Friedrich Kunath, untitled, 2004. Courtesy of Blum & Poe, Los Angeles; BQ, Cologne; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

Friedrich Kunath: Rising vs. Setting




Working in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, and photography, German artist Friedrich Kunath creates work that explores themes heavily associated with

the legacy of German Romanticism. Melancholy, desire, vulnerability, hope, and

loneliness run throughout Kunath's work, which, although tinged with optimism, is often darkly humorous.

While Kunath's work is highly associative-frequently incorporating song titles, lyrics, and other elements of popular culture-it is constantly unpinned by a sense of the deeply personal and the utterly sincere. Playful shifts of scale and a poetic use of materials are employed by the artist to redouble a feeling of fragmented experience.

Kunath's exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum-his first one-person museum exhibition in the United States-will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue.


Friedrich Kunath Catalogue


Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson Essay


Gregor Jansen essay


Anna Grande essay


Jeff Poe essay

Friedrich Kunath: Rising vs. Setting is organized by the Aspen Art Museum and funded in part by theAAM National Council. Underwriting provided by Nancy and Bob Magoon with additional support from Allen and Kelli Questrom and Barbara and Jonathan Lee. AAM Art Talks are part of the Questrom Lecture Series.