Jürgen Partenheimer, ‘Untitled’, Museum of African Design (MOAD)

Jürgen Partenheimer (*1947 born in Munich, Germany), who studied in the USA, Germany, Mexico and France, counts among Germany´s most outstanding and internationally acclaimed artists of his generation.

Partenheimer participated at the XI. Paris Biennial, XLII. Venice Biennial and XVI. Sao Paulo Biennial leading to the inclusion in exhibitions among others at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Gallery Washington; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Singapore Art Museum; Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Fondacion Miró, Barcelona; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid; Museum Ludwig, Cologne and the National Gallery of Art in Berlin.

In 2000 Partenheimer was the first contemporary German artist to whom the
China National Gallery of Art in Beijing and the Nanjing Museum in Nanjing
dedicated a comprehensive retrospective of his work. Important one person
exhibitions include the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; S.M.A.K. Ghent; IVAM, Valencia; CGAC, Santiago de Compostela;
Nationalgalerie Berlin; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe;
Staedelsches Kunstinstitut Frankfurt; Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo and IKON
Gallery, Birmingham. For 2014 the Museum of Contemporary Art - Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Museum Deichtorhallen-Collection Falckenberg, Hamburg; the Gemeente Museum, The Hague and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver have scheduled exhibitions on different aspects of his oeuvre. 2015 Ariana Museum in Geneva will present Partenheimer´s “Calliope” project, 21 porcelain vessels produced with Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufacture, Munich.

Partenheimer´s awards and grants include the Art Critics’ Prize of Madrid, Spain; the National Endowment of the Arts Award, New York; Arteleku Grant, Basque Ministry of Culture, San Sebastian; Canada Council Grant, Montréal; the Grand Prize for Visual Art, Germany; the Federal Cross of Merit of Germany for outstanding international achievement; Copan, Artist in Residence Award, Sao Paulo, Brazil; the Nietzsche Grant, Artist in Residence, Sils-Maria, Switzerland; Guest of Honour Residency at the German Academy, Villa Massimo in Rome and the Nirox Foundation Residency, Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2014 he received the Audain Distinguished Artist in Residence Award from Emily Carr University, Vancouver.

Jürgen Partenheimer was Visiting Professor at Concordia University, Montréal in 1982, San Francisco Art Institute from 1983-1984 and at Staatliche Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf from 1984-1985. Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of California, Davis in 1985, Professor of Art at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 1987-1990, Visiting Artist at Royal College of Art, Edinburgh from 1992-1994, Rhode Island School of Design and Williams College 2008–2009, WITS School of Arts, Johannesburg, 2011 and Emily Carr University, Vancouver, 2014

His work has been widely published internationally. Monographs include
among others Cantos, Amsterdam, 1997; Fragments, Karlsruhe, 1998; Cantos y otras mentiras / songs and other lies, Valencia, 1999; CrossMapping, Beijing, 2000; Architecture-Sculpture, The Hague, 2001; La robe des choses, Ghent, 2002; Suave Loucura-Gentle Madness, Sao Paulo, 2005; Roma-Sao Paulo Drawings and Copan Diary, Sao Paulo, 2007; Metaphysical Landscape, Basel, 2007; Discontinuity, Paradox and Precision, Birmingham/Bonn, 2008; Lemke, Berlin, 2011; Seeds & Tracks and Folded Spirits, Cologne, 2012; Kalliope, Munich/Cologne, 2013; Das Archiv-The Archive, Berlin, 2014

Image rights: Photographer: Louis Grobler Artwork copyright holder: Jürgen Partenheimer

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