Markus Amm

Germany 1969

Minimal Art

Markus Amm
Markus Amm
January 28, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

The versatility of the works by Markus Amm, an artist equally celebrated for his modernist photograms, luminograms, sculptures, oil paintings and drawings is truly praiseworthy. An artist who culls from the best practices of Bauhaus and Russian Constructivism, uses a variety of techniques and materials to create pieces that reside between the Avant guarde movement and futurism. In his artworks Markus Amm continually returns to the question of the surface, which can be transparent, closed, reflecting, or opaque. Yet when trying to describe this surface appearance in language, it loses its distinctness.

Contact the galleries in Germany, London and New York for more Untitled 2009 and Untitled 2012 series
Markus Amm – Untitled Works, 2012

From Japanese Watercolor Paintings to the Finest Works of Bauhaus

Markus Amm was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1969. He studied graphic design at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach.[1] The artist begun his career by painting watercolor paintings that explored space and colors in a series of pieces inspired by the ancient Japanese art. But his career path suddenly changed when he stumbled upon a book on an imperial 17-century villa named Katsura. The building built in 17th-century Kyoto was made in the finest Bauhaus style which drew the attention of the artist who begun to turn to abstract and geometrical forms. He begun to create new monochromatic, process- based oil on canvas paintings and drawings while photographing his process every step of the way. These photographs were then enlarged and recomposed to create new works. His brushstrokes are bold and conspicuous while some of his oil painting are created by using stretchers pressing trough the canvas.

One of the best exhibitions of paintings by Markus Amm

Canvas works at London, Hamburg and Berlin
Markus Amm Exhibition at Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart Installation View

Markus Amm Photograms

The artist came into prominence in 2004 when he exhibited an installation of work reminiscent to the pieces on Piet Mondrian and the masters of Russian Constructivism at a group show named Formalismus- Moderne Kunst, heute at the Hamburg Kunstverein. The show was inspired by the bold theses that content and formalism do not exclude each other and that both political and critical content can be conveyed trough non-objective and minimalist art forms. The exhibit that proved that content can be expressed trough aesthetics, textures and the choices of material just as much as trough blunt statements brought Markus Amm and is fellow artists an international fame. Markus Amm is one of the few modern artists experimenting with the media of photograms. And art form pioneered by Man Ray and the famous Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy consists of placing a variety of objects onto photosensitive surfaces. These objects are then exposed to light that causes a creation of an inverted image of the item on the photosensitive material. Markus Amm’s untitled photograms are executed in the small scale and feature an array of angular structure reminiscent of abstract and cubist paintings.[2] These monochromatic, mechanically produced art pieces mix the optimistic spirit of Avant guarde and a futuristic aesthetic. Apart from his celebrated phonograms the artist also created a series of luminograms in his famous Untitled series. Unlike photograms that are created by placing an object to photosensitive surface, luminograms are created by exposing these surfaces to light. Markusa Amm folded photosensitive paper in a different ways to create a variety of new shapes and forms. In these artworks you can see precisely where light penetrated the folded photographic paper and where it failed to do so which results in different graduations of grey.

Markus Amm’s Untitled photograms feature an array of angular structure reminiscent of abstract and cubist paintings

Untitled works on view at Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg,2009 and The Breeder Gallery in Athens
Markus Amm – Untitled Works, 1999

Markus Amm Angular Drawings

Markus Amm drawings convey an array of illusion and angular depictions of space. By using the additive process of collage the artist produces the optical illusion of depth in his pieces. He layers photographs and tape on his artworks and then uses pencils and colored pens to draw over them. This unusual technique results in a unique mixture of an illustrated form and the texture of the material. Markus Amm has had numerous gallery and museum exhibitions, his work has been on view at Galerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, The Breeder Gallery in Athens, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Herald Street, London, Harris Lieberman gallery in New York, and at Galerie Kamm in Berlin, among others.

Markus Amm lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland.


  1. Koerner von Gustorf O., (2007), You Can’t Reinvent Modernism- An Encounter with Markus Amm , DB Art Mag, [March, 11, 2017]
  2. Anonymous, (2011) Markus Amm’s Biography, Saatchi Gallery, [March 11, 2017]

