FRIEDRICH KUNATH


FRIEDRICH KUNATH

Friedrich Kunath (b. 1974) creates works which converge the banal with the extraordinary, embracing counterpoints and uncovering universal emotional experiences such as loss, hope, fear, celebration and love. Often taking the form of idealised landscapes layered with poetic phrases, works by Kunath have been known to feature anything from a postcard to a perfume scent, pulling from a vortex of references.

Kunath’s oeuvre spans painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and video. Informed by the artist’s own personal history, but also music, German Romanticism and American pop culture, the works are imbued with both tradition and modernity. With an equally diverse subject matter, they illustrate themes of tragedy, comedy and romance, freely shifting between the three and occupying a unique space between irony and sincerity.

‘This sense of homesickness permeates my complete oeuvre – this aspect of the ambiguity of our existence. To paint or to make these works is to feel at home. To feel found, to feel understood.’ 

F. Kunath in conversation with K. Bech Dyg, ‘Friedrich Kunath – The Way I Work’, for the Louisiana Channel, 2021

Image: The Art Of Surviving November, 2023
, oil on canvas, 213.4 x 182.8 cm.; 84 x 72 in. Photo: Robert McKeever

Biography


VITA

1974

Born in Chemnitz, Germany


2012

Sprengel Prize for Visual Arts of the Lower Saxony Savings Bank Foundation


2006

Grant for Young Artists of the Federal State of North Rhine Westphalia


2005

Grant/scholarship of the Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung, Frankfurt


2001

Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein


Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Center for Early Education, Los Angeles

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Deji Art Museum, Nanjing

DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens

Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris

Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson

Kunstverein Reutlingen

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Oketa Collection, Tokyo

Pinault Collection, Paris

Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf

V-A-C Collection, Moscow

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024

Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

​​​​​​​Only Lovers Left (with Margarete Jakschic)
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf


2023

The Art Of Surviving November
Galerie Max Hetzler, London

A Table For Two, For One

Travesia Cuatro, Madrid

Coming Home Was As Beautiful As Going Away
KINDL, Berlin

There Must Be a Spanish Word For This Feeling
Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC), Malaga

I Don’t Know The Place, But I Know How to Get There

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles


2021

New Ballads 
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

The Things I Notice Now 
Traversía Cuatro, Mexico City

Life Is Short and Days Are Long
Avlskarl Gallery, Copenhagen

I’ll Try to Be More Romantic
Kunstsammlung Jena


2020

Sensitive Euro Man
König Galerie, Berlin


2019

Live Forever
Blum & Poe, Tokyo

All Year Fears Trapped Inside
JTT, New York

Songs Build Little Rooms In Time
Drag City/ Soccer Club Club, Chicago


2018

One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor
Blum & Poe, Tokyo

Where is the Madness that You Promised Me
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp


2017

Frutti di Mare
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles


2016 

Self-Fiction

Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort 

Juckreiz
Philara Collection, Düsseldorf

The World is a Beautiful Place (We’re Not Here for Long)
Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo

My Loneliness Shines
VNH Gallery, Paris


2015

Sentimental Air
BQ, Berlin


2014

Earth to Fuckface
White Cube, Hong Kong

If I Could Only Remember Your Name
Kunsthalle Bremerhaven

The Forest Smelled Like Bananas 

CAPRI, Düsseldorf

Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn

Grand Optimist
The Eastern Star Gallery, Los Angeles

The Temptation to Exist (May Contain Nuts)
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

A Plan to Follow Summer Around The World

Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine


2013

I’m Running Out of World

White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London

Raymond Moody’s Blues

Modern Art Oxford


2012

Your Life is Not for You
Sprengel Museum, Hanover

Lacan’s Haircut

Blum & Poe, Tokyo

Things We Did When We Were Dead
BQ, Berlin


2011

Lonely are the Free 
Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin

The Most Beautiful World in the World 
White Cube, London 


2010 

Tropical Depression
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Oehman Collection, Kunstsaele Berlin

I used to be darker, but then I got lighter and then I got dark again
Kaikai Kiki Gallery, Tokyo

Hammer Projects: Friedrich Kunath
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles 


2009

Home wasn’t built in a day
Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover

