ANTON HENNING
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Anton Henning (German, born Berlin in 1964) is a painter whose diverse subjects
and styles, from abstract to figurative, from pin-up girls to interiors are plundered
knowingly from art history and popular culture. However, unlike Picabia to whom he
has been compared, Henning’s diverse paintings are united by a delight in sensual
pleasure, a passion for the tactile quality of paint, and a critical and subversive wit.
Recurring motifs and subjects, particularly the Hennling – a propeller-like design
that metamorphosis from tattoo to sculpture to abstract design, reveal further unity
within his oeuvre.

Sandpipers, Lizards & History is Henning’s first major show in London, and presents
over a dozen new paintings including abstract interiors, pin-up girls, a naked self-
portrait, and a beach scene. In Sandpipers, Lizards and History the top-floor of the
gallery has been transformed into a lounge. The installation includes colourful
murals, comfortable furniture, paintings and lamps. It creates the effect of an
unreal world, and a sense of being inside one of Henning’s paintings. Indeed, his
installations are loosely based on his earlier paintings of lounge interiors.

There is a tension in Henning’s practice between his abstract and figurative works,
and this tension is often played out within a single canvas. For example, in Pin-up
No.96 (Ariadne), 2005 (pictured above) a sunbathing naked woman is overpainted
on an abstract patterned background that can be read as a huge beach towel.
However, Henning has given the work a black horizon, introducing an element of
pure abstraction, and giving the total composition a sense of the surreal. This
playful combination of disparate elements and styles helps to make seemingly
familiar imagery strange and arresting. By overpainting he creates further tension
between spatial depth and the picture plane.

Henning lives and works in Manker, Germany. He has exhibited widely throughout
Europe and had recent solo shows at the Kunstmuseum Luzern (2003) and the De
Pont Foundation, Tilburg, Holland (2002). In March 2005 he opened a two-year
installation at the MMK Frankfurt and in October 2005 he will have two solo shows
at the Krefeld and Herford Museums in Germany. Henning’s work is included in
many important museum and private collections across Europe.  He is represented
by Haunch of Venison.
Solo Exhibitions
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2005
MARTa Herford, Herford / DE
Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld / DE
Sandpipers, Lizards and History, Haunch of Venison, London / UK
Frankfurter Salon, Dornbracht Installation Projects® 2005, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am
Main / DE
2004
Tragedy, Sunburns & Still-lives, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica / USA
Eleven nearly immaculate paintings, Galerie Bob van Orsouw, Zürich / CH
2003
Scrummage, Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam / NE
Was ihr wollt!, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica / USA
Salon, Arndt & Partner, Berlin / DE
Sommertagstraum, Wohnmaschine, Berlin / DE
Ziemlich schöne Malereien, Kunstmuseum Lucerne / CH
2002
Surpassing Surplus, De Pont Foundation, Tilburg / NL
Let Dandib paint, Blind Date, Kunstverein Hannover / DE
2001
Interieur No. 117, Städtische Ausstellungshalle Am Hawerkamp, Münster / DE
Interieurs 2001, Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam / NL
Interieurs 2001, Wohnmaschine, Berlin / DE
Interieur No. 97, Kunstverein Ulm / DE
Interieur No. 79 & Metabolism at Dusk, Entwistle, London / UK
2000
Nach Indien, Galerie Andreas Schlüter, Hamburg / DE
1999
The Manker Melody Makers Lounge, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig / DE
Tomorrow is the Cool, Galerie Eugen Lendl, Graz / AT
1998
Too much of a good thing..., Kasseler Kunstverein / DE, Espace des Arts, Chalon-sur-Saône / FR,
Kunstverein Heilbronn / DE
1997
Some day my prince will come, Wohnmaschine, Berlin / DE
1995
Soup, White Columns, New York / USA
1990
New Work, University Art Museum, Oklahoma, Vrej Baghoomian Gallery, New York / USA
1989
Photoüberarbeitungen, Galerie Hilger, Wien / AT

Group Exhibitions
SELECTED

2004
Die Wirklichkeit in der Falle, Künstlerverein Malkasten, Düsseldorf / DE
Christopher Grimes Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Kunst im Bau, Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck / DE
Die neue Kunsthalle IV, Kunsthalle Mannheim / DE
(my private) HEROES, MARTa Herford, Herford /DE
Made in Berlin, Artforum Berlin, Halle 11.2 (curated by Zdenik Felix) / DE
2003
Franz von Lenbach und die Kunst heute, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen / DE
Adieu Avantgarde - Willkommen zu Haus, Ludwig Forum Aachen / DE
Ornament, Luitpoldblock, Münich / DE
2002 La Biennale de Montreal, Montreal / CA
The image in use, Künstlerhaus Palais Thurn und Taxis, Bregenz / AT
Stories. Erzählstrukturen in der zeitgenössischen Kunst, Haus der Kunst, Münich / DE
Bilder aus Berlin, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica / USA
2001
Kunst und Kur. Ästhetik der Erholung, Kunsthaus Meran / DE
Fotografierte Bilder. Wenn Maler und Bildhauer fotografieren, Museum Bochum / DE
Szenenwechsel XX, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main / DE
Imagination – Romantik, Stadtmuseum Jena / DE, Kunstmuseum Brunn / DE, Galway Art Center / IE
Das flache Land, Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen Cottbus / DE
2001
Viel Spaß. Aspect de la scène actuelle allemande, Espace Paul Ricard, Paris / FR
playing amongst the ruins, Royal College of Art, London / UK
Offensive Malerei, lothringer13/halle, Münich / DE
2000
Malkunst, Fondazione Mudima, Mailand / IT
Dia / Slide / Transperency, Kunstamt Kreuzberg/Bethanien und NGBK, Berlin / DE
One of those days, Mannheimer Kunstverein / DE
Premio Michetti 2000, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al mare / IT
Ich ist etwas anderes. Kunst am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen,
Düsseldorf / DE
Szenenwechsel XVII, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main / DE
1999
Colour me blind!, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart / DE, Städtische Ausstellungshalle am
Hawerkamp, Münster / DE, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee / UK
Fremdkörper - Fremde Körper, Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden / DE
Missing Link, Kunstmuseum Bern / CH
Szenenwechsel XVI, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main / DE
De Coraz(ì)ón, Tecla Sala, Barcelona / ES
1998
Das Versprechen der Fotografie/The Promise of Photography, Sammlung der DG Bank,
Haramuseum, Tokyo / JP, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover / DE
1996
Surfing Systems, Kasseler Kunstverein / DE
1992
Surface Tension, The Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami / USA