Galerie Nagel Draxler



Between July 24th and August 10th our Cologne gallery is closed.
Visits are possible by appointment.

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Alf Lechner

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.

Abdulnassser Gharem

Galerie Nagel Draxler (Berlin/Cologne) is pleased to announce the representation of Saudi Arabian artist Abdulnasser Gharem.

Abdulnasser Gharem (*1973, Saudi Arabia) is a canvas to construct a social critique, often by welcoming collaboration and involving the community within his projects. As a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Saudi Arabian Army, themes of control and authority can be felt within this work, as well as a desire to preserve and respect the history upon which traditional art is built. Gharem’s conceptual work not only references his heritage but is also politically and socially astute.

At this years’s Art Basel Unlimited, Abdulnasser Gharem presented his project “The Safe”, a walk-in installation reminding of the Kashoggi murder (presented by Nagel Draxler Gallery in collaboration with Brigitte Schenk Gallery, see here)

Recent international solo shows include the Sharjah Art Museum, UAE (2018); LACMA, Los Angeles, USA (2017) among others in London, Dubai, Abha, and Jeddah.

We are happy to announce that our first solo gallery exhibition with Abdulnasser Gharem will take place at our Berlin space during Berlin Gallery Weekend 2020.

Stephan Dillemuth, Martha Rosler: Fellbach Triennale

curated by Dr. Brigitte Franzen
1. Juni – 23. September 2019
14. Triennale Kleinplastik 2019, Fellbach

Luke Willis Thompson: Hysterical Strength

30. Mai – 1. September 2019
GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo

Keren Cytter: Size Matters

Keren Cytter “Size Matters” and Cytter/Roebas “Detour”
6. Juni – 14. Juli 2019
Hamlet, Zürich.

Mit Buchvorstellung: “Tel Aviv – Jerusalem Diary” von und mit Keren Cytter & Antonio Grulli
Sonntag, 9. Juni 2019, 14-16 Uhr

Andrea Fraser: 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics

Book Launch & Conversation with Jarrett Gregory
3. Mai 2019, 19 Uhr
Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin

Christian Philipp Müller: Tools for Heroes

Eröffnung: 3. Mai 2019
Hugenottenhaus, Kassel

Pedro Wirz: a curbing wall of debris\landfilling

4. Mai – 23. Juni 2019
Kunsthaus Langenthal, Schweiz


An Exhibition of Jewelry by Gabi Dziuba curated by Clémentine Deliss and Alexander Hidalgo with paintings by Hans-Jörg Mayer

Thursday, 25th April 2019
5pm – 8pm
Dzuiba Jewels
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 25, 10178 Berlin

Metal Brains, Blaue Bohnen, Cash, Love, Hyper Hyper, Matchsticks and Monkeys and early designs from the 1980s Collaborations with Monika Baer, Dirk Bell, Hans-Jörg Mayer, Joseph Zehrer, Heimo Zobernig

Dziuba Jewels, Berlin

Lutz Braun: Emotionalmuseum

Lutz Braun, Clémence de la Tour du Pin
06. April – 1. Mai 2019
nationalmuseum, Berlin

Stephanie Taylor: COLA 2019

23. Mai – 14. Juli 2019
The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is pleased to present COLA 2019, an exhibition featuring new work by the recipients of the 2019 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship for visual arts.
LAMAG – Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles.

Mark Dion

“The Life of a Dead Tree”
24. Mai – 29. Juli 2019
MoCA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto.

4. Mai – 11. November 2019
Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY.

“To Watch, to Cut, to Capture, to Kill, to Collect”
11. April – 29. Juni 2019 (Eröffnung, 10. April, 18-21 Uhr)
Galerie Nagel Draxler, Köln.

“Our Plundered Planet”
4. April – 1. September 2019
& Coffee Conversation with Mark Dion on 10. April, 11 am
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Line, Dublin.


21. März – 26. Mai 2019
Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin.

Keren Cytter: Love in the Time of Social Media

16. März – 6. April 2019
Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zürich

Christian Kosmas Mayer: Aeviternity

23. Februar – 16. Juni 2019
mumok, Wien

Lone Haugaard Madsen – nominiert für Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2019

Das mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien und die Kapsch Group schreiben 2019 im Rahmen der Kapsch Contemporary Art Challenge bereits zum vierten Mal den Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize aus. Der Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize dient der Förderung junger Künstler_innen im Bereich der bildenden Kunst, die ihren Lebensmittelpunkt in Österreich haben. Mit diesem Preis werden junge Talente, die sich durch besondere künstlerische Leistung ausweisen, einem internationalen Publikum vorgestellt.