Sale: 529 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 217

 

217
Martin und Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff
Großes Tor, 1992.
Sculpture. Chrome nickel steel
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 40,000
Sold:
€ 45,000 / $ 45.000

(incl. surcharge)
Großes Tor. 1992.
Sculpture. Chrome nickel steel.
Schwarz 684. 346 x 220 x 157 cm (136.2 x 86.6 x 61.8 in).
The work can be viewed if desired.
• The artist couple's large sculptures are among their most sought-after works on the international auction market
• The sculptures have a high presence in public space - the best-known, "Berlin", is near the Memorial Church on Tauenzienstrasse
• Matschinsky-Denninghoff's late work is characterized by transparency and the dissolution of the closed form
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PROVENANCE: Private collection Saxony (acquired from the artists in 2001).

From 1955 Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff worked together - the marriage they entered into that year was also the beginning of an extremely successful partnership. The joint signature Matschinsky-Denninghoff is a symbol of what distinguishes this artist couple from other artist couples: They do not work side by side, but together. They design and realize together, the respective individual talents flow into each of their works and merge seamlessly into a common whole. Although the proportions of the artistic contributions change in individual cases, they balance each other out in the sculptural oeuvre as a whole. "Our collaboration began in 1955. We didn't begin, it began. It wasn't a decision, it happened as a gradual, natural process that became denser, more intense, more productive and more conscious over the years, so that very soon 'the artistic part' could no longer be disentangled." (Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff, report, in: Georg W. Költzsch (ed.), Matschinsky-Denninghoff, Monographie und Werkverzeichnis der Skulpturen, Cologne 1992, p. 18). The Matschinsky-Denninghoffs work with line and structure, not volume. Her sculptures made of metal rods, tubes or sheets reach up in flowing, partly curved, partly broken bands, often reminiscent of vegetable forms and always with the expression of powerful growth controlled by invisible energy. The work "Großes Tor" impressively shows the development in the late work of the artist couple towards complete transparency and the dissolution of the closed form. Both formal solutions are still present here: the gate as an architecturally striking construction around which organic brass rods wind up. "We don't want to imitate anything - neither nature nor technology - but to a certain extent work parallel to it. We try [..] not to make nature visible, but the forces behind it." (Matschinsky-Denninghoff) [SM]



217
Martin und Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff
Großes Tor, 1992.
Sculpture. Chrome nickel steel
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 40,000
Sold:
€ 45,000 / $ 45.000

(incl. surcharge)