Johannes Kahrs - 2015

Untitled (jesus aged 43)

Johannes Kahrs, born 1965, Bremen (DE), lives and works in Berlin (DE). The work of Johannes Kahrs confronts us with images that are difficult to place at first sight. In tactilely translated fragments, we can find references to politics, religion, history, media and more personal (or private) subjects. By means of Kahrs’ specific pictorial treatment, the subject matter is infused with an intensified form of corporality, sensuality that threatens to break into fever. The recognizable aesthetics of Kahrs’ work fills the image with a sense of arousal, or infection. The colors, which resemble the spectrum of a bruise, contribute to the rather obscure implications of the image. These implications never become a real theme; the paintings of Kahrs remain speculative in their apparent sense of physical and emotional doom. ​

In 2016 the artist had a solo exhibition at FRAC Île-de-France in Paris. Before he had solo shows at Kunsthalle Nürnberg in Nuremberg (2014), Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden (2013), CentrePasquArt in Biel (2012), GAMeC in Bergamo (2007), Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art in London (2006) and Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (2002). His show ‘A-h’ travelled from Kunstverein München in Munich (2001) to FRAC Pays de la Loire in Carquefou (2001) and S.M.A.K. in Ghent (2001). ​

His work was included in group shows at Centre Pompidou in Paris, National Portrait Gallery in London, Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, SFMOMA in San Francisco, Dallas Museum of Art, Caixa Forum in Barcelona, FRAC Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, National Museum of Poznan, amongst others.​

He participated in the Lyon Biennial (2015), Mediations Biennial in Poznan (2014), Taipei Biennial (2002) and Manifesta (2004).​

Work by the artist is held in major museum collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; MOCA, Los Angeles; Dallas Museum of Art; Museu Serralves, Porto; SFMOMA, San Francisco; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York and S.M.A.K., Ghent.​


Johannes Kahrs






63,4 x 111,4 cm




Courtesy Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp ​

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