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Thomas Zipp (born 1966, Heppenheim, Germany) is an artist based in Berlin.

Heppenheim Place in Hesse, Germany

Heppenheim (Bergstraße) is the seat of Bergstraße district in Hesse, Germany, lying on the Bergstraße on the edge of the Odenwald.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

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Berlin Capital of Germany

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Zipp studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt (with Thomas Bayrle) and the Slade School , London from 1992-1998.

Städelschule art school

The Städelschule, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, is a tertiary school of art in Frankfurt am Main, in central Germany. It accepts about 20 students each year from 500 applicants, and has a total of approximately 140 students of visual arts and 50 of architecture. About 75% of the students are not from Germany, and courses are taught in English.

Frankfurt Place in Hesse, Germany

Frankfurt is a metropolis and the largest city of the German federal state of Hesse, and its 746,878 (2017) inhabitants make it the fifth-largest city of Germany after Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Cologne. On the River Main, it forms a continuous conurbation with the neighbouring city of Offenbach am Main, and its urban area has a population of 2.3 million. The city is at the centre of the larger Rhine-Main Metropolitan Region, which has a population of 5.5 million and is Germany's second-largest metropolitan region after the Rhine-Ruhr Region. Since the enlargement of the European Union in 2013, the geographic centre of the EU is about 40 km (25 mi) to the east of Frankfurt's central business district. Like France and Franconia, the city is named after the Franks. Frankfurt is the largest city in the Rhine Franconian dialect area.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

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With a palette that favors burnt umber, gray and army green, his dark thinly painted canvases and sculptures often come in a careworn palette of ash white, granite grey and lots of black. [1] The paintings' stretchers sometimes extend into legs that might allow them to be carried like banners; some are paired with separately framed photo-based images of bearded 19th-century father figures or skeletons that seem to comment on the paintings. [2] In his 2008 show "White Dada" at London's Alison Jacques Gallery, Dada-style montages and defaced pictures included a textbook description of electroconvulsive therapy and images of drugs of the medical, non-recreational kind. [3]

Dada avant-garde art movement in the early 20th century

Dada or Dadaism was an art movement of the European avant-garde in the early 20th century, with early centers in Zürich, Switzerland, at the Cabaret Voltaire ; New York Dada began circa 1915, and after 1920 Dada flourished in Paris. Developed in reaction to World War I, the Dada movement consisted of artists who rejected the logic, reason, and aestheticism of modern capitalist society, instead expressing nonsense, irrationality, and anti-bourgeois protest in their works. The art of the movement spanned visual, literary, and sound media, including collage, sound poetry, cut-up writing, and sculpture. Dadaist artists expressed their discontent with violence, war, and nationalism, and maintained political affinities with the radical far-left.

Electroconvulsive therapy psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in patients to provide relief from mental disorders.

Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock therapy, and often referred to as shock treatment, is a psychiatric treatment in which seizures are electrically induced in patients to provide relief from mental disorders. The ECT procedure was first conducted in 1938 and is the only currently used form of shock therapy in psychiatry. ECT is often used with informed consent as a last line of intervention for major depressive disorder, mania, and catatonia. ECT machines have been placed in the Class III category by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1976.


In music, Zipp teamed up with Felix Weber to produce "Freie Musik" in 2002, first called Nazihipiwelt. They formed a trio called ZLW-Trio with electronic artist Sepp Löbert. Next Zipp and Weber founded the band DA ("Dickarsch", meaning fatass in English) in 2006. The band featured Stefan Branca on guitar, as well as Phillip Zaiser and Kai Erdmann. DA released the LP Nach Hause in 2007. The opening nights of Zipp's exhibitions often feature musical performances by the artist and his band. [4]

Felix Weber, also known as Schlockmaster, is a German artist.


Since 2008, Zipp has been a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Berlin University of the Arts public art school in Berlin, Germany

The Universität der Künste Berlin, situated in Berlin, Germany, is the largest art school in Europe. It is a public art and design school, and one of the four research universities in the city.


Zipp's work has been shown work in many exhibitions including “Artforum Berlin” , at Thread Waxing Space in New York City and at Stadtische Galerie Wolfsburg . Zipp has also shown at galleries and museums such as Tate Modern , London, Transmission Gallery , Glasgow and OTTO, Copenhagen.

New York City Largest city in the United States

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Tate Modern modern art gallery located in Bankside, London, England

Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London. It is Britain's national gallery of international modern art and forms part of the Tate group. It is based in the former Bankside Power Station, in the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southwark. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the world. As with the UK's other national galleries and museums, there is no admission charge for access to the collection displays, which take up the majority of the gallery space, while tickets must be purchased for the major temporary exhibitions. The gallery is London’s second most-visited attraction, behind the British Museum, pulling in approximately 5.5 million visitors annually.

Transmission Gallery is an artist-run space in Glasgow. It was established in 1983 by graduates of Glasgow School of Art. It primarily shows the work of young early career artists and is run by a changing voluntary committee of six people. Among the artists who have served on its committee are Douglas Gordon, Claire Barclay, Roderick Buchanan, Christine Borland, Jacqueline Donachie, Martin Boyce, Simon Starling and Lucy Skaer.

He is represented by Galerie Guido W Baudach in Berlin; Alison Jacques Gallery in London; Patricia Low Contemporary in Gstaad; Harris Lieberman in New York; and Patrick Painter and China Art Objects Galleries in Los Angeles.

Solo exhibitions (selection)

2013 Comparative Investigation about the Disposition of the Width of a Circle, 55th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (cat.) The Pink Noise Diaries, Kaufmann Repetto, Milan The chips are down, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York

2012 ENGLAND ATTACKED BY THE AMERICAS, Kunstverein Oldenburg BLACKOUT CHAMBERS, L´ARC DE CERCLE & DISSOCIATIVE AMNESIA, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin 3 contributions to the theory of mass-aberrations in modern religions, Alison Jaques Gallery, London

2011 Beyond the Superego, Galerie Krinziger, Vienna Achtung!: solarized deterritorialization. insanity against Protestantism (England attacked by the Americas), Ausstellungsraum Céline und Heiner Bastian, Berlin (cat.) bilobed flaps, Baronian_Francey, Brussels The World´s most complete Congress of RITATIN Treatments, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck (cat.) The forbidden Conduct (Deviations in conservative societies), Sommer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv


(WHITE REFORMATION CO-OP) MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (cat.)


FACES, Kunstverein Heppenheim, Heppenheim The World’s Most Complete Congress Of Strange People, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin MENS AGITAT MOLEM (Luther & The Family of Pills), Sammlung Goetz, Munich (cat.)


WHITE DADA, Alison Jacques Gallery, London Black Pattex 78, Galería Heinrich Ehrhardt, Madrid (cat.) PLANET CARAVAN? IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? a FUTURISTIC WORLD FAIR, Museum Dhondt-Daehnens, Deurle / Belgium S.S.B.S.M. (sick souls by sick minds), Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin


PLANET CARAVAN? IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? a FUTURISTIC WORLD FAIR, South London Gallery, London (cat.) PLANET CARAVAN? IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? a FUTURISTIC WORLD FAIR,Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim / Museum in der Alten Post, Mülheim (cat.) The Family of Ornament and Verbrechen, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna


HIER (Futuristic Mess), Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich Geist über Materie, Patrick Painter Inc., Santa Monica Uranlicht, Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York EEEEEEE (God bless the (Lord Auch)), Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin


Dirty Tree Black Pills, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg (cat.) man muss das adjektiv abschaffen, Baronian_Francey, Brussels


Futurism Now! SAMOA leads, Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles The New Breed, Part 1 (Geist Ohne Körper), Galerie Michael Neff, Frankfurt/M. (cat.) The New Breed, Part 2 (Geist Ohne Körper), Galerie Parisa Kind, Frankfurt/M. (cat.)


Neroin, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin (cat.) The Nero Command, Marc Jancou Fine Art, New York


Exorcise the demons of perhaps, Maschenmode, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin Atrium Vagari (with Phillip Zaiser), Kunsthaus Essen, Essen


OD, Maschenmode, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

Group exhibitions (selection)


Vertrautes Terrain – Aktuelle Kunst in & über Deutschland, ZKM, Karlsruhe (cat.)

Back to Black – Schwarz in der aktuellen Malerei, kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (cat.)


Euro-Centric. Part 1, Rubell Family Collection, Miami (cat.)

Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago / Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami / Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal (cat.)

Perspektive07, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München

Mystic Truths, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland / Neuseeland (cat.)

Made in Germany, kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (cat.)

Kunstpreis der Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2007, Kunsthalle Bremen (cat.)


Deformation of Character, PS.1, New York

Rings of Saturn, Tate Modern, London

Von Mäusen und Menschen, 4th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (cat.)


When Humour Becomes Painful, Migrosmuseum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich (cat.)


actionbutton, Hamburger Bahnhof / Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (cat.)

Publications (Selections)

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  1. Skye Sherwin (March 1, 2012), Artist of the week 179: Thomas Zipp The Guardian .
  2. Roberta Smith (June 2, 2006), Art in Review; Thomas Zipp New York Times .
  3. Skye Sherwin (March 1, 2012), Artist of the week 179: Thomas Zipp The Guardian .
  4. Thomas Zipp: White Dada, 17 October - 15 November 2008 Alison Jacques Gallery, London.