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Hendrik Krawen

Exhibitions

Hendrik Krawen (b. 1963, Lübeck) lives and works in Berlin.

About

Hendrik Krawen’s artistic focus is on painting, drawing and graphics.
A consistent feature in his work is reduction. With his affinity for music and pop culture and the references to it in many of his works, as well as in the knowledge of his enthusiastic and inspiring activities as a music collector and DJ (he has also designed flyers, posters and record covers – including eight for italic), one might even speak of Dub. In this musical genre, which originally emerged from Reggae, songs are purged and reduced to their essential elements; and single markers are repeated e.g. with echo effects. Likewise, Krawen interprets the surrounding world, reducing it to precise stark drawings, he works with a monochrome colour scheme and through the use of patterns makes visible the constructed nature of a supposed chaos.

Krawen’s drawings remind one of Ingres, of the illustrative works of early Warhol, of the Franco-Belgian ligne claire school of comics and, of course, of architectural drawing. Fastidiously rendered, he often contrasts his motifs with coarse shadow-figures, who in painterly quality go beyond mere staffage. Krawen’s tools are brushes and paint. The graphite pencil is used only privately or in the sketchbook.
Krawen plays with typography, between sgraffiti and graffiti, twisting and turning letters, working with stamps and stencils. Here handwork is crucial. Krawen does not paint watercolors onto computer prints. Keeping with music, his inspiration is more likely to be found in the DIY aesthetics of early Detroit Techno, Jamaican Reggae records, or African music.

Krawen’s painting is solid, graphical, often full-tone. Here, too, he works with utmost care – application of color, monochromy, contrast. What is portrayed becomes emblematic. Gestural expression is of less importance to him; rather an affinity to screen-printing, as an idea, the pattern, the serial.

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1963
Born in Lübeck, Germany

1979 - 1981
Studied painting with Rainer E. Teubert in Lübeck

1982 - 1984
Studied at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf with Alfonso Hüppi

1984 - 1985
Studio exchange to Berlin

1992
Studio residence at Cité des Arts, Paris

1994 - 1996
Scholarship Günther Peill-Stiftung at Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren

1995 - 1996
Scholarship Barkenhoff-Stiftung Niedersachsen, Worpswede

2003
Scholarship Kunstfonds Foundation, Bonn/Berlin

2007 - 2008
Guest professorship at Hfbk Hamburg

2012
Scholarship Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., New York

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
"Dilema Perdido" Kewenig, Palma De Mallorca

2017
"Ich sing' dir ein Lied“ (two Parts), ITALIC, Berlin
"Moves#153, geschlossene Fenster offene Türen", Image Movement, Berlin
"Mehr und mehr und mehr und mehr“ Ulla Hahn & Hendrik Krawen, Galerie Vincenz Sala, Berlin

2011
"Risk of devotion", Galeria Kewenig, Palma de Mallorca
"Stadt der Bilder", Kewenig, Cologne

2010
"Shades of green", Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples

2009
"Es ist kalt draußen – ich weiß", Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna

2008
"Frauen und Männer", Katharina Jacobsen / Hendrik Krawen, Galerie Haus Schneider, Karlsruhe

2007
"Schall und Rauch", Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf

2006
"Eden", Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan

2005
"Living in the garden of life / Am Straßenrand", Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna

2004
"Am Rand der Straße", Dennis Kimmerich Galerie, Düsseldorf

2003
"Rendez-vous", St. Petri, Lübeck

2001
"Motiv", Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna

2000
"Zimmer mit zwei Fenstern", Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf

1998
"Treffpunkt Berlin", Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf

1997
"Staub gegen Heimweh oder was um uns herum geschah", Portfolio Kunst AG, Vienna

1996
"Lexicon Discothek Bon", Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren
"Muzik", Galerie Haus Schneider, Ettlingen
"Hinter dem Bild ist die Wand", mit K. Jacobsen, Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf

1994
"Hendrik Krawen‘s Bilder", Galerie Metta Linde, Lübeck
„morphup“, with T. Flor, WP8, Düsseldorf

1991
"Lexikon - die imaginäre Stadt", Friesenwall 116A, Cologne
"Öl Bilder", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen near Cologne

1988
"Rolltreppe", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen near Cologne

1986
"Orange Sofa", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen near Cologne

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
"aufzeichnen...", Galerie Vincenz Sala, Berlin

