“It’s really an art form to be a dealer. It’s a calling rather than a job”


Providing artists a space to experiment and showing what other galleries might not want or dare to, are top priorities to Marc Trensig. As a director of the gallery space Hans & Fritz Contemporary, located in Barcelona and Copenhagen, he dares to break with traditions and take chances by detracting the white cube format and opening up the gallery to the actual production process. His goal is to build an eye-opening, organic program that fosters knowledge and dialogue to a global audience, while constantly pushing the limits for his artists and himself. For Marc Trensig, being a dealer is not really a job. It is a calling.

Marc Trensig, Founder and Director of Hans & Fritz Contemporary interviewed by Artland, March 2018 

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JANUARY 26, 2018

FINISSAGE PARTY & LIVE MUSIC with The Isolated Cosmic Boys & Sleep Club


HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY is pleased to invite you to the Finissage of the exhibition THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL with a special session of Funk, hip hop, old school soul and modern afro-disco by the ISOLATED COSMIC BOYS & SLEEP CLUB.
A special prize will also be awarded to that evenings highest score at PAC-ART!

HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY se complace en invitarles al Finissage de la exposición THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL con una sesión especial de Funk, hip hop, old school soul y afro-disco por parte de los ISOLATED COSMIC BOYS & SLEEP CLUB.
¡Se entregará también un premio especial a quien obtenga la puntuación más alta de la noche en PAC-ART!

HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY es complau en convidar-los al Finissage de l’exposició THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL amb una sessió especial de Funk, hip hop, old school soul i afro-disco per part dels ISOLATED COSMIC BOYS & SLEEP CLUB.
També s’entregarà un premi especial a qui obtingui la puntuació més alta de la nit al PAC-ART!




We are pleased to invite you to XMAS HYGGE at HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY with gratitude for an outstanding attendance to all of our exhibitions and events as well as to wish you all a pleasant holiday. We will have the great pleasure to have the artists ERICH WEISS, TERE RECARENS, VANESSA PEY, DANI MONTLLEÓ, NATALIA CARMINATI, ZUZANA PUSTAIOVÁ, JAN MONCLÚS and MARC BADÍA, who will introduce us through their respective works to the exhibition THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL

HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY se complace en invitarles a XMAS HYGGE con el ánimo de desearles unas felices fiestas. Contaremos con la grata presencia de los artistasERICH WEISS, TERE RECARENS, VANESSA PEY, DANI MONTLLEÓ, NATALIA CARMINATI, ZUZANA PUSTAIOVÁ, JAN MONCLÚS and MARC BADÍA, que nos introducirán, a través de sus respictivas obras, a la exposición THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL

HANS & FRITZ CONTEMPORARY es complau a convidar-los a XMAS HYGGE amb l’ànim de desitjar-los bones festes. Comptarem amb la grata presència dels artistesERICH WEISS, TERE RECARENS, VANESSA PEY, DANI MONTLLEÓ, NATALIA CARMINATI, ZUZANA PUSTAIOVÁ, JAN MONCLÚS and MARC BADÍA, que ens introduiran, a través de les seves respectives obres, a l’exposició THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL.




Image credits:  Zuzana Pustaiová



Persian Art

Iran inspires another exhibition, D’Ici á Ici, by the Berlin based, Catalan artist, Tere Recarens, open in the gallery Hans&Fritz Contemporary, until November 23rd. Recarens, who has traveled to Iran on two occasions, began the exhibition with what she calls a quia, a trip on the magic carpet, enriched with decorations of far off cultures and couscous with lamb.

“This carpet is the fruit of four years of work and 2,570 years of history. It’s called The Spring of Khosro and it’s almost a legend. It disappeared centuries ago and only strange descriptions remain. A product of Persia before the Arab conquest, the carpet was so beautiful that the Arabs were afraid they’d fall in love with Persian culture, so they cut it up like spoils of war,” explains the artist, who has created her tapestry with Arabic glue, pigments and invisible ink, over cardboard. During her time in Iran, Recarens studied Farsi and investigated techniques for making carpets, known as paisley. “It’s a very old pattern,” says the artist, who usually develops her works starting with a process of documentation of her own experiences, making it practically impossible to distinguish the border between life and art. Also on display is the series of drawings From Mashad to Mashad, where she captures the transformation of a negative occurence, like the technical failure of a plane, into something positive. Her vicissitudes and those of the passengers around her are the protagonists in the drawings, which were made during this complicated flight, only one of many that she has taken to Mali, Mongolia, Turkey, and the US, among other countries.

Arte Persa

Irán inspira también otra exposición D’Ici à Ici, de la artista barcelonesa residente en Berlín, Tere Recarens, abierta en la galería Hans&Fritz Contemporary, hasta el 23 de noviembre. Recarens, que ha viajado a Irán en dos ocasiones, ha inaugurado la muestra con la que denomina una quia, un viaje en la alfombra mágica, aderezado con relatos de culturas lejanas y cuscús de cordero.

“Esta alfombra es el fruto de cuatro años de trabajo y 2.570 años de historia. Se llama La Primavera de Khosro I y es casi una leyenda. Desapareció hace siglos y de ellas sólo quedan raras descripciones. Producto del arte persa antes de la conquista árabe, era tan hermosa que los árabes tuvieron miedo de enamorarse de la cultura persa y la trocearon como botín de guerra”, explica la artista que ha realizado su tapiz con goma arábiga, pigmentos y tinta invisible, sobre cartón. Durante sus estancias en Irán, Recarens estudió farsi e investigó la técnica para realizar alfombras, conocida como paisley. “Es un patrón muy antiguo”, asegura la artista, que suele plasmar sus obras a partir de un proceso de documentación de sus propias experiencias, donde resulta prácticamente imposible distinguir la frontera entre vida y arte. Algo que se aprecia también en la serie de dibujos From Mashad to Mashad, donde plasma la transformación de un hecho negativo, como el fallo técnico de un avión, en algo positivo. Sus vicisitudes y las de quienes la rodean protagonizan los dibujos, que realizó durante aquel viaje complicado, sólo uno de los muchos que la han llevado también a Mali, Mongolia, Turquía y Estados Unidos, entre otros países.

Extract from the article El robot asustado y la alfombra mágica, El Pais (2 nov. 2017), by Roberta Bosco

foto credit: Raquel Rojas Costa 



August 31 – September 3, 2017
Hans & Fritz Contemporary is proud to present the curated proposal NO MAN’S LAND.

The title is a reference to the feeling of not belonging to a specific place. An all too often feeling of displacement in the present state of global emigration and economic need. The artists selected have in common the fact that they have built up in recent years’ a solid artistic career but neither of them live in their respective countries and by coincidences in life the three have met each other. The works by these artists are both versatile and diverse and could be defined as neo-conceptual.

NILS NOVA was born in El Salvador but lives in Luzern in Switzerland. WIETEKE HELDENS is of Dutch origin but resides in New York and ERICH WEISS (Film Program) was born in Belgium but lives in Barcelona.

The artists NILS NOVA and WIETEKE HELDENS basically known for their work as painters, succeed in showing how our zeal to systematize, organize, and impose meaning on events can drive the course of any story, whether on the canvas or in real life.

Supporting a tendency towards obsessive-compulsive behaviours and perceiving potential clues everywhere they look. Repetitive elements of weight, paint daubs, spots and lines or drawing inspiration by the endless representations of the horizon from Matyushin, Ellsworth Kelly and Blinky Palermo to the artists of Romanticism. A search for form and meaning in a chaotic existence, and the fragile nature of the human mind.

Nils Nova’s work is based on a subtle use of imagery – applying a wide range of media such as photography, video, painting and performance. One of the main themes in his art is the obsession with the ‘déjà-vu’, ‘mirroring’ and the `trompe l’oeil’. His work has been displayed at the Venice Art Biennale (2009) and the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (2014).

Wieteke Helden’s work is at glance both abstract and conceptual. At the same time, every task obsessive and compulsive. Laws and mathematical formulas are the starting point but the inability to turn off feelings, thoughts and emotions, prevents the paintings from being generic and distant. She recently won the prestigious award ‘Royal Prize for Dutch Painting’.

Erich Weiss is known for his often-provocative performances (including music and dance) but also for a contemporary body of work (installation, film, video and photography) focussing on the romantic myth of the ‘femme fatale’. He combines his work as an artist with an activity as curator, specialising on the mixture of contemporary art, dada and surrealism.

We could almost state that these artists are a living proof of the critical cartographies of the nomadic concept. Navigating the conditions of an advanced capitalism and mapping the parameters of displacement and mobility, where links and relations between people can be made within two or three steps, but sometimes with a sudden feeling of living in a ‘NO MAN’S LAND’.