Dirk Lange creates large-scale drawings which depict unnaturally sized characters. The dimensions of his works and their representations are astounding, because the motifs chosen by the artist make the works look like small-scale illustrations from the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Moreover, their playful ornaments are very meticulously finished in both pencil and colour pencils, and ink.

At first, they can be associated with something romantic, like the works of ancient masters, but when looked upon closely, that first impression fades away. In his detailed constructions of the shapes of objects and ornaments, Lange creates his paintings in layers. He overlays and underlays webs of colours and keeps it all in a fragile balance, with substantial presence and transparency, as if these spectres came from another world and teleported themselves onto the sheet and materialised. The moment you blink, however, they dissolve again into a mist, and their elements or molecules disperse.

Dirk Lange was born in 1972, in Erbach in Odenwald. He is an art studies graduate with a diploma in painting and graphics from the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Maastricht, the Netherlands. He currently lives and works in Dresden.






2001 studied painting and graphic art at the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, Maastricht (NL)

lives and works in Dresden (GER)

Grants and projects

since 2016

Co-operator of the showroom Kabinett im Zentralwerk Dresden


awarded artistic grant from the administration of Sachsen, Kulturstiftung Sachsen, at the ISCP (international studio & curatorial program) in New York (USA)


awarded artistic grant from the administration of Sachsen, Ministeriums für Wissenschaft und Kunst, part of the exchange program Dresden/Columbus, Ohio (USA)


Heimspiel, awarded artistic grant from the Kulturstiftung Sachsen at the Baumwollspinnerei Leipzig (GER)

2006 – present

member of the project room 7. Stock, Dresden (GER)


member of STAFETA, Kunsthaus Dresden (GER) 

participation in the mobil exhibition project Basis und Igel, Dresden (GER) 

artist in residence at stanica/Truc Spherique, Zilina (SK)


artist in residence, Mooste Kürlalis Stuudio (EST)


symposium PostsovokoZ 3, Mooste (EST)  

co-founder of the project room Blitzgalerie, Dresden (GER)

Selected solo exhibitions


Galerie Haas, Zurich


Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin


Slow Gemini, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, St. Antonio, Texas (USA) 


The wheels of chance, display, Leipzig (GER)


Nero’s All-You-Can-Eat, Plein, Berlin (GER)

Paradies Kontrolle, RONIN Exhibition Project 2005, Nürnberg (GER)

Selected group exhibition


Intriguing Uncertainties, The Parkview Museum Beijing


PAINTING still ALIVE… On the way to modernity, Centre of Contemporary Art, Toruń/Poland

Intriguing Uncertainties, The Parkview Museum Singapore


reKOLLEKT Cologne, Die Kunstagentin, Cologne (GER)

Traum & Realität, Aliseo Art Project No. 5, Gengenbach (GER)


reKOLLEKT, Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Berlin (GER)

Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Being, All Visual Arts, London (UK)


Alternative Beweise, Schau Fenster, Berlin (GER)


Welt in der Hand, Kunsthaus Dresden (GER) 

PartyArty, Ritter Butzke, Berlin (GER)

Floating Worlds, Delikatessenhaus, Leipzig (GER) 

Inter Spezies Kollaboration, Kunsthaus Raskolnikow, Dresden (GER)

Wunder auf Papier, Kunsthaus Villa Jauss, Oberstdorf (GER)


Fifteen, Edge Zones Art Space, Miami (USA)  

Fixsterne – 100 Jahre Kunst auf Papier. Adolph Menzel bis Kiki Smith, Stiftung Schleswig Holsteinische Landesmuseen, Schloß Gottorf (GER) GALA. 5 Sammler zeigen ihre Favoriten – Beaucamp, Haas, von Heydt, Müller, Rosenkranz, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig (GER) 

Open, Zoya Museum, Modra (SK)


Tales of Flames, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (GER)

Forgotten Bar Project, Berlin (GER)


Dritte Internationale Biennale Aserbaidschan, Museum der Bildenden Künste, Baku (AZ)

Wenn der Sonnentau…, Kunstfonds Sachsen, Residenzschloss, Dresden (GER)

Usufruct, Linfield College Fine Art Gallery, McMinnville, Oregon (USA)


New Ghost Entertainment-Entitled, Kunsthaus Dresden (GER)

Herzschmerz, Tristesse Deluxe, Berlin (GER)

PartyArty Gallery, Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin (GER)

Uneingelöste Versprechen – Stellungen und Positionen, Motorenhalle, Dresden (GER)

The Truth Tut Gut, Montgomery, Berlin (GER)

Wildes Kapital/Wild Capital, Kunsthaus Dresden (GER)


Follow your Dreams, Kunsthalle Tallinn (EST)

Emergency Room, Kunsthaus Dresden (GER)

Let’s go Lanke, Schloss Lanke bei Berlin (GER)


Öötöö-Nachtarbeit, Universität Tartu (EST)


PartyArty Vol 1, Lovelite, Berlin (GER)

Höxter vs. Grossstadt in: Bruxismus, Blitzgalerie Dresden (GER)

Works in public collections

Collection of the Kulturstiftung Sachsen (Kunstfonds) (GER)

Collection of the Deutschen Bundesbank (GER)

Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig (GER)