Thomas Zipp

Germany 1966

Installation, Painting

Thomas Zipp
Thomas Zipp
January 30, 2015
Music, Gestalt, .

Thomas Zipp is a Berlin artist whose work has been shown throughout the world. Zipp’s work consists largely of installations; these pieces involve taking the space provided to him and creating artistic statements. Zipp works in a variety of media, from paper to florescent light.

Zipp was born in 1966 in  Born in Freiburg in Breisgaus. He studied art at both the Städelschule in Frankfort and at the Slade School in London. His London studies lasted from 1992 to 1998.

Zipp’s work is purposefully dark. His subjects are often controversial historical figures. Otto Hahn, the father of nuclear chemistry, and Martin Luther, the Protestant monk from the 15th-century who helped begin the schism of the Catholic Church, are featured in multiple installations. The artist’s treatment of these historical figures is that of a moralist, pointing out their flaws using his artwork. Many of his subjects are disfigured, with Zipp placing needles in their eyes or covering the subject with scribbles. Zipp doesn’t limit himself to the subjects.

Thomas also extends his artistic disdain to the subject’s work. In his 2008 exhibition White Dada, for example, he created a series of Dada-style montages in what appears to be a Victorian-era lecture hall, with several defaced photographs attached. The photos included a description of electro-shock therapy and images of drugs. A collection of vases completes the installation. These vases were filled with dead plants, including poppies. The combination of installation parts is a statement on the art and narcotic experiments of Dada. In the center of the installation, Zipp placed a drum kit, microphone, organ, amp and, distortion pedals. On the opening day, Zipp and his band performed, leaving the instruments behind as a rebellious statement against Dada’s work. The White Dada expedition took place at the Alison Jacques Gallery in London.

This artist has exhibited in New York with his Defamation of Character at the PS1 in 2006, and he has had his work Rings of Saturn shown at the Tate Modern in London in 2006. Other showings include those at the OTTO in Copenhagen and the Transmission Gallery in Glasgow.
Zipp currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

