from 20.05.2011 to 18.09.2011

Martin Wöhrl

Dimension and Work

In 2009 we launched our series of exhibitions entitled /prospekt/, which take place in the unusual setting of the six double-storey rooms facing onto Klarissenplatz. This spring, the internationally operating artist Martin Wöhrl will develop an exhibition concept especially for these spaces, which lie directly behind the museum's glass facade and can be viewed from outside like a shop window.

While the previous exhibitions in this series featured painting (Katharina Grosse, 2009) and drawing (Gerhard Mayer, 2010), Wöhrl has established an international reputation for his highly distinctive sculptural approach. The starting point for his works are everyday building materials such as concrete, tiles, particle board panels and door leaves, whereby he often recycles items that have already been used. His wide-ranging subject matter includes all kinds of utility objects such as tables, lamps and barrels. Wöhrl borrows freely from the vocabulary of design, incorporating lettering, emblems, ornamental motifs or corporate logos into his sculptural works. His extensive thematic repertoire also features architectural elements such as tracery, window designs or wall panelling.

Martin Wöhrl was born in Munich in 1974. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich until 2002, completing his studies at the art schools in Edinburgh and Glasgow. His work has been presented internationally in group and solo exhibitions since 1999. The installation he has devised for /prospekt/ takes the form of a "window behind a window" and spans both storeys of the building. At this interface between the museum and the exterior environment, Wöhrl's work initiates a dialogue between visual art, traditional crafts and architecture.