1947   Born on 14 May in Munich, Bavaria. Childhood spent in Lübeck and Munich.  
1959 - 1968
  Attends Realgymnasium Icking in Bavaria.  
1968 - 1970
  Studies philosophy and the history of art at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.  
1970 - 1971
  Receives Columbus scholarship to Brandeis University, Massachusetts. Chooses to study fine art and history of art at the University of Arizona, Tucson.  
  1972   Invited as artist in residence to the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art in Cuenca, Spain.  
1973 - 1974
  Teaching assistant at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Graduates with distinction as Master of Fine Arts.  
  1974   Awarded a travel grant to Guadalajara, Mexico.
Marries Annette Holzmann.
1975 - 1976
  Continues study of art history and philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Receives dissertation scholarship and research scholarship from the State of Bavaria for research at the Musée d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Graduates magna cum laude with a PhD in art history on Brancusis´s photography. Birth of his daughter Anna Livia Plurabelle Partenheimer.  
1977 - 1978
  Works as curator at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf with shows of Jackson Pollock, Ed Kienholz, Gerhard Hoehme, Nicolas Poussin, Malevitch and Strzeminsky.
Birth of his son Benedikt Partenheimer.
  1979   First solo exhibition at the Richard Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh. Shows a slide installation of a detail of a painting. Partenheimer entitles the show: “from image to mental image”.
Birth of his son Moritz Partenheimer.
  1980   Participates at the XI Paris Biennial. Shows a series of small-unstretched paintings on canvas, framed like drawings. Writes his essay “The Fantasy of Exactitude”, which is published at the end of 1980 in Irrawaddy 1. In it Partenheimer rejects the traditional separation of the categories in favor of the “sum total”.  
  1982   Receives grand award for visual arts of the state of North Rhine Westphalia. Awarded Canada Council Grant to visit Montréal. Shows an installation with slide projector, chair and a text at Articule in Montréal. Receives National Endowment for the Arts, New York for a show of workbooks and drawings at Franklin Furnace, New York.  
1983 - 1985
  Guest artist at the San Francisco Art Institute, California and distinguished visiting artist at the University of California at Davis. Leads seminar on interdisciplinary structures in art. First solo exhibition at Galerie Onrust in Amsterdam and at the invitation of Hermann Kern shows at the Kunstraum in Munich.  
  1986   Participates at the XLII Venice Biennial. Shows an installation of small-scale drawings entitled “de stultitia”.  
1987- 1990
  Guest artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldenden Kunsten in Amsterdam. Invited as artist in residence to Fine Arts Work Centre, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Gives his renowned lecture „Anti-economic positions“, which is published by the Institute for Practical Studies, RvBK, Amsterdam, 1988.  
  1991   Writes his poetic manifesto “De coloribus - Notes on colours”, which is co-published by Hine Editions, San Francisco and Art-Book, Amsterdam during the same year.  
  1995   Constructs a hard edge vertical wax sculpture from floor to ceiling at Elba Benitez Gallery in Madrid. Receives the art critic’s award of the year for best show of the season in Madrid.  
1997 - 1998
  Overview exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the IVAM Valencia and Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.  
  1999   Invited to develop an exhibition of sculpture, painting and work on paper for the space of the Museum CGAC in Santiago de Compostela. The museum publishes a two volume anthology of Partenheimer´s writings. Writes his lecture “Fractal Thinking - An imaginary dialogue on error and truth in the relationship between science and art.“ Published by the International School of Theory in the Humanities, The Special Plenary Series, Santiago de Compostela / Paris, 2000.  



Invited to show at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Beijing and the Nanjing Museum in Nanjing. Installs the sculpture „world axis“ in the „Forbidden City“ in Beijing.

2002 – 2005
  Overview exhibitions at the S.M.A.K. in Gent, the Museum am Ostwall in Dortmund and at the Pinacoteca Do Estado in São Paulo. Awarded the Prize for Visual Arts by the Kulturstiftung Dortmund. Receives the oder of merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.  
  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”.

St. Matthäus - Berlin, Ash - Artist´s Speech
IKON Gallery - Birmingham, Discontinuity, Paradox & Precision, Nigel Prince (Ed.), Birmingham, 2008


Das Schlüsselloch im Museum Chasa Jaura Valchava, Museum Chasa Jaura - Valchava, Uwe Wieczorek (Autor), Valchava, 2009
"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
  2011   Lemke - Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin  

  Renga - Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
Folded Spirits - Häusler Contemporary - Munich, Munich

Reforzate, 2005










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