As part of the cooperation Painting forever! Berlinische Galerie will show works by Franz Ackermann.
Ackermann, born in St. Veit (Bavaria) in 1963, has been ranked for 15 years or more among the major artists of our day. His works can be seen in many public collections, and he has had wide-ranging opportunities to produce work for specific locations.
For the first big exhibition hall at Berlinische Galerie, Franz Ackermann has developed a special spatial concept that places wall painting, panel art and photography in conversation with one another. Lines of sight play a role in his concept, as do transport and travel routes, room dimensions and the technical equipment that is to be found on the floors and in the walls and ceilings of exhibition halls.
Painting Forever! is a cooperation of Berlinische Galerie, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art and Nationalgalerie, State Museums of Berlin. For the launch of this cooperation project, initiated by the Berlin Senate, the institutions involved have chosen painting as the focal point of this collaboration, which is to be continued in the future.
The individual and group presentations of the four exhibition formats of Painting Forever! will demonstrate various approaches to the medium: installation-based and location-specific approaches will play a role, as will classical concepts of painting. The exhibitions are based on various artistic and curatorial positions and, despite their diversity, all address the question of what painting can and wants to be today.