Franz Ackerman

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German artist Franz Ackermann created this lithograph collage on the occasion of his solo exhibition at IMMA in 2004. Ackermann is interested in the changing faces of cities in ever more globalised societies and believes that cities are living breathing entities. This work is part of a series of small 'mental map' works that depict both physical and mental journey for the artist.


Born in Germany in 1963, Franz Ackermann’s work derives from his wide-ranging travels from Tokyo, Manila, Hanoi and Bangkok to Rome and São Paolo. His experiences within this world are that of a tourist, rather than a traveller, and his work reflects this dizzying sensory overl oad. Ackermann’s large installation paintings depict urban dynamics in the form of organic energy centres via documentation, postcards and newspapers. His works read as a geographical metaphor for the ways in which travel and digital communication can be substituted for each other in a world which is becoming faster and easier to navigate every day. Recent solo exhibitions include Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo, 2005; White Cube, London, 2006; neugerriemschneider, Berlin, 2007; Domus Artium, Salamanca, 2007 and Mai 36 Gallerie, Zurich, 2008.

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Crossing Centre, 2005

  • Lithograph
  • Sheet Size: 65 x 51 cm
  • Image Size: 42 x 36 cm
  • Limited Edition of 50
  • Signed an numbered by the artist

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