Priska von Martin

Cat. Museum für Neue Kunst/Städtische Museen Freiburg / Gerhard-Marcks Haus Bremen

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Christine Litz, Arie Hartog
texts (German/English) by Arie Hartog, Isabel Herda, Noura Persephone Johnson, Christine Litz, Mirjam Verhey and with an annotated biography by Christiane Grathwohl-Scheffel
280 p with 400 coloured illustrations, softcover with flaps

ISBN 978-3-86442-3192

39,80 €

For Priska von Martin, the catalyst in life was the desire to capture humanity as form

She tried to delineate artistically what constitutes human existence, including isolation, dysfunctionality, pain, but also harmony, wholeness and beauty. She captured the essence of human existence in animal figures as well as women’s bodies and ­torsos. Her art was aimed at the corporeal, the ­visibly physical – injury, dislocation, displacement – as well as the spiritual, the invisible, the intangible – emotions, instincts, conditions. Who was Priska von Martin? What hopes did she place in bequeath­ing her estate to her native Freiburg, so far away from her place of work in Munich, on the vague chance of being viewed and understood independently? If she was focusing on this (deferred) outside view, why did she scarcely document her oeuvre? Which parts of her life story did she want to leave in the dark? How do we treat the infor­ma- tion we have about this artist, who is described by most of her companions as a tactful person? To what extent can we infer, from the (almost utter) absence of views on political events, social contexts and her sphere of operation, that she didn’t engage with any of them?

Exhibitions:
Museum für Neue Kunst/Städtische Museen Freiburg, 4/4 – 13/9/2020
Gerhard-Marcks-Haus Bremen, 12/9/2020 – 21/11/2021