Joachim Lehrer – The world behind the world

The GALERIE MESSMER will present the curious and idyllic dream landscapes of Joachim Lehrer from 8 December 2019. With mysterious-surreal charm, the poetic stagings sketch Lehrer’s landscapes of dystopian-looking places of silence.

Abandoned and deserted, the main motifs in Lehrer’s paintings are mostly automobiles that have been subject to the ravages of time, dilapidated cultural testimonies, and other objects of technological progress. Shrouded in soft light and pastel colours, Lehrer’s works balance lostness and harmony.

For, like the painters of Romanticism, Lehrer raises questions about our future and invites contemplation with his extensive, melancholic scenes.

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Before Joachim Lehrer, born in Reutlingen in 1954, became self-employed as a freelance artist in 1983, he worked as a young man between 1974 and 1975 as a truck driver, initially studying electrical engineering, but from 1976 switched to German studies, rhetoric and art history. A fact that is still reflected in his pictorial worlds today. Not only has his love for automobiles remained, but his work is also inspired by the technical sophistication of the old masters.

For teachers use an elaborate resin oil glaze technique from the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods, which is hardly in use today, and with which he creates a supernatural-looking deep light in his paintings and at the same time manages to achieve a non-marking, photorealistic-looking effect.

His works fascinate the art world. Almost 200 national and international exhibitions were dedicated to him. Today Joachim Lehrer is represented in many important international collections due to his extraordinary visual worlds – among others in the Reinhold Würth Collection, in the Phantasten Museum in Vienna, in the Princess of Hesse Collection.

Manfred Fischer – In Reflection

From the middle of October you can visit the fascinating works of the German artist Manfred Fischer in the GALERIE MESSMER. Born in Münsterwald in 1950, the artist first studied Law in Marburg, then after his first state law examination, he changed to study at the Berlin University of the Arts (Universität der Künste Berlin).

He completed his art studies in 1981 as a graduate from the master class. Since 1987 he has taught at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin as well as at the TU Braunschweig. His works are presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Fischer’s works are represented in many public and private collections, such as in the collection of the Federal Collection of Contemporary Art or the Volkswagenwerk.


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In the 1970s, Fischer was influenced by the style of „Berlin Realism“, but in the 1980s he developed his own expressive-dynamic style that broke away from the pure realism of the previous decade. Even today, his works are characterized by expressive brushstrokes. A central motive of Fischer’s work is the human head. Fischer uses it as a symbol of human dreams and desires, but also for deeper and hidden emotions. In a complex process of colour drifting and grading, he works layer by layer to remove the motive of a head from its dynamic imagery, thus he provides a metaphor for the human’s expression into sensations and associations.