Axel Lapp

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Axel Lapp
Nationality German
Occupation curator, art historian and publisher

Axel Lapp (born 1966 in Konstanz, Germany) is a German curator, art historian and publisher, who is based in Memmingen. He is director of MEWO Kunsthalle[1] as well as of Strigel- and Antoniter-Museum in Memmingen. From 2005 until 2013, he was publisher of The Green Box, an art book publisher in Berlin.[2]


Axel Lapp studied museology and art history in Marburg, Essex and Manchester.[3] He was Henry Moore Research Fellow at the University of Leeds (1998–2000) and Senior Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sunderland (2009–2010). From 2002 until 2012, he worked as an art critic for Art Review and Art Monthly, and as a freelance curator for contemporary art.[4]

For the art publisher The Green Box, which he directed from 2005 until 2013,[5] he edited numerous books on contemporary art and curating.[6]

Since 2012, Lapp is Director of MEWO Kunsthalle in Memmingen. His first exhibition there, in March 2013, was 'CINEMA and the cinematografic gaze',[7] with works by Omer Fast, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Ming Wong and many others.

Publications (selection)[edit]


  • 'KINO und der kinematografische Blick: Friedemann Hahn, Omer Fast, Romeo Grünfelder, Emanuel Mathias, Jana Müller, Georg Parthen, Martina Sauter, John Sealey, Jason Silva, John Stezaker, Clemens von Wedemeyer und Ming Wong'. Memmingen, MEWO Kunsthalle, 2013
  • 'Jens Schubert: Blackmagickparty'. Memmingen, MEWO Kunsthalle, 2013
  • '8 + 8 – video art': "Sonia Boyce". Guangzhou, 53 Art Museum (美术馆), 2011
  • 'Marion-Ermer-Preis 2011: Loretta Fahrenholz, Emanuel Mathias, Claudia Schötz, Jens Schubert'. Dresden, Hochschule für Bildende Künste (Oktogon), 2011
  • 'Cornelia Renz: Night. Tale. Pieces', Konstanz, Kunstverein, 2011
  • 'Lucie Renneboog: 'mmmmm' diagram – naïf and mymaybe idiot summary of something we knew.'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2009
  • 'Roland Iselin: What we do when we think about love'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2008
  • 'Nick Crowe: Sammlung Witkowski'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2008
  • 'Martin Newth: Ausblick'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2008
  • 'Menschen und Orte' - an exhibition for the 150. anniversary of Kunstverein Konstanz. Konstanz, Kunstverein & Wessenberg-Galerie, 2008
  • 'a season of film: Sonia Boyce & David Bickerstaff, Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson, Jeanne van Heeswijk & Marten Winters, Mona Jas & Holger Friese, Sonia Khurana and John Sealey'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2008
  • 'Sonia Boyce: Crop Over', Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2008
  • 'Nikola Irmer: Boys'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2007
  • 'Josephine Flynn: Mayonnaise and Salad Cream'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2007
  • 'Mona Jas: Die Plejaden #1'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2007
  • 'Shezad Dawood: The End of Civilisation'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2007
  • 'Review: Sonia Boyce, Nick Crowe, Holger Friese, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Mona Jas'. Berlin, Axel Lapp Projects, 2007