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Bortolami Gallery

Germanic Artifacts

  • Lena Henke

Press for Germanic Artifacts

Current Exhibitions at Bortolami Gallery


Lesley Vance

  • Lesley Vance,
  • Opens: Mar. 01, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 20, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Germanic Artifacts

  • Lena Henke
  • Opens: Jan. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Feb. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

6 x 6 x 6 x 2

  • Morgan Fisher,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anna Ostoya

  • Anna Ostoya,
  • Opens: Oct. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Oct. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Tondi, situated works

  • Daniel Buren,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The China Chalet Group

  • Ben Schumacher,
  • Opens: Jun. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Varzea

  • Marina Rheingantz,
  • Opens: Apr. 27, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 02, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 27, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Enter the Mirror

  • Richard Aldrich,
  • Opens: Mar. 04, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 21, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 04, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Claudio Parmiggiani

  • Claudio Parmiggiani,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Feb. 24, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Galocher

  • Robert Bordo,
  • Nancy Brooks Brody,
  • Lena Henke
  • Caitlin Keogh,
  • Opens: Nov. 10, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Nov. 10, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PARTI PRIS

  • Barbara Kasten,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

concrete realities

  • Tom Burr,
  • Andrea Zittel,
  • Opens: Jun. 29, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jun. 29, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

To Align: works in situ 2017

  • Daniel Buren,
  • Opens: May. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Jun. 24, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Jan 11 - Feb 16, 2019

  • Reception: Jan 11, 6 - 8pm

Where

Bortolami Gallery

  • 39 Walker Street, New York NY 10013 Map
  • 212.727.2050

About

Bortolami is pleased to present Germanic Artifacts, Lena Henke's first solo exhibition with the gallery.

In the belly of the gallery there is an over-sized Germanic boar with stout legs. The animal has been meticulously sculpted by Henke and dyed purple. The UR Mutter (mother of origin), whose udders hang low, cocks an ample rear towards her snout to form an arc with her body. Among the first animals to be domesticated by Die Germanen, the boar is an unexpected but fierce, intelligent protector. Henke has cast a second boar in chainmail, using UR Mutter as the mother mold to get the shape. The resting Wildschwein lays in death, like a ghost or hollowed out link to the past.

Germanic Artifacts calls on the spirit of the ancient Teutoburg Forest, a historic woodland neighboring the artist's childhood home. Henke's installation reflects the early architectural structuresof the Germanic tribes that lived among the forest's marshes and thickets in 300 BC. These long, narrow structures were built to enclose fires, bringing heat indoors and forming a domestic womb. Henke embraces fire—which bakes clay, forges metal, and melts sand into glass—as a symbol of life and transformation.

For additional information, please see the attached press release.


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