Year Exhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013UntitledGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2013the pink noise diaries Kaufmann Repetto, Milan, Italy Solo
2012Comparative Investigation about the Disposition of the Width of Circle KAI 10, Arthena Foundation. Düsseldorf, Germany Solo
2012The Chips are down Harris Lieberman, New York, USA Solo
2012Beyond Memory Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, IsraelGroup
2012The Poster Show Galerie Carlier – Gebauer, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011–2012Beyond the Superego Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2011–2012Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany Saatchi Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2011–2012Berlin-Klondyke 2011 Art Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2011iALPTRAUM Blank Projects, Cape Town, South AfricaGroup
2011Berlin Klondike 2011 The Odd Gallery, Dawson, CanadaGroup
2011Pop Hits Autocenter, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2011Among Flesh Alsion Jacques Gallery, London, EnglandGroup
2011ALPTRAUM,NIGHTMARE Cell Project Space, London, EnglandGroup
2011The World's most complete Congress of Ritatin Treatments Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria Solo
2011UntitledGalerie Baronian-Francey, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2011The forbidden Conduct (Deviations in conservative societies) Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel Solo
2010Aids to theater technique Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, GermanySolo
2010UntitledGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, GermanySolo
2010(White Reformation CO-OP) MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany Solo
2010Nachtdarstellungen in der zeitgenössischen Malerei Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, GermanyGroup
2010Wystawa Muzeum Sztuki Nowoczesnej, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2009–2010Faces Kunstverein Heppenheim, GermanySolo
2009The World’s Most Complete Congress Of Strange PeopleGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, Germany Solo
2009MENS AGITAT MOLEM (Luther & The Family of Pills) Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany Solo
2009ILSATIN Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, Italy Solo
2009Galerie Seiler Munich, GermanySolo
2009Die andere Seite KAI 10 Raum für Kunst, Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, GermanyGroup
2009Nothing is permanent Albert Baronian, Profession: Galeriste, La Centrale électrique, European Centre for Contemporary Art, Brüssel, BelgiumGroup
2008Das zweite Gesicht Sammlung Südhausbau, Munich, GermanyGroup
2008Thomas Zipp, Anouk De Clercq , Dolores Bouckaert Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, BelgiumGroup
2008Back to Black Die Farbe schwarz in der aktuellen Malerei, Kestner, Hannover, GermanyGroup
2008Butzer Hofer Meese Strode ZippSammlung Sperling, Mainburg, GermanyGroup
2008Thomas Zipp – White Dada Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UKSolo
2008THOMAS ZIPP PAINTINGS 2002-2007 Marc Jancou, New York, USASolo
2008S.S.B.S.M. (sick souls by sick minds) Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanySolo
2008Thomas Zipp Harris Lieberman, New York, USASolo
2007UntitledDe Appel Amsterdam, NetherlandsSolo
2007MOOLeSDe (BIRDS) Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland Solo
2007Planet Caravan a Futuristic World Fair Kunsthalle Mannheim, GermanySolo
2007Planet Caravan? Is there a life after death? Kunstmuseum Mühlheim an der Ruhr, GermanySolo
2007Ballet Méchanique Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UKGroup
2007Yellow Snow La Maison Jaune, Quebeck, CanadaGroup
2007UntitledLa Boum III Warsaw, PolandGroup
2007Perspektive - Neuerwerbungen Schenkungen und Wünsche der Sammlung für Gegenwartskunst im Lenbachhaus, Lenbachhaus Munich, GermanyGroup
2007Kommando Friedrich Hölderlin Berlin Galerie Max Hetzler,Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Osram-Höfe, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2007Menschenbilder Sammlung Südhausbau, Munich, GermanyGroup
2007Made in Germany Sprengelmuseum, Kunstverein, Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, GermanyGroup
2006-7UntitledGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, Germany Solo
2006–7Rings of Saturn Tate Modern, London, UKGroup
2006Faster!Bigger!Better! ZKM,Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2006Of Mice and Men 4th Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2006Geist Über Materie Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica, CASolo
2006UranlichtHarris Lieberman Gallery, New York, USA Solo
2006EEEEEEE (God bless the (Lord Auch)) Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanySolo
2005Achtung! Vision: N.I.B. Alison Jacques Gallery, London, EnglandSolo
2005The Return of the Subreals Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany (cat.)Solo
2005Nuevo Tychónico Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, SpainSolo
2005man muss das adjektiv abschaffen Baronian_Francey, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
2005Das neue SchwarzGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich, GermanyGroup
2005Security Check Painting after Romanticism. Galerie Arndt&Partner, Zürich, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Almstadtstr. 50, Berlin (with Ralf Dereich, Ruth Detzer, Patricia Kaiser, Bernhard Lehner, Rut Massó, Jutta Rossmann, Tanja Tügel and Claudia Wieser)Group
2005UntitledGaleria Heinrich Ehrhardt, MadridSolo
2004Worldkanzler Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles Solo
2004The New Breed Galerie Michael Neff, Frankkfurt,M. und Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt M., Germany (cat.)Solo
2004Made in BerlinArtForum, Berlin, GermanyCatalogue
2004Heimweh Haunch of Venison, LondonGroup
2004Guido W. Baudach Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanyCatalogue
2004Kommando Pfannenkuchen Daniel Hug Gallery, Los AngelesGroup
2004Central Station (Collection Harald Falckenberg) La Maison Rouge, Paris, FranceGroup
2003Hands up Baby hands up Oldenburger Kunstverein, GermanyGroup
2003actionbutton Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, GermanyCatalogue
2003Inauguration Marc Jancou Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2003Painting on the roof Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (cat.)Group
2003Neroin Maschenmode Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin, GermanySolo
2003UntitledMarc Jancou Fine Art, New YorkGroup
2002FRIEDE, FREIHEIT, FREUDE Maschenmode, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2002Grosse Kunstausstellung Sommer 2002 im PazifikPAZIFIK, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2002Schöne Aussicht Herr Schweins, Galerie Otto Schweins, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2002TIEREElternhaus Thomas Palme, Immenstadt, GermanyGroup
2001Montana Sacra (Circles 5) ZKM, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2001UntitledGalerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria Solo
2001Musterkarte – Modelos de Pintura en Alemania Galerie Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid, SpainCatalogue
2001Exorcise the demons of perhaps Maschenmode (Galerie Guido W. Baudach), Berlin, GermanySolo
2001Bis dass der Tod uns meidet (with Manfred Peckel and Philipp Zaiser) Galerie Hilger, Vienna, AustriaSolo
2001Atrium Vagari (with Philipp Zaiser) Halle fur Kunst, Essen, GermanySolo
2001The Ölwechsel Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UKGroup
2001Viva November Stadtische Galerie Wolfsburg, GermanyGroup
2001Bayrle, Jensen, Neumeier, Vatter, ZippGesellschaft fur junge Kunst, Baden-Baden, GermanyGroup
2000Maschenmode Berlin, Germany Solo
2000Nobody loves an Albatros Montparnasse, Berlin, GermanySolo
2000Deathrace 2000 Thread Waxing Space, New York, USAGroup
2000turning into a loop Gallery Gio Marconi, Milan, ItalyGroup
2000The Bridges – Art on the Highway Fuori Uso 2000, Pescara, Italy (cat.)Group
2000Landscape Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2000Face The Black (Sammlung Zipp) Maschmode, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1999Otto hat Besuch OTTO, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
1999Jugendsünden HHK Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1999Phantombüro Kunstverein Frankfurt a. M., GermanyGroup
1999Video Bar Galerie Voges & Deisen, Frankfurt a. M., GermanyGroup
1999SchlockweltallAndersens Wohnung, Berlin, GermanyGroup
1999Stuttgart 17.5.56 – Salem (Wisconsin USA) 3.3.77 Portikus, Frankfurt a. M., GermanyCatalogue
1999Vivienne Kunsthalle Lüneburg, GermanyGroup
19991. Diciembre 1999 - 29. Enero 2000 (mit Thilo Heinzmann) Galerie Heinrich Erhardt, Madrid, Spain Solo
1998Seilers Schlafzimmer Helmut Seiler, Munich, GermanyGroup
1997n.n. (with Thilo Heinzmann) Galerie ak, Frankfurt M., GermanySolo
1997Kunststudenten stellen ausBundeskunsthalle, Bonn, GermanyCatalogue
1995Filmcuts Galerie neugerriemschneider, Berlin, GermanyCatalogue
1995Fenster für Elke Martin Kunstverein Frankfurt a. M., GermanyGroup