Peter Zimmermann - Untitled, 2004 (detail)

Peter Zimmermann

Germany 1956

Abstract Art

Peter Zimmermann
Peter Zimmermann
January 30, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Peter Zimmermann is a Contemporary Abstract artist known for his blob paintings. His medium is typically airbrushing combined with digital arts; he mainly uses programs such as Photoshop to express his unique point of view. Zimmermann gained international prominence with his individualistic paintings.

Peter Zimmermann was born in 1956 in Freiburg, Germany, and began his studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste, in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2002, Zimmermann received a professorship at Kunsthochschule fur Medien, Cologne, Germany. He has also been a guest lecturer at Universitat Luneburg in Luneberg, Germany.

He became famous with his collection entitled Book Covers in the 1980’s, in which he conceptualized the artwork on classic books and art catalogs. This collection was interesting in that Zimmermann was turning art into art. Primary Structures is one of the works in this grouping; this piece is based on a 1966 catalogue for the Minimalist Art exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York, NY. Zimmerman’s first exhibit was at the Galerie Tanja Grunert in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1981.

Another well-known collection by Zimmermann is the Blob Paintings. The blob paintings are created on a computer, by taking found materials (photographs taken by others) and then abstracting them through Photoshop. Zimmermann then transfers the image to canvas by means of airbrushing, and carefully applies epoxy over the image, creating an Abstract, multi-textured form. While they could be dismissed as merely decorative, the layering of the different mediums draws the eye. Once set, the epoxy resin gives off the appearance of an inner light emanating from within the Abstract form. One of Zimmermann’s well-known blob paintings is entitled Air (2006).

Zimmermann‘s works have been shown at several museums, including the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, OH, the Museum Wiesbaden in Wiesbaden, Germany, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum, in Salzburg, Germany, the Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit, MI, the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art in New Orleans, LA, and the New York Public Library in New York, NY. He has published two volumes of his work, titled simply Peter Zimmermann. One volume was published in 2007 and one in 2009.

Zimmermann lives and works in Cologne, Germany.

