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Franz Ackermann

This is the first showing in Ireland by the German artist Franz Ackermann, whose work comprises installations and wall paintings which focus on architecture and abstraction. His intensely coloured and dynamic paintings embody the chaos and flux of cities in today's incresingly globalised society. Surging architectural forms suggest the numerous physical, social, political, economic and ethnic upheavals that have characterised urban centres over the past decade. The fliud shifts of colour and structure in Ackermann's images make his cityscapes appear to be living, breathing, and organic entities. For this exhibition at IMMA he will produce a site-sensitive work which will involve painting, sculpture and installation. Ackermann's work consists of two major practices. His smaller works on paper, Untitled: mental maps, are drawn while travelling, reproducing the cities and landscapes he visits in the form of topographic memory. His larger paintings, which depict urban dynamics in the form of organic energy centres, are based on the experience of all his travels via documentation, postcards and newspapers.

Franz Ackermann, faceland III, 2003, 1 lamp (aluminium, lightbulbs, cable), 100 cm; ca. 90 kg, 10 drawings, mixed media on paper, 1 c-print, 20 x 30 cm, 1 wallpainting, dimensions variable, 1 object (bag with empty bottles)Franz Ackermann, faceland III, 2003, 1 lamp (aluminium, lightbulbs, cable), 100 cm; ca. 90 kg, 10 drawings, mixed media on paper, 1 c-print, 20 x 30 cm, 1 wallpainting, dimension variable, 1 object (bag with empty bottles) Franz Ackermann, faceland III, 2003, 1 lamp (aluminium, lightbulbs, cable), 100 cm; ca. 90 kg, 10 drawings, mixed media on paper, 1 c-print, 20 x 30 cm, 1 wallpainting, dimensions variable, 1 object (bag with empty bottles)

 

A large publication with essays by Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, curator and critic, Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Portikus, Frankfurt and Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, accompanies the exhibition. To buy the catalogue click >arrow linkhere

To view the introduction text to the exhibition please download the below link:

> arrow linkDownload: Franz Ackermann Exhibition Introduction (Adobe Acrobat pdf  - 32KB)

The exhibition is supported by the Goethe Institute, Dublin.  

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A Limited Edition print of  Franz Ackermann's work is available to buy, please follow the link to >arrow link IMMA Edition: Franz Ackermann

To buy the catalogue for this exhibition click >arrow linkhere

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