo, Fundacción/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico

Avalon Art Association, Revelin Castle, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Exile: New York Is a Good Hotel, Broadway 1602, New York, NY
Fabriques du Sublime, La Galerie, Centre d'art contemporain, Ville de Noisy-le-Sec, France
The Gravity in Art, De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text In Modern and Contemporary Works On Paper, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY

No One Else Can Make Me Feel the Colors That You Bring,
Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Rhinegold: Art from Cologne, Tate Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Rings of Saturn, Rockwell Gallery, London, England
Strawberry Fields, O.P.A. Guadalajara and Galeria CANAIA, Mexico City, Mexico (cat.)

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Mise en scène: Curieux VI- Friedrich Kunath: When was the first time when you realized the next time would be the last time, Bonner Kunstverein & Videonale, Bonn, Germany
On the Other Hand You Have Different Fingers, Galerie Gait Nourbakhsch, Berlin, Germany
Present, Hammer Sidi, London, England
Superschloss, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany

Zero Gravity, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
1995-2001, BQ, Cologne, Germany

Parking Meters, Cologne, Germany
Make My Paper Sound, Studiogalerie Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany

Junge Kunst im Zweiten, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
Dirty Windows, Berlin, Germany

VOXXX-Galerie, Chemnitz, Germany
Green Room, San Diego, CA

The Easiest Thing to Grow in a Garden is Tired, Galerie Peters-Barenbrock, Braunschweig, Germany

Bibliography (selection)

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Goffstein, Sarah. "Friedrich Kunath: The Temptation to Exist (May Contain Nuts)." Brooklyn Rail, May 6, 2014. 
Rimanelli, David. “Best of 2014.” Artforum 53, no. 4 (December 2014): 256.Taxter, Kelly. You Should've Heard Just What I Seen. New York: Gregory R. Miller & Co., 2014.

Diehl, Travis. "You Owe Me a Feeling." Art Book Review, June 13, 2013.
Stein, Lorin. "What We're Loving: Fires, Isolation, Whispering Gallery." Paris Review, February 1, 2013.
Tylevich, Katya. "Friedrich Kunath: This Is Where the West Ends." Elephant, no. 13 (Winter 2012-2013): 132-43. 

Bowles, Hamish. “Testino Royale.” Vogue 202, no. 3 (March 2012): 518-531.
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Herbert, Martin. “Now See This.” ArtReview, no. 59 (May 2012): 30-31. 
Jacobson, Heidi Zuckerman, and James Frey. Funny. New York: Flag Art Foundation, 2012. 
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Kunath, Friedrich. Things We Did When We Were Dead. Berlin: BQ, 2012.
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Ackermann, Tim. “Die Bionadewerdung der Kunst,” TAZ, January 7, 2010.
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Kunath, Friedrich. I Would Kill for a Noble Peace Prize. Cologne: BQ, 2002.
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Let’s Not and Say We Did: Friedrich Kunath. Bonn: Bonner Kunstverein, 2001.
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Kunath, Friedrich and Dirk Bell. Why Are My Friends Such Finks. Cologne: BQ, 1998.


Grants and Awards

Sprengel Prize for Visual Arts of the Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation, 2012
Grant for Young Artists of the Fedceral State of North Rhine, Westfalia, Germany, 2006
Grant/scholarship of the JürgenPeter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, 2001
Arbeitsstipendium der Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung, Frankurt am Main, 2005
Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany, 2001

Public Collections

The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands

Beradini, Andrew, Reviews USA: Friedrich Kunath, EMOH, Art Review, January 2009, p.112
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Smolik, Noemi. Friedrich Kunath, Artforum, September, p.482
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Knight, Christopher. Looking for paths of change, release. Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2006, pg. E14 & E15
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Wood, Eve. Friedrich Kunath, Flash Art, May/June 2006, p.126
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Fox, Dan. A Song in my Heart, Frieze, November/December 2003, p. 60-63
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