Hans Hemmert

Hans Hemmert

born 1960 in Hollstadt, Germany

Following his years of formal art studies at the Berlin University of the Arts and St. Martin’s School of Art in London, visual artist Hans Hemmert went on to redefine the concept of sculpture. Breaking free of the very notion of the sculpture as a freestanding form in space, Hemmert reenvisions the genre with a contemporary interpretation of the relationship between sculptor, sculpture and space.

Using yellow latex balloons, Hemmert creates both a sculpture and a separate enclosed world all his own. Cocooned in his oeuvre, this visual artist takes his art to a performative level by physically engaging with and embracing the space and the objects around him.

Every shift, every gesture small or large is an interaction with the outside world. His works not only reconceive the space they are in, but also exist independently as their own space. By virtue of their tangible presence in time and space they act as traditional sculptures.

However, insomuch as there exists a world apart inside their malleable ‘walls’, one that contains its own separate artistic happening, they persevere as independent biotopes.

The exhibit, the art, is twofold. It is present on two unique planes: an exterior world visible to observers and an invisible one that only Hemmert himself is truly privy to.

Hemmert’s performative sculptures have entered the annals of contemporary photography. His work has been exhibited at some of the world’s most renowned contemporary museums including the MoMa in New York, the Museum Folkwang in Essen, the Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea - CGAC in Santiago de Compostella, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein and the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai. His artwork has also been acquired by prestigious collections including those of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, Malmö Konsthall, and the German Bundestag.

Hemmert’s prolific career has also been honored with ample recognition in the form of awards and grants. This includes stipends from the Senate Department for Science, Research and Culture in Berlin Germany and the Stiftung Kunstfonds, which funds contemporary artists in Germany.

2017
Ubi Fracassorium, Ibi Fuggitorium, artQ13, Rome (Italy)

2016
Sound-Houses, Le Satelite du Frac Franche-comté aux Eurockéennes de Belfort (France)

2015
Tu nais, tuning, tu meurs, Biennale Internationale Design, Saint-Etienne (France)

2012
Go with the flow, Gallery Vincenz Sala, Paris (France)

Thought bubble, nextart Gallery, Gothenburg (Sweden)

2011
Talk to Me, MoMA New York (USA)
Luftkunst, Zeppelinmuseum Friedrichshafen (Germany)

2010
Expériences Pommery # 8, Domaine Pommery Reims (France)

2009
Berlin 89/09, Berlinische Galerie Landesmuseum, Berlin (Germany)

2008
Night on Earth MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (China)
Von Kunst und Politik, Collection of Dt. Bundestag, Berlin, Kunst-Raum Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus Berlin (Germany)

2007
Municipal Gallery Nordhorn (Germany)
Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago (USA)
Geopolitics of animation, CAAC, Sevilla/ MARCO Vigo (Spain)

2006
Ego sum via, Gallery carlier | gebauer, Berlin (Germany)
7.Werkleitz Biennial "Happy Believers", Halle (Saale) (Germany)
SHIFTscale, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallin (Estonia)
Face à Faces – (auto) portraits, AAFA Paris, CACe Edinburgh, ACCEA Yerevan

2005

Fighting metaphysics, Gallery Frank Elbaz, Paris (France)
Allerheiligen, Institute of Modern Art, Nuremberg (Germany)
Stabile Seitenlage, Foundation Kunstfond, Museum Bochum, Galerie der Künstler Munich, Kunsthaus Dresden, Museum Weserburg, Bremen (Germany)
Prague Biennial 2 (extended painting), Karlinhall Prague (Czech Republic)

2003
Verschalten, Gallery carlier | gebauer, Berlin (Germany)
Come in, ifa / Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Soros Center of Contemp. Art-Kiev, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Hanoi
Galerie 1:10,  Air de Paris, Paris (France)
Electric body – le corps en scene, Galerie contemporaine du Musee de la musique, Paris (France)
Collections sans frontières, Gallery Civica d‘Arte Moderna e Contemporanea – Turin (Italy)
 Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago (USA)

 2002  
Lokale vokabulare 1,2,3,4, Museo Carillo Gil, Mexico-City (Mexico)

 2001
Berlin_London 01, ICA London (England) Art unlimited,  Art Basel (Switzerland)

2000
Lokale vokabulare 1,2,3,4, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (Germany)
Hans Hemmert, le lieu unique, Scene Nationale des Nantes, Nantes (France)
Les Printemps de Cahors, Cahors (France)
Dinge in der Kunst des XX. Jahrhunderts, Haus der Kunst Munich (Germany)
Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland)
31. Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles (France)
Air-Air, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
Les affinité élective, Galerie du jour agnès b. Paris (France) Blow up, Vitra Design Museum Berlin, Weil am Rhein (Germany)

 1999
Heimordnung, Museum Folkwang, Essen (Germany)
Video Cult/ures, ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe (Germany)
Hot air, The Granship, Shizuoka (Japan)
Think colour, Laure Guenillard Gallery, London (England)
Think Twice, OMR Gallery, Mexico City (Mexico)

1998
CGAC Centro Galego De Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Made in Berlin, Center for Contemporary Art Rethymnon / House of Cyprus Athen (Greece) Drawings, Gallery Almine Rech, Paris (France)

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