room for humour


Renate Hammond is the founder of room for humour (, a visual arts project specialising in the representation of humour in contemporary art.


Information about present art exhibitions can be found under

Upcoming Exhibition

Sparkasse Fürth, Kundenhalle, Maxstr. 32, 90762 Fürth, Germany

Ute Plank





Sparkasse Fürth (Bavaria)


29.11.2018 - 18.01.2019


Ute Plank


Sparkasse Fürth


Einladung zur Ausstellungseröffnung


Vernissage: Mittwoch 28.11.2018 um 19.00 Uhr

in der Kundenhalle der Sparkasse Fürth, Maxstr. 32, 90762 Fürth

Begrüßung: Stefan Hildner, Leiter der Geschäftsstelle Maxstraße

Einführung: Anna Schwarm, Kulturmanagerin

Musik: "die Tonträgerinnen" (Prof. Dr. Heike Henning, Kristina Glücker, Silke Lienemann)


Ute Plank und die Sparkasse Fürth freuen sich auf Ihr Kommen.


Ausstellung: 29.11. 2018– 18.01.2019


Geöffnet ist an folgenden Öffnungszeiten:

Mo - Fr   8.30 -18.00


In Zusammenarbeit mit Art-Agency Hammond


Ute Plank

1966 geboren in Nürnberg

1986-1993 Studium an der Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Nürnberg und Lauf bei Professor Hans-Peter Reuter

1989 Publikumspreis der Stadt Lauf

seit 1989 Leben und Arbeiten in Kühnhofen

verheiratet mit Rainer Scharrer, drei Töchter

Mitglied der Künstlergruppe Das Rad e.V., GEDOK Franken, Kunstmuseum Hersbruck

Seit 2017 Meisterklasse Rosa Loy in Bad Reichenhall


Es ist das Privileg der Kunst, die Realität außer Acht zu lassen oder umzuformen, um ihr einen tieferen Sinn abzutrotzen. Ute Plank zeigt neue Arbeiten, die in der Meisterklasse Rosa Loy entstanden sind und ihre spielerischen Variationen bekannter Kunstwerke.



Wir weisen drauf hin, dass während der Veranstaltung Fotos gemacht werden, die wir ggf. zu Marketingzwecken nutzen. Da wir während der Veranstaltung keinen Einfluss darauf haben wer fotografiert wird, werten wir Ihre Teilnahme als Einwilligung. Sie können der Verarbeitung Ihrer Daten natürlich jederzeit widersprechen.


Past Exhibition

Sparkasse Fürth, Kundenhalle, Maxstr. 32, 90762 Fürth, Germany



„Mensch und Tier“

Barbara Heun

Sparkasse Fürth

12.04. – 25.05.2018

Vernissage: 11.04.2018


Barbara Heun


Past Exhibitions

Stadttheater Fürth, built by the architects Fellner and Helmer 1901/1902. © John Hammond



„Something Different


„mal anders


Wolfgang Harms & Reinhard Schmid


Stadttheater Fürth, Fürth (Bavaria)


21.01. - 13.03.2018

Vernissage: 21.01.2018


Wolfgang Harms & Reinhard Schmid


©Fürther Nachrichten, 23.01.2018, SIGRUN ARENZ


Is something going on between Moon and Isis?

Make way for ironics: Wolfgang Harms and Reinhard Schmid in the Stadttheater

Experts in light heartedness: Wolfgang Harms (left) and Reinhard Schmid like it "different". © Photo: André Geare


Franken and Oberpfalz joint exhibition in the Stadttheater: there is plenty of mythology and irony in the art of Wolfgang Harms and Reinhard Schmid.


Ms. Luna hangs out with the Egyptian goddess Isis. This is easy to recognise because it has the typical attributes. The crescent moon, on the other hand, which is stretched in a blue night, remains mysterious, a face that could also be the man in the moon. And how is the relationship between Isis and the Moon, considering that he looks away from her, out into the blue?


"Something different" is the title of the exhibition by Wolfgang Harms and Reinhard Schmid, with which John Hammond's Art-Agency starts the new year at the Stadttheater. The title refers to the way the two work as well as their subjects. The Oberpfalz based Schmid, for example, has perfected the art of pencil drawing in conjunction with water colour behind glass, but also works with giclée, believing that artistic work on the computer is perfectly legitimate, even if he would never give up painting himself.


But different - at least in this century - is also the range of topics that the two artists use. Schmid loves the surreal, the fantastic, the surprising and the playful. Often the pictures are erotic, naked or half-naked female figures. Often the pictures are erotic, naked or half-naked female figures with high heels present themselves hovering. Does Schmid show women as a mere object of desire? Not necessarily: The "Erstbesteigung" plays with motifs from the fairy tale "Rapunzel", except that it is here a woman who rises to a tower that not only Sigmund Freud would interpret as a phallic symbol.


Full of symbolism, archetypes and figures of mythology is also Wolfgang Harms' work. The moon bird pops up again and again, as does a flute-playing Pan, who, in a blossom, pursues his musical day's work. Long-tailed birds in heraldic colour fly through a fauna of baroque fantasy, long clouds wind like living creatures around the surrounding rocks. Again and again Harms plays with the motif of the frame in the frame, as if to create another dimension.


What unites both artists is the lightness of their images. Each of them offers possibilities for interpretation, comparison with the models of mythology, with past and present styles of painting, for reflection on technical virtuosity. You can just as easily stand in front of it and immerse yourself in the bright colours of your very own inferno.


The frame refers to Danton's purgatory with an encircling humorous text, but the flames are at the same time the flowers of a cactus, in whose leaves dewdrops are strung like pearls. This is ambiguous, clever and excellent; but above all, it is a nice gimmick that you can appreciate as such.


Past Exhibitions

© Photo: John Hammond



Kensington Town Hall
Hornton Street, Kensington,


London W8 7NX

03.02. - 04.02.2018

Vernissage: 02.02.2018


Renate Hammond


© Photo: Thomas Scherer


Exhibitions 1979 - 2018


See 39 years of exhibitions


Photo: Beres

38 years of art


38 years ago, on the 6th of October 1979, Renate and John Hammond opened their 'Galerie am Theater'

in Fürth, Bavaria (Germany). Since then, the couple has made a name for itself as international art curators, which reaches far beyond the regional art scene.