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Peter Zimmermann
b. 1956, Freiburg

Peter Zimmermann is a German painter, sculptor, object artist and university professor.

Peter Zimmermann studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart from 1978 to 1983. Since then he has taken part in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums both within Germany and abroad. He works as a painter, sculptor and object artist. He was a professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne between 2002 and 2007

Zimmermann's work is extremely diverse. At the end of the 1980s he created his "Book Cover Paintings," in which the covers and titles of atlases, art books, travel guides and dictionaries were represented on canvas using epoxy. Through his cardboard objects he works with the spatial distortion of the written word and thus questions the relationship between text and image. The colourful motives in his epoxy resin images arise from digital templates, such as photos, film stills or diagrams, which he distorts by means of graphical algorithms and transfers onto the canvas in numerous transparent layers of epoxy resin. Since 2014 he has increasingly realised this conceptual approach through the medium of oil painting. Questions concerning the relationship between the original and its depiction as well as an engagement with the concept of the surface lie at the centre of his creative output. Zimmermann's work is to be found in numerous private and public collections, for example the Bundeskunstsammlung in Bonn, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. 

Public Collections

Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen

Neue Galerie Graz, Graz

Esbjerg Museum, Esbjerg

FRAC Île-de-France, Paris

Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris

Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Musée d’Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne

FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux

FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier

Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Köln / Cologne

MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart

Museion, Bozen / Bolzano

Filmoteca universitaria de Barcelona

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

New Orleans Museum of Modern Art, New Orleans

New York Public Library, New York

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus

Fondazione Prada, Mailand / Milan
Fonds National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France

Museum of Modern Art, New York, United States of America

LB Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg: Peter Zimmermann – Schule von Freiburg. (German and English), SNOECK, Freiburg 2016. ISBN 978-3-86442-175-4

Galerie Perrotin: Peter Zimmermann. (English and Chinese), Damiani editore, Paris 2013. ISBN 978-88-6208-307-2

Andrea Madesta: Peter Zimmermann – Works since 1987 (German, English and French), Snoeck Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, Cologne 2009. ISBN 978-3-940953-03-2

Ellen Seifermann (Herausgeber): Peter Zimmermann. wheel. (German and English). Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg 2007. ISBN 978-3-939738-98-5

Hubertus Butin: Peter Zimmermann. Painting. Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern 2007. ISBN 978-3-7757-1959-9

Peter Zimmermann: Epoxiology. (German, English and French). König, Cologne 2006. ISBN 978-3-86560-179-7

Stephan Berg: Peter Zimmermann. capas de gelatina. (English and Spanish). Centro de Arte, Málaga 2006. ISBN 84-96159-40-X

Jens Schröter: Peter Zimmermann. Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt 2001

Tom Holert: Peter Zimmermann. Flow. König, Cologne 2001. ISBN 3-88375-498-6

Peter Zimmermann: Skandal: Kunst. Springer, Vienna and New York 2000. ISBN 3-211-83418-4

Peter Zimmermann: Eigentlich könnte alles auch anders sein. König, Köln 1998. ISBN 3-88375-323-8


epoxy resin on canvas 


200 x 145 cm

"on go”

epoxy resin on canvas 


180 x 130 cm

"all that "

 epoxy resin on canvas 


100 x 200 cm

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