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Work   Information Biography

A Grotesque Universe

Surreal Scenes between Tragedy and Comedy

Kunert’s bizarre wonderlands relate stories of the depths of life. His constructions are reflections of our fears and needs, but also of our desires. They bring home the absurdity of the everyday: the grotesque attempts to organize our lives, the disappearance of old traditions, the way we deal with one another and with our historyKunert’s small masterpieces harbour any number of things. He does not however do all this with an incriminating finger, but with a subtle, at times offbeat sense of humor. Buildings say something about people. They are the expression of our culture, our past, our present, and our future. The inner worlds of homes were in invariably are reflections of social zeitgeist and contain much of what goes on inside and around us. (...) Frank Kunert lends the traces of our past an appreciative framework, and his small worlds are an unconventional declaration of love to the hosts of stories of everyday lifeour stories.

Elizabeth Clarke (from an essay of the photo book Wunderland)

Kunert’s Artistic Cosmos

Working slowly. Perceiving consciously. Looking closely.

Slowness is the key to Kunert’s approach to developing ideas and treading creative paths. This is made possible by his craftsmanship, the timeoften weeks on endhe takes to build his miniature worlds and precise studio lighting. Working with one’s hands, direct experience, and exercising patience in a world growing ever faster and more abstract comes very close to possessing a museum-like quality. Layer upon layer of paint is applied to the miniature model. Once in a while a bit flakes off or the paint runsjust as in real life plaster falls off the wall, or the color of facade changes over the years. Construction errors are by all means welcome, as they allow detours and thus slow down the work process. Space opens up for carefully thinking things over and refining ideas. Improvisation is as much a part of Kunert’s work as well-planned precision. In this way, Kunert’s attention to detail and inventiveness get what they need: time. Thus, several layers of lovingly applied paint might turn the bottle cap of household cleanser into a trash can, salt into snow, or wads of cotton into clouds or steam; the dispenser top of a dish soap is wondrously transformed into an inlet pipe, and a doily into a curtain.

Before a small world is created, lightweight foam boards are cut. Things get glued, painted, and varnished. Floors are laid, windows installed. The odd piece of furniture or musical instrument is made. Curtains get hung. Tiles are laid, rooms furnished, roofs shingled. Trees are planted. Backgrounds and walls are painted. Which at times seems to blur the boundaries between photography and painting.

Elizabeth Clarke (from an essay of the photo book Wunderland)


Frank Kunert (b. 1963 in Frankfurt am Main) grew up in the Rhine-Main region and started taking photographs as a teenager, when he particularly was interested in landscape photography. After completing secondary school, he trained as a photographer and nurtured his love for studio work. He remains true to this pursuit even today and his focus has been on designing and photographing miniature scenes for a long time. He makes a good living from it and thus has numerous houses and cars—most of them on scales ranging from 1:12 to 1:43.

His works are regularly presented at exhibitions in Germany and abroad and have been published in Spiegel special, chrismon, DU – das Kulturmagazin, Der Standard, Photonews, Barbara, smith journal, and TGV magazine, among others. The artist received several awards, including the Heinrich Zille Caricature Prize, the silver medal at the Biennial Dimensional Salon in New York and the German Photo Book Award in silver. Frank Kunert is a member of the Professional Association of Visual Artists in Rhineland-Palatinate and the German Society for Photography (DGPh). He is married and lives with his wife in Boppard, between Cologne and Frankfurt.

