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


Friedrich Kunath

Born in Chemnitz, Germany, 1974

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

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


One-Person Exhibitions

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA 

Juckreiz, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Germany
The World Is a Beautiful Place (We're Not Here for Long), Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
My Loneliness Shines, VNH Gallery, Paris, France

Sentimental Air, BQ, Berlin, Germany 

Earth to Fuckface, White Cube, Hong Kong, China
Nassau 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

Horror Vacui, or The Annihilation of Space, curated by Shane Campbell, Misako & Rosen, Tokyo, Japan
Form and Volume, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden

Mount Analogue, Performance Ski, Aspen, CO
Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection: From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer, Yokohama Art Museum, Yokohama, Japan
Tomorrow is a long time, Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Group show, M+B, Los Angeles, CA 
Juxtapoz x Superflat, Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle, WA; traveled to Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada 
Self-Fiction: David Altmejd & Friedrich Kunath, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands
Giles, Gagosian Gallery, Athens
Human Condition, curated by John Wolf, Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists, Los Angeles County Museum of Art 

If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, City University of New York, New York
The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Love or the Lack of It, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
My wife does the dishes, I do the revolution, Kimmerich, Berlin, Germany
Second Chances, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO 

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

Awards and Grants

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



Gingeras, Alison M., ed. The Avant-garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy, Texts by Alison M. Gingeras, Marie Godet, Kerry Greaves, and Karen Kurczynski. Los Angeles: Blum & Poe; New York: DelMonico Books • Prestel, 2017. 

Taxter, Kelly. You Should've Heard Just What I Seen. New York: Gregory R. Miller & Co., 2014.

Friedrich Kunath: In My Room. Texts by Michael Bracewell, Ory Dessau, Paul Luckcraft, and Claire le Restif. Cologne: König, 2013.
Price, Matt. Vitamin D2: New Perspectives in Drawing. New York: Phaidon, 2013.

Jacobson, Heidi Zuckerman. Funny. New York: FLAG Art Foundation, 2012.
Kunath, Friedrich. Things We Did When We Were Dead. Berlin: BQ, 2012.
Kunath, Friedrich. You Owe Me a Feeling. Text by David Berman. Los Angeles: Blum & Poe, 2012.The Residue of Memory. Aspen, Colorado: Aspen Art Museum, 2012.

Kunath, Friedrich. The Most Beautiful World in the World. London: White Cube, [2011].

Kunath, Friedrich. Home Wasn’t Built in a Day. Berlin: Sternberg Press; Kunstverein Hannover, 2009.
Kunath, Friedrich. In Someone’s Shadow. Text by Rod McKuen. Berlin: BQ, 2009.

Rising vs. Setting. Texts by Heidi Zuckerman Jaconson, Gregor Jansen, Anna Grande, and Jeff Poe. Aspen, CO: Aspen Art Museum, 2008.

Blancsubé, Michel. Fundacion/Coleccion Jumex presents: Esquiador en el fondo de un pozo September 4. February 2007: 124. [cat.]
Grayson, Kathy, ed. Panic Room: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Works on Paper Collection. July 2007: 70, index. [cat.]
Kunath, Friedrich. Friedrich Kunath. Cologne: BQ, 2007.

Friedrich Kunath: alles macht weiter. Cologne: BQ, 2004. 

Kunath, Friedrich. I Would Kill for a Noble Peace Prize. Cologne: BQ, 2002.

Let’s Not and Say We Did: Friedrich Kunath. Bonn: Bonner Kunstverein, 2001.
Zero Gravity. Düsseldorf: Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, 2001: 60-63, 106.

Kunath, Friedrich and Dirk Bell. Why Are My Friends Such Finks?. Cologne: BQ, 1998.


Articles and Reviews

Feldhaus, Timo. "Friedrich Kunath's Elegant Failures.", November 15, 2016.
Nunes, Andrew. "Food Art: It's What's For Dinner in LA." Creators Project, September 2, 2016.
Shapton, Leanne. "Thirteen Contemporary Artists Portray Their Own Children." T: The New York Times Style Magazine, March 18, 2016. 

Cotter, Holland. “‘If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?’ A Show Whose Subject Is Death.” New York Times, December 24, 2015.
Herbert, Martin. “Friedrich Kunath.” Artforum 54, no. 4 (December 2015): 271-272.

Gingeras, Alison M. "For Real." Artforum 52, no. 7 (March 2014): 266-69.
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.

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.
Finkel, Jori. "Friedrich Kunath's Fever Dream at Blum & Poe." Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2012.
Herbert, Martin. “Now See This.” ArtReview, no. 59 (May 2012): 30-31.
Johnson, Vincent. "The Art of LA Based German Born Artist Friedrich Kunath." Fireplace Chats (blog), October 28, 2012,
Losk, Alice. “FLAG Does Funny.” (blog), September 26, 2012.
Poyourow, Jill. "Artist in Focus: Friedrich Kunath." Fireplace Chats (blog), February 14, 2012,
“’Rheingold' Offers Contemporary Art." Kölnische Rundschau, April 19, 2012.
Shaw, Michael. “Friedrich Kunath.” ArtScene 32, no. 2 (October 2012).
Steffen, Patrick. “Friedrich Kunath.” Flash Art 45, no. 287 (November-December 2012): 111.

