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.

The slicer The island solution Night shift Walk in the childhood Water music
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.