Hello Walls

BQ, Berlin

7 x 14 '5. Tiel der Austellungsreihe' 7 x 14.
Kunsthalle Baden-Baden


2008

EMOH
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

Rising vs. Setting
Aspen Art Museum


2007

Twilight
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Forderpreistrager 2006: Friedrich Kunath
Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster, Aachen

Warum
BQ, Cologne


2006

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


2005

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York


2004

We were the one thing in the galaxy God didn't have his eyes on
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

Our Endless Numbered Days
BQ, Cologne


2003

We Are Not As Far West As We Suppose We Are
The Bakery/Anne Gelenk Gallery, Amsterdam


2002

Welcome Home Steve Curry
BQ, Cologne

Mise en Scene: Curieux VI - Friedrich Kunath: When was the First Time You Realised the Next Time Would be the Last Time
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn


2001

Peter Mertes Stipendium (with Thea Djordjadze)
Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Videos
CHAUSSE 37, Berlin


2000

One Day It Will All Make Sense
The Modern Institute, Glasgow


1998

Why Are My Friends Such Finks
BQ, Cologne

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023

Au bout de mes rêves
Vanhaerents Art Collection, Tripostal, Lille

DIX AND THE PRESENT
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

das gelbe Licht 6 Uhr nachmittags
Remembering, envisioning, sensing landscape,
curated by Christian Malycha
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Beach

Nino Mier Gallery, New York

Borrowed Landscapes

Blum & Poe, Tokyo 

Transformations. Works from the Collection of La Mobilière

Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf


2022

Let's Go
Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

Stories We Live With: Selection from the Somlói-Spengler Collection

Q Contemporary, Budapest

Abrasive Paradise
Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort


2021

The Emerald Tablet
Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles

Shape of an Image
Woaw Gallery, Hong Kong

Parallel Worlds
Nassima Landau, Tel Aviv

Inaugural Exhibition
König Galerie, Seoul


2020

Enjoy and Take Care!
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

5,471 miles
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

36 Paintings
Harper’s Books, East Hampton

Friend of Ours
Rental Gallery, East Hampton

L.A.
MAKI Collection, Tennoz, Tokyo

 

2019

Live Forever
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

The Last Waltz (For Leon)
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

Selections from the Marciano Collection 
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles

A New Age: Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Die Rückkehr des Pre Bell Man
Museum für Kommunikation, Frankfurt am Main

Golden Hour
MuMo, Paris

Some Trees
Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles,

Reflections
Gana Art, Seoul


2018

This is a Pipe: Realism and the Found Object in Contemporary Art
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

Cliché 
Almine Rech Gallery, New York

LA Friends Part 1
Rental Gallery, East Hampton

FOUR ROOMS
Blum & Poe, New York

Under the Night Sky
Albertz Benda, New York


2017

Horror Vacui, or The Annihilation of Space
Misako & Rosen, Tokyo

Form and Volume
CFHILL, Stockholm


2016

Mount Analogue
Performance Ski, Aspen

Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection: From Shōhaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer
Yokohama Art Museum

Tomorrow is a long time
Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp

Group show
M+B, Los Angeles

Juxtapoz x Superflat
Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle, travelled to: Vancouver Art Gallery 

Giles 
Gagosian, Athens

Human Condition
Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center

L.A. Exuberance: New Gifts by Artists
Los Angeles County Museum of Art


2015

If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?
Hunter East Harlem Gallery, New York

My wife does the dishes, I do the revolution
Kimmerich, Berlin

Oh, of course, you were berry picking
Galerie Drei, Cologne

Second Chances
Aspen Art Museum


2014

FIRE!

