Known for his vibrantly coloured paintings that evoke modern urbanity, Franz Ackermann is one of the foremost German artists of his generation. Skye Sherwin of The Guardian has described Ackermann’s unique artistic process as follows: “When Ackermann first arrives in a new place he makes a drawing – a form of "mental map" recording his impressions, small enough to be packed in his luggage. Back in his Berlin studio, he recreates these images in enormous paintings, many including fragments of architecture – a jutting skyscraper here, a motorway flyover or horizontal lines of a modern apartment block there. While these paintings are highly colourful, what he records in another medium, black-and-white photography, is anything but: an identikit concrete jungle of city architecture.”

Ackermann is now presenting his fourth solo exhibition at Mai 36 Galerie. The title of the exhibition, Classic Line, refers to the concept of an iconic vision of life that has paradoxically become ubiquitous in the contemporary world, and is manifested in products ranging from mineral water to cars to fashion. The frenetic changes that transform cosmopolitan life today are reflected in his Mental Maps, which feature wild, sinewy lines that streak across radiant splashes of colour on the canvas. 

Classic Line is on until 7 June. 

Mai 36 Galerie, Rämistrasse 37, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland 

Images courtesy of the gallery.