Lothar Hempel


Lothar Hempel (b. 1966, Cologne, Germany) lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Lothar Hempel’s multifaceted work includes sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, video and performance. He often develops his works from found and sometimes historical pictorial material, as well as from well-known figures of mythology, history, theater, film and pop culture.


Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany

Solo Exhibitions

Gargoyle, ITALIC, Berlin, Germany

Oral Heart, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA
FUTURE MUSIC, Casado Santapau, Madrid, Spain

Working Girl, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany
Sex and the City, Art : Concept, Paris, France

Tropenkoller, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

PEOPLE LIKE YOU MAKE IT EASY, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Luggage and Observations, Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart, Germany

Loneliness is a cloak you wear, a deep shade of blue is always there, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany
Songs for the Blind, Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Art Basel Parcours, Museum Kleines Klingental, Basel, Switzerland


The Story of the Old New Girls, Art : Concept, Paris, France 

Opium, La Conservera, Ceuti, Spain 


Suedehead, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Silberblick / Squint, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

Lothar Hempel: ZOO, Sadler´s Wells, London

Pyramix Pix, c/o – Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany


Kats, Nerves, Shadows & Gin, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Rise and Fall, MGM, Oslo, Norway 

Cafe Kaputt, Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy 


Casanova & Other Problems, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London 

Casanova, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Signal, Art : Concept, Paris, France


Alphabet City, Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France

Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

Effetti Speciali, Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany


Vanessa Baird - Me, myself and the other one, Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany 

Umbrella, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Tarantella, Bar Ornella, Cologne, Germany


Casa Musica (extrema), Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany

Butterfly, c/o Alte Gerhardsen, Art Nova, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, FL, USA


Fieber/Fever: 5 New Paintings and Other Stories, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA 

Ikarus, Art : Concept, Paris, France 

On The Olympus, Unlimited Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece 

Versteck!, with Petra Hollenbach, Parkhaus, Düsseldorf, Germany


Der Gesang der Vögel ist Sinnlos!, The Song of the Bird is Nonsense, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA 


Diamanten, c/o Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany 

Fleisch: Maschine, Magnani, London 

Concentrations 42, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA 

Propaganda, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 

Wespennest, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA


Magnet, Art : Concept, Paris, France 


Das Orakel l’chelt. das Orakel lacht. das Orakel l’chelt, Ars Futura Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland 

An Schlaf ist Nicht zu Denken, Lab of Gravity, Hamburg, Germany 

Wespennest (Wasps Nest) Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Amerika Verschwindet nur das L’cheln Bleibt (America Disappears Only the Smile Remains), Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA 

KAPUTT und die Folgen (Kaputt and the Consequences), Robert Prime, London 

Videos, Centre Saint Gervais, Geneva, Switzerland 


Ein Sandstrand voll Glas (A Beach Full of Glass), Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

Kunstschnee will Schmelzen, Bureau Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands 


Samstag Morgen, Zuckersumpf, Robert Prime, London 

This Bittersweet Disaster, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA 


Strom, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA

The Bienenkorb Times, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany

FRAC Languedoc Roussillon, Montpellier, France


LOW, Artistbooth, Cologne Art Fair, Cologne, Germany

LA BOUM, with Thorsten Slama, New Reality Mix, Stockholm, Sweden 

OMRON: six videos by Lothar Hempel, Preview Theatre Wardour Street, London 

Bewegungslehre (No Future), Buchholz und Buchholz, Cologne, Germany


240 Minuten, with George Graw, Galerie Esther Schipper, Cologne, Germany

Selected Group Exhibitions 


Back to Mulholland Drive, La Panacée, Centre for Contemporary Culture, Montpellier, France

Inside the distance, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany

Runter von den Marmorklippen!, Kwadrat, Berlin, Germany

Zeitgeist, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain (MAMCO), Geneva, Switzerland

Modern Sculpture, Casado Santapau, Madrid, Spain


Staged: Spectacle and Role Playing in Contemporary Art, Sammlung Goetz Collection at Kunsthalle der Hypo Kulturstiftung, Munich, Germany

Theories of Modern Art, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London 