Featured image: Peter Zimmermann – Untitled, 2004 (detail). Epoxy resin on canvas. 57 1/10 × 78 7/10 in. 145 × 200 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Exhibition Fleece Galerie Laleh June, Basel, Switzerland Solo
2014Sur le motifGallery Perrotin, Paris, FranceGroup
2013chrome Dirimart, Istanbul, TurkeyGroup
2013crystal & fruits Galerie Michael Janssen, SingaporeGroup
2012Peter Zimmermann Jens Wolf, Nosbaum Reding gallery, Luxembourg Solo
2012UntitledGalerie Perrotin, Hongkong, ChinaGroup
2012Untitledsmo Gallery Beirut, LebanonGroup
2012UntitledShibboleth öffentlich, privat - Thomas Locher und Peter Zimmermann, Frederiksberg, DenmarkGroup
2011Farbe im Fluß Weserburg Museum, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2011Peter Zimmermann: new paintings Galerie MaxWeberSixFriedrich, Munich, GermanyGroup
2011Panorama - Malerei Kunstverein Schwäbisch Hall and Kunstforum der Bausparkasse Schwäbisch Hall, Germany Solo
2010Kith and Kin Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris Solo
2010Next of Kin Dirimart, Istanbul, Turkey Solo
2010Beauty is Diamond Laleh June Gallery, Basel, Switzerland Group
2010Shibboleth Sammlung Claus Carstensen, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
2010Exquisite Corpse Drawings the Armory Show, New York NY Group
2010Beauty is Diamond Laleh June Gallery, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2010Shibboleth Sammlung Claus Carstensen, Copenhagen, Denmark Group
2010Exquisite Corpse Drawings Armory Show, New York NY Group
2010Beauty is Diamond Laleh June Galerie, Basel, SwitzerlandGroup
2009Galerie Distrito 4 Madrid, SpainSolo
2009UntitledGalerie Michael Janssen, Berlin Solo
2009UntitledGalerie FriedrichUngar, Munich Solo
2009All You Need Museum für Moderne Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Austria Solo
2008Peter Zimmermann Galería Horrach Moya, Palma de MallorcaSolo
2008Peter Zimmermann Galería Manuel Ojeda, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Solo
2008New Paintings Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, PortugalSolo
2008The Box Norma Desmond Productions, Los Angeles CAGroup
2008Slick Surfaces (kuratiert von, curated by Dirk Steimann) Galerie Kleinsimmlinghaus, Düsseldorf ,Villa Goecke, Krefeld, Germany Group
2008UntitledGalerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich Group
2008Vetrautes Terrain Aktuelle Kunst in & über Deutschland – collector’s choice ZKM, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2008A Truley German Saving Grace Norma Desmond Production, Los Angeles CA Group
2008There is Desire left (Knock, knock) Werke aus der Sammlung MondstudioGroup
2008Plasticismes Pràctiques abstractes avui Centre de cultura Sa Nostra, Palma de Mallorca Group
2008The Box Norma Desmond Productions Los Angeles CA Group
2008Slick Surfaces (kuratiert von, curated by Dirk Steimann) Galerie Kleinsimmlinghaus, Düsseldorf , Villa Goecke, Krefeld, GermanyGroup
2008UntitledGalerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, MunichGroup
2008Vetrautes Terrain. Aktuelle Kunst in & über Deutschland – collector’s choice ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany Group
2008A Truley German Saving Grace Norma Desmond Production, Los Angeles CA Group
2008There is Desire left (Knock, knock) Werke aus der Sammlung Mondstudio, Museum Wiesbaden, Kunstmuseum BernGroup
2008Plasticismes Pràctiques abstractes avuiCentre de cultura Sa Nostra, Palma de Mallorca Group
2008Vertrautes Terrain - Collector´s choice ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2008Abstrakt. Museum für Moderne Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, Germany (group)Group
2008UntitledMuseum Moderner Kunst Kärnten, Klagenfurt, AustriaSolo
2008UntitledColumbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio, USASolo
2007UntitledKunsthalle, Nuremberg, Germany Solo
2007Reliance Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, FranceSolo
2007The Happy Lion Los Angeles, CA Solo
2007UntitledGMG Gallery Moscow, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2007Small is beautitul Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc. NewYork, NYGroup
2007Mechanism Projektraum Galerie Michael Janssen, BerlinGroup
2007National Geographic Norma Desmond Productions, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Through the painting Second Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, RussiaGroup
2006Capas de gelatina Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, SpainSolo
2006DistritoQu4tro Madrid, Spain Solo
2006Cialis, Xanax, ...,Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami, FL Solo
2006Different Realities? Crown Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2006Floating forms Abstract art now Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, GermanyGroup
2005Art Unlimited Foire de Bâle, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Waters and Watercolours Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2005Der Kunst ihre Räume Bonner Kunstverein, GermanyGroup
2005The Dazzling Show Galerie Roellin Duerr, St. Gallen, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Extreme Abstraction Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USAGroup
2005Vom bild ,zum Bild, Metarmorphose, Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum, Salzbourg, AustriaGroup
2005Spinnwebzeit Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2005Ratatouille20.21 Galerie Edition Kunsthandel, Essen, GermanyGroup
2005New Paintings Crown Gallery, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2005UntitledOMR Gallery, Mexico City (with Thomas Grünfeld) Solo
2005Nach Rokytník Die Sammlung der EVN Museum Moderner Kunst – Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2005Das schwarze Quadrat Museum Ritter, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2005Miradas y Conceptos Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, SpainGroup
200510 Years! Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2004Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin Paris, FranceSolo
2004Mund Locher Zimmermann Galerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich, GermanyGroup
2004schöner Wohnen New Centre of contemporary art 'BE-PART', Waregem, BelgiumGroup
2004Poles and Pokers Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany Solo
2004Rodolphe Janssen feat Michael Janssen Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2004UntitledGalerie Six Friedrich Lisa Ungar, Munich, GermanyGroup
2004Before and After DCCA, Delaware, USASolo
2004UntitledGalerie Filomena Soares, Lisbon, PortugalSolo
2003x_pollinationKunstmuseum Esbjerg, Esbjerg Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX Solo
2003Der silberne Schnitt Kunststiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2003Der weite Blick Galerie Ralf Ricke, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2003UntitledProduzentengalerie, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2003Preview 2003, The Happy Lion (Leo Koenig, Inc. & Galerie Michael Janssen) Los Angeles, CA, RE-PRODUKTION 2. Galerie Georg Kargl, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2003Schweigen Oberlandesgericht Köln, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2003New abstract painting. Painting abstract now - Abstraktion in der Neuen Malerei Museum Morsbroich Leverkusen, GermanyGroup
2003For all Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Jack He1gesen Collection, NorwayGroup
2003BECOMING First Public School of Hydra, Island of Hydra, GreeceGroup
2002Swing Club Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2002Der Larsen Effekt Casino Luxemburg, LuxembourgGroup
2002Shopping Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2002von ... der Farbe. Stefan Gritsch - Pater Zimmermann Galerie Monika Reitz, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2002Kunst nach Kunst Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2002ReProduction Galerie Bernard Knaus, Mannheim, GermanyGroup
2002Post-Digital Painting Cranbrook Art Museum, Michigan, USAGroup
2002UntitledGalerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, FranceSolo
2002Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany (solo)Group
2002UntitledGalerie Klemens Gasser & Grunert, Inc., New York Zipp. Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany Solo
2001UntitledGalerie 20-21, Essen, Germany Solo
2001FlowKunstverein Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany Solo
2001UntitledGalerie Zwinger, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2001Im: Doppelpack: Herbert Wentscher & Pater ZimmermannKunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, GermanyGroup
2001Glose up _Zur Inszenierung von Nahsicht und Oberflaechen Kunstverein Hannover, Hanover, GermanyGroup
2000Reality bites Kunsthalle Nuremberg, Nuremberg, GermanyGroup
2000The very first Galerie Rivet, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2000Reality Bytes Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, GermanyGroup
2000Orbis Terrarum Museum Platin Moretus, Antwerp, BelgiumGroup
2000Zeitgenossen,Contemporarians,Malerei Galerie 20021, Essen, GermanyGroup
2000Griffelkunst Kunsthaus Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2000Möbel Neue Gallerie, Graz, AustriaGroup
2000Metropolis Fondation Bruxelles, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
2000Stanze Museion Bozen, ItalyGroup
2000UntitledGalerie Six Friedrich & Lisa Ungar Munich, Germany Solo
1999Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert INc New York, NYSolo
1999UntitledGalerie Meile, Luzern, SwitzerlandGroup
1999Rethinking Knowledge OFW, Universitat Köln, Cologne, GermanyGroup
1999Billboard Project Biennial of Liverpool, Liverpool, UKGroup
1998Eigentlich könnte alles auch anders sein Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany Solo
1997(OmU) Otto Dix-Haus Gera, GermanySolo
1997Boxes + surfaces The Agency, London, UKGroup
1996Remixes Icebox, Athens, GreeceSolo
1996UntitledGalerie Urs Meile Luzern, Switzerland Solo
1995Artist in Residence Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, AustriaSolo
1994UntitledGalerie Annette Gmeiner, Stuttgart, GermanySolo
1993UntitledGalerie Urs Meile, Luzern, Switzerland Solo
1992UntitledKunstverein Muenster, Muenster, GermanySolo
1991UntitledGalerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne, GermanySolo
1990UntitledGalerie Christian Goegger, Munich, Germany Solo
1989UntitledGalerie Annette Gmeiner, Stuttgart, Germany Solo
1988UntitledGalerie Foncke, Ghent, Belgium Solo
1987UntitledGalerie Tanja Grunert, Cologne, GermanySolo
1987Denkpause Karsten Schubert, Maureen Pailey, LondonGroup
1986UntitledGalerie Annette Gmeiner, Kirchzarten, Germany Solo
1985UntitledGalerie Annette Gmeiner, Freiburg, GermanyGroup
1984Kunstlandschaft BRD Kunstverein Kassel, Kassel, GermanyGroup
1984Eine andere Plastik Gutenbergstr. 62, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
1983Galerie Tanja Grunert Stuttgart, Germany Solo
1981UntitledGalerie Tanja Grunert, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup