Category Archives: 2005–2016

Crisis cabin (2011)


Markus Hansen’s ‘crisis cabin’ is reminiscent of the Black Forest log cabins.  No nails, screws or glue are used in its assembly as every piece slots together to facilitate it’s mobility.  It’s exterior is covered with feathers to protect against the rain. The entire structure is made of 22mm plywood and has a system of […]

Leather Saddle for Chimera (projet 2016)


A Leather Saddle for a Chimera Project by Markus Hansen, 2012 By hijacking the utilitarian nature of this object, and reconfiguring it for use by an imaginary or mythical being, this piece aims to reawaken the mind to the deep-seated memory of a fundamental conquest: that of the animal world, in our environment and in […]

Angry Animals (2008-2010)


Upon my first visit to Deyrolles in Paris I was mesmerized when I opened the drawers full of glass eyes. Each drawer was for a different animal, lions, antelopes, dear, foxes, owls, etc. Bodiless, beautifully hand crafted reproductions of nature’s eyes. The dilemma of man’s relationship with nature was leering up at me. This beautifully […]

Other people’s feelings #4 (2007-2011)


Other People’s Feelings is an exercise in empathy and evocation. These photographs are poignant double portraits depicting an image of Hansen alongside that of another person. For the picture, the artist strives to empathically assume the facial expression and general mien of his ‘double’ as closely as possible. He chooses subjects of different genders and […]

Other people’s feelings #3 (2006)


Other People’s Feelings is an exercise in empathy and evocation. These photographs are poignant double portraits depicting an image of Hansen alongside that of another person. For the picture, the artist strives to empathically assume the facial expression and general mien of his ‘double’ as closely as possible. He chooses subjects of different genders and […]

Other people’s feelings #2 (2005)


Other People’s Feelings is an exercise in empathy and evocation. These photographs are poignant double portraits depicting an image of Hansen alongside that of another person. For the picture, the artist strives to empathically assume the facial expression and general mien of his ‘double’ as closely as possible. He chooses subjects of different genders and […]

Billy Bang, Lucky Man (2010)


‘War does not determine who is right, only who is left’. Bertrand Russel In March 1967 Billy Bang was conscripted to fight one year in the jungles of Vietnam, an experience that left him emotionally desolate and profoundly confused about his american identity. Upon his return he tried to forget his nightmares through alcohol, drugs […]

Burnt drawings (2012-2013)


The Burnt Drawings Drawings, burnings, scorching, making the act of drawing, of pictorial depiction with all its connotations simultaneously generative and destructive. The drawings are burnt into and onto the paper, setting it alight, with all the resulting risks and problems of control. The burnt drawings often use a symmetrical layout whereby each pictorial element […]

Each man kills the thing he loves (2011)


This installation is an identical mirrored double space, a spatial “mise en abyme” of the Spectator’s sense of “being there”. The only object in the room is a record player that plays the song “Each man kills the thing he loves” sung by Ingrid Caven, an exerpt from “The ballad of Reading goal”, a poem […]

Fleur d’aisance (projet 2016)


FLEUR D’AISANCE a public utopia project The Fleur d’Aisance is a piece of urban utopian furniture, designed to explore, elevate and enlighten the ambivalence around organic functions in public space. By suggesting new social configurations, it affects our perception of one another and therefore our relationship to each other’s privacy. It proposes a new economy […]

Mutual infinity space (projet 2016)


The mutual infinity space is a spherical architectural object. Seen from the outside it appears roughly made, plaster and wooden laths creating an almost random mesh across the plaster surface. Traces of hands having been at work are visible giving the whole object an organic, almost improvised, intuitive feeling. Held above the ground by scaffolding, […]

The same river twice (2013)


(you can not step into)… the same river twice Steven Riff Art Projects Istanbul 2013 The same river twice is an installation of three large drawings, framed by mirrors to the left and right, each in its individual space making these paintings into infinite repetitive landscapes. Each space has an intimacy and a sense of […]

Unstable paintings (2009-2016)


Hansen’s imagery is carefully chosen to enhance the tainted. In one work, a Hochsitz (a raised, covered structure used for observing or hunting animals) stranding in a crowded forest as dense as an Albrecht Duerer woodcut or a Gustav Mahler musical composition ominously connotes a military lookout post. In another image, a double eagle that […]

The sweet smell of being (2006)


An infrared security camera slowly circles and films a large pile of white, unwashed, dirty shirts in the middle of a room in complete darkness. The resulting image is projected from the interior of the pile onto the ceiling, transforming both the ceiling and the pile of dirty clothes into a sky that illuminates the […]

Staircase to nowhere (2005)


Stairway To Nowhere Installation, Versailles Off 2005 Transforming the Allée du Roi, the green lawn that unrolls down towards the Grand Canal of Versailles, into a stairway that leads up into the night… Vanity of vanities. Stairways are everywhere at Versailles: the Queen’s Stairway, the Ambassador’s Stairway, the One Hundred Steps of the Orangery… and […]

The ones that got away (2005)


‘The Ones That Got Away’ ‘The ones that got away’ refers to the dreams I recorded after September the 11th 2001. Trying to retrieve your dreams is like having sand running between your fingers. I had recorded my dreams before; intrigued by the way they often mirrored events that occurred during the day. After September […]

The generals (2005)


‘The Generals’ was one of the projects I explored for Versailles Off exhibition in 2005. The idea was to use the early 19th century sculptures of French Generals stored in the ‘animalerie’ in the park of Versailles. As the exhibition was to take place at night, I wanted to stage their seemingly abandoned historic status […]

Shoes fade (2012)


FADE Installation of 2,949 pairs of shoes, fourteen meters in diameter, Nuit Blanche, Paris, 2012. As the poet Jason Stoneking, who helped install this piece at the Palais de la Découverte in Paris, for Nuit Blanche 2012, wrote in his beautiful text : “ To get straight to the point, Markus’s work… It’s about living. […]

Breathing house (2011)


The Breathing Houses (2011) — onwards I have been photographing the houses and buildings in my grandmother’s village in southern Germany for over twenty years. With the last series of photos veering towards a rigorous objectivity, I decided to transform them into virtual animations of translucent breathing bodies, rendering the images simultaneously phantasmic and alive, […]

Phantom dust paintings (2006-2007)


The Dust Landscapes / Bastard paintings / Drunken paintings / Phantom paintings / Phoney paintings. This series is an exploration of German romantic landscapes painting. These paintings are reworked, crossbred, overlaid and fused with other images and paintings. They are images of paintings hung on walls with their frames and shadows and appear to be […]

Psychedelic romantic history paintings (2011)


Diving into Memory with Markus Hansen (excerpt) Hugues Albes-Nicoux, Backslash Gallery January 25th, 2012 Being German implies (still, to this day) having to bear that terrible burden we all know about, without even having shared in its ideals nor having taken part in any way. And from this arises a problem of identity. How does […]

Other people’s feelings #1 (2002)


Other People’s Feelings is an exercise in empathy and evocation. These photographs are poignant double portraits depicting an image of Hansen alongside that of another person. For the picture, the artist strives to empathically assume the facial expression and general mien of his ‘double’ as closely as possible. He chooses subjects of different genders and […]

Himmels Koerper (2004)


The series, Himmels Körper, or ‘Heavenly Bodies’ (I also call them ‘the Romantic skies in my own dirt’) has evolved from a night-time installation called ‘Oh little star of Bethlehem’ from 1999. I parked the latest Mercedes 500 in front of the Serge Aboukrat’s Paris ground floor gallery with a street facing window. Images of […]

Lewes aquarelles (2000-2007)


The Lewes series Untitled Works (2000/2007) with Christoph Nissou, watercolour on paper, each 35x80cms The Framework for this series is the annual Lewes fire procession, an anti-papal event held on Guy Fawkes Night, in which the East Sussex town commmorates the burning of 17 protestant martyrs. It is based on video work Hansen made in […]

Dürer flash pillows (2004—2013)


Dürer’s images generously decorated my room as a child in Germany. The ‘Praying Hands’, ‘The Rabbit’, ‘Melancholia’ etc. He embodied the protestant genius and had been the official artist of the Nazis. In 1493 the young Albrecht Dürer drew six pillows, probably the same one in six different states, as if distorted and tortured by […]

Volkswagen (projet 2016)


VOLKSWAGEN Project Volkswagen is a proposed piece that would fit naturally in the framework of Each Man Kills the Thing He Loves. More important and more complex, it doesn’t at all depend on the cognitive trap of being contingent on the preexistence of some certain order to our perception. Humans, being all too human, we […]

Place de la Résistance (2009)


Esch–sur-Alzette Installation. J’aimerai superposer les strates de sens dans ce jardin en prenant en compte le temps de sa maturation, donner forme à sa dimension temporelle. Le but étant d’intégrer le Monument de Perret en lui donnant toute son importance symbolique, à la fois architecture d’une époque et monument à la mémoire de ceux qui […]

“Ile” place d’Italie (2007)


The Place d’Italie is a kind of ‘non-place,’ a place that pedestrians dread having to cross because of the wide and endless flow of traffic. Getting around it on foot is a hazardous expedition, with the placement of the lights and crosswalks making one feel like an afterthought to the cars. And the giant leaves […]