Featured image: Markus Ann – Untitled, 2005 diptych
Images via

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2017MARKUS AMM, PIERO GOLIA Muttenz Kunsthaus Baselland.Group
2015Markus AmmSammlung Lenikus, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2015XHerald St, London, EnglandGroup
2014Markus AmmHerald St, London, UKSolo
2014Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract PaintingLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USGroup
2013Mind is outer spaceCasey Kaplan, New York, USGroup
2013Die geometrie der dingeGesellschaft Fuer Aktuelle Kunst Bremen, DEGroup
2013DuveBerlin, DEGroup
2013Only Here - The Federeal Republic of Germany's Contemporary Art CollectionBundeskunsthalle Bonn, DE Group
2013Nothing turned Itself Inside OutWhite Flag Projects, St Louis, USGroup
2013Very New WorksDUVE Berlin, Berlin, DE Group
2013Acquisitions from 2007 to 2011Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, DEGroup
2013Winter ShowMarc Jancou Contemporary, Geneva, CHGroup
2013TactilityNils Staerk, Copenhagen, DKGroup
2012Markus AmmHerald St, London, UKSolo
2012Markus AmmKarin Guenther, Hamburg, DESolo
2012UnknownThe Arts Club, London, UKGroup
2011Actual Fact - Factual FactMärkisches Museum, Witten, DEGroup
2011Markus AmmDavid Kordansky, Los Angeles, USSolo
2011The Minimal GestureTimothy Taylor Gallery, London, UKGroup
2011Painting ExtravaganzaCardi Black Box, Milan, ITGroup
2011Konkret.analytisch.radikal.oder soOverbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck, DEGroup
2011Abstract & TracesRibordy Contemporary, CHGroup
2010Markus AmmArtforum, Berlin, DESolo
2010The Artist and the photographAusstellungsraum, Basel, CHGroup
2010Photogenic- Abstract PhotographyBlanket Gallery, Vancouver, CAGroup
2010Quantos QueresMARZ Galeria, Lisbon, PTGroup
2010Burn Baby BurnGalerie Duve, Berlin, DEGroup
2010SupernatureAn Exercise in Loads, AMP Gallery, Athens, GRGroup
2010GruppenausstellungArtleib, Düsseldorf, DEGroup
2010Markus AmmKunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, DESolo
2009A Twilight ArtHarris Lieberman, New York, USGroup
2009Markus AmmThe Breeder, Athens, GRSolo
2009ProcessedHunter University Studio Gallery, New York, USGroup
2009Black HoleCCA Andratx, ESGroup
2009PrivatWuppertal Sammler der Gegenwart, Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal, DEGroup
2009My Summer ShowGalerie Lelong, New York, USGroup
2009Nothing to say and I am saying itKunstverein Freiburg, DEGroup
2008Le RetourNice and Fit Gallery, Berlin, DEGroup
2008Markus AmmHerald St, London, UKSolo
2008Eine ReaktionGalerie Jacky Strenz, Frankfurt A.M, DEGroup
2008ZuordnungsproblemeJohann Koenig Gallery, Berlin, DEGroup
2008Private-Corporate VSammlung Lafrenz, Sammlung Daimler, Haus Huth (Daimler Contemporary), Berlin, DEGroup
2008Never Seen BeforeDeutsche Bank, Berlin, DEGroup
2007Blind Date IstanbulSakip Sabanci Müzesi/Museum, Istanbul, TRGroup
2007Lines, Squares and CubesProduzentengalerie, Hamburg, DEGroup
2007Stuff: International Contemporary Art from the Collection of Burt AaronMuseum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, USGroup
2007VIER5CAC - Centre d´art contemporain de Brétigny, Brétigny sur Orge, FRGroup
2007Markus AmmStatements, Art Basel 38, CHSolo
2007Ballet MecaniqueTimothy Taylor Gallery, London, UKGroup
2007Neuer KonstruktivismusBielefelder Kunstverein, DE Group
2007Very Abstract & Hyper FigurativeThomas Dane Gallery, London, UKGroup
2006West London ProjectsLondon, UKGroup
2006Markus AmmBreeder, Athens, GRSolo
2006More the Meets the EyeDeutsche Bank collection, TouringGroup
2006DereconstructionGladstone gallery, New York, USGroup
2006The Figs Play Fox DeadDavid Kordansky, Los Angeles, USGroup
2006Markus AmmDavid Kordansky, Los Angeles, USSolo
2006Ink Toy AfinitasCereal Art, Philadelphia, USGroup
2005Herald St and The Modern Institute PresentGavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NYGroup
2005William Blake & SonsLewis Gluckman gallery, Cork, IEGroup
2005Group showTanya Bonakdar, New York, USGroup
2005Meet You at The CornerFortescue Ave, London, UKGroup
2005InauguralHerald St, London, UKGroup
2005Liquid Soft Lightning touchDoggerfisher, Edinburgh, UKGroup
2005Markus AmmHerald St, London, UKSolo
2004FormalismusModerne Kunste, Kunstverein Hamburg, DEGroup
2004Black Friday. Excercises in HermeticsGalerie Kamm, Berlin, DEGroup
2004LocalterminHaus der Kunststiftung Baden, Stuttgart, DEGroup
2004AusstellungsraumTaubenstrasse, Hamburg, DEGroup
2004KunstlichtkongressKunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich, CHGroup
2004New PartyBreeder, Athens, GRGroup
2003Spate BlatterGalerie Karin Guenther, Hamburg, DESolo
2003Reisefreiheit, StipendiatenausstellungKunsthaus Hamburg, DEGroup
2003EASTNorwich gallery, UKGroup
2003Work on paperDumbo Art Centre, New York, USGroup
2003LadybirdGoldbekhaus, Hamburg, DESolo
2002UnknownKaiserstr 21A, Karlsruhe, DEGroup
2002Projecteraum vier 5Fiedler-Reicart, Frankfurt A.M, DESolo
2002Markus AmmGalerie Karin Guenther, Hamburh, DESolo
2002Ich ging im WaldeGalerie Borgmann, Nathusius, Cologne, DEGroup
2002JahresgabenHamburger Kunstverein, DEHerald StGroup
2002Yes, we’re excerptsAndrew Kreps, New York, USGroup
2002MetropolitanGalerie Jurgen Becker; Karin Guenther, DEGroup
2002Raum 2 IkonblastManifesta 4, Frankfurt A.M, DEGroup
2002StipendiatenaustellungKunsthaus Hamburg, DEGroup
2001Markus AmmKatsura, KX, Hamburg, DESolo
2001PostGalerie Nomadenoase, Golden Pudel Club, Hamburg, DESolo
2001First Review, Projectraum vier5Fiedler-Reichert, Frankfurt A.M, DEGroup
2000Markus AmmDie MandarinEmphase,HfbK, Hamburg, DESolo
19991Fahrradhalle, Offenbach, DEGroup
1999UnknownTemple Bar Gallery, Dublin, IEGroup