Throughout his career and across disciplines, Hans-Peter Feldmann’s oeuvre has been defined by his unabated devotion to collecting and organizing images and ephemera. Revealing an uncommonly keen eye for banal yet seductive pictures, he categorizes, arranges and performs calculated acts of détournement. By reframing and altering commonplace objects and imagery, Feldmann transgresses the divide between high and low culture. His works subvert expectations, subtly prompting us to question our notions of beauty and the representative.
Düsseldorf-based Hans-Peter Feldmann is a passionate collector of images and stories, an original thinker and one of the first conceptual artists. Since the sixties, he has been collecting, producing, and exhibiting photographs, combining the humor of American conceptual artists like John Baldessari and Richard Prince with the gravitas of Germans like Gerhard Richter. His relationship to the art world has been eccentric; in 1980, he destroyed most of his work and went into early retirement, only to pick up, a decade later, more or less exactly where he left off. Hans-Peter Feldmann was the recipient of the 2010 Hugo Boss Award, with an accompanying exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum, New York. His work has recently been featured in exhibitions at Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Kempner Art Museum St. Louis, MOCAD, Detroit, Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2017. His work has been shown internationally for over 40 years. Feldmann lives and works in Düsseldorf.