Galerie Nagel Draxler

"Alf Lechner"

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Galerie Nagel Draxler is pleased to announce the representation of the Alf Lechner Estate.

Alf Lechner (* April 17, 1925 in Munich; † Februar 25, 2017) was one of Europe’s most important steel sculptures. In the 60 years of his career Lechner created about 800 sculptural works, and 4.500 drawings. His works are placed in a large number of highly established museum collections, like Kunstsammlung NRW Düsseldorf, Lehmbruck-Museum, Duisburg, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Städtische Galerie im Lehnbachhaus, Munich, a.o..

The philosophy of the 80s disputed distinctly about the “theories of the sublime” due to a crucial chapter of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgement. The sublime is not stated there as a badly balanced hierarchical elitism, but rather as a moment of sensory overwhelm in the face of intense sensation during the perception of the experience. And this is nothing more and nothing less than the definition of aesthetic experience.
Alf Lechner once said, he is interested in simplicity, because simplicity is highly complex – Beckett and Thomas Bernhard knew that too. Cube cuts, surfaces, cubes, cuboids. Unfolded, retracted, layered, condensed. The surfaces of Lechner’s sculptures are usually defined by the procedures of industrial processing of steal and its physical features. No pretentious fuss but respect and libidinous charge of reality. Not performance but power. Therefore most of Lechner’s works, particularly the enormous ones, are made of massive material. Their volume is steel volume not room volume. The stored energy is directed to nothing. It is pure resistance. The madness culminates in their immobility making the encounter an aesthetic experience.

We are happy to announce that our first solo gallery exhibition titled “Alf Lechner. Estate” will open at our Berlin space on Friday, June 21st 2019.