Tang Contemporary Art is proud to present the opening of the Duo Solo Exhibition of Michael Kvium & Christian Lemmerz. Michael Kvium and Christian Lemmerz are both two highly recognised Danish and German artists, and both have held their first solo exhibitions at our Hong Kong gallery in October and November 2018 respectively. Their first exhibition at Tang Contemporary Art in Bangkok will take place from 17 December 2020–31 January 2021.
Born on 15 November 1955 in Horsens, Denmark, Michael Kvium started his career as a cartoonist while studying at The Royal Danish Art Academy, where he graduated from in 1985. He then moved to Copenhagen, where he soon received recognition from the Copenhagen art scene. In cooperation Christian Lemmerz, they formed the performance group 'Vaekst' in 1985, where they, along with others, made a short film.
Michael Kvium has had solo exhibitions at major art museums in Denmark as well as had exhibitions internationally in Germany, Cuba, Norway, Belgium, The Faroe Island and China. While his works are displayed all over museums in Denmark, Horsens Art Museum in his hometown, still has the biggest collection of his works. Michael Kvium is inspired by universal conflicts such as the body, family relations, and vanity. His confronting motifs are illustrated in the form of humanely figures against various sceneries. His main subjects are often distorted figures with abnormal faces and bodies. These figures in his paintings often have an androgynous face, also closely resembling his own face. Lemons, eyes, and brains are symbols that are often found in his paintings. He is inspired by the Baroque style and the use of Chiaroscuro.
Michael Kvium is currently based in Copenhagen, and has received numerous awards and nominations including the highly coveted Eckersberg Medal and Knighthood from Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
Over the years, Christian Lemmerz has worked with drawings, installations, videos, performance and paintings. He has created a large number of artworks, which both fascinates and appeals to his audience. His artworks exceed taboos and often engage in the conditions of human existence. His works often circle around the concepts of life and death, will and oppression - combining the classical art of sculpting with contemporary issues of the world.
Christian Lemmerz has been influenced by great philosophers such as Immanuel Kant and Martin Heidegger. At the same time, he has also been influenced by our current times, where mass media, death, terror and suffering are central themes. One of Christian Lemmerz's intentions with his art is to create a space where the viewer can give physical form to one's own thoughts on identity, existence and being. The striking beauty in his art comes with a shocking insistence, often leaving the viewer stunned or speechless.
Since the 1980's, when Christian Lemmerz became a part of Værst (worst) with Michael Kvium, he has evolved as a master of the classical art. Over the last couple of years, his work with classical materials, such as marble, references directly back to the renaissance's masters. In 2009, he was awarded with the Thorvaldens Medal, which is the highest distinction a Danish sculptor can receive.
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