‘Panta Rhei,’ the aphorism attributed to the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, is also the title of Martha Jungwirth’s exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, which represents the most extensive presentation of the Austrian artist in Germany thus far.
Both the exhibition and this accompanying catalogue present Jungwirth’s key works from the 1970’s onwards, with a focus on her watercolours from the last 50 years.
‘A blot is a blot is a blot, be it an intelligent one or a stupid one, nothing else,’ professes the artist. In her gesturally painted, abstract watercolour images, Jungwirth applies colour stains, smears or playful patterns of lines in soft, coloured, transparent layers to paper that is sometimes laminated on canvas.
Here, she sees her de facto automatic act of painting as an energy process into which she integrates her personal and emotional impressions: ‘My painting is tied to me, to the moment, to the lithe hand, the swift eye, the good leg work, the uncontrolled release of the flow, the unity of time and ingestion, to the happy moment,’ wrote Jungwirth back in 1988.
English and German text.
Accompanies the exhibition ‘Martha Jungwirth: Panta Rhei’ 20 Oct 2018 – 24 Feb 2019, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg.
Designed by Delia Keller/Gestaltung Berlin.