Franz Erhard Walther

Franz Erhard Walther

Biography

Franz Erhard Walther was born in 1939 in Fulda, Germany where he lives and works. In 1957, he enrolled in the Werkkunstschule Offenbach, where he first exhibited his work, and in 1959 he transferred to the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main (Städelschule), studying there until his expulsion in 1961. From 1962 to 1964, Walther attended the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In 1969, his work was included in the landmark exhibition When Attitudes Become Form at the Kunsthalle Bern. Walther has exhibited extensively worldwide and has participated in Documentas 5 (1972), 6 (1977), 7 (1982), and 8 (1987). His work is on permanent view at numerous institutions including the Hamburger Kunsthalle; Kunstmuseum Bonn; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart; and Mamco, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva, where a major retrospective of his work was mounted in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions of Walther’s work have been presented at Dia:Beacon, New York (2012); Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris (2011); and the Kunstmuseum Luzern, (2010–11). His work continues to be included in numerous international group exhibitions including Locus Solus, Impresiones of Raymond Roussel, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011); Move: Choreographing You, Hayward Gallery, London (2010–11); and The Living Currrency/ La monnaie vivante, STUK, Leuven and Tate Modern (2008).