Hans Alf Gallery
Wednesday, 27 October 2021 10:26

Christian Lemmerz: 20/21

Christian Lemmerz: 20/21

29.10.2021 - 27.11.2021


Friday October 29, Hans Alf Gallery invites everyone to celebrate the opening of Christian Lemmerz’ new exhibition “20/21”. The show consists of a new series of paintings and 10 imposing marble sculptures that were all – as the heading implies – conceived in the shadows of the past two, turbulent years


In recent years, automated marble carving technologies have become more and more refined and precise. As a classically trained marble sculptor, one would assume that Christian Lemmerz swears off this new technology’s blatant attempt to cut out human craftsmanship from the equation. But Lemmerz is also – in addition to his classical virtues – a relentlessly curious artist, who throughout his long career has experimented with everything from meat sculptures through performance art to virtual reality. So maybe it’s no surprise, really, that this adventurous renaissance man has decided to take on 3D technology and make it his own.


For the exhibition “20/21”, Christian Lemmerz has created 10 sculptures by utilizing a very personal method, in which he 3D scans a human being or an object, then distorts the digital model and manipulates the algorithms, before he finally has a machine transform his sketch into a physical artwork in marble. One of the dogmas of the method is that Lemmerz, as a sculptor, cannot work on or touch the finished product: All manipulation must happen digitally – when the machine puts its drill to the stone, the artist’s hands may no longer interfere with the process.

Lemmerz explains the works and his new approach to sculpting:


“The sculptures are new archetypes for our digital era. Intentionally, I excluded my own hands in the sculpting process, allowing the computer to manifest itself in the carving of the works. I wanted to redefine the potential of the ancient material of marble, which carries such a long tradition throughout history. Marble is no longer a pure and timeless material. It has been contaminated with and through art history, kitsch, and myth.”


“20/21” also consists of a series of figurative paintings that in many ways act as counterpoints to the show’s sculptures. While the latter spring from meticulous planning, digital processing, and robotic intervention, the paintings have materialized through a spontaneous discharge, in which the artist’s hand has worked its way across the canvas in an uninterrupted movement, until a (subconscious) motif has finally manifested itself. Being an incorrigible polemic, Lemmerz offers his audience two seemingly incompatible approaches to producing art and insists that both have a place in his universe.


Overall, Christian Lemmerz’ new exhibition represents the artist’s own personal attempt to understand and convey his thoughts on a tumultuous and defining period in our shared history, while with his method and approach he simultaneously charters a new road for both his own career and for the visual arts as a whole.


“20/21” opens on Friday October 29 and will be on view through November 27. Everyone is welcome.





Published in 20/21
Wednesday, 30 June 2021 10:44

The Summer Show

The Summer Show

02.07.2021 - 31.07.2021


As a tribute to all the brilliant artists that Hans Alf Gallery represents, we have put together a special summer exhibition showcasing works by each of the 18 artists currently on our roster.


During the month of July, Hans Alf Gallery will be open Fridays, 12-17, and Saturdays, 11-16, only.




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Published in The Summer Show
Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:41

The Great Big Winter Show

The Great Big Winter Show

22.01.2021 - 27.02.2021


Hans Alf Gallery kicks off the 2021 season with a bang, as 11 of it's represented artists showcase new works in what has been appropriately dubbed "The Great Big Winter Show". The participating artists are: Armin Boehm, Erik A. Frandsen, Christian Lemmerz, Mie Olise Kjærgaard, Anders SCRMN Meisner, Louise Hindsgavl, Fredrik Raddum, Henrik Saxgren, Magnus Fisker, Anders Brinch and Anne Torpe.


Due to the current restrictions on physical commerce, The Great Big Winter Show will initially only be open online. Come February, we hope to be able to once again welcome visitors in the gallery.




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Thursday, 21 November 2019 15:27

Christian Lemmerz: URIEL

Christian Lemmerz: Uriel

22.11.2019 - 18.01.2020


Friday November 22, Christian Lemmerz’ new show “Uriel” opens in Hans Alf Gallery. For the infamous German, who turned sixty earlier this year, the exhibition marks a fundamental shift of gears, as he takes leave with his familiar figurative universe to instead explore the processual and performative in a series of monochrome and largely abstract drawings and reliefs.


Christian Lemmerz possesses an artistic mind quite out of the ordinary. One could easily argue that he has been one of the most dominant figures on the Danish art scene ever since the early 80’s. In crazy, grandiose and often grotesque visual manifestations, Lemmerz has time and time again taken his audience by surprise and pushed the boundaries of what is accepted in art. Through history, repetition and plagiarism has brought many singular minds to an understanding of the need for new vantage points, and in much the same way, Lemmerz’ practice seems to be driven by existential impatience: We have to forge on! And so, everything is unrooted, automatic reactions are dismantled, icons overthrown, darlings slain. The ground needs levelling, before new houses can be built.


In URIEL, Christian Lemmerz is in the middle of his own personal paradigm shift. After having spent most of his career exploring the narrative and aesthetic qualities of figuration, the sculptor-turned-draughtsman has for the past couple of years found himself mid-air in an artistic leap that has seen him reinvent his own universe: Gone are the anatomical studies, all the zombies and the biblical references; and what remains is the journey of the hand across the paper, a twilight between genesis and resolution, the quivering contour of a moment.


The journey towards a new understanding began shortly after Christian Lemmerz’ sorrowful exhibition “The Night is Large”, in which the artist processed the recent death of his parents through a series of portraits. According to Lemmerz, it felt as if he had finally emptied out his inner registry of images: The trembling profiles of his parents on their deathbeds, drawn from pure memory alone, marked a sort of farewell to figuration. In the months following his show, he still tried to find his way back, but while the artist yearned for everything universal and open to interpretation, his usual imagery appeared stale and banal to the artist. Lemmerz sought inspiration in oriental calligraphy and read everything, he could find about the subject. He hid away in his studio and initiated a tedious but determined transformation that didn’t find its true form until much later with the performance piece “EyeScape” at Copenhagen Contemporary.


Now, Christian Lemmerz has created a show that doesn’t look like anything, we’ve ever seen from him. Seven imposing, nonfigurative reliefs that are all made ”à la minute” like negative images, fingers directly in the foundry sand, freezing the movement with liquid bronze, are flanked by a series of subdued, monochrome “landscapes” that document the journey of the hand back and forth across the paper’s plane without resorting to recognizable shapes or imprints. A colossal bronze sculpture without a beginning or an end seems to have exploded into the room, and in smaller, grid-like drawings, one senses the inspiration from calligraphy. The ”old” Lemmerz is visible only in glimpses, as when an enormous bronze torso shoots up between a handful of drawings that also utilize the notion of the body as a more or less visible element. But, generally speaking, the gaze and the look has changed. And thus, also the experience.


As is customary with Lemmerz, what is at stake isn’t exactly clear. But in this particular show, it is perhaps an even greater pointe in itself that the room for interpretation and understanding is left open: It is essential that the audience gets involved and accepts the performative premise that informs the creation of the works, and thus, each spectator is forced to process the image itself, so that which is abstract can become concrete to each individual.


In Judaism and Catholicism, Uriel is the name of the fourth archangel after the better-known and more widely canonized Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. He is the angel of repentance and submission. In Milton’s ”Paradise Lost”, Uriel is in charge of the orb of the Sun, he is the eyes of God, but unwittingly steers Satan towards the newly created earth.






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Published in Uriel
Friday, 28 September 2018 12:15

Christian Lemmerz: Limbo

Christian Lemmerz: Limbo

09.05.15 - 30.06.15


In his first solo exhibition with Hans Alf Gallery, Christian Lemmerz demonstrates his artistic versatility and brilliance.



Published in Limbo
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 16:06

Christian Lemmerz: The Night is Large

Christian Lemmerz: The Night is Large

24.11.17 - 13.01.18


Ever since Christian Lemmerz first allowed himself to be catapulted from the periphery to the absolute centre of the limelight with his exhibition Stage in 1993, the - in more ways than one - formidable German with the grave face has established himself as one of the brightest, most insistent voices on the Danish art scene. From harsh, anarchist explosions through classicist demonstrations of force to a down-right visionary appropriation of new media: Time after time, Lemmerz has illustrated to his audience the artistic brilliance and almost annoying ease with which he seems to tame, subjugate and mobilize at will virtually any material imaginable. As a figure on the Danish art scene, Christian Lemmerz is a natural-born lead that seems to demand the light wherever he goes - even if he might himself prefer to be consumed by darkness.


Everyone has an opinion about Christian Lemmerz, his art has infiltrated the public space and our collective consciousness, and practically every museum in Denmark has at some point been conscribed to the sculptor's dystopian universe. There's something about the Lemmerzian brand of unwavering determination and zeal that - regardless of the topic, be it Dante's Inferno, the Holocaust or suicide terrorism - ensnares his audience to a point, where we inevitably allow ourselves to be seduced. Christian Lemmerz has a rare ability to grab hold of the viewer and force him so see the world from changing angles. And in much the same way, Lemmerz seems to continuously demand of himself that he revisit the big questions in life - existential angst, Christian mythology, Death - to see them from new perspectives; to somehow nullify former discoveries. He is - if this is even possible in a postmodern reality - an iconoclastic classicist.


In his new exhibition, The Night is Large, which will be the artist's second solo with Hans Alf Gallery following Limbo in 2015, Christian Lemmerz once again delves into Death as the ultimate theme. In a series of 13 large death bed portraits that also act as landscape paintings, Christian Lemmerz explores personal loss and the memory of the dead, while a series of marble, bronze and plaster sculptures serves as a metaphysical counterpoint in an intimate, condensed and first of all personal composition.



Published in The Night is Large
Monday, 24 February 2014 18:37

Christian Lemmerz


Christian Lemmerz was born in 1959 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He was trained at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Denmark 1982-1986 and was a part of ‘Værkstedet Værst’ 1982-84 and ‘Performancegruppen Værst’ from 1985 onwards.

Christian Lemmerz’ span is extensive and pluralistic. Regardless of the material, whether it be sculpture in marble or rigorous drawing, his works can generally be characterized as aesthetics of effect. The artworks grasp out and clutch into the surroundings and call for more than merely contemplation.

There are only a few themes and taboos that are not turned upside down in the Lemmerzian universe, which stretches between phenomenological philosophy and focal points such as suffering and death.

Lemmerz has pointed out that art has to take effect in the manner of a provocative confrontation. However, as he maintains, art also has to do with experience. And sculptures are particularly suitable for establishing a confrontational and experience-exchanging situation. In such a situation, the sculpture connects with the perceiving body. Instead of being a distanced onlooker, the viewer becomes an active participant, who gets moved in one direction or another.

Lemmerz has exhibited in Denmark e.g. at ARoS, Statens Museum for Kunst and in Cisternerne and widely abroad, e.g. Stavanger Art Museum, Norway and Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA.





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