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  • Provenance

    neugerriemschneider, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Since making his first international trip to Asia in 1991 on a DAAD grant, during which he spent a year living in Hong Kong, Ackermann has evolved a set of Situationist-inspired visual practices that have actively investigated the ‘aspects of travel as embodied in the figure of the tourist,” (D. Fogle, “Club Med – A Cheap Holiday in Other People’s Misery”, Parkett no.68, 2003). As an outcome Ackermann has formed large scale paintings sometimes free standing sometimes in form of billboards, walls or traditional works on canvas. His paintings describe colorful fields of geometric extractions and their subject matters -portrayed in bold architectural compositions- merge through shifting perspectives. Ackermann investigates the known, locations of spectacles and public traffic. Versteck 2 displays this continuous obsession with travelling and territorial dynamics. However, the title of the present lot allures to a hide-away place and somewhat alienates its own symbolism. Whilst creating a cartography of the hidden, the construction in this painting becomes striking and non escapable - forced straight into our sight, perhaps with pronounced deliberation from the artist.


Versteck 2 (Hiding Place 2)

Oil on canvas.

74 7/8 x 110 1/4 in. (190.2 x 280 cm).
Signed and dated “Franz Ackermann '00” on the reverse.This work is accompanied by a photo certificate signed by the artist.

£100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for £96,000

The Marino Golinelli Collection

13 October 2007, 1pm