Franz Ackermann

Castello di Rivoli

Franz Ackermann, a thirty-seven-year-old resident of Berlin, has constructed a landscape made up of a series of large, brightly colored canvases and some equally vivid wall paintings that centrifugally fling out force lines or, theoretically, are traversed by them. This is fundamentally traditional painting, even when it covers entire spaces, however influenced it may be by the premium that is put on immediacy today. But this immediate impression is secondary to the process of representation that constitutes the true core of Ackermann’s work. What may on the surface appear as an abstraction inflected by certain constructive or architectural aspects is in reality a representation of “places”—in fact, of cities. The importance of the notion of place in German culture is well known: Heidegger, for example, in his reflection on the origins of being, made it a concept as fundamental as it is

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