6s and 7s, Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Sex and the City, Art : Concept, Paris, France

Only Lovers, Le Coeur, Paris, France


LA VA, Uwe Henneken & Lothar Hempel, Appartement, Paris, France

Love, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany

Focus Resonance, Interior and the Collector, Collection #5, 12th Biennale de Lyon, France

Threads: A Phantasmagoria about Distance, Kaunas Biennial, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Kaunas, Lithuania

IMAGE OBJECTS, Public Art Fund, New York, NY, USA

La Femme de trente ans, Art : Concept, Paris, France

An Unfixed Image: The Photographic Across Media, TCNJ Art Gallery, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, USA

All the World’s a Stage: Works from the Goetz Collection, Sala de Arte Santander, Fundación Banco Santander, Madrid, Spain


Wo ist hier? #1: Malerei und Gegenwart, Kunstverein Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany

Luggage and Observationas, Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart, Germany

A MAN WALKS INTO A BAR…, Landshuter Strasse 49, Mainburg, Germany


Cérémonie, curated by Timothée Chaillou, Melinda Gloss, Paris, France

Experience Pommery #11, curated by Florence Derieux, FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France


Voice of the Triangle, works by Lothar Hempel and prints of illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London 

Experience Pommery, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France 

It’s Always Summer on the Inside, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Blind Cut, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY, USA

Without Hope, Without Fear, Mottahedan Projects, Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE

Tomorrow, Die Bastei, Köln, Germany

Accrocharge, Gerhardsen Gerner, Berlin, Germany


Herzliya Biennial for Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Israel

Space Oddity, CCA Andratx, Majorca, Spain

The Bell Show, Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, Germany

portraits & faces, heldart, Berlin, Germany

Synecdoche, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin, Germany


“IDEOLECT”, curated by Dirk Snauwaert, as part of the festival “Poetry in double time. A small lovely rustling Revolution”, various locations, Bruges, Belgium

Crosstown Traffic, Wentrup, Berlin, Germany

Cinematique, esthetique, politique, hermetique, Art : Concept, Paris, France

Qui Es-Tu Peter? (Who Are You Peter?), Louis Vuitton Cultural Space, Paris, France

The Artist’s Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Storytellers, Centre d'art contemporain / Passages, Troyes, France

Plus Ultra - Opere dalla Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, MACRO, Testaccio, Rome, Italy


Art by the Sea, Beaufort 03, Triennial for Contemporary Art, Ostend, Belgium 

SCULPTURE SHOW, Eastside Projects, Birmingham

Jean-Luc Blanc: Opéra Rock, curated by Alexis Vaillant, CAPC Musée d`Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France 

Heaven, Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece

Biennale Estuaire Nantes < > St. Nazaires, Fond régional d`Art Contemporain des Pays de la Loire / Hangar à bananes, St. Nazaire, France 

Art Foundation Mallorca, Centro Cultural, Andratx CCA, Andratx, Spain

Festival de la creation du Centre Pompidou, Conciergerie, Paris, France

Birds love fish, CHERT, Berlin, Germany

Un Plan simple, Maison Populaire, Centre d’art Mira Phalaina, Paris-Montreuil, France


Sphinxx, curated by Alexis Vaillant, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

7th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea

A show of many parts, each part more spectacular and elaborate than the last, curated by Kirsty Ogg, The City Gallery, Leicester

Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London 

Lustwarande 08 - Wanderland, Tilburg, Holland 

La Fete Est Permanente / The Eternal Network, FRAC – Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France 

Art Berlin Contemporary 2008, Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany

Family and Friends, Anton Kern, New York, NY, USA

Lust Warande, Skulpturenpark, Tilburg, Holland

Mystery of the Invisible Clock, curated by Joshua Nathanson, Karyn Lovegrove House, Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Effigies, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London

Pale Carnage, Arnolfini, Bristol, touring to Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee

Half square, half crazy / À demi carré, à demi fou, Centre National d’Art Contemporain de la Villa Arson, Nice, France

Very Abstract and Hyper Figurative, curated by Jens Hoffmann, Thomas Dane Gallery, London

