Rita Ackermann

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Rita Ackermann
Ackermann, photo by Daniel Turner
Bakos Rita

(1968-04-19) April 19, 1968 (age 55)
Budapest, Hungary
EducationUniversity of Fine Arts Budapest New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture
Known forPainting
Notable workGet a Job, 1993, Wiped out Heroines, 2014, Mama, 2018.
MovementAbstract Expressionism

Rita Ackermann (born April 19, 1968) is a Hungarian-American artist. She lives and works in New York City.

Early life[edit]

Ackermann was born in Budapest.[1] Ackermann studied at the University of Fine Arts Budapest from 1989 until 1992, where she studied with the painter Károly Klimó.[1] In 1992, Ackermann moved to New York City to study at The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture through the Hanes Family Foundation.[2] Upon arriving in New York, the artist, who was originally “Rita Bakos,” changed her name to “Rita Ackermann,” her grandmother’s maiden name.[2]


Rita Ackermann, "Get a Job," 1993

In 1994, Ackermann was commissioned by The New Museum to create a faux stained-glass window titled Who Are We? Where Did We Come From?.[3] That same year, she had her first solo exhibition at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York City which was reviewed in Artforum by critic Keith Seward.[4] In 1999, Ackermann mounted her first institutional exhibition at The Swiss Institute in New York.[5] In 2002, she had a solo exhibition of paintings, collage and works on paper titled Snowfall in August at Museum Het Domein in the Netherlands.[6] From 2006-2008 Ackermann worked exclusively in collage, resulting in a series of works she compressed between two vertical sheets of Plexiglas.[7] Ackermann participated in the 2008 Whitney Biennial.[8] In 2011 her collaboration with filmmaker Harmony Korine titled, “Shadow Fux” was exhibited at The Swiss Institute in New York City.[9] Ackermann received her first major survey exhibition in 2011 titled, "BAKOS," at the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art in Budapest.

In 2012, Ackermann was the subject of a mid-career retrospective at Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, curated by Bonnie Clearwater.[10] The exhibition featured paintings, drawings, and collages from 1993 to 2012.[10] In 2014, the Sammlung Friedrichshof in Austria held an exhibition titled, "Meditation on Violence” by Ackermann, which focused on a series of ‘chalkboard paintings’ which were the result of experimenting with pushing the boundaries of painting.[11][12] A survey of the artist's ‘chalkboard paintings’ was held in 2016 at Malmö Konsthall in Sweden titled, “The Aesthetic of Disappearance”.[13] An additional survey of Ackermann’s works in chalk titled, “Movements as Monuments” was held in 2018 at La Triennale di Milano. In 2019, Ackermann began to work on her Mama series, which she has continued through today.[14] A series of “Mama” paintings will be shown alongside her earliest drawings and paintings created from 1993-1996, in an exhibition titled "HIDDEN" at MASI Lugano in March 2023.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Rita Ackermann is married to artist Daniel Turner.[citation needed]


  • Kort, Pamela, Grau, Donatien, Bezzola, Tobia (et. al.), 'Rita Ackermann. Hidden', Milan: Mousse, Lugano: Museo d'arte della Svizzera italiana, 2023 (forthcoming)
  • Jetzer, Gianni, Korine, Harmony, 'Rita Ackermann: Mama', Zurich: Hauser & Wirth Publishers, 2021
  • Clearwater, Bonnie, Ensslin, Felix (et al.), 'Rita Ackermann', New York: Skira Rizzoli, 2011
  • Orui, Makoto (ed.), 'Rita Ackermann. Keep my mouth shut and no headaches… Works 1996-1993', New York: Andrew Rosen Gallery, Tokyo: rockin’ on inc., 1997
  • Ackermann, Rita, 'Sketchbook V (Twitchy)', New York: American Art Catalogues, 2022
  • Ackermann, Rita, 'Sketchbook IV (Frequencies of Freedom (Double Take)', New York: American Art Catalogues, 2022
  • Ackermann, Rita, 'Sketchbook III (7581)', New York: American Art Catalogues, 2022
  • Ackermann, Rita, 'Sketchbook II (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)', New York: American Art Catalogues, 2021
  • Ackermann, Rita, 'Sketchbook I (For Mama)', New York: American Art Catalogues, 2021
  • Ackermann, Rita, 'drawings',: Karma Publications, 2017
  • Ackermann, Rita, 'Meditation on Violence": Schlebrugge.Editor, 2016
  • ‘Rita Ackermann and Harmony Korine. Shadow Fux’, Rita Ackermann with Harmony Korine, New York: Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art, 2011
  • 'Snowfall in August', Sittard: Museum Het Domein, 2002
  • 'Revelations', Rita Ackermann (art) with Byron Coley (story), Tokyo: Rockin' On, 1999

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2023, MASI Lugano, 'Rita Ackermann. Hidden', Lugano, Switzerland[16]
  • 2018, La Triennale di Milano, 'Rita Ackermann. Movements as Monuments', Milan, Italy
  • 2016, Malmö Konsthall, 'The Aesthetic of Disappearance', Malmö, Sweden[17]
  • 2014, Sammlung Friedrichshof, 'Meditation on Violence-Hair Wash', Burgenland, Austria
  • 2012, Museum of Contemporary Art, ‘Rita Ackermann', Miami FL[18]
  • 2011, Ludwig Museum, 'Rita Ackermann. Bakos', Budapest, Hungary
  • 2010, Swiss Institute, ‘Rita Ackermann and Harmony Korine: Shadow Fux’, New York NY[19]
  • 2002, Museum Het Domein, ‘Snowfall in August’, Sittard, Netherlands
  • 1999, Swiss Institute, 'Rita Ackermann', New York NY

Selected public collections[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Rita Ackermann: Great Art is Gratitude". artreview.com. Retrieved 2023-05-14.
  2. ^ ""Who Are We? What Are We? Where Did We Come From? A project by Rita Ackermann"". The New Museum Archive. The New Museum. Retrieved February 13, 2023.
  3. ^ Seward, Keith (November 1994). "Rita Ackermann: ANDREA ROSEN GALLERY and NEW MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART". Artforum. 33 (3).
  4. ^ "Rita Ackermann / Ana Axpe. Swiss Institute, New York". Contemporary Art Library.
  5. ^ Claire, Bickert. "Rita Ackermann". AWARE Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions.
  6. ^ Hudson, Suzanne. "2008 Whitney Biennial". Whitney Museum of American Art.
  7. ^ "About The Artist: Rita Ackermann". Whitney Biennial 2008 Exhibition. New York, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art. 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  8. ^ Pryor, John-Paul (6 January 2011). "Harmony Korine & Rita Ackermann: Shadow Fux". Dazed Digital. Retrieved February 14, 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Rita Ackermann". Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  10. ^ "Rita Ackermann "Meditation on Violence" opening, Burgenland - purple ART". Purple (in French). 2014-04-30. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  11. ^ "Meditation on Violence | SCHLEBRUGGE.EDITOR". schlebruegge.com.
  12. ^ "Events. Rita Ackermann, The Aesthetic of Disappearance". Art Rabbit.
  13. ^ "Rita Ackermann". Hauser & Wirth. Retrieved February 14, 2023.
  15. ^ "Upcoming Exhibitions - Rita Ackermann Hidden". MASILugano. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  16. ^ https://www.artnet.com/artists/rita-ackermann/biography
  17. ^ "Rita Ackermann". Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
  18. ^ Lenander, Johanna (2010-12-02). "Double Trouble | Harmony Korine and Rita Ackermann at the Swiss Institute". T Magazine. Retrieved 2023-01-31.

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