Wolfe von Lenkiewicz is a British artist based in London. He is known for his artistic reconfigurations of well-known imageries from art history and visual culture to create ambiguous compositions that question art historical discourses. Lenkiewicz’s ‘post-historic’ practice carefully examines the question of what constitutes an original work of art. By borrowing from existing visual culture and creating a system of deconstructing the linearity of historical perspective he challenges our notions of past and present to delineate a space that lies outside of history. His work has been exhibited globally and is sought after for major private collections worldwide.
If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?
I would have followed Jan van Eyke out of his house on a July morning in Ghent in the year 1432. Watching him place his red turban on his head as he headed to his studio. And there, amidst the medieval spires, I would be witness to his painting the jewels in the crown of god. I would also like to have befriended an ancient scribe of Egypt, whereforth he would have taken me by the arm to see the tar poured over Tutankhamun–to witness the slow descent of his golden mask, inlaid with blue glass and imperishable materials.
How will museums impact future cities?
Future cities will have walked to the museums and the museum will cease to be denigrated and reduced to cultural icons boosting national identities.
What are your favourite emerging cultural cities and / or organisations in the world and why?
There are some very interesting artists emerging from Cluj-Napoca. In terms of cultural destination, I very much recommend Marfa in West Texas as a deserted city, and the work of Donald Judd.
Who do you think are the cultural innovators of tomorrow and why?
Tomorrow's culture will form confluences that make up a power station of institutions such as museums, visionary galleries that work together on the curatorial basis presenting the products and concepts of artists which I believe to be the plutonium of the reactor. These are the cultural innovators of the future.
What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it? (Please include a link(s) if possible).
I’m currently working a monumental painting of Jacques-Louis Davids “Oath of the Horatii”. I am encapsulating ancient Rome in abstract crystal geometries. Recent works can be found at the Wesserburger Museum and a Proof of Life group exhibition in Bremen including Damien Hirst, the Chapman brothers and Anselm Kiefer. I am also having a Museum show in Moscow next year, 25th January 2018.