Galleri MGM, Oslo, Norway

Imagination becomes Reality. Werke aus der Sammlung Goetz, ZKM – Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe

L.A. Desire, Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf, Germany


The Triumph of Painting - Part 4, The Saatchi Gallery, London & Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds

Implosion, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Pelouses Autorisees, Parc de la Villette, Paris, France

Angela Bulloch, A K Dolven, Olafur Eliasson, Ceal Floyer, Liam Gillick, Lothar Hempel, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Galleri MGM, Oslo, Norway

I Love My Scene: Scene 1, curated by Jose Freire, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, USA


Growing Up Absurd, Kent Institute of Art and Design, Kent

The Difference between you and me, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia

Imagination becomes Reality Part II: Painting Surface Space, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany

Bidibidobidiboo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

World artists now!, Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha, Tokyo, Japan

Tombola, Kjubh, Cologne, Germany


She’s Come Undone, curated by Augusto Arbizo, Artemis Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York, NY, USA 

Now is a Good Time, curated by Dean Valentine, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, USA 

The Snow Show, Tate Liverpool, London

The Snow Show, curated by Lance Fung, Cities of Kemi and Rovaniemi, Lapland, Iceland

Curb Your Enthusiasm, Millers Terrace, London

The Drawing Project, Vamiali’s, Athens, Greece

Creative Growth, CCA, San Francisco, CA, USA


Dark Shadows, Marc Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA 

Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA 

Hands Up, Baby, Hands Up!: 160 Jahre Oldenburger Kunstverein, 160 Arbeiten auf Papier, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany


Schöne Aussicht, Galerie Otto Schweins, Cologne, Germany

It’s Unfair!, Museum de Pavilijoens, Almere, Netherlands 

Accrochage, Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin, Germany 

Internationales Netzwerk, Fluxus und die Folgen, Karstadt Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany 

Les vertus sont des titres, les souffrances sont des droits. Exposition de la collection du Frac Poitou-Charentes, Hotel Saint-Simon / Theatre d’Angouleme, Angouleme, France

The Beauty of Intimacy - Lens and Paper, Haus am Waldsee, Berlin, Germany


A New Horizon, Art : Concept, Paris, France

Uniform: Order and Disorder, P.S.1, New York, NY, USA 

Und Keiner Hinkt 22 Wege vom Schwegler Wegzukommen, Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

Drawings, Galeria Sales, Rome, Italy

I LOVE New York, Anton Kern, New York, NY, USA 

The Beauty of Intimacy - Lens and Paper, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria

The Beauty of Intimacy - Lens and Paper, Staatliche Kunsthalle, Baden-Baden, Switzerland


Age of Influence: Reflections in the Mirror of American Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, USA 

10 Jahre Ars Futura, Ars Futura, Zurich, Switzerland 

Portraits, Thomas Rehbeiin Galerie, Cologne, Germany 

The Beauty of Intimacy - Lens and Paper, The Loudon Collection, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands 


Titles for Drawings, AC Project Room, New York, NY, USA 

oldNEWtOWn, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY, USA 

Who, if not we?, curated by Yilmaz Dziewior, Elizabeth Cherry Contemporary Art, Tucson, AZ, USA

Nur Wasser Lasst sich Leichter Schneiden, Projektraum Hafen, Hamburg, Germany 

Dessins, Forde Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland 

A Radiant Future, Forde – Espace d’art contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland 

Officina Europa, Galeria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy 


Conspirazione, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy 

Roommates, Van Loon Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Yesterday Begins Tomorrow: Ideals, Dreams, and the Contemporary Awakening, curated by Francesco Bonami, Bard College, New York, NY, USA 

Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany 

El NiÑo, Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany 

ars viva 98/99 - Installationen, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen Cottbus, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Portikus Frankfurt am Main, Germany 

Zone, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy


Group Show: Painting, Photography, Drawing, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY, USA 

Aura, (with Walter Dahn, Rosemarie Trockel & Dirk Bell) Galerie Ars Futura, Zurich, Switzerland 

X 2, Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria

Panic, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 

Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium 

Surprised, Kunsthalle Nurnberg, Nurnberg, Germany

Bring your own Walkman, W 139, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Delta: a geographical expression, curated by Francesco Bonami, Musèe d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France 