2016
"Etwas von Haus und jedem verspielt-macht noch lang nicht blind" Stefan Ettlinger/Heinz Hausmann/Hendrik Krawen, MLPart, Düsseldorf

2015
"Radikal Modern - Planen und Bauen in Berlin der 60er Jahre", Berlinische
Galerie, Museum für Moderne Kunst Berlin, Germany

2014
"abc - Art Berlin Contemporary" with Kewenig, Berlin

2013
"Why Painting Now?", VIENNAFAIR, Vienna
"Städtebauliche Prosa", Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna, Austria
2012
"Differenza e Ripetizione", Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples
"Aus Passion. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Sammlung Hanck", Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

2011
"Hendrik Krawen / Dominik Louda / Dietmar Lutz", Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna

2009
"Malerei ist immer abstrakt", Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst im Glaspalast Augsburg
"Steppin’ out", Kunsthalle zu Kiel

2008
"What kind of painting", Sprüth Magers Projekte, Munich

2007
"Von Abts bis Zmijewski", Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
"Full House – painting from the Falckenberg Collection", Overbeck-Gesellschaft, Lübeck

2006
"Die Jugend von heute/The Youth of Today", Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt on the Main
"Metropolitanscape – Paesaggi Urbani Nell’Arte Contemporanea", Palayyo Cavour, Turin
"Demolition", Engholm Engelhorn Galerie, Vienna
"SEE History 2006 / Schätze Bilden", Kunsthalle zu Kiel

2005
"Raumfürraum", Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
"Heute hier, morgen dort... ", Städtische Ausstellungshalle Münster
"Weltinnenräume", Deutsche Gesellschaft für Christliche Kunst, Munich

2004
"Central Station / la Collection Falckenberg", La Maison Rouge, Foundation Antoine de Galbert, Paris
"Reflections", Artuatuca Festival, Tongeren
"SEE History 2004 / Der demokratische Blick", Kunsthalle zu Kiel
"Sammlung Hanck", Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf

2003
"Deutschemalereizweitausenddrei", Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt on the Main
"SEE History 2003 / eine Sammlung wird ausgestellt", Kunsthalle zu Kiel
"Basic", Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf

2002
"Urbane Sequenzen",Kunsthalle Erfurt, Schloss Ringenberg,
"Urbane Sequenzen", Museum Schloss Hardenberg, Erfurt
"Private Space", Galerie Hubert Winter, Vienna
Galerie Municipale Julio Gonzalez, Arcueil

2001
"Salons de Musique", Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg

2000
"Schnitt 2000", Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
"New Painting from Germany", Deitch Projects New York
"Click", Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf

1999
"Superca..., Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam
"Les Adieux", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen near Cologne

1998
"Über Bau", Wohnmaschine, Friedrich Loock, Berlin
"Ohne Teppich kein Zuhause", Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf

1997
"Sehfahrt", Altonaer Museum, Hamburg
"Malerei V", Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne
"Surprise II", Kunsthalle Nürnberg

1995
"Vorspiel II", Galerie Bochynek, Düsseldorf

1994
"Hamburg - Düsseldorf – Berlin", Galerie Vorsetzen, Hamburg

1993
"Serial - ein limitierter Laden von Michelle Nicol", Zurich
"Malerei 2000", Sprinkenhof Hamburg, Konsthall Malmö, Hamburg and Malmö
„“Die Spanische Wand“, Galerie Christine König / Dorotheum Vienna

1992
"Glück Auf", Zeche Rheinpreussen, Moers
"Makroville", Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

1989
"Pyramiden", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen near Cologne and ICC Berlin

1987
"Meine Zeit mein Raubtier", Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

1985
"CF, RH, HK, DS", Galerie Diemo Hänsler, Nürnberg

1984
"Paravents", Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen near Cologne
SELECTED PROJECTS

1992 - 1994
"WP8", joint founder, room installations at the artists arts club, Düsseldorf

1994
"EX WM - Finale", Music-Bar installation, with K. Jacobsen, R.Mucha, Kreidler, DJ Mo, DJ Hell and others, Kölnerstr. 170, Düsseldorf

1990
"EX WM", a temporary TV/Music-Bar installation, with F. Braster, H. Hausmann,
C. Föttinger and others, Kölnerstr. 170, Düsseldorf

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Munich
Kunsthalle zu Kiel
Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren
Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain Strasbourg
Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg