Thomas Eggerer (b. 1963 Munich, Germany)
Trained as a painter at the Art Academy in Munich, Thomas Eggerer stepped away from painting to join the New York collective Group Material. He has since returned to painting, drawing and collage, and his works often portray figures in an abstract, surreal landscape, or set against dominating architecture or magazine cutouts. He has also been a professor of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard and taught at Bard College.
Thomas Eggerer has had solo exhibitions at Maureen Paley, London (2015, 2021); Petzel Gallery, New York (2020); Galerie Bucholz, Cologne (2018); Richard Telles, Los Angeles, CA (2014); Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem (2008); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig (2003), and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford (2002).
His work has also been included in group exhibitions at Haus der Kulturen (2021); Gladstone Gallery, New York (2020); Brandhorst Museum, Munich (2020, 2019); Galerie Buchholz, New York (2018); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (2016); White Columns, New York (2011); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2008); the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (2008); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004); the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2004); Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (2004); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (2004), and Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2003).
His works are held in the public collections of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sammlung Brandhorst, Munich; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut; ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany; and the Boros Collection, Berlin.
Thomas Eggerer’s paintings and drawings invite us to experience a series of paradoxical relations. His pictures are figurative yet more or less abstract at the same time; his figures are specific individuals yet they remain anonymous; his images appear fragmented and unfinished, yet are formally resolved and visually satisfying; his subjects and painting style are relatively unexpressive yet his works are emotionally resonant.
–Nicholas Baume, Anxious Pleasures essay, 2002
1988 Attends the Art Academy in Munich
1994 Awarded prestigious DAAD Scholarship to travel to the USA
Participates in a collaborative exhibition Die Utopie des Designs at Kunstverein Munchen
2002 Nicholas Baume organizes Anxious Pleasures – the first institutional exhiobition of Eggerer’s work in the United States – at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut
2003 Atrium – a comprehensive career overview – opens at the Kunstverein Braunschweig in Germany
2004 Eggerer’s first show with Petzel Gallery takes place
2008 The Frans Hals Museum in Haarlem, Netherlands organizes Navigator – an exhibition in which Eggerer’s work was featured in dialogue with Dutch Golden Age masters Jacob van Ruisdael and Pieter Saenredam
2012 Petzel hosts Preludes – an exhibition of three collaborative paintings between Thomas Eggerer and R.H. Quaytman with an additional large acrylic painting, Regatta (2009), by Eggerer.
2016 Has first major museum exhibition at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT
2017 Included in the exhibition Jump into the Future – Art From the 90’s and 2000’s at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
2020 Marking his 7th solo exhibition with Petzel, Eggerer shows a suite of new paintings, including a large scale work titled, Corridor
2021 Participates in a major group exhibition at Haus der Kulturen in Berlin
Installation view, Corridor, Thomas Eggerer, 2020, Petzel Gallery, New York