Galleri Riis

Günter Umberg

Günter Umberg (b. 1942) lives and works in Cologne, Germany and Corberon, France. Umberg received his artistic education in Cologne, Antwerp, and Düsseldorf, and for several years he held a professorship at the Art Academy in Karlsruhe. Umberg is one of the leading artists of our time exploring notions of abstraction, perception and materiality in painting, and is one of the foremost representatives of "Radical painting", a school which builds on the development of concrete paintings from the 1960s. In the 1970s Umberg started creating monochrome works with unconventional materials and supports.


  1. 2000 - 2007Professor at der Staatlichen akademie der bildenden künste, Karlsruhe, Germany
  2. 1962 - 1969Fachhochschule für Kunst und Design, Cologne, Germany, Kunstakademie Antwerp, Belgium, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany, Meisterschüler


  1. 2018De Pictura, A arte Invernizzi, Milan, Italy
  2. 2018PLAN No. 7, Galleri Riis
  3. 2017PLAN No. 3, Fox/Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  4. 2017XF Proyectos (Curated by Marie-Amélie zu Salm-Salm), Madrid, Spain
  5. 2016Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin, Germany
  6. 2015Bild Länge–Breite–Höhe–Tiefe, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
  7. 2015Galerie Haas, Zürich, Switzerland
  8. 2015Bernard Frize - Günter Umberg, Fondation Fernet-Branca, St. Louis, France
  9. 2015Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria
  10. 2013Pittura come corpo e pensiero, A Arte Studio Invernizzi, Milan, Italy
  11. 2012Günter Umberg / Elisabeth Vary, Malerei, Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  12. 2011Territorium. Recent paintings and early works from the Seventies, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  13. 2008Passage, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria
  14. 2007Bilderhaus 4, Oslo, Galleri Riis, Oslo
  15. 2006Bilderhaus Schattenraum, Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland
  16. 2005Fred Thieler Preis für Malerei 2005: Günter Umberg, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany
  17. 2002Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany
  18. 2001A arte Invernizzi, Milan, Italy
  19. 2000Body of Painting, Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne
  20. 1997Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, UK
  21. 1994Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden
  22. 1990Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
  23. 1986P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources Inc., New York, USA


  1. 2018Blickwechsel, Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Freiburg, Germany
  2. 2018Carbon, Gabriel de la Mora, Günter Umberg, Ceara Metlikovec, Arik Levy, Fox/Jensen/McCrory Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  3. 2017Abstract Painting Now, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
  4. 2017The Collection of Francoiseet Jean Phillipe Billarant, Le Silo, Marines, France
  5. 2017Carbon, Gabriel de Mora, Günter Umberg, Ceara Metlikovec, Arik Levy, Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  6. 2016CLOSE UP, Listening to the inaudible sound of the work, A Arte Invernizzi, Milan, Italy
  7. 2016A Discreet Vessel, Günter Umberg, Jude Rae, Callum Innes, Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  8. 2016A Discreet Vessel, Günter Umberg, Jude Rae, Callum Innes, Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  9. 2016Grün stört, Im Fokus einer Farbe, Marta Herford, Germany
  10. 2015The Collection of Francoise et Jean - Philippe Billarant, Le Silo, Marines, France
  11. 2015Präzise Gefühle, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Ahlen, Germany
  12. 2014Un-thinking Vision, Jude Rae and Günter Umberg, Jensen Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  13. 2014Elementare Malerei, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  14. 2014Morterone, una soglia poetica, Natura Arte Poesia, Musei Civici di Lecco, Luzzana, Italy
  15. 2014Rae, Thornley, Umberg, Roeth, Fox/Jensen Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  16. 2014Vertigues de la Peinture, Maison des Arts, Ville de Grand Quevilly, Normandy, France
  17. 2014Beyond Black, Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
  18. 2014Locchio musicale, A arte Invernizzi, Milan, Italy
  19. 2014Real Work, Henrik Eiben, Günter Umberg, Joan Witek, Galerie Kim Behm, Frankfurt, Germany
  20. 2014Group Exhibition - Yukinori Maeda, Tomohara Murakami, Günter Umberg, Danh Ho, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
  21. 2012Umstülpung – curated by Günter Umberg, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
  22. 2011Die Niederländische Savanne. Alte Meister – Neue Kunst, Staatliches Museum Schwerin, Germany
  23. 2007Lust for Life. Die Sammlung Ricke, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Lichtenstein
  24. 2005What´s New Pussycat, Neuerwerbungen und Sammlung Ströher, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
  25. 2004Pour un Art Concret, Espace de l'art concret, Mouans Sartoux, France
  26. 2003Perpetuum Mobile - 40 Jahre Galerie Rolf Ricke, Cologne, Germany
  27. 1996Monochromie Geometrie, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany