Anton Henssen is a painter, conceptual artist and Emmy Noether working group leader at the Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC ), a joint institution of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC). Henssen's research focuses on genetic phenomena, which he investigates using modern sequencing methods. In his first solo exhibition, which will open on June 6 at the Alte Münze in Berlin, Anton Henssen will present new works dealing with the topic of DNA circularization. The show entitled "Circular DNA" will be presented on the second floor of the Alte Münze at Berlin's Molkenmarkt.
Henssen extracts circular DNA from human tissue and applies it in layers on canvases. On the canvas, he mixes the invisible DNA with oil paint, acrylic, and paint spray. For Anton Henssen, the disappearance of DNA in color and image is an attempt to deal with the theme of identity. "The exploration of our human blueprint requires the extraction, isolation and sequencing of DNA from our cells. In my painting I reverse the process. I mix the DNA and let it become anonymous again in the layers of the picture. The DNA becomes, so to speak, a component of the identity of an image and thus experiences a kind of rebirth," he says.
ANTON HENSSEN | CIRCULAR DNA
2nd floor at Alte Münze
Open: 6 June 2019, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
6 - 23 June 2019
Thurs - Sun, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
As a physician and researcher, Anton Henssen has specialised in paediatric oncology, i.e. cancer in children. Since the end of 2018, he has headed an Emmy Noether research group at the ECRC, which is also a guest group at the MDC; at the same time, he works at the Charité as a physician in the Clinic for Paediatrics with a focus on haematology and oncology:.
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