Hendrik Krawen

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)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Open Mind
von 1 zu 1 nach ∞ / from 1 to 1 to ∞
Silhouette Nr. 30
Egypt 2011
Silhouette Nr. 9 (In der Straße)

Hendrik Krawen

von 1 zu 1 nach ∞ / from 1 to 1 to ∞
von 1 zu 1 nach ∞ / from 1 to 1 to ∞
von 1 zu 1 nach ∞ / from 1 to 1 to ∞
von 1 zu 1 nach ∞ / from 1 to 1 to ∞, 2014
Assemblage, mixed media, framed
334 x 530 cm