Abraham David Christian

Born in 1952 in Düsseldorf, Abraham David Christian is one of the most important German artists of post-war abstract art. The much debated artist and university professor Joseph Beuys became aware of Abraham David Christian and brought him to his side as student at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

At the age of 19, Abraham David Christian took part in documenta 5. As early as 1973, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf opened Christian's first solo exhibition. This was soon followed by further solo exhibitions at the Museum Haus Lange in Krefeld, the Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, the Sprengel Museum Hannover and the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, among others. Christian himself, however, shuns any media hype about his person. He prefers to let his works speak for themselves. At the age of 24, Abraham David Christian was chosen by Norbert Kricke to be the youngest professor of sculpture at the Düsseldorf Art Academy.

From the beginning, Christian focused on sculptural and plastic works, which he mainly made from earth, paper, plaster, iron or bronze.

The abstract sculptures and drawings convince through a deep balance and equilibrium, which is not only due to the geometry, but also the pictorial representation of the works.

Cultural impressions as an artistic impulse for Abraham David Christian

Christian has always been inspired by journeys and stays in faraway countries in Asia, Africa and America. The insight into foreign cultures and the return to the elements of nature open up other forms of life and expression, which the artist processes. Basic geometric elements are combined in his works or linked in different variations, seemingly endless bodies enclose each other and form a metaphor of infinity.

In this, his works go far beyond the representation of familiar forms and emphasise their aesthetic autonomy, which mainly consists in having a universal and non-culturally bound effect. It is difficult to interpret his works. Rather, however, they can be sensed and seem surprisingly familiar when viewed over a longer period of time. The additive principle of the forms often harbours something contemplative and invites us to ponder. Significant stages in the life of Abraham David Christian

In 1978, he was awarded the Villa Romana Prize, which is considered the oldest art prize still offered in Germany.

The artist, who has taught at Keio University in Tokyo, at Yamaguchi University in Japan, at the National Art University in Hangzhou, China, at Seoul National University, South Korea, as well as at universities in Europe and the USA, lives alternately in Düsseldorf, New York City and Hayama (Japan).

His works have long been part of the holdings of important private collections and museums around the world, for example the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), the Centre Pompidou Paris, the Musée des Beaux Arts Calais, the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.

Interconnected Sculpture, 2015, Bronze, 43 × 54 × 48 cm

alle Erde I, 1982, Paintstik on paper, 148 × 214 cm

Eisenskulptur, 2020, iron, H: 53,5 cm

Skulptur, 1985/86, Paper, painted, H: 103 cm

Interconnected Sculpture, 2017, Bronze, 215 × 290 × 195 cm

Skulptur, 1989, Bronze, 49 × 49 × 15 cm

Raschainas, 2020, Graphite on paper, 33,1 × 23,6 cm


Municipal Art Gallery, Düsseldorf
Museum Bochum, Bochum
Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld
Participation in Documenta 7, Kassel
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
Westphalian Art Association, Münster
Art Museum, Düsseldorf
Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
Art Association, Ulm
Sprengel Museum, Hanover
Mannheim Art Association, Mannheim
Ravensburg Art Museum
Musée des Beaux - Arts, Calais
Gatodo Gallery, Tokyo
Ulm Museum, Ulm
Edwin-Scharff House, Neu-Ulm
Galeria d'Arte Contemporanea, Rimini
Sprengel Museum, Hanover
Tallinna Kunstihoone, Tallinn
Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
Museo de Bellas Artes, Montevideo
Blaubeuren Monastery, Blaubeuren
New Museum Weserburg, Bremen
von der Heydt Museum and Barmen Art Gallery, Wuppertal
MKM Museum Küppersmühle for Modern Art, Duisburg
Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, Hayama
St. Reinoldi, Dortmund
Basilica of St. Mary Magdalene, Tiefenbronn
Pforzheim Art Museum
Bochum Art Museum