Jürgen Partenheimer

1947
  • Born May 14 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.
1968 - 1970
  • Studies art history, history, philosophy at the
    Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich.
1970 - 1971
  • Columbus scholarship to study at
    Brandeis University, Massachusetts.
  • Decides to study art and art-history at the
    University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
1972
  • Invited as artist in residence to Museo
    de Arte Abstracto Español, Cuenca, Spain
1973 - 1974
  • Teaching assistant at University of Arizona.
  • Travel Grant to Guadalajara, Mexico
  • M.F.A. master of fine arts with distinction from
    Department of Art, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
1975 - 1976
  • Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich.
  • Dissertation Scholarship and Research Scholarship
    for Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
  • Graduates magna cum laude with PhD in art history and
    philosophy from Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany.
1979
  • First solo exhibition at the Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh.
    Slide installation on a detail of a painting.
1980
  • Participates in the XI. Biennial exhibition in Paris.
  • Writes his manifesto “The fantasia of exactitude” published in
    Irrawaddy 1, Düsseldorf.
1981
  • Participates in “Nucleus I” at the XVI Biennial in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Artists in residence to Belgrade, Yugoslavia,
    shows at SCC Gallery in Belgrade.
1982
  • NEA Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, New York for
    “Books and Drawings” exhibition at Franklin Furnace, New York.
  • Canada Council Grant for Foreign Visiting Artists, Montréal.
    Invited as visiting professor of art at Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
  • NRW Award for the Visual Arts from the ministry of culture in Düsseldorf.

1983 - 1985
  • Visiting artist to the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco.
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California, Davis, USA.
  • Guest Professor at Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf, Germany.
1986
  • Participates at the XLII Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy.
  • Artist in residence to the Glassel School of Art
    at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.
1987-1990
  • Professor of Art at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten,
    Amsterdam, Holland.
  • Visiting artist to Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts.
    Gives a lecture “Anti Economic Positions” which is published by
    Institute for Practical Studies, RvBK in Amsterdam, Holland.
  • Artist in residence to Hine Editions, Limestone-Press, San Francisco.
1991 - 1994
  • Poetic manifesto “De coloribus-Notes on color”,
    published by Limestone Press, San Francisco and Art Book, Amsterdam.
  • Invited as artist in residence to Arteleku by the
    Bask Ministry of Culture, San Sebastian, Spain.
  • Visiting artist to the Royal College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Professor, Summer Academy, Salzburg Festival, Salzburg, Austria
1995
  • Art critics’ award for best show of the year, Madrid, Spain.
1997-1998
  • Artist in residence, Institute for Research in Art, Graphicstudio
    of South Florida, Tampa.
  • International panel, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Oaxaca, Mexiko.
  • „news and stories“, DCTP , SAT.1 TV, Conversation with Alexander Kluge.
1999
  • Invitation to prepare an exhibition of painting, sculpture and work on paper for
    CGAC, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
    The museum publishes a two volume anthology of Partenheimer`s selected texts.
  • Participates with a lecture at the International Symposium “Science
    Technology, Literature and the Arts” at the Universidad de Santiago de
    Compostela, Santiago, Spain
2000
  • Project-Grant for China from Kunststiftung NRW, Düsseldorf.
  • Invited as the first German contemporary artist to install a retrospective exhibition
    in China at the National Museum of Fine Arts in
    Beijing and Nanjing Museum in Nanjing.
  • Partenheimer´s sculpture “world axis” is mounted in the “Forbidden City”
    in Beijing and floats on the Yangtze River near Nanjing.
2001
  • Project-Grant for China from the Alfried Krupp von
    Bohlen und Halbach-Foundation, Essen
  • International Symposium “Crossmapping – Partenheimer in China”
    at the Kunstmuseum Bonn in collaboration with Alexander von
    Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, honoring Partenheimer´s exhibitions in
    Beijing and Nanjing
2002
  • Artist in residence to Ergo Pers, Ghent in reference to a comprehensive
    solo exhibition at S.M.A.K. Museum for Cotemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium.
2003
  • Guest of honor to the German Academy – Villa Massimo, Rome, Italy
    Work on the “Roman Diary”.
2004
  • Grand Award for Visual Arts 2004 from Kulturstiftung Dortmund.
  • Awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
    for outstanding achievement.
  • Invited to give a lecture at the 8th “Philosophicum Lech”, Lech, Austria.
    Published by Zsolnay, Vienna.
  • “Suave Loucura”, panel on the Partenheimer exhibition at Pinacoteca do Estado,
    São Paulo.
2005
  • Artist in residence to the Copan Building in São Paulo.
    Cooperation between the Goethe Institute São Paulo and
    EXO research studies, São Paulo
  • Work on the “Diario Paulistano - São Paulo Diary.”
2006
  • Artist in residence at Nietzsche-Haus in Sils-Maria, Switzerland.
    Work on the Sils-Maria cycle “Metaphysical Landscape”, 24 watercolors.
  • Lecture at Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, Great Britain.
  • Public panel at Museum Haus der Kunst,
    Munich – presentation of the “Copan - São Paulo Diary”.
2007
  • Presentation of “Copan - São Paulo Diary” and exhibition
    of the “Copan Drawings” at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Nietzsche-Haus, Sils-Maria, panel and exhibition of “Metaphysical Landscape”.
2008
  • Invited by the Archdiocese Berlin to deliver the anual
    „Ash Wednesday Speech Of The Artists“ at Gemäldegalerie
    der Staatlichen Museen in Berlin.
  • „Discontinuity, Paradox & Precision“,
    IKON Gallery, Birmingham.
  • Kevin Volans composes „The Partenheimer Project“,
    a piece for three ensembles dedicarted to the artist.
    Premiered by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    at CBSO Centre, Birmingham. CD released by Black
    Sheep Edition, Dublin for IKON.
  • „Artist Talk“ at Goethe Institut London
    with Jonathan Watkins and Jürgen Partenheimer
    on the concept of the IKON exhibition.
  • Invited by the Rumaniam Institute of Culture to
    give a lecture in Madrid in cooperation with Goethe Institute, Madrid.
  • „Discontinuity, Paradox & Precision“,Kunstmuseum Bonn.
    Artist Talk with Christoph Schreier.
  • Invited as visiting artist to Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
  • Invited as visiting artist to Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.
  • Literature-Moths, Munich. "Fractal Thinking. Gentle Madness."
    Invitation to read from his own texts. Special edition of the
    selected texts published by Literature-Moths, Munich.
2009
  • Guest Professor of Art, Muthesius Hochschule Kiel
  • Invited to participate at CEPE Conference in Corfu,
    together with Laymert Garcia dos Santos und Konstantinos Karachalios
  • "Mimesis-Return", exhibition at Museum Chasa Jaura, Valchava, Switzerland
  • Off-Site - The Brearley Project, IKON Gallery, Birmingham
  • Visiting Artist Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
  • "Xenia", exhibition at Kunsthalle Kiel
2010
  • Invited to "The German Conferece at Harvard"
    Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
  • "Mimesis", artist book. Published by Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
  • "La Fortune", Häusler Contemporary, Munich
  • "Die fünfte Himmelrichtung ist die Mitte. Die sechs Kontinente der Kunst"
    lecture published by Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel