1924-2013

«His male figure aesthetically reminds us of Egon Schiele´s nude drawings.» art – The Art Magazine, September issue 2017, 10-page title story in Germany, Switzerland and Austria                                                   _T4A4616
Drawing/Collage
Title: without title (B273)
Year of origin: undated
Dimensions: 20,8 cm/14,8 cm
Technique: pencil/ colored pencil/ collage on paper

«This is a review of his childhood and youth. He visualizes his traumatic childhood, his powerlessness, his neglect, violence, hunger and fear. His art is about triumph, power, control, submission and lust – but above all it’s about an internal struggle to be a man even though the woman in him was always stronger.» Granddaughter and estate administrator of Herbert Hansen, September 2017

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Drawing/Collage
Title: without title (B358)
Year of origin: undated
Dimensions: 21,4 cm/15 cm
Technique: pencil/ colored pencil/ collage on paper

«His work is a damn strong and timeless plea for being different, for the stranger inside our self that most of us hide out of fear.» Granddaughter and estate administrator of Herbert Hansen, September 2017

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Drawing
Title: without title (B390)
Year of origin: undated
Dimensions: 20,7 cm/14,6 cm
Technique: pencil/ colored pencil/ biro

_T4A4634Drawing/Collage
Title: without title (B430)
Year of origin: undated
Dimensions: 20,7 cm/15,1 cm
Technique: pencil/ colored pencil/ collage on paper

«Some crimes like the violent Second World War can be so serious, they can only be expressed through art.» Granddaughter and estate administrator of Herbert Hansen, September 2017

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Drawing/Collage
Title: without title (B442)
Year of origin: undated
Dimensions: 21 x 14,7 cm
Technique: pencil/ colored pencil/ collage on paper

«His oeuvre, which is clearly attributable to the Outsider Art, which has a permanent place in the established art world since the 55th Venice Biennale 2013, is a testimony about a person who can live in different worlds at the same time.»  art – The Art Magazine, September issue 2017, 10-page title story in Germany, Switzerland and Austria

_T4A4647From the cycle of works „Das Model“ (The model)
Title: without title (B1)
Self-Portrait
Silver-Gelatine-Print
Year of origin: 6/1958
Dimensions: 8,9 x 6cm

_T4A4653From the cycle of works „Das Model“ (The model)
Title: without title (A29)

Self-Portrait
Polaroid
Year of origin: 4/1990
Dimensions: 10,8 x  8,9 cm

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From the cycle of works „Das Model“ (The model)
Title: without title (A227)
Self-Portrait
Polaroid
Year of origin: 5/1994
Dimensions: 10,8 x  8,9 cm

_T4A4659From the cycle of works „Das Model“ (The model)
Title: without title (A215)
Self-Portrait
Polaroid
Year of origin: undated, 80ies
Dimensions: 10,8 x  8,9 cm

_T4A4655From the cycle of works „Das Model“ (The model)
Title: without title (A75)
Self-Portrait
Polaroid
Year of origin: 5/1994
Dimensions: 10,8 x  8,9 cm
«After he had died, I found this art collection – nobody in our family had ever known that he made art, because he never talked about it. The reason I manage my grandfather´s art today is to inspire the world for more acceptance towards what we are not used to, towards social behaviour that we have not be raised with. I think that we can achieve more socially and politically for a better and more open future. The effects of the Second World War, which still affect us today and shouldn´t be
suppressed and forgotten, are also the reasons why I showcase his art. My grandfather was a victim of an extremely prude and conservative society. He was only able to live out his femininity behind closed curtains. During this period in time, it was almost impossible to find information about „transgender“. Even though he was preoccupied with the subject, he could not talk to anyone about being unable to identify enough or at all with his biological gender. His art shows that he thought his whole life about this issue as well as having been a prisoner of war. Perhaps his feminine inclination was not hereditary but rather due to having been a long-time prisoner of war where he had come back starving and feeling weak next to a curvy larger woman. Another possible reason could have been trauma due to physical abuse during the war. Art was the only way for him to express how he felt and to deal with the madness and being ignored in society. I´m sure, the reason he lived so long was most likely thanks to his creative mastery and fantasy world» Granddaughter and estate administrator of Herbert Hansen, September 2017