Friedrich Kunath, installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2012

Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath

Live Forever

September 7 – October 19, 2019

5,471 miles

July 21 – August 15, 2020
Los Angeles

Friedrich Kunath

One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor

November 7, 2018 – January 26, 2019
New York

Four Rooms

September 12 – October 27, 2018
New York

Friedrich Kunath

Frutti di Mare

September 9 – October 14, 2017
Los Angeles

The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy

Curated by Alison M. Gingeras
September 9 – October 17, 2015
New York

Friedrich Kunath

Lacan's Haircut

September 8 – October 27, 2012
Los Angeles

Country Music

July 3 – August 28, 2010
Los Angeles

15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition

October 3 – November 14, 2009
Los Angeles

Friedrich Kunath


October 24 – December 6, 2008
Los Angeles

Friedrich Kunath

I have always been here before

March 4 – April 8, 2006
Los Angeles

Friedrich Kunath

We were the one thing in the galaxy God didn't have his eyes on

April 3 – May 1, 2004
Los Angeles


Broadcasts: Art Basel Miami Beach – Selected Works

Fall 2021


Friedrich Kunath (b. 1974, Chemnitz, Germany) studied at the Braunschweig University of Arts, Braunschweig, Germany, and now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Kunath utilizes a personal style of romantic conceptualism, layering poetic phrases with poignant, often melancholy imagery. The work embraces comedy and pathos, evoking universal feelings of love, hope, longing, and despair. The artist’s personal journey from Germany to Los Angeles plays a key role in his work, incorporating German Romanticism and western popular culture, with still life, cartoon imagery, commercial illustration, nature photography and lyrical references.

The first major monograph devoted to Kunath’s life and work was published in 2018 by Rizzoli Electa, featuring contributions by James Elkins, James Frey, Ariana Reines, and John McEnroe.

Kunath has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including Juckreiz, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Germany (2016); A Plan to Follow Summer Around the World, Centre d'art Contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (2014); Raymond Moody's Blues, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK (2013); Your Life is Not for You, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (2012); Lonely Are the Free, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (2011); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2010); Kunstsaele, Berlin, Germany (2010); 7 x 14, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (2009); and Home Wasn't Built in a Day, Kunstverein Hannover, Germany (2009). His work is also featured in prominent public and private collections such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; 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; Pinault Collection, Paris, France; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, among many more.

Selected Works


Destroyer | Blum & Poe, Los Angeles


Spike Art Magazine: Friedrich Kunath


Friedrich Kunath | Artists in Rooms | Elephant Magazine


GQ Style: Inside Friedrich Kunath’s Amazing World of Sublime Art, Classic Cars and Obscure Scents


Garage Magazine: How to Turn a Studio into a Rumpus Room into an Exhibition


Ssense (blog): Friedrich Kunath's Elegant Failures


Related Publications

Friedrich Kunath: I Don't Worry Anymore

Friedrich Kunath: You Owe Me a Feeling

Friedrich Kunath: I used to be darker but then I got lighter and then I got darker again

Friedrich Kunath: Home Wasn't Built in a Day

Friedrich Kunath: Rising vs. Setting

The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and its Legacy

Friedrich Kunath: Songs Build Little Rooms in Time

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