KEWENIG is pleased to present the exhibition by the German artist Hendrik Krawen (born in Lübeck, Germany, in 1963), which inaugurates on the occasion of the Nit de l' Art. The selected pieces comprising Dilema Perdido represent some of the artist's most recent work.
Krawen connects various motifs or themes together, seeking pluralism in terms of expression, pictorial concepts and uses of colour. His most characteristic work is presented on a solid background, which is almost always monochromatic. Here, he focuses graphic and architectural details, objects and individual figures, thereby creating de contextualised landscapes, which are documentary in nature, mixed with elements of fiction.
In the work that provides the title for this exhibition, Dilemma (2018), the motif is reduced on a dichromatic canvas. He has studied ruins, often covered by graffiti, since 1997. When he lived in Düsseldorf, he witnessed the demolition of an abandoned industrial area, which made him an insightful observer of progress, globalisation and its disappearance. This work provided the basis for the Wand and Steine series, in which he details the architectural elements of his characteristic buildings, highlighting hypothetical disordered structures and the influence of human beings on the environment from an unusual perspective.
Hendrik Krawen (born 1963 in Lübeck, Germany), studied at Düsseldorf Art Academy, and he currently lives and works in Berlin. In 1986, his Ölbilder exhibition opened the KEWENIG Galerie, which at that time was located at Haus Bitz, in Frechen. Since then, the artist has participated in numerous international exhibitions held at leading museums and foundations, including Kunsthalle Kiel; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Palazzo Cavour, Turin; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf; La Maison Rouge Fondation Antoin de Galbert, Paris; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, along with many others. His works are part of renowned collections such as the Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich; Kunsthalle Kiel; Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren; MAMCS - Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg; Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf; and Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg.
Press release courtesy KEWENIG.