Bourgeois, Caroline. “The World Belongs to You.” L’uomo Vogue, no. 421 (May-June 2011): 168, 170, 177.
Hopkins, Echo. “Friedrich Kunath at White Cube, London.” Artwrit, no. 1 (May 2011).

Ackermann, Tim. “Die Bionadewerdung der Kunst,” TAZ, January 7, 2010.
Stoeber, Michael. “Friedrich Kunath.” Artist Kunstmagazin (February-April 2010).
Stoeber, Michael. “Gescheiterte Melancholie.” Kunstforum (March-April 2010).                               

Beradini, Andrew. “Friedrich Kunath: EMOH.” Art Review, (January 2009): 112.
“Friedrich Kunath: Home Wasn’t Built in a Day, KUNST Magazin (Berlin), December 2009.
Gescheiterte Hoffnung,” Schädelspalter, December 2009.
Di Blasi, Johanna. “Der Duft von Denim,” Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, November 27, 2009.
Ddp. Kunstverein Hannover zeigt Werke von Friedrich Kunath, ddp, November 25, 2009.
Dpa. Sehnsucht und Melancholie im Kunstverein, DPA, November 14, 2009.
“Ausstellungen im November: Highlights,” Kultur Spiegel, November 2009.
“Friedrich Kunath: Home Wasn’t Built in a Day,” Stadtkind Hannover, November 2009.
Moldenhauer, Anna. “Friedrich Kunath: Home Wasn’t Built in a Day im Kunstverein Hannover,”, December 21, 2009.
Probst, Carsten. “Scheiternde Pop-Träume,” Die kulturplattform, November 29, 2009.
Probst, Carsten.Schöne bunte Bilderwelt,Deutschlandfunk, December 5, 2009.
Wallentin, Susanne. “Am Anfang das Ende: Kunstverein zeigt Kunath,” Neue Presse, November 27, 2009.
Weber, Simona. “Friedrich Kunath im Kunstverein,” h-eins-tv-0511/tv.lokal, November 27, 2009.
Zimmer, Klaus. T-Shirt-Aufschrift: “Das ist nicht das Leben, das ich bestellt habe,Deister – und Weserzeitung, December 29, 2009. 

Cashdan, Marina. “Cruz Control.” Whitewall (Winter 2008): 105.
Falconer, Morgan. “Friedrich Kunath.” Frieze, Issue 112 (January/February 2008).
Fogle, Douglas. Life on mars: 55th Carnegie International. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Museum of Art, 2008 [cat.]
Heiser, Jorg. “55th Carnegie International.” Frieze (September 2008): 187-188.
Jacobson, Heidi Zuckerman. “History with a Twist.” Aspen Magazine (Summer 2008): 68. 
“The Listings.” The Aspen Times Weekly, July 13, 2008.
Rhodes, Richard. “Mars Explorer: Life I Space at 55th Carnegie International.” Canadian Art Magazine (Fall 2008).
Stunda, Hilary. “Friedrich Kunath: The Aspen Art Museum.” ArtInfo (September 2008).
Williamson, Damien. “AAM Exhibit Expolore the Duality of Art.” The Aspen Daily News (September 2008).

Smolik, Noemi. “Friedrich Kunath,” Artforum (September 2007): 482.

Knight, Christopher.  “Looking for Paths of Change, Release,” Los Angeles Times (March 24, 2006): E14 & E15.
Kunath, Friedrich. “Top Ten.” Artforum (May 2006): 100.
Wood, Eve. “Friedrich Kunath.” Flash Art (May/June 2006): 126.

“Friedrich Kunath.”, May 2004.
Knight, Christopher. “Kunath does odd work, but well,” Los Angeles Times (April 16, 2004): E32.

Fox, Dan. “A Song in my Heart.” Frieze, Issue 79 (November/December 2003): 60-63.

Backhaus, Catrin. “Friedrich Kunath in der Galerie BQ.” Kunst-Bulletin (June 2002): 55.
Kröner, Magdalena. “Friedrich Kunath at BQ.” Flash Art 34, no. 225 (July-September 2002): 52.
Wege, Astrid. “Friedrich Kunath.” Artforum International (October 2002): 163-164.


Museum and Public Collections

The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
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

Herbert, Martin. “Friedrich Kunath.” Artforum 54, no. 4 (December 2015): 271-272.
PDF icon Download PDF
Gingeras, Alison M. "For Real." Artforum 52, no. 7 (March 2014): 266-69.
PDF icon Download PDF
Diehl, Travis. "You Owe Me a Feeling." Art Book Review, June 13, 2013.
PDF icon Download PDF
Tylevich, Katya. "Friedrich Kunath: This Is Where the West Ends." Elephant, no. 13 (Winter 2012-2013): 132-43.
PDF icon Download PDF
Finkel, Jori. "Friedrich Kunath's Fever Dream at Blum & Poe." Los Angeles Times, October 14, 2012.
PDF icon Download PDF
Beradini, Andrew. "Reviews USA: Friedrich Kunath, EMOH." Art Review, January 2009, p.112
PDF icon Download PDF
Smolik, Noemi. "Friedrich Kunath." Artforum, September, p.482
PDF icon Download PDF
Knight, Christopher. "Looking for paths of change, release." Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2006, pg. E14 & E15
PDF icon Download PDF
Wood, Eve. "Friedrich Kunath," Flash Art, May/June 2006, p.126
PDF icon Download PDF
Fox, Dan. "A Song in my Heart." Frieze, November/December 2003, p. 60-63
PDF icon Download PDF