Fritz Best C.V.

1964    Born in London
        lives in Berlin since 1997


92-95   Slade School of Fine Art, London

84-85   London College of Printing

83-84   St. Martin’s School of Art, London

Selected Group shows

2014    The Art of Peace,
        A/Political Gallery, London.
        With Nora Darwich as Mirror Image,

2013    EinDruck,
        curated by Perennial Art, Halle 14, Leipzig

2012    HIGH END,
        HGB, Leipzig

2011    Kunst Druck Druck Kunst,
        Klostergalerie, Zehdenick

2010    La Nouvelle Génération de Leipzig,
        Galerie Monica de Champfleury, Paris
        Schnittstelle Druck,
        Bildermuseum Leipzig and HGB Gallery Leipzig

2007    Der Wal, oder Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel,
        Galerie der HGB Leipzig
        Great Graphics, Xylon Museum, Schwetzingen

2005    Orangen und Kabelsalat, Galerie Zeisler,

2004    TOPPAN Printing Museum, Tokyo
        A-21 International Art Exhibition,
        Contemporary Art Space, Osaka

2004    The most Beautiful German Books,
        Casa di Goethe, Rome

2003    Bilderbogen, Klingspor Museum Offenbach,
        Frankfurt Main
        Triennale für Form und Inhalte,
        Museum of Applied Arts, Frankfurt Main
        & Museum of Art and Design, New York

2000    Kunstkreuz, Berlin-Friedrichshain
        Triennale für Form und Inhalte,
        Museum of Applied Arts, Frankfurt Main

Selected Solo shows

2014    Cutting Away the Void-Hafer al Farargh,
        art lab Berlin iphonedoctor, Germany.
        With Nora Darwich as Mirror Image

2013    Cutting Away the Void-Hafer al Farargh,
        Jadal Centre for Culture and Knowledge, Amman,
        Jordan. With Nora Darwich as Mirror Image

2013    Portrait Studio Project,
        Deutsch Arabische Freundschaftsgesellschaft
        (DAFG), Berlin

2011    Portrait Studio Damascus,
        British Council Damascus

2010    Workshop show with Yaser Safi,
        c/o Kozah Gallery, Damascus
        Open Studio, in collaboration with
        Klostergalerie, Zehdenick
        True Love, HGB-Leipzig

2006    Mein Hut der hat drei Ecken,
        with Ingo Meller und Fred Smeijers,
        HGB Galerie-Leipzig

2004    Fritz Best, H.O.T. Gallery, Osaka, Japan

1999    Ick bin Du bisch er sie es is,
        Museum Bergsdorf, Germany

1997    Graphic Traffic, with Dieter Haase,
        The Eckersley Gallery, London

1996    DRUCK einDRUCK überDRUCK, with Dieter Haase,
        Galerie am Weißen See, Berlin

1997    Bunt, Roxy-Hallen, Ulm, Germany

1993    Ein Ab Aus, Künstlerhaus-Ulm, Germany


04-10   Professor of Printmaking,
        Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig

97-00   Visiting Lecturer,
        University of the Arts Berlin

94-96   Visiting Lecturer,
        London College of Printing

International projects

2013    one month residency in Amman in Partnership with,
        Souriat Across Borders, Molham Team and Jadal
        Centre for Culture and Knowledge. Linocut
        workshop with Syrian refugee community.

2011    Two month Residency in Damascus hosted by the
        British Council. Portrait Studio Damascus
        Involves working in a small community on the
        was a documentary art project in response to the
        beginning of the Syrian revolution.

2010    One month residency in Damascus.
        Workshop with the Syrian Artist Yaser Safi.
        Production of the series Sham City.

2006-10 As professor of Fine Art at the Academy
        of Visual Arts in Leipzig, direction of a
        series of exchange projects between the
        Academy in Leipzig and Art faculties in the
        Middle East. As well as Leipzig workshops were
        held in Cairo, Amman, Beirut and Tripoly.

1991    One month residency at Glasgow
        Print Studio as part of an exchange project
        with the Druckwerkstatt im Künstlerhaus
        Bethanien, Berlin.

1989    3 months as artist in residence in the
        printmaking department, Tyler School of Art,
        Pennsylvania University, Rome, Italy.

Book Art publications

2010    Last Judgements, 86 pages, hand made paper
        with watermarks, letterpress printing & offset
        lithography on mould made paper, edition 35.
        Published by John Gerard.

2009    Wanderer, Edited by Fritz Best and Heidi
        Specker, with 20 Students from HGB-Leipzig.

2003    Bi, 32 pages, handmade paper, letterpress
        and offset lithography, edition 20.
        Published by John Gerard.

2000    Das Handmassaker, Die Lottokiller,
        text by Oscar Heym. Edition Mariannenpresse.

1998    Trans, 14 pages, handmade paper, stone and
        offset lithography, intaglio and relief
        printing techniques, edition 20.
        Published by John Gerard.

1992    Tag und Nacht, handmade paper, letterpress
        printing, edition 20. Published by John Gerard.


2014    Unknown, Unseen, Unsung,
        Artraker catalogue

2011    Sham City and other Travels,
        Fritz Best, catalogue

2004    Die Schönsten Deutschen Bücher 2003,
        Stiftung Buchkunst

2003    Das Künstler Buch,
        Neues Kunsthaus, Ahrenshoop

2003    Triennale für Form und Inhalte,
        catalogue, M.a.K Frankfurt Main

2000    Triennale für Form und Inhalte,
        catalogue, M.a.K Frankfurt Main

2000    Literarische Welt - Nr.39/2000 special Edition

1999    Ick bin, Du bisch, er sie es is,
        Fritz Best, catalogue

1994    Papierschöpfungen,
        Deutsches Buch- und Schriftmuseum, Leipzig

Work in public collections

        A political collection, London/ Casa di Goethe,
        Rome/ Deutsche Bibliothek, Leipzig/
        Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg/
        Grassi Museum, Leipzig/ Klingspor Museum,
        Offenbach/ Museum of Applied Arts, Frankfurt
        Main/ Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek,
        Hannover/ Stiftung Buchkunst, Frankfurt
        Main/ TOPPAN Printing Museum, Tokyo/ Xylon
        Museum, Schwetzingen/ The Library of Congress,
        Washington DC




Screenprinted paper sheets pasted onto stretched canvas and worked over with mixed media. Slade MA Degree Show in the quadrangle at University College London, 1994.



Installation views of works belonging to the project, Inside Out conceived for the Mein Hut der hat drei Ecken exhibition, 2006.





an artists’ book made with students of the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig to coincide with an exhibition at the Kunstverein Marburg. Curated by Fritz Best and Heidi Specker. A Grimms fairytale retold serves as a means of exploring the idea of collective authorship. Produced in the Workshops of the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig.

21.5 X 15.5cm, 176 pages, embossed linen binding. Edition 100, Leipzig 2009



Hiwar fanni (Artistic Dialogue) and Through the Looking Glass, funded by the DAAD, the Goethe Institute and the German foreign office were programmes designed to bring Arabic and German students together in a series of practical projects, stimulating debate and intercultural dialogue.