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Thomas Zipp

°1966, Heppenheim (DE) – lives and works in Berlin (DE)

Drawing from varied sources of inspiration (such as philosophy, art history, politics and pop culture), Thomas Zipp reinvestigates stories, myths, and utopias from the past. He creates a critical distance from these references through unusual combinations and unexpected styles. His installations include both paintings, drawings, sculptures as objects, which are assembled so that the past, the present and the future are connected in an alienating, yet visionary way. Appropriating the language of museum and scientific display, he manifests a madman-made, foreboding view of western civilisation’s achievements. Each of Zipp’s works aims to shed light on the quasi-fictional truths of the modern past, showing a sense of darkness, which is hidden behind irrational, violent acts that are often constructed as victories.

Thomas Zipp has had numerous solo exhibitions, including Alison Jacques Gallery, London; Kunstverein, Oldenberg; Kunsthalle, Mannheim; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle; and South London Gallery, London. He also did a major solo presentation at the 55th Venice Biennale at Palazzo Rossini in 2013. Zipp also participated in numerous group exhibitions at international institutions, including IMMA, Dublin; Haus der Kunst, Munich; MoMA PS1, New York; MCA, Chicago; and Tate Modern, London. Zipp was also part of the Berlin Biennale in 2006.

His work belongs to a large number of important collections worldwide, such as the Saatchi Collection, London; Colección Jumex, Mexico City; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Boros Collectin, Berlin and Sammlung Goetz, Munich.

Thomas Zipp is represented by the following galleries;
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Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

Alison Jacques Gallery, London

Kaufmann Repetto, Milan

Albert Baronian, Brussels

Marc Jancou, New York / Geneva

Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv

Galeria Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid

works by Thomas Zipp