Peter Langenhahn

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There is no doubt that Peter Langenhahn is a craftsman: he carves his own boat, forges his own knife. But there’s more. While doing so, he questions Western society’s consumption culture, which shifts his practice into the field of art. His work is an illustration of how craftsmanship and art complement each other.


Considering the fact that we are living in a society where everything is available, where crafty or technical skills are not required anymore – would we still be able to construct things ourselves? Would we be able to forge a knife for our basic needs or to build a small home to provide shelter? These are the questions Peter Langenhahn was asking himself while examining the current nature that lies at the heart of Western society: Nowadays anything’s available, nothing more is valued, everything seems to have become a commodity.

It was back in 2015 when Langenhahn started to put his thoughts into practice. He built a bow, a boat, a small floating shell. His creative process is a way to get in touch with himself, with his own body carving the wood, with the surrounding nature, or even with precious memories as the title My Father Was A Sailor might suggest.

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Peter Langenhahn working on Kontemplationsschale.


«At the beginning of every process there is a feeling», Peter Langenhahn said when asked about his artistic practice. «A feeling I want to visualise – for myself, but also for others.» During the construction process the feeling becomes less abstract, more specific, might change into a rational analysis of the materials that could be used. And of course, doubts and uncertainties might come up. But that’s part of the game: for Langenhahn each problem offers its according solution.

On one hand Peter Langenhahn’s constructions are a remembrance of the past: what history taught us and made possible. On the other hand they are the solid manifestation of present-day life: the carvings and traces left after each use, after floating on the river on a warm summer’s day.

Text by Giulia Bernardi

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Detailed installation view.

At the beginning of every process there is a feeling. A feeling I want to visualise – for myself, but also for others.

Peter Langenhahn

Biography Peter Langenhahn

born 1984 in Neuruppin, Germany


2016-2021 Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Germany / Painting and Graphics, Class Prof. Gregor Hildebrandt

2013 Assistent of Hubertus Hamm, Munich, Germany

2011 Communication Design, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Supermarkt Frische Lieferung, Group Show, Rewe Premium Munich, Germany
Blick zurück nach vorn, Galerie Klüser, Munich, Germany

Der River, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany

RAUS, Künstlervereinigung Dachau, Germany

Wir schwimmen alle im gleichen Wasser, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany

Billboard, Student Art Collective, Akademiegalerie, Munich, Germany

Permanent Exhibition, ADAC Südbayern, Munich, Germany

Pinakothek der Moderne, PIN Auktion, Munich, Germany
Galerie Jordanow, Munich, Germany (SOLO)

Aaber Award, Munich, Germany
Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Greifswald, Germany (SOLO)
ADC, Art Directors Club, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Ostrale‘11, international festival of contemporary arts, Dresden, Germany


2020 Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany

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Works by Peter Langenhahn

  • Langenhahn peter hochkultur gregor hildebrandt muenchen jungekunst


    Rye sourdough / 35 x 15 x 15 cm / 13.8 x 5.9 x 5.9 in / €610

  • Langenhahn peter hocker gregor hildebrandt muenchen jungekunst


    Wood, upholstery nails, vegetable tanned leather, olive oil, fat / 60 x 40 x 30 cm / 23.6 x 15.7 x 11.8 in / €1,300

  • Langenhahn peter schuh gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Ist der Schuh recht, vergisst man den Fuß

    Vegetable tanned leather, nylon twine, beeswax, plaster / 20.5 x 30 x 10.5 cm / 8.1 x 11.8 x 4.1 in / €900

  • Langenhahn peter staebchen gregor hildebrandt muenchen jungekunst

    Essstäbchen (Chopsticks)

    Hazelnut wood, beeswax, leather, flax / 25 x 2 x 0.5 cm / 9.8 x 0.8 x 0.2 in / €350

  • Langenhahn peter muetze gregor hildebrandt muenchen jungekunst

    Fellmütze (Fur cap)

    Lambskin, marmot fur, leather, nylon, wood / 30 x 20 x 20 cm / 11.8 x 7.9 x 7.9 in / €2,900

  • Langenhahn peter boot gregor hildebrandt muenchen jungekunst

    Mein Vater war ein Seemann (My father used to be a sailor)

    Birch plywood, GRP, CFRP, fir wood / 460 x 80 x 40 cm / 181.1 x 31.5 x 15.7 in / €8,500

  • Langenhahn peter kontemplationsschale gregor hildebrandt muenchen jungekunst

    Kontemplationsschale (Contemplation shell)

    Birch plywood, GRP, foam, half linen / 220 x 220 x 120 cm / 86.6 x 86.6 x 47.2 in / €12,500

  • Langenhahn peter gregor hildebrandt muenchen jungekunst


    Ash wood, lacquer / 150 x 15 x 3 cm / 59.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 in / €1,300

  • Langenhahn peter messer gregor hildebrandt muenchen jungekunst

    Messer (Knife)

    Forged steel, oil / 25 x 4 x 0.5 cm / 9.8 x 1.6 x 0.2 in / €650

  • Langenhahn peter Amphibienwagen gregor hildebrandt muenchen

    Amphibienwohnwagen (Amphibian caravan)

    Plywood, glue, mattress, linen, oil / 320 x 170 x 130 cm / 126.0 x 66.9 x 51.2 in / €17,800