Geschenk Papier. Von Dürer bis Grosz (group show)
Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen
29 November 2017 - 1 April 2018
With works by Günther Förg from the Friedrichs Collection (solo show)
Bibliothek Günther Förg, Weidingen
28 July - 26 August 2018
This year, Bibliothek Günther Förg will present three works by Günther Förg from the private collection of Brunhilde and Günther Friedrichs. Throughout his life, Günther Förg has built several, practically identical libraries in his studios and apartments in Switzerland and Germany. The Stiftung zur Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst in Weidingen acquired one of these libraries with approximately 3,000 books. The newly constructed building is situated in the old inner part of Weidingen and provides space for exhibitions, reading and the library itself.
Alongside two of Förg's architecture photographs, depicting Mies van der Rohe's renowned Barcelona Pavilion, a large painting will be on view that is considered part of his so called grid paintings. An icon of Modernist abstraction, the grid – in some cases tight, in others airy – appears freed from artistic dogmas in Förg’s practice, often conjuring a window, and marks the artist's ongoing engagement with the physicality of an artwork as well as architectural structures.
Kunst in Weidingen
Günther Förg, Jeff Koons et al.
General Rehearsal. A show in three acts from the collections of V-A-C, MMOMA and KADIST (group show)
26 April - 16 September 2018
General Rehearsal is a multidisciplinary project conceived and realised in collaboration with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art. This content-rich presentation will combine three international art collections and feature work by over one hundred artists. Designed to evolve and change like a living organism that adapts and responds to its environment, General Rehearsal adopts the structure of a theatrical play, developing over three acts staged over a five-month period. With the project V-A-C introduces a more fluid, transparent method of working collectively and engaging all disciplines equally.
Günther Förg - A Fragile Beauty (solo show)
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
26 May - 14 October 2018
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents a major survey of the work of German artist Günther Förg (1952–2013). A Fragile Beauty explores the work of a rebellious artist whose oeuvre embodies a critical, witty, yet rigorous and penetrating critique of the canon of modern art.
Förg was driven by a boundless urge for freedom, and a predilection for experiment, drawing inspiration from great artists of the past, as well as his contemporaries. Merging disciplines and boundaries, he worked in a variety of materials, ranging from bronze and lead, to plaster and reflective glass. In exhibiting his work, Förg assimilated the architecture of the gallery space – even doors and windows – into the work itself.
A Fragile Beauty includes work from Förg’s entire oeuvre and illuminates the evolution of his experimental and radical approach. Taking its cue from the artist, for whom the space was integral to the work, each room is individual in nature. Among the works on display are Förg’s early monochrome paintings, together with his color studies, (architectural) photographs, sculptures, and late spot paintings.
Förg’s work was continually reinterpreted: initially considered a postmodernist, he was later seen as engaging with the legacy of expressionism. Förg was, without doubt, an artist who challenged the parameters of disciplines. A Fragile Beauty transcends convenient categorization and shows the full scope and complexity of the oeuvre of an idiosyncratic and unique artist.
The Stedelijk is developing the exhibition Günther Förg – A Fragile Beauty in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
[Untitled] 1976 - 2008
Paintings, Material Images and Works on Paper from the Friedrichs Collection (solo show)
Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen
10 June - 26 August 2018
Günther Förg (1952—2013) is a great renewer of painting amidst modernism and the present, amidst Europe and America, amidst abstract-laconic minimalism and delicately gestural expressiveness.
In collaboration with the Estate Günther Förg the Kunstverein presents a retrospective selection of his painterly œuvre from 1976 until 2008: for the first time, 100 paintings, material images as well as works on paper from the collection of Brunhilde and Günther Friedrichs will be introduced to the public allowing for an impressively coherent survey of the both hazardous and sensuous ventures of Günther Förg’s painting.
Just as the mutual exhibition of Georg Baselitz and Albert Oehlen in the autumn of 2016, Günther Förg [Untitled] 1976 - 2008 will be a ›historic‹ peak among the Kunstverein’s young contemporary programme.
Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen
Günther Förg, Thomas Struth et al.
Light Sensitive 2: Photography from the Schaufler Collection (group show)
15 April 2018 - 6 January 2020
Contemporary photography from the Schaufler Collection will be on display from September 2017 at the SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen. The museum will link this show to the LICHTEMPFINDLICH exhibition of 2011, which had presented the large collection of this medium to the public for the first time in the impressive space of the former high rack warehouse in the SCHAUWERK. This lofty storage space inspires with its revolving ramp, which extends over 15 metres upward: an exhibition place par excellence for photography, with spectacular visual axes for viewing from near and afar.
Along with major works from the first exhibition, LICHTEMPFINDLICH 2 will also display photographs that previously haven’t been shown, so that a more comprehensive representation of the contemporary photography collection can occur. The main interest of the collectors Peter Schaufler and Christiane Schaufler-Münch is not directed toward the medium and its history per se, but leans more toward the fascination that arises from certain motifs, pictorial inventions, and their formal transformations.
The classic genres of photography—nude, portrait, landscape, architecture, or industry—are mirrored in the works, but are often citations or stages of conceptual processes. Most of the protagonists within the context of this collection have left behind the conventional framework of photography.
André Butzer, Günther Förg et al.
Aftermieter (group show)
Haus Modräth - Räume für Kunst, Kerpen
23 April 2017 - 15 November 2018
Haus Mödrath - Räume für Kunst will open in April 2017 with the exhibition Aftermieter (Day Roomer), curated by Veit Loers. Quite a few of the about 20 participating international artists have visited Mödrath and are working on their ideas. The focus is on the house itself: civilization and domesticated nature. An abysmal transformation on many levels: from society to individual, from resident to artefact, from animalism to altruism, from artistic strategy to epiphany, from Günther Förg to Eva Kotátková, from Kris Lemsalu to Neil Beloufa – all the way from the cellar to the attic. Next to internationally renowned artists like Andreas Slominski, Michaela Eichwald, Georg Herold, Ed Atkins or Katja Novitskova there are new and re-discoveries like Ajay Kurian and Eric Bainbridge. Several site-specific works will be exclusively produced for this premiere.