Exhibition History & Awards

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2024   Galerie Bell, Baden-Baden
2024   Dreieich-Museum
2023   Städtische Galerie Offenburg
2023   Museum Boppard
2022   Stadtmuseum Schleswig
2022   Galerie Frye, Münster
2021   Wandelhalle | Städtische Museen Bad Wildungen
2021   Galerie Frye, Münster
2021   Heimatmuseum Radeburg
2021   Emsland Moormuseum, Geeste
2020   Gopho | Gallery of Photography & Contemporary Art, Munich
2020   Villa Grün | Museumsverein Dillenburg
2019   Festival du Regard, Cergy-Pontoise (France)
2019   Städtische Galerie Iserlohn
2019   SATIRICUM | Sommerpalais Greiz
2019   Dreieich-Museum
2018   ROSEGALLERY, Santa Monica (USA)
2018   Burg zu Hagen im Bremischen
2018   Literaturmuseum Romantikerhaus, Jena
2018   Galerie Z, Stuttgart
2018   Museum Schloss Neuenbürg
2017   Museum Boppard
2016   Landesmuseum, Koblenz
2016   Haus der Fotografie | Dr. Robert-Gerlich-Museum, Burghausen
2015   Kunstverein Rüsselsheim | Stadt- und Industriemuseum Rüsselsheim
2015   FREELENS Galerie, Hamburg
2015   La Chambre, Strasbourg (France)
2015   art + form, Dresden
2014   Dreieich-Museum
2013   Museum im Schloss Bad Pyrmont
2012   Wandelhalle | Städtische Museen Bad Wildungen
2012   Villa Grün | Museumsverein Dillenburg
2010   Leehyun Seoul Gallery (South Korea)
2010   Kunstverein Tauberbischofsheim
2010   Galerie im Turm | Energieversorgung Offenbach AG (with Clemens Bechmann)
2010   Galerie Hana, Königstein
2010   Stadtmuseum Münster
2009   Museum Haus Löwenberg, Gengenbach (with Quint Buchholz)
2009   Atelier Gertrud Schamschula (with Gertrud Schamschula)
2009   Projektraum EI, Aschaffenburg
2008   Galerie Camera Obscura, Dortmund
2008   Artbox Frankfurt, Galerie der Editionen
2008   Kunstverein Siegen
2007   Galerie Schloßplatz 9, Frankfurt am Main
2007   Galerie Norbert Nieser, Stuttgart
2007   FINEARTS.CON.TRA. City Gallery, Berlin
2007   art + form, Dresden
2007   Historisches Rathaus Hochstadt, Maintal
2006   Kunst & Museum Hollfeld
2006   KunstGenuss, Hamburg
2005   KPMG, Frankfurt am Main
2005   Galerie Q, Leipzig
2005   Little Red Riding Hood Store, Berlin
2004   Galerie am Dom, Wetzlar
2004   Hessisches Puppenmuseum, Hanau
2003   Galerie der Heussenstamm-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main
2003   Kulturzentrum Pasinger Fabrik, Munich
2003   Showroom Gunnar Hansen, Oberursel
2002   Kunstansichten, Mato-Fabrik, Offenbach am Main
2002   Galerie Arts & More, Neu-Isenburg
2000   Marcolini-Palais, Dresden-Friedrichstadt
1997   Holzhausenschlösschen, Frankfurt am Main
Selected Group Exhibitions
2024   11th Triennial of Caricature, SATIRICUM | Sommerpalais Greiz    
2024   kleine WELTEN | Galerie Kulturhaus Dettum    
2023   magnifik | JO 21 by Galerie Z, Stuttgart    
2023   Ach was. Loriot zum Hundertsten | Caricatura Museum Frankfurt    
2023   Small Is Beautiful | The Miniature Art Museum, New York    
2022   CARGO | Les photographiques de Saint-Nazaire    
2022   Paper Art Weeks | Galerie Z, Stuttgart    
2022   Handwerk hat doppelten Boden | LWL-Freilichtmuseum Hagen    
2022   Heinrich-Zille-Karikaturenpreis | Heimatmuseum Radeburg    
2022   Small Is Beautiful | London    
2022   Deutscher Karikaturenpreis | Schloss Agathenburg    
2022   Gopho | Gallery of Photography & Contemporary Art, Munich    
2021   Deutscher Karikaturenpreis | Bremische Bürgerschaft, Bremen    
2021   Small Is Beautiful | Galerie Joseph, Paris    
2021   Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt    
2021   Kunstverein Rüsselsheim | Stadt- und Industriemuseum Rüsselsheim    
2021   10th Triennial of Caricature, SATIRICUM | Sommerpalais Greiz    
2021   Bomann-Museum Celle    
2021   La Chambre, Strasbourg (France)    
2021   FLUX4ART, Casa Tony M., Wittlich    
2021   Vonovia Award for Photography, Kunstmuseum Bochum    
2020   Galerie Z, Stuttgart    
2020   Stadtgalerie Bad Soden    
2020   Darmstadt Photography Days    
2020   RAW Phototriennale Worpswede    
