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Lothar Hempel

German, b. 1966

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Lothar Hempel

German, b. 1966

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Drawing on a wide range of sources—from German history and Greek drama to European auteur filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini—Lothar Hempel is known for his stage set-like installations populated by life size cut out figures. Hempel, a former DJ who went to art school in Dusseldorf, Germany in the late 1980s, also creates films, line drawings, and paintings that employ vintage-looking images appropriated from magazines and film. Removed from their original context and collaged into abstract compositions that resemble works of modern art, Hempel’s figures often convey a sense of unplaceable nostalgia. His sculptures and paintings call to mind an alternative history—of art, and of the world—with its own cultic symbolism, and whose characters remain vaguely recognizable to contemporary viewers.

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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 3 more
Biography

Drawing on a wide range of sources—from German history and Greek drama to European auteur filmmakers like Ingmar Bergman and Federico Fellini—Lothar Hempel is known for his stage set-like installations populated by life size cut out figures. Hempel, a former DJ who went to art school in Dusseldorf, Germany in the late 1980s, also creates films, line drawings, and paintings that employ vintage-looking images appropriated from magazines and film. Removed from their original context and collaged into abstract compositions that resemble works of modern art, Hempel’s figures often convey a sense of unplaceable nostalgia. His sculptures and paintings call to mind an alternative history—of art, and of the world—with its own cultic symbolism, and whose characters remain vaguely recognizable to contemporary viewers.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more