Timm Ulrichs

offset print, 5 colours, 1968/97


Timm Ulrichs inherited the typewriter shown here from his mother. He has been writing on it for 60 years and still uses it today. His mother bought it in the 1930s when she moved from Guben to Berlin to earn her living as a stenotypist. On the keyboard, which was designed according to linguistic stylistic considerations and ergonomically adapts to the fingertips, the word "value" is recognisable as the longest word. Ulrichs has singled this out in his work and highlighted it in gold.


Timm Ulrichs, born in Berlin, studied architecture at the Technical University of Hanover. In 1961 he founded the "Werbezentrale für Totalkunst & Banalismus". Until 2005 he was a professor at the art academy in Münster. He has received several prizes and awards for his work. He lives and works in Berlin and Hanover.

Ulrichs is considered one of the most influential German conceptual and action artists. Without imprinting a particular style, he worked in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, performance, video, photography and concrete poetry.

In general, it is typical of Timm Ulrich's heterogeneous oeuvre that his work takes up the themes and concerns of his time, but addresses them in such a way that they are still remarkably relevant today. In his works, he often anticipates artistic trends that establish themselves much later, and he has introduced various innovative approaches, themes and concepts.