Martha Jungwirth

Martha Jungwirth - Paintings and watercolors
February 23rd  -  April 28th 2017

  • FruchtfleischFruchtfleisch
    2013
    FruchtfleischFruchtfleisch
    2013
  • Ohne TitelUntitled
    2015
    Ohne TitelUntitled
    2015
  • Fruchtfleisch 3Fruchtfleisch 3
    2012
    Fruchtfleisch 3Fruchtfleisch 3
    2012
  • Ohne TitelUntitled
    2015
    Ohne TitelUntitled
    2015
  • Der grosse RegenDer grosse regen
    1992
    Der grosse RegenDer grosse regen
    1992
  • MolosMolos
    2015
    MolosMolos
    2015
  • MolosMolos
    2014
    MolosMolos
    2014
  • SerifosSerifo
    2015
    SerifosSerifo
    2015
  • ParosParos
    2015
    ParosParos
    2015
  • BootBoot
    2015
    BootBoot
    2015
  • Ohne TitelUntitled
    2013
    Ohne TitelUntitled
    2013
  • Ohne Titeluntitled
    2013
    Ohne Titeluntitled
    2013
  • Judith und HolofernesJudith und Holofernes
    2014
    Judith und HolofernesJudith und Holofernes
    2014
  • Judith und HolofernesJudith und Holofernes
    2014
    Judith und HolofernesJudith und Holofernes
    2014
  • Perseus’ SackPerseus’ Sack
    2001
    Perseus’ SackPerseus’ Sack
    2001
  • NiemandsbuchtNiemandsbucht
    2003
    NiemandsbuchtNiemandsbucht
    2003
  • KalkwerkKalkwerk
    2003
    KalkwerkKalkwerk
    2003
  • MedusaMedusa
    2003
    MedusaMedusa
    2003
  • NiemandsbuchtNiemandsbucht
    2003
    NiemandsbuchtNiemandsbucht
    2003

Martha Jungwirth, born in 1940 in Vienna, is considered one of the “rediscovered” artists who gain the attention they deserve only very early and then very late. Already in 1961, before she had finished her studies at the Academy of Applied Art in Vienna (1956–1963) she was honored with the Monsignore- Otto-Mauer prize in Vienna. Several more prizes and the first exhibitions followed. And as a member of the artist group “Wirklichkeiten” Jungwirth was the only woman alongside five male colleagues to write art history. Jungwirth exhibited at the documenta 6 in Kassel and found her own gestural and painterly style, combining power and concentration with ex­uberance and emotion. Her work moves between abstraction and representation.

Since her marriage (1969) with the art historian and mu­seum director Alfred Schmeller (1920–1990), her private hap­piness was a professional handicap. She continued to exhibit, but the art world remained rather hesitant due to her private relationship.

Only in recent years after the death of her husband was she rediscovered by her fellow artists and expert curators and has emphatically reappeared “on the scene”.

Over five decades Jungwirth has created an extraordinary oeuvre moving on the edge of convention. While her media of oil and water-color might seem traditional, the artist finds in the packing paper and cardboard underlying her paintings a gripping materiality that allows for liberties, as befits her temperament. And her water-colors do not just apply paint but wash it out.

Martha Jungwirth has always worked and lived with paint in a sensual manner that she herself has expressed entirely in accord with her Vienna disposition: “… a daub is a daub an intelligent or a stupid one, nothing more.”