Venus Over Manhattan, New York

New Image Painting
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

Lone Tree
Marlborough Chelsea, New York


2013
À triple tour: oeuvres de la collection Pinault
Centre des Monuments Nationaux, La Conciergerie, Paris

Set Pieces
Cardi Black Box, Milan

The Hope of Wrecks
Museum of St Albans

More Young Americans
L’Enclos des Bernardins, Hôtel de Miramion, Paris

Transforming the Known: Works from the Bert Kreuk Collection
Gemeente Museum Den Haag, The Hague


2012

Funny
FLAG Art Foundation, New York

Other Voices, Other Rooms
Wentrup Projects, Copenhagen

Schach Matt
Märkisches Museum Witten

The Residue of Memory
Aspen Art Museum 

Death Can Dance
Townhouse, Zurich

Stiftung Schloss Dyck, Juechen

Wonderful – Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke, Die Olbricht Collection
me Collectors Room Berlin

You Should’ve Heard Just What I Seen
Riverview School, East Sandwich


2011

Always, Sometimes, Often, Never
Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Midnight Party
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Gesamtkunstwerk
Saatchi Gallery, London

Deserteure
Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck

MärklinWorld
Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort

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

Dwelling
Marianne Boesky, New York

Captain Pamphile
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

Human Nature: Contemporary Art from the Collection
Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Painting... EXPANDED
Berezdivin Collection - Espacio 1414

MIAC III Away From the Horde
Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami, USBS-VISITE, Rebenpark, Braunschweig

Watercolour
Tate Britain, London


2010

The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place
Projectspace 176, Zabludowicz Collection, London

Kurt
Seattle Art Museum 

Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and Action
White Cube, London

Captain Pamphile
Städtische Galerie Waldkraiburg 

Country Music
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

Also on View
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Larger than Life—Stranger than Fiction
11th Triennale für Kleinplastik, Fellbach

Saw It, Loved It
Museum Ludwig, Cologne


2009

Play
Galeria Monica de Cardenas, Milan

Grin & Bear It: Cruel Humor in Art and Life
Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork

15th Anniversary Inaugural Group Exhibition
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles


2008

The Eternal Flame
Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel 

Life on Mars: the 55th Carnegie International
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

Gravity in Art
Telic Arts Exchange, Los Angeles

Informed by Function
Lehman College Art Gallery, New York

The Leisure Suite
The LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York

Vertrautes Terrain. Aktuelle Kunst in/über Deutschland
ZKM | Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe

Journeys to Nowhere: Selections from the Collection
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis


2007

Blind Date
Magazzino d’arte moderna, Rome

Dream and Trauma: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna

Learn to Read
Tate Modern, London

Seb Koberstädt / Friedrich Kunath: Förderpreisträger 2006
Kunst aus Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

Verwendungsnachweis
Museum fur Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main


2006

Bonanza
Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

Nothing But Pleasure
BAWAG Foundation, Vienna

Spooky
Het Gebouw, Utrecht

Esquidor en el fondo de un pozo
Fundacción/ Colección Jumex, Mexico City


2005

Avalon Art Association
Revelin Castle, Dubrovnik

Exile: New York Is a Good Hotel
Broadway 1602, New York

Fabriques du Sublime
La Galerie, Centre d’art contemporain, Ville de Noisy-le-Sec

The Gravity in Art
De Appel, Amsterdam


Looking at Words: The Formal Presence of Text In Modern and Contemporary Works On Paper

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Exile: New York is a good hotel 
Broadway 1602, New York

2004

No One Else Can Make Me Feel the Colors That You Bring
Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin

Rhinegold: Art from Cologne
Tate Gallery Liverpool

Rings of Saturn
Rockwell Gallery, London 

Strawberry Fields
O.P.A. Guadalajara and Galeria CANAIA, Mexico City


2003

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles


2002

On the Other Hand You Have Different Fingers
Galerie Gait Nourbakhsch, Berlin

Present
Hammer Sidi, London

Superschloss
Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg


2001

Zero Gravity
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

1995-2001
BQ, Cologne


2000

Parking Meters, Cologne

Make My Paper Sound 
Studiogalerie Kunstverein Braunschweig


1998

Junge Kunst im Zweiten
Staatstheater Braunschweig

Dirty Windows, Berlin


1995

VOXXX-Galerie, Chemnitz

Green Room, San Diego


1994

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

Videos


Publications


Friedrich Kunath: The Art Of Surviving November

Exhibition Poster
2023

€ 15.00

das gelbe Licht 6 Uhr nachmittags
Remembering, envisioning, sensing landscape

Exhibition Poster
2023

€ 15.00

Selected Press


art – Das Kunstmagazin July 2023

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Contemporary Art Review March 2020

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Ssense November 2016

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Artforum December 2015

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