Biography of Günther Förg
Prominent German artist Günther Förg's (born 1952 in Füssen, DE; died 2013) oeuvre is complex and varied, encompassing paintings, drawings, prints, photography, and sculptural works. His style was abstract with a sustained focus on the geometric and was heavily influenced by modern architecture. Förg is best known for his monochrome wall paintings and experimentation with unconventional materials such as lead and wood through which he explored the relationship between austere modernist architecture and fascist ideology in Bauhaus architecture. While still considerate of Bauhaus architecture, his paintings are more a consideration of the medium itself and dialogue with painters Ad Reinhardt, Blinky Palermo, Barnett Newman, and Ellsworth Kelly.
The artist has received substantial international acclaim including a number of major international exhibitions among them at documenta 9 in 1992, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Kunstmuseum Basel, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, and at Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. His work is owned by prestigious institutions such as the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. Günther Förg won the Wolfgang Hahn Prize in 1996.