René Luckhardt

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René Luckhardt
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Born1972 (age 46–47)
EducationChelsea College of Arts
Known forPainting, concept art

René Luckhardt (born 1972) is a Swiss-German artist. Luckhardt holds a Master of Fine Art degree in Painting from Chelsea College of Arts, London.

Luckhardt's art often deals with positions in art history, most recently with those of Man Ray or Marjorie Cameron. His practice has been described as „ricerche“ (Peter Weiermair).[1] Luckhardt uses the source materials for "multiple transformations". "The archaeological process is not obscured, but becomes part of the work itself by raising questions about the original and the copy."[2]

Luckhardt counts Lewis Carroll and Aleister Crowley among his influences.[3] 2010 he reproduced the latter's Chambre des Cauchemars of the Abbey of Thelema in a gallery space.[4] In 2010 he initiated the international artist salon Wonderloch Kellerland in Berlin, satellites of which existed in Los Angeles and Manhattan. Wonderloch Kellerland is included in the Art Spaces Directory of the New Museum, New York. Luckhardt is co-author of HER, the Hermetic Experimental Research project.[5]


Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2018 Diaikone, Weißfrauenkirche, Frankfurt
  • 2017 Anamorphic Portraits, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck
  • 2015 MANufactoRAY, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck
  • 2013 abc – art berlin contemporary, Berlin
  • 2013 René Luckhardt's Kellerloch Paintings, Autocenter, Berlin
  • 2012 René Luckhardt's Clown Cube, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin
  • 2011 Keller Kolored Kandy Klowns, Wonderloch Kellerland, Los Angeles
  • 2011 The Grandmother in Contemporary Art, Galerie Seiler, Munich

Group exhibitions[edit]

  • 2018 You are just a piece of action. Portraits from the Miettinen Collection, Salon Dahlmann, Berlin
  • 2017 Berlin-Klondyke, Maribor Art Galleries, Maribor
  • 2016 Still still life, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck
  • 2015 Joy, taidetehdas, Konstfabriken, Porvoo
  • 2013 Berlin-Klondyke, Werkschauhalle/Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig
  • 2012 Alptraum, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Manila
  • 2009 Transzendenz Inc., Hospitalhof, Stuttgart


  1. ^ Peter Weiermair on René Luckhardt's ManufactorAy, exhibition catalogue, 2015
  2. ^ Der Standard. "René Luckhardt: Aus dem Märchenwald in die Boutique".
  3. ^ Interview, in: ART - Das Kunstmagazin (October 2011) on the Wonderloch Kellerland art spaces in Berlin, Los Angeles and Manhattan
  4. ^ Andreas Leopold Hofbauer on ritual rooms and replicas
  5. ^ DJ Helioglobal on HER, Diaphanes Magazine, Issue 1, Spring 2017, p. 136. ISBN 978-3-0358-0026-5

Further reading[edit]

  • Kellerloch Paintings, Q.H.S.O.I.Q.O.C.M.S., published by Dorothee Heine and Christian Malycha, Berlin 2013.
  • Art Spaces Directory, ed. by Eungie Joo and Ethan Swan, New Museum, New York 2012. ISBN 978-0-9845625-3-4
  • Transzendenz Inc., ed. by Heike Kelter, René Luckhardt and Helmut A. Müller, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart 2010. ISBN 978-3-934320-43-7
  • Autocenter. Space for Contemporary Art, ed. by Joep van Liefland and Maik Schierloh, Distanz Verlag, Berlin 2014. ISBN 978-3-95476-059-6
  • HER (with Andreas L. Hofbauer), Der Konterfei 09, ed. by Robert Jelinek, Vienna 2015. ISBN 978-3-9503749-8-8
  • ManufactorAy, text by Peter Weiermair, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck 2015 (exhibition catalogue)
  • Anamorphic Portraits, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck 2017 (exhibition catalogue)
  • 5 is a different 1, text by Andreas L. Hofbauer, Galerie Bernd Kugler, Innsbruck 2018 (exhibition catalogue)

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