Current art editions

The Kunsthaus Hamburg offers new art editions on a regular basis. The selection of works ranges from emerging to internationally distinguished artists who have exhibited here in recent years and are associated with the Kunsthaus.

If you are interested, you can order the editions in writing via e-mail or take a look at them on site during our opening hours.

In the following you will find our current art editions of: Suse Bauer, Laura Franzmann, Maik Gräf, Anna Lena Grau, Laura Franzmann, Franziska Opel, Yorgos Sapountzi, Jenny Schäfer, Pablo Schlumberger and Shirana Shahbazi.

Shirana Shahbazi
Rigi & some other place, 2014
Direct planographic printing, 2 colours
Picture size: 28 x 21 cm
Sheet size: 29 x 22 cm
Edition: 33
€ 700,-

The Edition Rigi & some other place (2014) by Shirana Shahbazi shows a panorama of the Swiss mountain massif Rigi, which she overlays with another, unrecognisable motif as if through a dark shadow. In her photography, the artist adopts two elementary qualities that make the photographic image so fascinating to this day: both the precision in the reproduction of reality and the capturing of the transient moment, which in the reproduction transforms into a new (image) reality. The artist creates observations of sublime, partly romantic, partly tamed nature, as well as of urban urban spaces or forgotten side scenes and fleeting moments. For this she composes abstract pictorial spaces, characterized on the one hand by intense color and on the other by hard black-and-white contrasts.

In addition to the edition, Shirana Shahbazi’s new catalogue New Good Luck is also available in the Kunsthaus Shop. It shows a series of new photographic works taken during her three-month stay in India.

Jenny Schäfer
The unknown
€ 160 incl. VAT if liable
Year 2019
Edition of 50 + 5 AP
Technique Mixed Media: Photo in acrylic block, plaster object & „Leckmuschel“
Dimension 10 cm x 15 cm

The ocean’s intangible and mysterious nature has inspired a myriad of images and legends throughout the course of history. The surface of the sea in particular has been one of the most prevalent subjects in the arts: home to temperamental forces of nature and marvelous mythical creatures, the epitome of the sublime and man’s devotion to God’s creation, the site of pictorial reflection on the essence of perception and depiction. The ocean has been explored by a wide range of artistic and scientific means, but ultimately it remains unfathomable – thus transforming it into a surface upon which we project our own ideas and imagination. The 19th century not only brought about the theory of evolution, but a new dimension of time as well, what is known as “deep time.” Indeed it doesn’t come as a surprise that “deep time” was quickly situated in the deep sea: This is where it all must have begun millions of years ago, the origin of life at the unknown bottom of the ocean.

Similarly, the dimension of time and the sea are interwoven in Jenny Schäfer’s multiple “The Unknown.” This post-apocalyptic arrangement brings together a handful of elements: an image of something resembling the ocean but apparently obeying a different set of physical laws, flowing in bewildering directions and forming a bizarre horizon that merges into an unfamiliar sky. The remains of an unknown marine life-form – possibly one of the “living fossils” that people of the 19th century were so fascinated by? A plastic shell filled with the sweet taste of childhood memories. The objects are placed on a piece of shiny fabric, alluding to a velvet cushion on which valuable possessions are arranged for display. Schäfer’s things are not necessarily valuable in the monetary sense of the word, but they are certainly treasured. Together they form a web of associations, which, in disrupting what at first seems familiar – like the subject matter of a sunset by the seaside – induces the uncanny sensation of déjà vu, of remembering an unknown future. The illusion of linear time, with past, present, and future passing in succession, materializes in Schäfer’s work and becomes all too palpable.

