Uwe Henneken, Wood (Nihil), 2011, oil on canvas, 41x85 cm
Sofia Stevi / Theo Triantafyllidis
Onassis Foundation | US (+)
Chrysanne Stathacos
AA Bronson’s Garten der Lüste | DE (+)
Maria Hassabi
Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian Paris | FR (+)
Zoë Paul
Spike Island | UK (+)
Jannis Varelas
MAAT Portugal | PT (+)

The characteristic twilight in Uwe Henneken’s paintings, the exaggerated, garish colours next to darker, moody tones and a certain ironic disposition that brings together a melancholic feeling and the grotesque, enhance his oeuvre with an unexpected audacity. There is no attempt to develop any particular painterly style, but with several references to romanticism, symbolism and allusions to primitive forms, he inserts demonic figures, harlequins and clowns in landscapes that represent a ruined Arcadia. The allegorical connotations, often emotionally charged, are informed by the recent history of Europe