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Martin Werthmann (*1982) is one of the most prominent artists of his generation worldwide to devote themselves to the genre of woodblock printing. His monumental colour woodblock prints on vast lengths of paper are captivating in their radically new use of forms as well as an aesthetic that puts the vague and the diffuse centre stage. Intuitively linked to this is the key question of space, which plays a significant role in the artist’s oeuvre. 


It is not the “classic” space created for perspective that is emphasised, but rather space as a sensuous experience in which human existence in all its facets finds expression. Werthmann sees his awe-inspiring woodblock prints as precisely constructed “spaces with no tangible contents”, which allow the viewer an array of meaningful, sensuous experiences and thus bring to mind their own humanity. Accordingly, he sees his prints less as pictures and more as installations, which constitute a genuine experience space into which the viewer is drawn deeper and deeper.


Werthmann’s actual SILENCE series embodies this claim almost as a paradigm. It seems virtually impossible to escape the pull of these powerful, polychrome woodblock prints. The meticulously organised interplay between colour and form leaves the assumed subject or narrative of the picture perpetually vague. Rather, everything is constantly reforming with the persistent flow of one’s own chains of associations. The potentially identified disintegrates in the next moment, to instantly reappear in a new form and context: Landscapes become specimen slides with cell samples, shadowy figures rise from ornamental structures, and liquids solidify into hard matter.

Exhibitions at HELDENREIZER

  • 2022 - "ART DUBAI", 11.03. - 13.03.2022 in Dubai

  • 2020 - "Martin Werthmann - The Catastrophe as Space", 04.12.2020 - 31.01.2021 in Munich

  • 2019 - "Martin Werthmann - SILENCE", 12. - 14.09.2019 in Munich

Further Exhibitions (Selection)

  • 2022 - "Martin Werthmann – Interlacing Spaces", Solo exhibition, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, 24.06. - 30.09.2022 in Munich

  • 2022 - "Up in the air – Air as an artistic material", Group exhibition, Kunstmuseum Bonn, 24.02.2022 - 19.06.2022 in Bonn

  • 2020 - "Martin Werthmann", Solo Exhibition, Wilding Cran Gallery, 25.02. - 14.03.2020 in Los Angeles, USA


  • Born 1982 in Gießen

  • Based in Berlin

  • 2004-2009 Studies of Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Hamburg


  • 2022 - Barbara J. Scheuermann (ed.): Welt in der Schwebe – Up in the Air, with texts by Stephan Berg, Anna Döbelin, Edith Kollath, Jan Philipp Nühlen, Barbara J. Scheuermann, Snoeck, Cologne 2022

  • 2021 - Marcus Trautner(ed.): CATASTROPHE AS SPACE, with texts by Andrew Beradini, Sandra-Kirstin Diefenthaler, Hubertus Günther, Norman Rosenthal, Barbara J. Scheuermann, Marcus Trautner, Hirmer Publishers and Chicago University Press, Munich and Chicago 2021

  • 2019 - Marcus Trautner (ed.): SILENCE - Martin Werthmann, Heldenreizer Contemporary 2019

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