Friedrich Kunath, Installation view, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2012

Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath

I Don't Know The Place, But I Know How To Get There

January 14 – February 25, 2023
Los Angeles

Borrowed Landscapes

May 13 – June 24, 2023

Friedrich Kunath

Live Forever

September 7 – October 19, 2019

5,471 miles

July 21 – August 15, 2020
Los Angeles

Friedrich Kunath

One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor

November 7, 2018 – January 26, 2019
New York

Four Rooms

September 12 – October 27, 2018
New York

Friedrich Kunath

Frutti di Mare

September 9 – October 14, 2017
Los Angeles

The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy

Curated by Alison M. Gingeras
September 9 – October 17, 2015
New York

Friedrich Kunath

Lacan's Haircut

September 8 – October 27, 2012
Los Angeles

Country Music

July 3 – August 28, 2010
Los Angeles

15th Anniversary Inaugural Exhibition

October 3 – November 14, 2009
Los Angeles

Friedrich Kunath


October 24 – December 6, 2008
Los Angeles

Friedrich Kunath

I have always been here before

March 4 – April 8, 2006
Los Angeles

Friedrich Kunath

We were the one thing in the galaxy God didn't have his eyes on

April 3 – May 1, 2004
Los Angeles


Screening | Friedrich Kunath

Friedrich Kunath

May 29, 2020


Friedrich Kunath (b. 1974, Chemnitz, Germany) studied at the Braunschweig University of Arts, Braunschweig, Germany and now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. Kunath utilizes a personal style of romantic conceptualism, layering poetic phrases with poignant, often melancholy imagery. The work embraces comedy and pathos, evoking universal feelings of love, hope, longing, and despair. The artist’s personal journey from Germany to Los Angeles plays a key role in his work, incorporating German Romanticism and western popular culture, with still life, cartoon imagery, commercial illustration, nature photography, and lyrical references.

The first major monograph devoted to Kunath’s life and work was published in 2018 by Rizzoli Electa, featuring contributions by James Elkins, James Frey, Ariana Reines, and John McEnroe.

Kunath has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including Coming Home Was As Beautiful As Going Away, KINDL - Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2023); There Must Be A Spanish Word For This Feeling, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2023); I’ll Try to Be More Romantic, Kunstsammlung Jena, Jena, Germany (2021); Juckreiz, Sammlung Philara, Düsseldorf, Germany (2016); A Plan to Follow Summer Around the World, Centre d'art Contemporain d'Ivry - le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (2014); Raymond Moody's Blues, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK (2013); Your Life is Not for You, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany (2012); Lonely Are the Free, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (2011); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2010); Kunstsaele, Berlin, Germany (2010). His work is also featured in prominent public and private collections such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Pinault Collection, Paris, France; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, among many more.

Selected Works


Friedrich Kunath: AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE (I’LL HAVE THE CALAMARI) | G2 Kunsthalle, Leipzig, Germany


Margarete Jakschik and Friedrich Kunath: Only Lovers Left | Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany


Friedrich Kunath: Coming Home Was As Beautiful As Going Away | KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany


Artillery: Friedrich Kunath


Friedrich Kunath: There Must Be A Spanish Word For This Feeling | CAC Málaga, Spain


The Hollywood Reporter: Frieze Week: Meet Four Artists Exploring the “Sunshine and Noir” of L.A.


Related Publications

Friedrich Kunath: Songs Build Little Rooms in Time

Friedrich Kunath: Songs Build Little Rooms in Time – Special Edition

Friedrich Kunath: I Don't Worry Anymore

Friedrich Kunath: You Owe Me a Feeling

Friedrich Kunath: I used to be darker but then I got lighter and then I got darker again

Friedrich Kunath: Home Wasn't Built in a Day

Friedrich Kunath: Rising vs. Setting

The Avant-Garde Won't Give Up: Cobra and its Legacy

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