Günther Förg

A Game of Chess


Paris, Turenne

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  • Ledoux VII, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux II, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux III, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux V, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux XII, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux VI, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux X, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux VIII, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux XI, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux I, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • , Ledoux XIII, 2000/2013
    Black and white photograph
    250 x 130 cm
    98 3/8 x 51 1/8 in
  • © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 1990
    Acrylic on wood, in artist's frame
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 1990
    Acrylic on wood, in artist's frame
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 1990
    Acrylic on wood, in artist's frame
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • , Untitled, 1990
    Acrylic on wood, in artist's frame
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in
  • , Untitled, 1990
    Acrylic on wood, in artist's frame
    60 x 50 cm
    23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in
  • , Untitled, 1996
    Acrylic on canvas
    120 x 100 cm
    47 1/4 x 39 3/8 in
  • © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 1990
    Acrylic on lead on wood
    150 x 115 cm
    59 1/8 x 45 1/4 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 2005
    Acrylic on wood
    55 x 45 cm
    21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 2005
    Acrylic on wood
    55 x 45 cm
    21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 2005
    Acrylic on wood
    45 x 55 cm
    17 3/4 x 21 5/8 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 2005
    Acrylic on wood
    55 x 45 cm
    21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • ©  Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 2005
    Acrylic on wood
    55 x 45 cm
    21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
    , Untitled, 2005
    Acrylic on wood
    55 x 45 cm
    21 5/8 x 17 3/4 in
    © Günther Förg, Courtesy of the Artist and Almine Rech - Photo: Ana Drittanti
  • , Untitled, 1995
    Acrylic on canvas
    250 x 413 cm
    98 3/8 x 162 5/8 in
  • , Untitled, 1998
    Acrylic on canvas
    250 x 420 cm
    98 3/8 x 165 3/8 in

Press release

Förg was born in the Allgäu region and studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, his ideas have continuously migrated through numerous media. In 1984, Förg earned his spurs after being included in von hier haus, an exhibition on new German painting that Kasper König curated in Düsseldorf. Since then, he has been associated with two trajectories in postwar art. The history of his reception within the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam illustrates the duality of his protean artistic practice. In 1995, the Stedelijk, which at the time was led by Rudi Fuchs, presented Förg as the successor to the Germanic painters grouped together as the so-called ‘Neo-Expressionists’: Georg Baselitz, Per Kirkeby, Markus Lüpertz, and A.R. Penck. ‘A New Spirit in Painting’ (1981) showed that these artists actually endeavoured to root themselves in the culture of their origins and the pictorial tradition. More recently — as seen in the retrospective held three years ago by the Stedelijk and the Dallas Museum of Art — Förg was portrayed as an artist concerned with the interpretation and exploration of modernism from a European and continental perspective (which Blinky Palermo inaugurated in Germany). The current exhibition at Almine Rech shows, however, that Förg’s strength lies rather in his ability to create artworks that resist any kind of determinism, and are thereby not programmatic at all, which is to say that they are not embedded in the construction of a certain discourse on art. Förg expressed, basically, a fragile beauty, working at the threshold of ‘Neo-Expressionism’ and modernism.  

-  Théo de Luca, Author, Yale University


Selected press