2020   Kunst- und Gewerbeverein Regensburg    
2019   Stadtgalerie Kiel    
2019   Ludwig Galerie, Saarlouis    
2019   Kallmann-Museum, Ismaning    
2017   GRIMMWELT Kassel    
2017   Altes Rathaus, Göttingen    
2017   Deutscher Karikaturenpreis, Schloss Agathenburg    
2017   Winners & Nominees of the Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2017, Kulturgeschichtliches Museum, Osnabrück    
2017   Cupboard Love, Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur (Switzerland)    
2016   Stadtmuseum Münster    
2016   Literaturmuseum Romantikerhaus, Jena    
2016   Deutscher Karikaturenpreis, Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen    
2016   Deutscher Karikaturenpreis, Galerie Komische Meister, Dresden    
2015   Wilhelm Busch - Deutsches Museum für Karikatur & Zeichenkunst, Hannover    
2015   Kunsthalle, Marburg    
2013   Künstlerhaus Metternich, Koblenz    
2012   STROKE.ARTFAIR, Munich    
2012   Musée des Beaux-Arts Eugène Leroy, Tourcoing (France)    
2011   STROKE.ARTFAIR, Berlin    
2011   Museum of Arts and Design, New York (USA)    
2011   Galerie Schloßplatz 9, Frankfurt am Main    
2011   Galerie Handwerk, Koblenz    
2011   Galerie im Alten Rathaus, Aalen    
2009   Internationale Laupheimer Fototage    
2008   Darmstadt Photography Days    
2007   Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex, Pomona (USA)    
2007   Berufsverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler Frankfurt e. V.    
2006   Cologne Fine Art, Artbox Frankfurt, Galerie der Editionen    
2006   Artbox Frankfurt, Galerie der Editionen    
2006   3rd Biennial Dimensional Salon, Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, New York (USA)    
2005   art fair, Cologne, Artbox Frankfurt, Galerie der Editionen    
2005   KUNSTKÖLN, Artbox Frankfurt, Galerie der Editionen    
2004   Kunst & Museum Hollfeld    
2004   Galerie f 5,6, Munich    
2004   Artbox Frankfurt, Galerie der Editionen    
2004   2nd Biennial Dimensional Salon Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, New York (USA)    
2003   Kunstforum Säulenhalle, Groß-Umstadt    
2002   Kunstforum Löwenhof, Frankfurt am Main    
1998+2000   3-Dimensional Illustrators Awards Show, Society of Illustrators / Museum of American Illustration, New York (USA)    
1998   Berliner Karikaturensommer    
1997   3-Dimensional Illustrators Awards Show, Art Directors Club, New York (USA)    
1994   photokina, Cologne    
2021   Heinrich-Zille-Karikaturenpreis
2020   Vonovia Photo Award, Shortlist
2020   Merck Prize, Nominee
2019   Lucie Photo Book Prize, Finalist
2019   Felix Schoeller Photo Award, Shortlist
2019   Design Award FORM for the memory game Kleinanzeigen
2018/19   The Silver German Photo Book Award for Lifestyle
2018   Silver in the category Book / Fine Art at the Tokyo International Foto Awards for Lifestyle
2018   Bronze in the category Portfolio at the Tokyo International Foto Awards
2018   2nd Prize in the category Book / Fine Art at the IPA International Photography Awards for Lifestyle
2017   Felix Schoeller Photo Award, Finalist
2016   Deutscher Karikaturenpreis, Shortlist
2013   The Bronze Gregor International Calendar Award for Verkehrte Welt 2014
2012   The Bronze Gregor International Calendar Award for Verkehrte Welt 2013
2011   The Silver Gregor International Calendar Award for Verkehrte Welt 2012
2010   2nd place at the EVO Art Competition
2009   The Silver German Photo Book Award for Topsy-Turvy World
2006   Silver medal at the 3rd Biennial Dimensional Salon, New York
2004   Kunst & Museum Hollfeld Sponsorship Award
2000/1998/1997   Bronze Award at the 3-Dimensional Illustrators Awards Show, New York
1998   2nd place of the Audience Award at the Berliner Karikaturensommer
1994   Bronze Award, Kodak Panther Work Book
1987   Apprenticeship Certification Exam in Photography, 2nd National Winner

Copyright 2024. FRANK KUNERT

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