Past Exhibitions

Martin Honert

June 29 to October 14, 2013


Martin Honert
Foto/Photo, 1993
epoxy resin, oil and acrylic on wood MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Acquired with funding from the Margarethe and Gustav Kober Donation, 2005/101
© Martin Honert/SODRAC (2013)
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery


Martin Honert
Kinderkreuzzug/Children's Crusade
1985-1987
acrylic on polyester and oil on canvas
Collection of Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy
© Martin Honert/SODRAC (2013)
Photo: Rachel Topham, Vancouver Art Gallery


Martin Honert
Feuer/Fire, 1992
painted and illuminated polyester
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Partial and promised gift of Ivan Moskowitz and Herbert Moskowitz, 98.85
© Martin Honert/SODRAC (2013)
Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main

Fascinated by the way in which images are captured and how they evolve within our memories, Martin Honert creates sculptures that are wonderfully obsessive depictions of ideas connected to collective experience. Using illusion, manipulations of scale and meticulously rendered surfaces, the artist attempts to recall-often obliquely-his childhood in post-war Germany.

Honert's works draw on family photographs, illustrations from schoolbooks and his own childhood drawings. Unlike many artists who focus on memory, however, he avoids nostalgia, seeking instead to make the image emotionally inert by isolating it from its original context and often dramatically shifting its scale. With this deliberate distancing he attempts, in his words, "to save an image before it dies within me." The first museum exhibition of this artist's work in North America, Martin Honert will feature a series of sculptures that reveal the breadth of Honert's investigations into the potency of remembered images.

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and co-curated by Kathleen S. Bartels, director, and artist Jeff Wall.

Major Supporter:
Bruce Munro Wright


Additional Support:
Belfor