Günther Förg (5 December 1952 – 5 December 2013) was a German painter, graphic designer, sculptor and photographer. This publication is the catalog of an exhibition at the ARKEN Museum of Modern Art from January 22 to June 4 in 2000.
Förg follows the photographic trend called New Objectivity, which emerges in Germany in the Eighties and links generationally with photographers: Thomas Ruff, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth. However, Förg distances himself from the rest with his insistence on architecture as witness of a material and social decline, introducing architecture itself as a reality and metaphor of -political or aesthetic- ideology, on which it was built.
In this way the importance he attaches to the modern movement through his chosen methods is no coincidence. The protagonists of his works are buildings such as EUR / E42 by Marcello Piacentini in Rome; the Zuev Club façade; the Ilya Golosov in Moscow; the IG-Farben-Haus by Hans Poelzig in Frankfurt; the Villa Wittgenstein in Vienna; the Haus Lange, the Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld; the Villa Malaparte in Capri; the Adalberto Libera; or the German Pavilion at the International Exhibition in 1929, the Mies van der Rohe, later rebuilt in Barcelona. Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía