Hendrik Krawen

Hendrik Krawen, eine Kurve beschreiben, 2019

Berlin-based artist Hendrik Krawen (born in Lübeck, 1963) is fascinated by the graphic representation of urban identities. As an insightful observer of progress, urbanisation and its disappearance, the artist confronts the influence of human beings on the environment from an unusual perspective.

In many of his works, Krawen focuses on metropolitan impressions, like graphic shapes or writing from the context of advertising and architectural elements like ledges and archways or details that can be found on facades such as the decorative patterns in brick walls in his ‘Steine’ series (2018). With neatly painted silhouettes of buildings, lanterns or billboards combined with fictional elements, he creates urban surroundings that exude the feeling of pulsating city life. Others even evoke romantic landscapes in which the outlines of individual human figures are isolated and de-contextualised or buildings are shown in an advanced state of decay.

Institutional exhibitions

Radikal Modern - Planen und Bauen in Berlin der 60er Jahre, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany (group show)

2015

Aus Passion. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Sammlung Hanck, Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany (group show)

2012

Malerei ist immer abstrakt, Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst im Glaspalast, Augsburg, Germany (group show)

2009

Steppin’ out, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany (group show)

2009

Von Abts bis Zmijewski, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (group show)

2007

Die Jugend von heute, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (group show)

2006

Central Station – Lla Collection Falckenberg, La Maison Rouge, Foundation Antoine de Galbert, Paris, France (group show)

2004

Salons de Musique, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France (group show)

2001

Lexicon Discothek Bon, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany

1996

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Works

EX CAFCONC 003
14,9
Open Mind
von 1 zu 1 nach ∞ / from 1 to 1 to ∞
Silhouette Nr. 30
Egypt 2011
Silhouette Nr. 9 (In der Straße)
Zanz-2