Jean Guillaume Ferrée, Capsule de temps, 1971-2004, 2006, 2009, 2016
Installation, variable dimensions


Jean Guillaume Ferrée, Défaillance des crédules, 1970-2014,
© Dirk Dietrich Hennig


Dirk Dietrich Hennig

Jamais-vu Jean Guillaume Ferrée

Opening: 07.08.2016, 15:00

With the exhibition Jamais-vu Dirk Dietrich Hennig is presenting the almost complete body of work of the unjustly forgotten artist Jean Guillaume Ferrée (1926-1974). Ferrées artisitic work can be situated in the context of Fluxus and Nouveau Réalisme; it includes installations, sculptures, collages and photographs. His exhibition at the IKOB – Museum of Contemporary Art is displaying 65 works and represents Ferrées largest museum show so far.

The artist’s biography, work and character are all marked by recurring memory losses; Ferrée had to undergo psychiatric treatment repeatedly. He died in 1974 under mysterious circumstances – at least, this is the story told by Dirk Dietrich Hennig. But the character and artist Jean Guillaume Ferrée is completely fictional – in fact, his work and biography are both conceived and created in every detail by the artist Dirk Dietrich Hennig.

It looks as if the fictional artist Ferrée had wanted to fill his memory gaps by means of his artworks – so detailed and pictorially rich these appear, mingling different kinds of possible stories. Still, the works which Hennig creates since 2004 in Ferrées name are more than a simple hocus-pocus. They owe their quality to a subtle strategy applied by he artist in combining historical facts with possible narratives. Thus Hennig adopts the role of a sophisticated visual storyteller and archivist while questioning our conceptions of art history.

View or download Le Bulletin № 1 : Jamais-vu, as a Pdf file, in french

Link to the exhibition catalogue Dirk-Dietrich Hennig – Jamais-vu – Jean-Guillaume Ferrée


Jean Guillaume Ferrée, La grande vague de Kanagawa, 1972-2015,
© Dirk Dietrich Hennig


Jean Guillaume Ferrée, Les lancumes lamplir, 1974-2005
Silver gelatin contact print


Jean Guillaume Ferrée, 4 Aides ménage, Assemblage, 1972–2004
© Dirk Dietrich Hennig

DIRK DIETRICH HENNING ist 1967 in Herford geboren, er lebt und arbeitet in Hannover. Hennig realisierte internationale Gruppen- und Einzelausstellungen u.a. in der Kestnergesellschaft Hannover, im Kunstverein Wolfsburg, dem MARTa Herford, im Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris sowie in der Tate Modern in London. 2014 wurde er mit dem Paula-Modersohn-Becker-Kunstpreis ausgezeichnet, 2016 ist er Stipendiat des Deutschen Studienzentrums in Venedig.