Since the launch of 'Henzel Studio Collaborations' at Barneys New York Madison Avenue in 2014 during Frieze Art Fair, Henzel Studio has developed limited edition art rugs with over thirty leading contemporary artists including Ashley Bickerton, Sanford Biggers, Olaf Breuning, Scott Campbell, Leo Gabin, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Kim Gordon, Carsten Höller, Jonathan Horowitz, Robert Knoke, Helmut Lang, Linder, Bjarne Melgaard, Marilyn Minter, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Tony Oursler, Richard Phillips, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, Anselm Reyle, Wilhelm Sasnal, Juergen Teller, Mickalene Thomas and Lawrence Weiner among others. Via 'Henzel Studio Heritage' extensive collections have also been developed in collaboration with artists' estates, that to date include Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Tom of Finland Foundation.

Henzel Studio has developed art rugs with over thirty leading contemporary artists and estates

Solo exhibitions of the 'Henzel Studio Collaborations’ program have been mounted at venues that include The Goss-Michael Foundation (Dallas), The New (Los Angeles), Barneys Madison Avenue (New York), Colette Gallery (Paris), Joyce (Hong Kong), Rossana Orlandi (Milan) and included in museum exhibitions at MOCA (Cleveland), Katonah Museum of Art (New York) and Boca Raton Museum of Art (Florida) among others. The program is curated by Joakim Andreasson and designed in collaboration with Calle Henzel.

Free to disregard design movements and related principles and rules, the featured artists were invited to freely and seamlessly translate their work and artistic ethos into the media at hand, exploring shape, volume, and finishing, where practicality was secondary to concept. This creative brief allows all artists to embrace the outcome as part of their body of work.

Art rugs have been around for quite some time in various forms, and some of the most prominent artists including Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Mike Kelley, Ellsworth Kelly, Fernand Leger, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, and Pablo Picasso have all turned to the media at some point in their oeuvre. However, rather than look back, we’re looking to encapsulate facets of contemporary art and work with a curated group of artists that simultaneously express their ethos within a broad yet defined scope. Having more than thirty leading contemporary artists collaborate in this capacity makes Henzel Studio Collaborations an unprecedented program, even though the artisan practices remind us that the possibility has always been there.
Joakim Andreasson, curator for Henzel Studio

Images: Henzel Studio Exhibition at Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, in parallel with RETNA: Dovetail Mortises & La Peluca Grande. JONATHAN HOROWITZ, Rainbow Cross For Two, 2018. SCOTT CAMPBELL, Lonely, 2013, Installation view, Colette Gallery, Paris. RICHARD PRINCE, 12345678910, Installation view, Secondome Gallery, Rome.

Featured artists

Vanessa Beecroft

Vanessa Beecroft’s work has been shown internationally since 1993, and has shaped performance art, the representation of the female body, and the sociopolitical discussions of art.
Her performances have been an ongoing practice for over twentyfive years. Presented across some of the world’s preeminent museums and major contemporary events, Beecroft’s performances highlight the tensions between nakedness and clothing, constraint and freedom, the collective and the individual, and human strength and weakness.

Beecroft's collaboration with Henzel Studio was initiated in 2018 during a period when Beecroft returned to the origins of her classical training and immersed herself completely into painting and sculpture that materialized her performances and turned them into objects. One of these paintings of a distorted female figure was selected to be appropriated into a hand knotted rug. The stunning end-result was achieved through painstaking work that spanned more than 2 years, where variable pile-heights and material compositions were applied to achieve a painterly effect directly referencing the original work.


Images: VANESSA BEECROFT, Untitled, 2022
Portrait of Vanessa Beecroft 2015 polaroid. Photo by © Federico Spadoni, 2017, courtesy of the artist. 

Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minter is a contemporary American artist whose personal brand of photorealist painting examines contemporary notions of beauty. Minter has a painterly sensibility and an anarchistic attitude, with a no-nonsense approach to often-delicate subject matters.

Photographer, painter, and videographer Marilyn Minter began her art career in the late 80’s with an unflinching series of paintings based on still images from hardcore pornography. Since then, the artist’s work has entered a broader context exploring human desire and pleasure, and has turned into a powerful vision of glamour and sexuality, degradation and triumph and dirt and luminescence. Although her work doesn’t intend to scandalize, it casually traverses a mixed realm that features abjection, excess, and the visceral as a central aesthetic.


Images: MARILYN MINTER, Twilight, 2019
Portrait of Marilyn Minter. Photo by © Steve Benisty, courtesy of the artist.

Image: Anselm Reyle portrait by Hedi Slimane

Anselm Reyle

Anselm Reyle is considered one of the most pivotal artists of the 21st century. Unparalleled, Anselm Reyle recycles and actualizes the formal accomplishments of 1960-1970’s abstract modernism, and subsequently reapplies them to constitute an entirely new visual language. His artistic language reexamines our aesthetic awareness and challenges us to question our assumptions and rationale as to the parameters of art in relation to history and it’s imprint in contemporary culture.

By exploring the fringes of art and design, Reyle creates often visually spectacular works that simultaneously confront us with a conceptual nihilism, at times incorporating such futuristic traits as day-glo and fluorescent paint, neon light, silver Mylar and sheets of mirror. For his wall objects made of acrylic glass, the artist arranges the folds in his foil works intuitively in the tradition of informal painting. The compositions are direct references to modern predecessors such as Arman and Yves Klein, combined with the surfaces of Modernism that have gone on to become recognized as high culture – in turn further confronting the viewer to question habitual functions and classifications.


Image: ANSELM REYLE, Untitled, 2013 (in-situ)