Cologne show, Goethe Institut, Turin, Italy


Glockengeschrei nach Deutz, das Beste aller Seiten!, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany 

This really nice, a project with students from the Royal Academy of Arts, Aircondition, Copenhagen, Denmark

TRAFFIC, curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, CAPC Musée, Bordeaux, France 

PUSH UPS, The Factory, Athens, Greece 

AUTO REVERSE 2, Le Magasin, Grenoble, France 

How Will We behave?, Robert Prime Gallery, London 

Escape Attempts, curated by Simon Sheik and Globe, Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark


Atomic!, Oberwelt Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany 

Auto Reverse, Centre Européen de la Culture, Geneva, Switzerland 

The Video Collection, Filmfestival Knokke, Knokke, Belgium

Figures, Le Parvis, Centre Meridien, Ibos, France

The Moral Maze, curated by Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno, le Consortium, Dijon, France 

Stoppage, curated by Liam Gillick, CCC Tours, Villa Arson, Nice, France 

I Confess, Nicolay Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Purple 8 1/2, curated by Purple Prose, Galerie Jousse Seguin, Paris, France 

L’Hiver de l’Amour, Part 2, PS 1, New York, NY, USA 

Aperto, previously unreleased!, curated by Sabrina Grassi, APAC, Nevers, France 

Photomontage, le Consortium, Dijon, France 

X/Y, curated by Christine van Asche, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Palast der Kunste, Utopie macht endlose, (Lotus Club), Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany 


Sonne Munchen, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany 

Homegrown, Lotus Club, Cologne, Germany 

Grand Prix, Air de Paris, Nice, France 

L’Hiver de l’Amour, Musée d’art Contemporain de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France 

Rue des Marins, Air de Paris, Nice, France 

Residence Secondaire, Galerie Sabrina Grassi, Paris, France 

20, curated by Tomaso Corvi-Mora, Galleria Pascale Laccese, Milan, Italy 

Caravanserai, Galerie W 139, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Henry Bond, Olafur Eliasson, Lothar Hempel, Saga Basement, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Das Studium der Kunstgeschichte..., Schleifschnecke, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany 

Miniatures, the Agency, London 

Mixbild, Galerie Esther Schipper und Michael Krome, Cologne, Germany 

13 Levels of Meaning, with Henry Bond, Ars Futura, Zurich, Switzerland 

Atomic, Neurotic, Exstatic, curated by Hendrik Larsson, The New ROOM, Guteborg, Sweden 


Some artists I've been thinking about who fall under the title of: Wouldn't it be more pluralistic to embrace turmoil and/or violence?, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, USA 

Galerie Esther Schipper at the Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA 

Biennale di Venezia, APERTO, Venice, Italy 

Summer Show, Galerie Esther Schipper, Cologne, Germany 

Future Book Collection, Air de Nice, Nice, France 

Fuck the System, Villa Rossi, Lucca, Italy 

Food for Thought, curated by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Franklin Furnace, New York, NY, USA 

Phenylovethylamour: Unfair 1993, project by Lothar Hempel and Carsten Hoeller, Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, Germany 

Unplugged, curated by Nicholas Bourriaud, Inter Conti, Cologne, Germany 

jeder kind is van marmer, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands 

Christmasshop, Air de Paris, Paris, France 

Video, Galerie Sabrina Grassi, Paris,Frnace 

7e Semaine Internationale de Video (S.I.V.), Centre pour l’Image contemporaine Saint-Gervais, Geneva, Switzerland 


Prince, Madonna, Marky Mark & Cinderella, Ancient Etablissement Sacré, Liège, France

Paradise Europa, BIZART, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Tattoo Collection, Air de Paris & Urbi et Orbi at the Jennifer Flay Gallery, Paris Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne, and Andrea Rosen, New York, NY, USA 

Lying on top of a building the clouds seemed to be no nearer than they had when I was lying on the street, Galerie Monika Sprüth, Cologne, and Le Case D’Arte, Milan, Italy 

Galeria Pasquale Leccese, Milan, Italy