Selected works by Johannes Kahrs

Johannes Kahrs
La RĂ©volution Permanente

2000

Oil on canvas, Plexiglas, Metal (2 panels)

193.5 x 269 cm

Johannes Kahrs’s large-scale canvases take their imagery from popular media: press photos, newsreel and film stills. Presented without context of their origin, Kahrs’s paintings merge the banal and horrific, as his generic subjects become monumentalised and frozen in non-sequential time. Rendered with flawless technique, Kahr’s highly realistic style captures the imperfect aesthetics of photography. Using the art historical, ‘high culture’ tradition of painting to transform the shadows of over exposure, the acid hues of print, or the ‘snow’ of tv, Kahrs displaces his familiar images, transforming the ‘disposable moments’ of media image bytes into disquieting portraits of contemporary zeitgeist.

Johannes Kahrs
Silent depression

1999

Oil on canvas

160 x 210.2 cm

Johannes Kahrs’s large-scale canvases take their imagery from popular media: press photos, newsreel and film stills. Presented without context of their origin, Kahrs’s paintings merge the banal and horrific, as his generic subjects become monumentalised and frozen in non-sequential time. Rendered with flawless technique, Kahr’s highly realistic style captures the imperfect aesthetics of photography. Using the art historical, ‘high culture’ tradition of painting to transform the shadows of over exposure, the acid hues of print, or the ‘snow’ of tv, Kahrs displaces his familiar images, transforming the ‘disposable moments’ of media image bytes into disquieting portraits of contemporary zeitgeist.


Johannes Kahrs's Biography

1965 Born in Berlin, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2003
Down'n out, Zeno X Gallery, Anvers, Belgique

2002
Down'n Out, Studio 2, Zeno X Gallery, Anvers
The Drunken Boat, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

2001
A-h, Kunstverein de Munich, Allemagne
A-h, FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France.
A-h, S.M.A.K., Musée de Gand, Belgique.

2001
Last virgin on the left, 4 février/5 mars, Signal, Malmö, Suède,
Shot and painted, Galerie Franck+Schulte, Berlin, Allemagne,
Night in SexyLand, Galerie Zeno X, Antwerpen, Belgique,
La révolution permanente, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France.

1999
Statment, Galerie Almine Rech, Art Basel 99

1998
Johannes Kahrs Galerie Franck+schulte, Berlin

1997
hole, Galerie Arndt & Partner, Berlin.
Thomson homestead, Slater, Missouri", Galerie Transit, Leuven, Belgique,
Vereniging, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent.
Austerlitz Autrement, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris

1995
Datierung Galerie Wohnmaschine, Berlin

1994
Schlag doch, DAAD galerie, Berlin

1993
Keine Falsche Bewegung Galerie Mutzek, Berlin


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2004
The 45th October, Salon Continental Breakfast, Belgrade, Serbie Art 35 Basel, sant H10
MANIFESTA 5 European Biennial of Contemporary Art, San Sebastian, Espagne
Contre Images, Carré d´Art, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Nîmes, France
Georgenbau - Albertinum, Dresden, Allemagne
Berlin-Moskau/Moskau-Berlin, Moscou, Russie,
Was Malerei heute ist, Opelvillen, RĂĽsselsheim

2003
erlin-Moskau/Moskau-Berlin, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, Allemagne
Kiss and Ride, Hasselt, Belgique
Gelijk het leven is, SMAK, Gand, Belgique
Warum! Bilder diesseits und jenseits des Menschen, Martin- Gropius-Bau, Berlin
German painting two thousand and three, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Allemagne
A mains nues, Trafic, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France

2002
Biennale de Taipei, TaĂŻwan
Cardinales, MARCO - Museo de Arte ContemporĂ nea de Vigo,
Espagne
Without Consent, CAN - Centre d'art de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Suisse
Questions, Studio Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italie

2001
Squatters, Museo de Art Contemporain de Serralves, Porto, Portugal
Screen, Psychiatrisch Centrum Sleidinge, Sleidinge
Moving Pictures, Fototriennale Esslingen, Villa Merkel, Esslingen
Double - Trouble, Borusan KĂĽltĂĽr ve Sanat, Istanbul.
In/Site/Out, Apex, New York, USA.
Art Unlimited, Art Basel, Bâle, Suisse.

2000
Children of Berlin, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Allemagne
Indoor, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent

1999
Indoor, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent.
Trouble Spot Painting, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst,Antwerpen.
Rue Louise Weiss, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Meymac, France
Ainsi de suite 3, centre d’Art Contemporain, Sète, France.
The children of Berlin, PS 1, New York
Face Ă  l'Autre, FRAC Haute-Normandie, France

1998
Biennale de Berlin, Berlin
Le présent du future, FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Sigean
Indoor, Centro civico per l’Arte Contemporanea
The Cinema Project, Kunsthaus Bethanien, Berlin

1997
FenĂŞtre sur cour, Galerie Almine Rech, Paris.
Korrespondenzen, Berlinische Galerie Martin Gropius-Bau,
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh.
Selection fall 1997 Drawing Center, New York
Heaven - Private view, PS1, New York.

1996
Projet dans la ville de Moscou, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Moscou
Nach- Weimar, Kunstsammlungen zu Weimar(projet dans la ville) Weimar

1994
A personal choice, Galerie Franck + Schulte, Berlin
Postconceptional painting, Kunstwerke, Berlin

1990
Geist und Körper, Deutsches Museum für Geschichte,Berlin