Text by Magda Grüner

Laura Franzmann
Tissue Dako
€ 250 incl. VAT if liable
Year 2019
Edition of 20
Technique Watercolor on Japanese washi paper and bamboo. Note: The kite can be flown and combined to make a kite train
Dimensions 39 x 27 cm

Tissue Dako, with its bamboo framework and white strings for additional tension, is a Japanese-style kite that is a variation on the traditional kite type called Kaku Dako. A hand-painted motif on Washi paper forms the kite-skin, which is modeled to create a juxtaposition of various influences. The painted motif recalls the shape of a face, abstracted and falsified. For Laura, the human face needs to be reduced to its structural components to be used in a purely ornamental form. She not only works with UV-Maps that were developed in the context of modeling a 3D-human figure, but also other schematic plans of the human face, muscle and bone structure, hidden just under our skin. The painting is also reminiscent of imprints of faces on paper, which is a more abstract yet direct form of self-portrait. Drawing from these various conditions of the human face, she creates paintings that are able to simultaneously (re)present it from the outside and inside, what is open for all to see and what lies hidden just beneath the skin. Just as faces in their various forms need to be animated by muscles, or a program, to move and be read by others, the kite is animated by air and its face starts to move as well. The kite-skin itself dissolves the idea of the skin as a barrier that separates the exterior appearance from its fleshy components or that separates the human body from the metaphysical concepts of it. What you see is what you get.

Maik Gräf
Punctum, 2018
42 x 59,4 cm
4 unique from a series of 30 motives
each € 180,-

With a focus on photography, graphic and typography, the Hamburg based artist Maik Gräf completed his studies of fine arts at the HFBK in 2018. The photographic series punctum (2018) is his graduation work and deals with the compression of bodies, emotions and memories. The overlaid photographs deal with the male body in the mirror of a heteronormative world.
This edition, produced using the risographic printing process, is the result of his work.

Pablo Schlumberger
4 granted, 2018
Ceramic humidifier, engraved love lock, chains, polyurithane cast, dehumidifier bag, key chain, metal rings, metal hooks
Dimensions variable
5 unique
€ 450,-

Pablo Schlumberger (1990*, DE) draws his art from an aesthetic world of everyday objects. He uses materials and shapes taken from artisan contexts, such as handicrafts. Sometimes it is rain gutters, crocheted covers or oversized jugs of stoneware that he transforms into fountains bubbling with coffee or builds into space-filling installations; sometimes – as in this edition – it is ceramic heating humidifiers that have gone out of fashion.

Anne Vagt

Spielfeld 2G, 2017
Fine Art Print, Hahnemuehle Photo Rag 308g
40 x 54 cm
Edition of 25
180 €

Anne Vagt (*1978 in Lübeck) is an artist and illustrator based in Hamburg. She studied at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg where she graduated with a diploma in illustration in 2008. Anne Vagt’s works are dominated by an associative artistic method. Her drawings and collages often show an aura of marginalia. However, these apparently carelessly used words and signs refer to profound artistic dialogues and examinations. They give evidence to a complex and often scrutinized (mental) state-of-mind.

2G is the picture number seven of the series called Spielfelder #2 (2015). The series consists of twentyone drawings (2Ato2U, fineliner and watercolor, each 31 x 30 cm), which are back-printed with works of watercolor by the set designer Caspar Neher (1897-1962). Spielfelder are a geometrical composition of lines and color fields painted in watercolors. They appear as classical board games. The symmetrical forms are organized in square frames. The colors suggest the inherence of a specific game idea; whereas a reference to rules of the game does not exist. As a matter of fact, the series Spielfelder does not rely on a specific play process, but is composed intuitively, in a sense based on inner logic.

Astrid Ehlers

Still better: Solution III, 2019
drypoint print on laid paper, beechwood
33 x 36,5 x 1,5 cm
Edition of 10

Astrid Ehlers, born in Kaltenkirchen in 1985, lives and works in Hamburg. Having studied under Prof. Matt Mullican at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg (HfBK), she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 2017. The work of Astrid Ehlers is always an expression of an interest to look beyond the surface of things. Her drawings, drypoints, and installations tell of scientific and philosophical connections that are inherent in seemingly mundane objects.

What is it about the mind that fundamentally attempts to recognize patterns, create context, and answer the question of how something can be used? The enigmatic nature of this fine-lined drypoint makes the viewer confront his or her own sense of perception. The drypoint, which is printed on laid paper, depicts two sticks connected by a thin sisal rope. Why are the sticks connected? The open narrative triggers the mind to find a solution to the question posed by the image, to discover a narrative, to draw inferences. Through this process, there arises a parallel to the developmental steps of consciousness that are initiated in the endeavor to find meaning in everything and anything.

Text by Anne Simone Krüger | Translation by Theodore Kuttner