I n g o G ü n t h e r


Ingo Günther, born in 1957, grew up in the city of Dortmund, Germany. In the 70s, travels took him to Northern Africa, North and Central America and Asia. He studied Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Frankfurt University (1977) before he switched to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1978, where he studied with Schwegler, Uecker and Paik (M.A. 1983). In the same year, he received a stipend from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf for a residency at P.S.1 in New York. He received a DAAD grant the following year and a Kunstfonds grant in 1987.

Günther's early sculptural works with video led him towards more journalistic oriented projects which he pursued in TV, print, and the art field. Based in New York, he played a crucial role in the evaluation and interpretation of satellite data gathered from political and military crisis zones; the results were distributed internationally through print media and TV news. The goal was to make military and ecological information, that was up to this point inaccessible, known to the public in order to have a direct impact on political processes. On an artistic level, the work with satellite data led to Günther's contribution to documenta 8 (1987), the installation K4 (C31) (Command Control Communication and Intelligence). In the same year, Günther received accreditation as a correspondent at the United Nations in NY.

In his capacity as artist, correspondent and author, he worked extensively with Japanese TV (NHK), covering topics that ranged from media studies to military technology. Since 1989, Günther uses globes as a medium for his artistic and journalistic interests. In 1989, 9 months before the reunification of Germany, he founded the first independent TV station in Eastern Europe Channel X, Leipzig in order to contribute to the establishment of a free media landscape.

The interviews and research the artist did during a several months long journey through the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand became the basis of a series of articles, which were published in the German newspaper taz. This journey and further travels to refugee camps around the world became the foundation for Günther's concept of the Refugee Republic, on which he has been working ever since.

Ingo Günther has been teaching at the academy of art in Braunschweig (1985) and Münster (1986/87), and at the San Francisco Art Institute (1987). From 1990 to 1994 he has been a professor at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.

Works by Ingo Günther were shown at: Nationalgalerie Berlin, 1983 and 1985; Venice Biennale, 1984; documenta, Kassel, 1987; P3 Art and Environment, Tokyo, 1990, 1992, 1996 and 1997; Ars Electronica, Linz, 1991; Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, 1995; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 1995; Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1996; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 1998; and Museum Weserburg, Bremen, 1999.

In 1988, he was awarded the Kunstpreis Glockengasse (Cologne) and the Preis des Kulturkreises des Bundes der Deutschen Industrie. In 1996, he received the Stankowski Award and in 1997, the ZKM/Siemens Medienkunstpreis. He was awarded the Prize of the Sprengel Museum, Hanover in 2003.



1981    Kunstakademie/Kunsthalle Dusseldorf

1982    Koelnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Lenbach-Haus,Munich [cat.]

1983    Museum of Modern Arts, New York
             National Gallery, Westberlin [cat.]

1984    Staatliche Kunsthalle Berlin, "Art and Media" [cat.]
             Venice Biennial, Intl Pavillion , "Arte, Ambiente, Scena" [cat.]
             University Gallery of Quebec, Montreal, "Video 84" [cat.]

1985    National Gallery, "German Art 1945 - 1985" Westberlin [cat.]
             Pallazzo Promotrice Delle Belli Arti, Turin, "Rheingold" [cat.]

1986    Shipka Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria [cat.]

1987    documenta, Kassel ('d8') [cat.]

1988    Kunstmuseum Duesseldorf
             Kunstverein Hamburg, Nationalmuseum Nuernberg,"Universalpoesien" [cat.]
             Palast Kulturi, Centrum Sztuki, Warsaw [cat.]
             Kunsthaus/Kunstverein Hamburg, "Arbeit in Geschichte - Geschichte in Arbeit"    ("Work on History - History in Work")[cat.]

1989    Kunstmuseum Duesseldorf
             Kunstmuseum Leipzig [cat.]
             Akademie der Kuenste Berlin [cat.]

1990    Kutscherhaus Gallery, Berlin
             Palazzo del Diamanti, Ferrara [cat.]

1991    Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea [cat.]
             Sezon Museum of Art, Karuizawa, Japan [cat.]
             Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria [cat.]
             "Europe Unknown" Krakow, Poland [cat.]
             Fukui Biennial, Japan [cat.]
             Leipzig, Germany, "Zone D" [cat.]
             NTT Tel-Net, Kanto Praefektur/Tokyo,   "The Museum Inside the Telephone Network"    [cat.]
             Museum Bolzano [cat.]
             Fondation Cartier, Jouy-en-Josas, France, "La Vitesse" [cat.]

1992    Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
             Gallery Eigen & Art, Berlin [cat.]
             Museum Lueneburg, Germany [cat.]
             Kunsthalle Rostock Germany," Baltic Biennal" [cat.]
             Sevilla World Expo, Spain,"Tierra de Nadie" [cat.]
             Musee d' Issel, Bruessel, "The Binary Era" [cat.]
             Fondation Miro, Barcelona, Spain, "Moving Image" [cat.]
             Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Austr.,"Humpty Dumpty's  Kaleidoscope"[cat.]
             Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der BRD, Bonn, ""Global Change/Erdsicht" [cat.]

