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: All The Answers Are Within You, 2022
, oil on canvas, 121.9 x 91.4 x 4.5 cm.; 48 x 36 x 1 3/4 in. Photo: courtesy of the artist

Group Exhibitions

The yellow light at 6pm:
Remembering, envisioning, sensing landscape

Darren Almond, Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, André Butzer, Sarah Crowner, Carroll Dunham, Hedwig Eberle, Ida Ekblad, Günther Förg, Katharina Grosse, Alex Israel, Melike Kara, Alex Katz, Friedrich Kunath, Beth Letain, Jake Longstreth, Tal R, David Salle, Julian Schnabel, David Schutter, Sean Scully, Ben Sledsens, Mònica Subidé, Vivian Suter, Liliane Tomasko, Tursic & Mille, Rinus Van de Velde, Grace Weaver, Emma Webster, Toby Ziegler
curated by Christian Malycha

Berlin: Goethestraße 2/3
23 June – 19 August 2023

Selected Institutional Exhibitions




Born in Chemnitz, Germany


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


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


Grant/scholarship of the Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main


Peter Mertes Stipendium, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn

Lives and works in Los Angeles


The Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Culture Center, Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles 

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

Pinault Collection, Paris

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis



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


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


Sensitive Euro Man
König Galerie, Berlin


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


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


Frutti di Mare
Blum & Poe, Los Angele



Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort 

Philara Collection, Dusseldorf

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

My Loneliness Shines
VNH Gallery, Paris


Sentimental Air
BQ, Berlin


Earth to Fuckface
White Cube, Hong Kong

A Plan to Follow Summer Around The World
Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine

If I Could Only Remember Your Name
Kunsthalle Bremerhaven

The Forest Smelled Like Bananas 
CAPRI, Dusseldorf

Nassau County Museum of Art, New York

Grand Optimist
The Eastern Star Gallery, Los Angeles

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


Raymond Moody’s Blues

Modern Art Oxford

I’m Running Out of World
White Cube, Mason’s Yard, London


Lacan’s Haircut

Blum & Poe, Tokyo

Your Life is not for You
Sprengel Museum, Hanover

Things We Did When We Were Dead
BQ, Berlin

Lonely are the Free 
Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin

The Most Beautiful World in the World 
White Cube, London 


Tropical Depression
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

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

Hammer Projects: Friedrich Kunath
The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles 

Oehman Collection, Kunstsaele Berlin


Hello Walls
BQ, Berlin

7 x 14
Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

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


Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

Rising vs. Setting
Aspen Art Museum


Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Friedrich Kunath 
Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster, Aachen

BQ, Cologne


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


Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York


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


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


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


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

CHAUSSE 37, Berlin


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


Why Are My Friends Such Finks
BQ, Cologne



The yellow light at 6pm:
Remembering, envisioning, sensing landscape
, curated by Christian Malycha
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Borrowed Landscapes

Blum & Poe, Tokyo 

Transformations. Works from the Collection of La Mobilière

Museum Franz Gertsch, Burgdorf


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


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


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

MAKI Collection, Tennoz, Tokyo



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,

Gana Art, Seoul


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

Almine Rech Gallery, New York

LA Friends Part 1
Rental Gallery, East Hampton

Blum & Poe, New York

Under the Night Sky
Albertz Benda, New York


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

Form and Volume
CFHILL, Stockholm


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 

Gagosian, Athens

Human Condition
Los Angeles Metropolitan Medical Center

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


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



Venus Over Manhattan, New York

New Image Painting
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

Lone Tree
Marlborough Chelsea, New York

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


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


Always, Sometimes, Often, Never
Gagosian, Beverly Hills

Midnight Party
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Saatchi Gallery, London

Kunstpavillon, Innsbruck

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

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

Tate Britain, London


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

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


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


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


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, Dusseldorf

Museum fur Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main


Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

Nothing But Pleasure
BAWAG Foundation, Vienna

Het Gebouw, Utrecht

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


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


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


Blum & Poe, Los Angeles


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

Hammer Sidi, London

Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg


Zero Gravity
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Dusseldorf

BQ, Cologne


Parking Meters, Cologne

Make My Paper Sound 
Studiogalerie Kunstverein Braunschweig


Junge Kunst im Zweiten
Staatstheater Braunschweig

Dirty Windows, Berlin


VOXXX-Galerie, Chemnitz

Green Room, San Diego


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


Selected Press

Contemporary Art Review March 2020

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Ssense November 2016

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Artforum December 2015

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