Thomas Zipp

Biography of Thomas Zipp

Thomas Zipp (born 1966 in Heppenheim, Denmark) is a German installation artist and painter, currently living and working in Berlin. Primarily creating large-scale installations, Zipp works in a variety of mediums, ranging from paper to florescent light. His works are distinctive for their gothic dark humor, and referencing of politics, popular culture, science, literature, and philosophy. Controversial or rebellious figures from the past feature heavily, in the artist's efforts to explore, as he describes it, the weirdness of mankind. The result is an ominous interpretation of Western civilization in paintings that are a distorted muddle of black scribbles and violence.


Critically acclaimed worldwide, the artist has had various solo exhibitions throughout Europe, the most prominent of which was his work for the 55th Venice Biennale of 2013 (Comparative Investigation about the Disposition of the Width of a Circle, Palazzo Rossini). Major group exhibitions include: Ritornando a Gand, CIAC, Ghent (2014); Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany, Saatchi Gallery, London (2011); If Not In This Period Of Time: Contemporary German Painting 1989-2010, Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo (2010); Wystawa, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw (2009); Defamation of Character, PS1, New York (2006); and Rings of Saturn, Tate Modern, London (2006). Zipp also featured in the 4th Berlin Biennale (2006). His work can also be found in acclaimed international collections, including the Saatchi Collection, London; La Colección Jumex, Mexico City; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Boros Collectin, Berlin and Sammlung Goetz, Munich.

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