1993    Kunsthalle Wien, "Binaera" [cat.]
            Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool [cat.]
             Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany, "Kunst im Weltmasstab" [cat.]
             NGBK (public projects), Berlin, "integral" [cat.]
             ZKM, Karlsruhe, "Multimediale" [cat.]
             Orangerie Charlottenburg Castle, Berlin [cat.]

1994    Intl. Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany [cat.]
             Moderna Musseet, Stockholm "Global Change"  [cat.]
             Centro Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal, "Multiple Dimensions"[cat.]
             Fotofest 94, George Brown Cenvention Center, Houston [cat.]
             Kronenbourg Ferry,"A Project for Europe", Copenhagen, Denmark [cat.]
             MinimaMedia, Leipzig, Germany [cat.]

1995    Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany [cat.]
             Neues Mueum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany [cat.]
             UN-World Climatic Conference, Berlin [cat.]
             Hiroshima City Museum of  Contemporary Art [cat.]
             Visible Museum, NTT Intercommunication Center, Tokyo [cat.]

1996    Museum of Natural Sciences, Madrid, Spain
             Guggenheim Museum, New York [cat.]
1997    Hara Museum, Tokyo [cat.]
             Kunsthaus Linz, Austria, "Atlas /Mapping" [cat.]
             Cartographers, Zagreb, Croatia [cat.]
             Singapore Art Museum [cat.]

1998    Kunsthaus Bregenz,   "Atlas /Mapping" [cat.]

1999    Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, Germany; ÒSonne Mond und SterneÓ [cat.]
             Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany; ÒConnected CitiesÓ [cat.]
             Obayashi Gumi, Tokyo (permanent) [cat.]

2000     World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland [cat.]

2001     Universal Concepts Unlimited Gallery, New York
             Jacob Javitz Convention Center, New York (International Aid and Trade/United
             Nations Office for Project Services; UNOPS)
             British Council, Brussels, "Journeys in Between"

2002    Chinese Soviet Party Headquarters, Long March Foundation, New York and Beijing,
                          "Long March Walking Exhibition"
             Jacob Javitz Convention Center, New York [cat.]
             Center for Contemporary Arts, Prague Castle, Prague, Czeck Republic, "Politk-um"
             Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Obihiro, Hokkaido, Japan, "Demeter" [cat.]

2003    Museum of Natural Science, Reutlingen, "Water"
             ZKM Center for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany,
             Centro Cultural Conde Duque, MediaLab, Madrid, "bankett/banquet 'Metabolism and Communication'" Sprengel Museum, Hanover; Hygienemuseum, Dresden; Bonn, Germany, Stockholm, Sweden, "Science + Fiction"[cat.]
             Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen "The Void - Infinity Beyond our Comprehension?" [cat.]

2004    Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece, "Art-Immigration-Utopia"
             Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Study Program Exhibition, New York, "Social Capital - Forms of Interaction"
            Gigantic Art Space (GAS), New York "Gigatisism" 
            War Media Art, Municipal Gallery (Kiel, Delmenhorst, Bietigheim) Germany   

2005  Musee de la civilization, Quebec City, Canada   
            Shadow Game, Odense, Danmark


1982    Kunsthalle Dusseldorf

1983     Anthology Film Archives, New York

1985     Long Beach Museum of Art, Los Angeles

1986     Folkwang Museum Essen, Germany

1987     New Langton Arts, San Francisco   
              ELAC, Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain, Lyon

1989    Produzentengalerie, Hamburg [cat.]
             Galerie Magers, Bonn

1990    P3-Museum, Tokyo [cat.]

1991    Weisser Raum Gallery, Hamburg
              Hankyu, Osaka, Japan
              141 Gallery, Sendai, Japan
              Kunstraum, Munich

1992    P3 ART and Environment, Tokyo

1993    Galerie am Schwanenteich, Schwerin, Germany
             Produzentengalerie, Hamburg

1994    Galerie Fricke, Dusseldorf, Germany
1995    Wewerka Pavillon, Muenster, Germany
             Hawerkamphalle, Muenster, Germany
1996   Cisternen under Sondermarken, Copenhagen
            P3 ART and Environment, Tokyo
            Stadtgalerie Saarbruecken

1997    Sala 1, Rome
            P3 art and environment

1998    Kunsthalle Duesseldorf, Germany [cat.]

1999    Gallery 57, Cambridge, Ma, USA [cat.]
             Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen [cat.]

2000    Autostadt Wolfsburg, Germany (permanent)
             Universal Concepts Unlimited Gallery, New York
             Stroom, Den Haag (The Hagie) Netherlands

2001    Universal Concepts Unlimited Gallery, New York

2003    Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany

2005    Chia-yi, Taiwan, Republic of China [cat.]
             Kunstverein Ruhr, Essen , Germany [cat.]