Marc Lüders 

Marc Lüders, “Objekt” 2014, Oil on Cibachrome Print

Marc Lüders 


Marc Lüders 


Marc Lüders bases his “PHOTOPICTUREN” on photographs, which he elaborates with a penchant for painting. Each of his works consists of two dimensions, a photographic and a painted element, that blend together as one. Diverse in nature, they exist in parallel, while forming in Lüders art a unity of their own. As backgrounds, the artist uses his photographs of urban scenarios, real landscapes, empty spaces, derelict sites or wasteland, fronted by figures or objects, which stand out in stark contrast to the surroundings, from which they emerge and highlight the diversity between photography and painting, surroundings, people or objects.

Lüders selects his characters from city life. Often, he captures them momentarily, while they’re waiting somewhere or indecisive, frozen in some activity and transfers this inaction to his works. The people seem alien, deserted and dislocated from the world around them. Marc Lüders interprets this isolation as a mirror of man's existence, of his “being thrust into” a world he is seeking to access or understand.

Lüders signals this adaptation by fusing ambient colours into the colouring of his figures, that are often painted with thickly applied impasto, sculptural or abstract. At times, they appear utterly transparent, seemingly merging with the photographic image. Space is irreal and serves as a backdrop for encounters that lack any immediately apparent sense and context, while still revealing an encoded message to those acquainted with the language of the subconscious and the intensity of ephemeral moments.

– Stephanie Bunk, translated by Frances Palgrave

Marc Lüders is born in Hamburg, Germany in 1963. He lives and works in Hamburg.
1986 studied graphic design at the Departmend Design, HAW Hamburg
1994 began to study anthropology and philosophy at the Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany
1997 art scholarship city of Hamburg
2002 art scholarship of the German Akademie Rom, Villa Massimo in Casa Baldi, Olevano Romano


2022"Theorie des Daseins", Galerie Commeter, Persiehl & Heine, Hamburg

2020"Marc Lüders", ArtSzeneFilm, presented on

2019"RADICAL TWILIGHT", group show, Frapant, Hamburg;

 "Kleine Gesellschaft", group show, Kleine Gesellschaft für Kunst und Kultur, Hamburg

2018"Zweifaches Sehen – Twofoldness", group show, kunstmix, Copenhagen

2017"Bewegung im Bild", group show, Märkisches Museum Witten;

 "Marc Lüders Arbeiten 1997 bis 2017", Freie Akademie der Künste, Hamburg;

 "Marc Lüders", Forum für zeitgnössiche Fotografie, Dresden;

 "Die Geste in der Fotografie", group show, DZ Bank Kunstsammlung Frankfurt;

 "twinkle in the eye", group show, pablo’s birthday, New York;

2016"LEVITATION", alexanderlevy, Berlin

2015"SYSTEM PLURAL", LEVY Galerie, Hamburg

2014"Additionen der Gegenwart", group show, Kunstmuseum Bochum

2013"Farbe – Form- Fotografie – Fläche", group show, DZ Bank, Frankfurt;

 "Bismarck Pool", pablo’s birthday, New York

2011"Marc Lüders – Photopicturen", Kunsthaus Beda, Bittburg;

 "UNSCHARF. Nach Gerhard Richter.", group show, Kunsthalle Hamburg;

 "Salon der Gegenwart 2011", group show, Hamburg

2010"Marc Lüders SUPERMÄRKTE", alexanderlevy, Berlin;

 "10 Jahre PAK" group show, Kunstverein Glückstadt, Glückstadt;

 "walking the dog", group show, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche Osnabrück;

2009"Marylin in the Arts", group show, Städtische Galerie Neues Schloss Meersburg

2007"Displaced Persons", pablo’s birthday, New York;

 "SCHÖNWAHNSINNIG", group show, Museum Schloß Gottorf;

 "Marc Lüders – Photopicturen", Brno House of Arts, Czech Republic

2006"In Flagranti II", group show, Dortmunder Kunstverein, Dortmund

2005"Painting on Photography – Photography on Painting", group show, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago;

 "Marc Lüders", Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Rudolph-Scharpf-Galerie, Ludwigshafen

2004"Marc Lüders. Bildrealitäten", Nord LB art gallery, Hannover

2001"Marc Lüders – Photopicturen", Kunsthalle;

 "reflected images", group show, Kunsthalle Bern


“Theorie des Daseins” – Marc Lüders