Günther Förg, 1952-2013


Günther Förg died Dec. 5 at 61. Förg was known for his Modernist-influenced work, which included painting,  photography and sculpture.

A native of Füssen, Germany, Förg began his career after graduating from Munich’s Akademie der Bildenden Künste in 1979. His early work consisted mainly of monochromatic painting, but he later began creating assemblages and taking large-format architectural photographs, largely of buildings used by the Nazis or the Italian Fascist regime.

Förg’s first solo show was held at gallery Rüdiger Schöttle in Munich in 1980. Among Förg’s exhibition highlights are “Etats Unis” (1989) at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art, “Pays Bas” (1995) at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum and a 2006 photography exhibition at Kunsthalle Bremen. His work was included in Documenta 9 in 1992.

Formerly a teacher at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe, Germany (1992-99), Förg had served as a professor of painting and graphic design at his alma mater since 1999. His work is part of the permanent collections at institutions such as the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt; Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin.