악셀 크라우제 Axel Krause


악셀 크라우제는 3세대 라이프치히 화파인 신(new) 라이프치히 화파로 대표 작가 중 한 명인 네오 라우흐와 동문이기도 하다. 신 라이프치히 화파는 베를린 장벽 붕괴 전후의 고조된 상황이 반영되어 기존 라이프치히 화풍 위 현대와 미래의 장치들을 혼합해 새로운 장르를 선보였다. 마냥 어두웠던 동독에 베를린 장벽이 무너져 내린 형상과 같이 말이다.

특히 악셀 크라우제의 회화는 정적인 풍경 속 인물과 사물의 날카로운 배치 구도로 필름 느와르 스타일의 극적 긴장감이 느껴진다. 또한, 필름 느와르의 장식적인 기법들에서 더 나아가 초현실주의 특유의 배치와 서술이 혼합되어 더욱 몽환적이고 시니컬하다. 작품 속 전반적으로 나타나는 미술사적 참조들을 포함한 등장 개체들은 매우 지시적이고 상징적으로 보여 그들 사이의 관계들을 추리해야 할 것 같은 욕구를 자아내지만, 실상 정해진 답은 없다. 그의 작품 속 묘사와 상황들이 구체적이면 구체적일수록 비현실적이다.

카스파르 데이비드 프리드리히의 방대한 자연을 향해 바라보는 인간의 뒷모습은 겉보기에 매우 단순한 구조이지만 풍경과 인간 사이에는 방대한 서사가 존재한다. 그것은 일방적 흐름이 아닌 뒤엉키고, 겹쳐있으며 자유자재로 움직일 수 있는 방향성이다. 악셀 크라우제는 그러한 리듬 아닌 리듬, 방향 아닌 방향의 흐름을 타 순간들을 작품에 포착하고 필름 느와르의 대립적인 구조와 관계들로 위험이 도사리는 의식의 몽타주로 관객을 안내한다.

(전시서문 발췌. 2017)

The fall of the Berlin Wall. It presented a new genre on top of the existing Leipzig School style by mixing contemporary and futuristic schemes, like the dramatic appearance of the fallen wall upon Eastern Germany, which seemed forever dark.

There is something very film noir about Krause’s paintings; the sharp arrangements of figures and objects within serene landscapes build theatrical tension. Moreover, his works are further mystified and cynical with techniques and narratives characteristic to Surrealist approach in addition to the film noir’s decorative methods. References to art history that appear regularly throughout Krause’s paintings seem too specific and symbolic, evoking a desire to deduce their relationships, but there are not actually any fixed answers. As more concrete and specific the paintings get, more unreal they become.

Caspar David Friedrich’s man’s silhouette gazing into the vast, open nature is a simple composition; however, there is an endless narrative in between the man and the landscape. The narrative is not a unilateral one, but an entwined, multilayered, unrestricted directivity. Axel Krause captures moments from riding on the flow of a rhythm, yet not a rhythm, and via a direction, yet not a direction. He ushers the audience into the montage of consciousness that is fraught with peril

– excerpt from exhibition text 2017


1958 born in Halle/Saale
1981-1986 Studies painting at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig in the class of Prof. D.Burger, Prof. V. Stelzmann, Prof. A. Rink (diploma)
1989-1999 Lectureship at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig
1994-1996 postgraduate studies of art therapy at the Academy of Visual Arts Dresden

Solo Exhibitions
2017 Gallery LVS, Seoul (KR) “Film Noir”
2015 Galerie Kleindienst, “Spätfilm”
2012 Gallery LVS, Seoul (KR)
2012 Bitterfeld (GER), Galerie am Ratswall, “Nachtwanderung”
2010 Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig „Schwarzmeer“
2008 Gallery LVS, Seoul (KR)
2007 Gallery LM, Seoul (KR)
2007 Galerie Kleindienst, „Heimsuchung“, Leipzig (GER)
2005 Galerie Kleindienst, „Gespann“, Leipzig (GER)
2003 Neue Chemnitzer Kunsthütte, Chemnitz (GER)
2002 Inter Art Galerie Reich, Köln (GER)
2001 Westfalsches Haus, Leipzig – Markkleeberg (GER)
1999 Städtische Galerie, Wesseling b. Köln (GER)
1997 Galerie Blüthner, Leipzig (GER)
1994 Panoramamuseum, Bad Frankenhausen (GER)
1994 Galerie Jüdenstraße, Wittenberg (GER)
1989 Galerie Süd, Leipzig (GER)

Group Exhibition
2016 Art Central Hong Kong, Gallery LVS, Hong Kong
2016 „Doppeltes Duo“, Kunstverein Paitzsch e.V., Panitzsch, (GER)
2016 „Sommerakademie“, Rathausgalerie, Grimma (GER)
2015 Die phantastische Linie – Kunst aus Leipzig, (The Phantasmic Line – Art From Leipzig)”, Galerie Kunstverein Talstrasse, Halle/saale, Germany
2011 Convoy Leipzig, Biksady Gallery, Budapest
Leipzig Painters, Gallery Baton, Seoul/South Korea
2009 In Every Dreamhome A Heartbreak – (Ir)reale Raumwelten in der Malerei, Galerie Frank Schlag & Cie, Essen
60/40/20. Kunst in Leipzig seit 1949, Museum of Visual Arts Leipzig
2008 Drawcula, Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig
2006 Artists from Leipzig, Arario gallery, Peking
Made in Leipzig, Essl Collection, Vienna
Zuruck zur Figur, art hall of the Hypovereinsbank Munich and Museum Franz Gertsch (CH)
Neue deutsche Malerei- Leipziger Kunst, Warsaw
Figurative Malerei aus Wien und Leipzig, Galerie Kampl, Munich
2005 Galerie Schlag & Cie, Essen
Galerie Kampl, Munich
Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
XI. Leipziger Jahresausstellung, Leipzig
2002 Herbstsalon, art association Bautzen
2001 Toskanische Saulenhalle, Augsburg
1999 Concours Gallery, Upper Arlington, Ohio (USA)
Inter Art Galerie Reich, Cologne
1997 Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
Museum of Visual Arts Leipzig
1994 Royal Palace Dresden
Toskanische Saulenhalle, Augsburg
1990 Galerie Schwind, Frankfurt/Main
1989-1995 Art palace Ehrenhof, Dusseldorf, große
Art exhibition North Rhine-Westphalia
1989 Altes Museum, Berlin
1988 Museum Lindenau, Altenburg
1987 Galerie Schaufenster, Berlin, with Neo Rauch and Roland Borchers

2000 grant of the culture foundation of Saxony
Work-stay in the house of artists “Lukas”, Ahrenshoop
1995 travel grant (USA) of the Saxon ministry for science and art
1994 grant of the Kunstlerforderung, Leipzig
Grant of the Thuringian ministry for science and art, working stay in Bad Frankenhausen

Public Collection
Susan Goodman Collection, New York/USA
Panorama Museum Bad Frankenhausen
Neue Sachsische Galerie, Chemnitz
Art Collection of Sparkasse Leipzig
Landesvertretung Hessen, Bonn
Regierungsprasidium Leipzig
Sachsisches Staatsministerium fur Wissenschaft und Kunst