We are pleased to invite you to Christian Achenbach´s solo exhibition CALARBODAS, on view at our Hamburg showroom from 26.05.2023 until 26.08.2023.
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„First impression upon entering Christian Achenbach’s Studio in Berlin’s north districts feels like a heart and brain rush. You are entering a huge hall with brutalist structures, selected mid-century furniture and, at its center, a grown artistic quality represented by colorful large and mid-sized paintings and glass sculptures. When you are used to Berlin’s darker art clichés, in this studio right away – you will experience unexpectedly positive and liberated vibes. After having worked in Germany ́s capital for almost 30 years as a creative and as a curator, I can sense which kind of aesthetic, social and psychological experiences this city can inspire. It is a place that does not easily connect you with nature in general and not even more with your very own nature.You could tell that’s a dead point for the practice of an artist. Isn’t it at all about resurrecting his or her deepest and most crystalline experiences and knowledge into an artistic concept or expression?
Christian Achenbach’s new body of work seems liberated and in conjunction with the flow of life. The colors intersect, dance, and stream in self-confident directions, translating a rhythm of presence, positivity and livelihood. You could detect the sense of a mystical energy pushing creation through time and space. Trees, mountains, rivers, seas and rocks. Everything is connected through Achenbach ́s organic and constructivist lines. As much as the paintings scream for attention, when we get in touch, they talk to us in a humble tone. Not only aesthetically everything flows within his paintings. Also art historically the intersections are fluid: Renaissance landscape painting, expressionism, Asian landscape painting of the Tang and Ming dynasties, Photoshop aesthetics, pop art and psychedelic influences and surrealism makes a wild but controlled imagery. Christian Achenbach masters that eclectism very easily
and makes each painting a deep and enjoyable experience.
Achenbach’s glass sculptures do transcript his recognizable painting gestures into the three-dimensional context. Their translucence and virtuosity define space in a seductive manner, always making abstract propositions for thought and interpretation. Like the title of his show CALARBODAS, which proclaims the name of a non-existing location on our planet, all of Achenbach ́s artistic practice wants to take us into dreamscapes, full of dynamics, utopia, and a positive appropriation of the force of the beauty our planet represents.
I believe that’s a perfect strategy for a species seeking harmony with the global bio- and geosystem.
Thank you, Christian.”
Johann Haehling von Lanzenauer
Christian Achenbach (*1978, Siegen) is a German sculptor and painter. Achenbach studied at the University of Art in Berlin with Burkhard Held, Daniel Richter and Anselm Reyle and graduated from Anselm Reyle´s master class in 2007. His work has been shown in Galeria Isa (India), Hans Alf Gallery (Denmark), Galerie Marc de Puechredon (Switzerland), Choi & Choi Gallery (South Korea), Vendsyssel Kunstmuseum (Denmark) and Kunstraum Düsseldorf (Germany), among others. His paintings and sculptures are held in private collections around the world and have been featured in several publications. Achenbach currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.