b. 1959, Germany
Christian Lemmerz was born in Germany. Today he lives and works in Denmark and Italy. From 1978 to 1982 he studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara, Italy, and from 1983 to 1988 at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Lemmerz expresses himself in a variety of media: film, performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, and installation works.
He has explored unconventional materials, as can be seen for example in his early margarine sculptures and his slaughtered pigs exhibited in glass cases. He also works with traditional materials such as bronze and marble. Many of Lemmerz’s works focus on taboo-related themes taken from contemporary or historical events.
Art: Christian Lemmerz, High Noon (Hiroshima Mon Amour), 2003/2010
Sculpture takes such a weird place in art museums worldwide. It’s always in the way, it’s always bulky, and to find out its provenance you have to track down the exact, faraway space on the wall where the plaque is. Unless there’s a small fence around the work, and the plaque is attached to it. It’s really easy to miss the sculpture. But when sculpture is great, it’s able to overshadow any two-dimensional work of art...
Christian Lemmerz & Paul McCarthy’s VR Art
In this year’s Venice Biennale, artists Christian Lemmerz and Paul McCarthy bring us to an all new visual journey with virtual reality experience.
Christian Lemmerz’s La Apparizione, produced earlier this year, aims to disrupt stereotypes of religious imagery, engaging the viewer in a discomforting, close-up experience with a burning corpse of Jesus Christ, which ‘rains’ embers. Jesus and other religious personages have figured in the artist’s work before, and ‘Bodybuilder’ Jesus first appeared in Lemmerz’s oeuvre in 2013 in sculpture form...