Franz Ackermann generates enthusiastic paintings and installations that disclose different aspects of tourism, based on themes like globalization and urban life. With his first major series Mental Maps he has created watercolor paintings that combine the street maps’ sensitivity to reflect the truth and his own interpretation of the cities where he has been to. Franz Ackermann designed large-scale dynamic installations using components such as paintings, photographs, wall drawings, sculptures, and structures resembling advertising panels.
Franz Ackermann (b. 1963 Neumarkt St. Veit) was exhibited extensively internationally, including solo exhibitions at Portikus Frankfurt am Main (1997); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2000); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2002); Kunsthalle Basel (2002); Irish Museum of Modern Art (2005); Kunstmuseum St Gallen (2008); Kunstmuseum Bonn (2009); Faena Arts Center, Buenos Aires (2012); Mental Maps – Eikones, Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (2014); Dessins, Daniel Templon, Paris (2016); Come On!, Dirimart Dolapdere, Istanbul (2017); and group exhibitions Drawing from the Modern 1975–2005, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005); Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (2005); Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate Britain, London (2009); Group Exhibition, Mai 36 Showroom, Zurich (2017). Franz Ackermann lives and works in Berlin.