Kristian Von Hornsleth

Born in 1965 - Denmark


“Fuck you art lovers”

Kristian Von Hornsleth’s works, whatever medium, are countercultural in every sense of the term, at once toying with, exploiting and criticizing popular culture through their defiant attitude to social conformity. Driven by the symbolic representation of his own name, Hornsleth’s work succeeds in engendering its own momentum whilst simultaneously questioning the nature of publicity and celebrity culture at large. Often described as a cross between Friedrich Nietzsche, Andy Warhol and Dr. House, one can always expect a certain playful or egotistical madness in Hornsleth’s work, refreshing and invigorating in its capacity to shock.

There seems to be at least two contradicting approaches in the work of Kristian Von Hornsleth. Firstly his confrontational navigation through contemporary culture built on his own philosophy which he calls Futilism, making one capable of using futility as such in a most constructive way. Secondly his manic insisting of developing a symbolic representation of his own name, ‘Hornsleth’, emblazoned across countless works he’s produced that now reach out all over Denmark and around the world. The word is ‘Hornsleth’, questioning the beauty of manipulation in an often countercultural manner and further questioning if the publicity in itself is more important than the products it endorses, now spreading from branding Lamborghini’s to sculptures, provocative photographs, and people themselves. Where does all this leave the contemporary person?

The Hornsleth Village Project Uganda saw every individual in a village change their name to Hornsleth, in a simple exchange for a pig or a goat, and outrage ensued. Headlines spread across the world, and questions about ethics arose, but you didn’t hear the villagers complain? Or should we say the Hornsleths? The Hornsleth Arms Investment Corporation drives questions home about the accepted face of capitalism, and the nature of human relations to safety versus cruelty and how commerce can spread the dilemma. Once the message is seen, it’s not forgotten. The Deep Storage Project, is energizing a clarion call to mankind to try and save itself from itself, and utilizing art in a way that offers a potential chance to fight for the future of our species from today.

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2012 "Painted Models", Fashion Week Sao Paulo", Kee Mod agency, November, info
2012 "Freak Night and Deep Storage Project", with Flaming Lips, Oklahoma, October, info
2012 "Deep Storage New York", White Box Manhattan, October, info
2012 "Super Panic Light Box Show", Platinum Lace, London, March, info
2012 "New Works", GG Gallery, London, May

2011 3rd Annual Christmas Show, 20th Century Theatre, Notting HIll, London
2011 "Great Love Will Come Again", Ralph Schriever Galerie, Cologne, Germany
2011 "Dead Porn Stars Litany", FB69 Gallery, Münster, Germany
2011 Amsterdam Art Fair / FB69 Gallery Münster Germany
2011 "Projects of Exploitation, Death and Eternity", GG Gallery, London
2011 "The Hornsleth Morgan", Milano Design Week
2010 "Lord Mayors Parade" London with Morgan car producers
2011 Playtime Gallery and Bar, London, 2 February
2009 Opening Party, Hornsleth Showroom Aarhus, 21. Aug
2009 "Deep Storage Project", Galerie de Grancy, Lausanne, Switzerland
2009 Langelands Efterskole Massacre Performance, 16. May
2009 Deep Storage Project, 798 Space, Beijing, China
2009 Deep storage Project, Stageback Gallery, Shanghai, China
2009 Deep storage Project, University of Guam, Guam, USA
2009 Deep Storage Project, BN24 Galerie, Hamburg, Germany
2009 Deep Storage Project, Bangkok, Soul Flower Gallery, Bangkok
2009 Fuck the Financial Crises, Galerie FB69, Münster, Germany
2008 New Works and Old Fears, A Fine Arts Gallery, Odense
2008 Hornsleth Arms Investment Corporation, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen
2006 The Hornsleth Village Project Uganda, photos and video, Pressen, Politiken, Copenhagen
2006 We have money than God, paintings, Solon Kaffi Galerie, Reykjavik
2006 My Collectors Are Richer Than Yours, paintings, Another Year in L.A. Gallery, Los Angeles
2006 Just Get Rich, paintings and sculptures, DDM Gallery, Shanghai
2005 The New Hornsleth Restaurant, Apropos Galerie, Cologne, book
2005 Horn$leth Hurt$ Cu€to, Valerie Cueto Galerie, Paris, catalogue
2004 Bored to Death in Switzerland, JF Galerie, Zürich
2004 The Viking Art Party, The Hands in Clay Gallery, Shanghai
2004 The 10 Hornsleth Lounge Parties, 10 different locations 2002 - 2004, Copenhagen
2003 Fuck My Brains Out, Knud Grothe Galerie, Copenhagen
2002 F.Y.A.L., Baumgartner Gallery, New York
2001 Versus, Center of Attention Gallery, with Tai Shani, London
2001 Promi Paranoia, Felix Leiter Gallery, Berlin
2001 My Collectors Are Richer Than Yours, Galerie Heitsch, Munich
2001 Fucking Liars and Timeless Constructions, JF Galerie, Zürich
2001 Rape Kill Steal Burn, Galerie Mirko Mayer, Cologne
2001 Rape Kill Steal Burn, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen
2000 The Hornsleth Bucherer Jewelry Project, Moscow Art Fair, with Galerie Volker Diehl, Moscow
2000 The Hornsleth Bucherer Jewelry Project, Cobblestone Film Production GmbH, Hamburg
2000 Fuck You Art Lovers, Galerie Jörg Heitsch, Munich
1999 New Brandings, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen
1998 Nice Paintings for Nice Homes, Paustian, Copenhagen, Catalogue
1998 Group 7, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen
1997 Civilization Critiques, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, Catalogue
1997 Elaborated Copies From The Big Noise, 10 shows with Danish Art Associations, Catalogue
1996 Futilistic Intervention, architectural installation, European Cultural Capital Copenhagen '96
1995 The Hornsleth Death List, Sophienholm, Cobra Space, Copenhagen

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