until 02.11. | #2555ARTatBerlin | Galerie Martin Mertens presents from 10th September 2019 the exhibition The Light and the Dark with artworks by the artist Raquel Maulwurf.
Raquel Maulwurf, born in Madrid in 1975, studied in Arnheim and is based in Amsterdam. She has made quite a name for herself with large-scale charcoal drawings, her works are a.o. in the collections of Rijkmuseum Amsterdam, Teylers Museum Haarlem and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam and have been exhibited in over 20 European museums. Her drawings are part of many private and museum collections. In 2017 she had a solo exhibition at Gemeentemuseum The Hague. In 2011 she was artist-in-residence at the prestigious International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York.
For her first solo exhibition at Gallery Martin Mertens, Raquel Maulwurf developed a concept as a continuance of her recent solo exhibition “The Carbon War Room” at Gemeentemuseum The Hague. At our gallery she is showing large-scale charcoal drawings in contrast to very small drawings in “smartphone size”.
While Maulwurf’s previous work dealt with the remnants and destruction of war, her new work captures our world’s chaos when hit by the forces of nature and ecological disasters; exploring the notion of whether nature is striking back at us for polluting its oceans, poisoning its air, burning down forests and turning the ground we walk on into radioactive wasteland.
Making something evocative and beautiful from horrific events, these images, both destructive and monumental, are manipulated in such a way that only the essence of the event remains. The drawings no longer show what we see, but that which we know, making current events tangible, posing the question of why mankind is so eager to destroy.
Drawing on museum board allows the artist to brutalize the surface with sharp objects; depicting violence through violence by scratching, the artist is materializing destruction in both subject and process.
Raquel Maulwurf had several top-class solo exhibitions, with a catalogue at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, as well as international group museum exhibitions including Museo del Sannio Rocca dei Rettori, Italy, Musée Château de Nyon, Switzerland, MAMAC Liège, Belgium, IKOB Museum, Belgium, MUDEL, Belgium, Lahti Art Museum, Finland, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Museum de Fundatie Zwolle, Dordrechts Museum, Museum Arnhem, CODA Museum, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Gorcums Museum, Museum Belvédère, Singer Museum, Museum De Hallen Haarlem,
als auch Sammlungen u.a. Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Prefectural Art Museum Nagasaki, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Museum Arnhem, Museum Voorlinden, Chabot Museum Rotterdam, Drents Museum, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Teylers Museum, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam;
The Progressive Art Collection, United Therapeutics Art Collection, De Nederlandsche Bank, Ahold Art Foundation, AMC Art Collection, RAI Amsterdam, BNG Bank Collection, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Erasmus University, Achmea, Bouwfonds, LUMC Art Collection; Collection Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond Learsy, De Heus-Zomer Collection, The Hugo Brown Family Collection, Pieter & Marieke Sanders Collection, Collection Reyn van der Lugt, Flatland Foundation, Collection Versteeg-Schotte, The Ekard Collection.
Vernissage: Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibition period: Tuesday, 10 September – Saturday, 2. November 2019Zur Galerie MARTIN MERTENS
Image caption: Raquel Maulwurf, Aurora borealis IV, Kohle und Pastel auf Museumskarton, 112 x 152 cm, 2018
Exhibition Raquel Maulwurf – The Light and the Dark – Galerie Martin Mertens | Zeitgenössische Kunst in Berlin | Contemporary Art | Exhibitions Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin