Brigitte Waldach Shimmer and Shine


The large-format drawings and walk-in installations of the Berlin artist Brigitte Waldach (*1966) open up new worlds of ideas in which texts and sounds play an important role. As the fourth Marta prize winner, she is now being honoured with a solo exhibition in the Marta Herford.

Brigitte Waldach engages intensively with phenomena of cultural and contemporary history. In her series, “History Now”, she gives us a fascinating look into the joint writing process of the digital encyclopaedia Wikipedia: historical figures such as Adolf Hitler, Hannah Arendt or Franz Kafka dissolve as barely discernible apparitions in the clouds of this text production.

The “Goldberg-Variations” by J. S. Bach inspired Waldach to create a 32-part drawing cycle which she translates into the three-dimensional for the first time in the Marta Herford as a walk-in installation: in an endless mirror room of tensions and sensations, visitors experience the musical structures as a spectacular composition of space, sound and light.

The Marta award by the Wemhöner Foundation is granted in a two-year cycle to outstanding artists. The prize money of 25,000 Euro includes a budget for the development of a new artistic work for the Marta Collection as well as a solo exhibition in the Marta Herford with accompanying catalogue.



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