Christian Achenbach
  • Christian Achenbach, Lights out im Lampenladen, 2015, Oil and Acrylics on canvas, 200 x 180 cm
  • Untitled, 2015, Painted steel, 80 x 80 x 80 cm
  • Untitled, 2015, 220 x 100 x 100 cm, Painted steel
  • Untitled, 2015, Painted steel, 80 x 80 x 80 cm
  • Crystal Matthew, 2012, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 180 cm
  • Galactica, 2014, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 300 cm
  • 2010, 200 x 180 cm
  • Chien de rien, 2014, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 180 cm
  • Der Tanz des Bären
  • Jacoba, 2014, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 180 cm
  • Bluetooth, 2008, Mixed media on canvas, 160 x 200 cm
  • Wingwalker, 2009, Mixed media on canvas, 180 x 150 cm
  • Ghostwriter, 2009, Mixed media on canvas, 120 x 100 cm
  • Queen, 2009, Mixed media on canvas, 60 x 50 cm
  • Der Springende Punkt, 2009, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 280 cm
  • Edward, 2012, Oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm
  • Joyride, 2011, Mixed media on canvas, 200 x 180 cm
  • Purple haze
  • Roman, 2012, 200 x 180 cm, Oil on canvas
  • Sister Suprimatisti, 2012, Oil on canvas, 180 x 150 cm

The dense picture world of Christian Achenbach’s evocative paintings are often filled with allusions to staged musical performance, film and fantasy, inferred aspects of the comical occult, whose dominant aesthetic is that shaped by transgression and a feeling for historical anarchy and the culture of the carnivalesque.

Achenbach’s syncopated universe of paint and colour opens up an extraordinarily frenetic visual world to the viewer, one which forges together forms and feelings, and added to these are any number of spatial complexities cast within a dynamic sense of reverberating emotional flux.

One thing is certain namely that his paintings are not intended to be shaped or driven by any immediately intended conceptual strategies, and neither are they at any point pictorially static as witnessed by their continuously shifting sense of fluid representation. They are not meant to be read as paintings of passive contemplation so much as pictures of intense vitality and invigoration. In short they represent an ongoing series of differentiated explosive manifestations, expressive vehicles of sensory overload reminiscent of carnival celebrations and breathless musical jamborees.

In Achenbach’s paintings we are often presented with a plethora of iconographic sources that are appropriated and reconvened into unique and highly personal individual tableaux, and if they are in any way Baroque, it is because they share certain stylistic affinities to theatricality and continuous movement. And it is this intoxicating Dionysian aspect of dance and movement (ecstatic or otherwise), with its expressive pleasure and perceptive proximities, which is distinct from conventional Apollonian desires that seek to determine an ordered or fixed pictorial reading and/or contemplative comprehension.

From: Revelries and Expectations: The Paintings of Christian Achenbach by Mark Gisbourne

Christian Achenbach

Born in 1978, Siegen, Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.


Universität der Künste, Berlin with Burkhardt Held, Daniel Richter and Anselm Reyle


UdK Berlin Meisterschüler with Anselm Reyle


Artist in residence, Statens Værksteder for Kunst og Design, Copenhagen

Solo exhibitions


Deus ex machina, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, DE


Acupalco, Sexauer Gallery Berlin


Kastrupgaard Collection, Vendsyssel Museum of Art


Städtisches Museum, Engen Christian Achenbach, LARMgalleri(DK), Alptraum(Johannesburg)


OPERA – Paintings from Berlin (exhibition with Jonas Burgert), Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, IT


Le Peintre et son modéle, with Stefan Hirsig, Wendt+Friedmann, Berlin, DE


Lost and Found, LARMgalleri, DK


Zorlac – Wendt + Friedmann Galerie, Berlin, DE

Ghostwriter, LARMgalleri, DK


…wenn das Licht angeht, Wendt + Friedmann Galerie, Berlin, DE


Drei wird Vier, with Jim Avignon, Agentur Dreispringer, Berlin, DE


Noch 70 Tage bis Olympia, Illgalleries, Berlin, DE

Home is where the heart is, Kulturverein Badstraße, Siegen, DE

Group exhibitions

"Imaginarium", LARMgalleri, Copenhagen, DK

“ PT14”, Janusbygningen, DK


Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig “Weltenschöpfer. Richard Wagner, Max Klinger, Karl May”

Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen “ALLES WASSER”, DK


Charlotte Fogh Gallery , Aarhus “Growth”, DK

Wendt und Friedmann Galerie , Berlin “Babylon”, DE


CLAIM, with Kaspar Oppen Samuelsen and Moritz Schleime, Neue Berliner Räume, Berlin, DE

Alptraum – Green Papaya Art Projects, Quezon City

Alte und neue Stillleben aus der SØR-Rusche Sammlung – Museum Abtei Liesborn, Wadersloh

Stillstehende Sachen – Museum Abtei Liesborn, Wadersloh


Dinner für Spinner, Laden für Nichts,Leipzig,DE

Black Beauty – White Swan, Wendt + Friedmann Galerie, Berlin, DE

¡ALPTRAUM! Washington D.C., London, Berlin, Los Angeles, Cape Town, Projektraum Deutscher Künstlerbund, travelling exhibition

KRAUT – Schau Fenster, Berlin

Baroque, LARMgalleri, Copenhage, DK

Verschwende deine Jugend – Wendt + Friedmann Galerie, Berlin, DE

Art Copenhagen for LARMgalleri, Copenhagen, DK

Volta7 Basel, LARMgalleri, Basel, CH


ALPTRAUM – Transformer, Washington, DC

Gewalten – Laden fuer Nichts, Leipzig, DE

A Formal Figure, The Forgotten Bar / Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin, DE

Radical Adults, The Forgotten Bar / Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin, DE

Night of the Pawn, The Forgotten Bar / Galerie im Regierungsviertel, Berlin, DE

Christian Achenbach, Andreas Blank, Nicola Samorì, Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin, DE

Night of the Pawn, Spinnereigelände, Leipzig, DE

Hostile Aestetik Takeover, Appartment, Berlin, DE


Zaunkönig, Wendt + Friedmann Galerie, Berlin, DE

Das Unheimliche, Modulorhaus Berlin (With Jonas Burghert, Moritz Schleime, Andreas Golder a.o.)

MARKET 2009, Stockholm, Art Fair for LARMgalleri


Scope Miami

Contemporary Home, Kassel, Projektraum in Documenta Kassel

Prime Time, Wendt + Friedmann Galerie, Berlin, DE

Tease Art Fair, Köln, Wendt + Friedmann Galerie, DE

Chinese Contemporary Art. La lunga marcia dell’avanguardia – Villa Croce Museo d´Arte Contemporanea, Genoa


Farewell Berlin, curated by Daniel Richter in Tal R`s Raum

Von Brun, Düsseldorf


Friendly Capitalism Lounge 9, with Jim Avignon u.a.Haus Schwarzenberg Berlin


Friendly Capitalism Lounge 8, with Jim Avignon a.o. Haus Schwarzenberg Berlin


ARKEN Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, DK

Konzack Samlung, Berlin, DE

Kastrupgaard Collection, Taarnby Art Museum, DK

Ole Faarup Collection, DK

Jens Olesen Collection, DK

Brask Collection, DK

Sr Rusche Collection Berlin, DE

Leif Djurhuus Collection, DK

Detlefs Collection, DK

Sammlung Philara, DE

Sammlung Hildebrandt, DE

Mordhorst Collection, DK