• Günther Uecker

    White field
    1987, nails and paint on canvas on wood, 105 x 75 x 10 cm
  • White field
    1987, nails and paint on canvas on wood, 105 x 75 x 10 cm


Born March 13, 1930 in Wendorf

The German painter and object artist Günther Uecker became known mainly for his relief-like nail paintings. Some of his works can be classified as kinetic art. He is a member of the artist group ZERO, founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene.

From 1949 to 1953 Günther Uecker studied painting first in Wismar and then at the Art Academy in Berlin-Weißensee. In 1953 he went to West Berlin, where he became familiar with abstract art. Between 1955 and 1957 he studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy under Otto Pankok, who strongly influenced him. During this time he created his first nail paintings, with which he later became known. In 1961 he became a member of the artist group ZERO. In 1970 Uecker presented his works at the Venice Biennale. This was followed by several stays abroad. More and more often he dealt with political issues in his art. Between 1974 and 1995 he was a professor at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf. Uecker now lives alternately in Düsseldorf and St. Gallen.
In addition to his well-known nail paintings, Günther Uecker is also active as a sculptor, he created light installations, kinetic art and stage sets. His noisy installation Terrororchesters, which was shown at the Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, caused a sensation.

Holding the bundled nails in the left hand, with the right hand holding a hammer, select a nail, set it and hammer it in. Tense and relax...

Günther Uecker ©Photo, Atelier Günther Uecker

Museum and single exhibitions (selection)


The third dimension in the picture, group exhibition, all year round,Works by artists of OP art and kinetic art such as Yaacov Agam, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Francois Morellet, Jesus Rafael Soto, Victor Vasarely, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker meet the holography pioneers newly integrated into the Würth Collection for the first time, Kunsthalle Würth


Günther Uecker - Huldigung an Hafez, Kunsthalle Rostock, Rostock, Germany


Günther Uecker - Huldigung an Hafez, Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, Germany


Rostock, Kunsthalle Rostock, Günther Uecker – DER GESCHUNDENE MENSCH
Shiraz (Iran), Tar-o-Pood Gallery, Huldigung an Hafez
Teheran (Iran), Imam Ali (AS) Religious Arts Museum, Huldigung an Hafez
Wolfenbüttel, Schloss Museum Wolfenbüttel, Huldigung an Hafez
Bonn, LVR-LandesMuseum, ZERO IST GUT FÜR DICH. Mack, Piene, Uecker in Bonn 1966/2016


Düsseldorf, Kunstsammlung NRW, Uecker
Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Zero: Die internationale Kunstbewegung der 50er und 60er Jahre
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, ZERO – Let Us Explore the Stars
Istanbul, Sakıp Sabancı Museum, ZERO. Countdown to the Future


Havanna (Kuba), Museum Nacional de Bellas Artes, Heridas – Conexiones / Injuries – Connections
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, ZERO – Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s – 1960s


Isfahan (Iran), Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst Isfahan, Verletzungen – Verbindungen


Venedig, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna Ca’Pesaro, Enrico Castellani e Günther Uecker
Los Angeles, MoCA, End of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
Berlin, Akademie der Künste und Rostock, Kunsthalle Rostock, Aufbruch. Malerei und realer Raum
Teheran (Iran), Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst Teheran –TMoCA, Verletzungen – Verbindungen


New York, L&M Arts, Günther Uecker – The Early Years
Frankfurt, Kunsthalle Schirn, Günther Uecker – Sandspirale
Düsseldorf, Museum Kunstpalast, 55 Jahre Kunst
Budapest, Museum der Schönen Künste, Art on Lake


Osnabrück, Kunsthalle und Ulm, Ulmer Museum, Günther Uecker – Handlungen. Werke aus drei Jahrzehnten
Taura und Tokyo (Japan), Akira Ikeda Gallery, Günther Uecker – Works 1995–2007
Genua, Palazzo Ducale, Isole mai trovate
St. Etienne, Musée d’art moderne


Ulan Bator (Mongolei), Galerie für Moderne Kunst der Mongolei, Günther Uecker – Huldigung an die Steppe
Berlin, Martin-Gropius-Bau, 60 Jahre – 60 Werke
Berlin, Akademie der Künste, aus/gezeichnet/zeichnen
Palermo, Italien, Museo d’arte contemporanea della Sicilia, Essential Experiences
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art of Two Germanys /Cold War Cultures
Berlin, Deutsches Historisches Museum und Nürnberg, Germanischen Nationalmuseum, Kunst und Kalter Krieg – Deutsche Positionen 1945–1989


Salzburg, Museum der Moderne, Sound of Art. Musik in der bildenden Kunst
Innere Mongolei (China), Ordos Art Museum, Post for Ordos
Mudima (Italien), Fondazione Mudima, The thin shadow line
Dresden, Staatliche Kunstsammlung, Druckstelle
New York, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Sotto Voce
Ulm, Kunsthalle Weishaupt, ZERO lebt


Peking, NAMOC National Art Museum of China, Brief an Peking
Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle, Op Art
Bologna, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Vertigo
Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle, Chronik einer Nicht- Ausstellung between 1969–73


Tianjin (China), Kunsthalle TAFA, Günther Uecker – Letter to China
Düsseldorf, Museum Kunstpalast, Zero – die internationale Künstler-Avantgarde der 50er/60er Jahre
Saint-Etienne, Musée d’Art Moderne