Eissalon Bernhard Martin at the
Deutsche Bank Kunstraum, Salzburg
||Vanilla, lemon-grapefruit, or would yoghurt be better? The summer exhibition in the Deutsche Bank Kunstraum in Salzburg offers visitors an unbeatable combination: ice cream and art. For the project Eissalon Bernhard Martin, the exhibition space, located near the Schloss Mirabell, has been transformed into a temporary ice cream parlor in which the ice cream is actually served together with, or shall we say in the art. That not only goes for the installation, which combines a selection of Martin’s graphic works with an array of bistro furniture, tractor tires, and the skeleton of a sun umbrella to create a large drawing in the exhibition space; the artist has also mixed an assortment of new ice cream flavors using food coloring mixed according to the CMYK scale of modern four-color printing. The abbreviation CMYK stands for the three hues cyan, magenta, and yellow, with K standing for black, called the "key". At the opening, Martin will serve the multi-colored balls in rolled-up original drawings, with the paper serving as cone. The melting ice cream stains the paper in all kinds of ways in a new version of action painting. Opening guests were invited to keep the finished pieces. Now, visitors to the exhibition receive a printed drawing in place of a cone—which also turns into a painterly original after consumption.
In his paintings and drawings, Martin mixes quotes from art history, pop and everyday culture, trash and kitsch to create surreal compositions. In the process, he invokes his influences, which range from Cranach and Rembrandt to Picasso and Bacon. "We’re in the supermarket here, and I’m just filling my wagon" is what Bernhard Martin says about his collaging together of motifs and styles.
Bernhard Martin was born 1966 in Hanover. He grew up in Kassel; after graduation he lived for a time in Barcelona and Frankfurt am Main. Today he is mainly based in London. Martin first became known to a wider public through the 2003 exhibition of new German painting at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, which attracted a considerable amount of attention. Since that time, he is considered to be one of the most prominent German painters and sculptors of his generation and has works in important collections, such as the Museum for Contemporary Art in Geneva, the Rubell Collection in Florida, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Deutsche Bank Collection, and the Arario Collection in Bejing. In 2005, extensive one-person shows at the Villa Arson in Nizza and the Arario Museum in Seoul followed. The city of Wolfsburg awarded Bernhard Martin its Art Prize; in connection with this, the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg gave him a major solo show in the fall of 2008.
Eissalon Bernhard Martin
July 25 – August 30, 2011
Kunstraum Deutsche Bank