Thomas Zipp, born 1966, counts as one of the most important German artists of his generation. He lives in Berlin and is currently teaching in Vienna as a guest professor at the University of Applied Arts. Zipp’s installations – like, for example, his contribution to the 55th Venice Biennale – are highly staged, all-encompassing productions complete with specially designed furniture, paintings, scientific books and performances that double as experimental laboratories. Zipp is interested in the psychological depths of mankind – his depression, delusions and addictions – and how society handles these institutionally.
Galerie Krinzinger is presenting its third solo show of Thomas Zipp’s work following “Beyond the Superego” (2012) and “The Family of Ornament und Verbrechen” (2007). The artist has already been the subject of significant solo exhibitions including, among others, those at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum and de Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. Zipp’s oeuvre contains references to local art traditions like the Wiener Werkstätte; his paintings – portraits and illustrations of plants – have a symbolic significance and he often quotes passages from the writings of Sigmund Freud.