Hauser & Wirth Announces Exclusive Representation of the Estate Günther Förg

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Hauser & Wirth Announces Exclusive Representation of the Estate Günther Förg

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce its worldwide exclusive representation of the Estate Günther Förg (1952 – 2013), whose retrospective ‘Gunther Förg: A Fragile Beauty’ is currently on view at The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam through 14 October 2018 and will travel to Dallas Museum of Art in the fall.

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce its worldwide exclusive representation of the Estate Günther Förg (1952 – 2013), whose retrospective ‘Gunther Förg: A Fragile Beauty’ is currently on view at The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam through 14 October 2018 and will travel to Dallas Museum of Art in the fall.

Born in Füssen, Germany, Förg was a prolific painter, sculptor, graphic designer, and photographer whose daring conceptual works incorporate and critique tropes of the sprawling movement known as Modernism. His multidisciplinary oeuvre comprises a series of ambitious, sustained investigations into new materials and philosophies. Förg tirelessly engaged the intellectual context of 20th-century art-making, creating deft and witty reactions to the Minimalism of Kazimir Malevich, the figuration of Paul Klee, the formal abstraction of Blinky Palermo, and the Expressionism of Clyfford Still and Mark Rothko. In so doing, he left behind an oeuvre that defies easy categorization.

A leading artistic figure in Germany until his death in 2013, Förg created an art that continues to be widely exhibited in Europe and wider afield.

Hauser & Wirth will present its first exhibition devoted to Förg in the United States in Spring 2019. In working with the artist’s Estate, the gallery’s goal is to introduce Förg’s contributions to wider audiences and new generations internationally through exhibitions, the commissioning of new scholarship and research, and by supporting publication of the catalogue raisonné.

Iwan Wirth, co-Founder and President of Hauser & Wirth, remarked, ‘We are honored to work with Ika Huber, Gunther Förg’s widow and managing director of the Estate, and Michael Neff, the artist‘s longtime assistant who now works closely with the Estate, to ensure that Förg’s audacious practice is not only understood and appreciated worldwide, but embraced by new generations of art historians, artists, and museums. A critical component of our gallery’s mission is to serve as custodians of artists’ estates and stewards of their ideas and contributions. We are particularly excited to work on furthering Förg’s reputation in Asia and the United States, and to develop internationally the great passion for the artist’s work that exists in his homeland of Germany.’

Ika Huber and Michael Neff commented, ‘For many years Förg was a central figure in Germany’s art scene and showed with a broad range of artists and galleries of his generation. Each of these relationships had a profound influence and helped guide his career, but since the artist’s death in 2013 we have been focused on establishing the Estate and now require a different kind of gallery representation. Hauser & Wirth is renowned for a first-class reputation in estate management – their obvious sensitivity and experience in this area makes Hauser & Wirth the natural partner for us as we look to the future and we are excited to begin this new chapter together.’

 

 

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