ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Brigitte und Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff

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1921Martin Matschinsky born in Grötzingen
1923Brigitte Meier-Denninghoff born in Berlin
1938-40Photographer apprenticeship MM
1948-50MM Co-founder and actor of the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich
1949BM Co-founder of the artist group ZEN 49 in Munich; assistant to Henry Moore and Antoine Pevsner
1952-54BM Stage designer at the Theater Darmstadt; 1952 acquaintance with MM, whom she encourages to sculpture
1955Marriage; joint work
1959/64Participation in Documenta II and III
from 1970joint works under the name Matschinsky-Denninghoff
1994move to Schönfeld
2011BM died in Berlin
Pairs of artists are not rare in the 20th century, but that they work together in a working unit is not too common. We find 'institutional' communities in conceptual art (Christo & Jeanne-Claude), in photography (Bernd and Hilla Becher) or in performance (Eva and Adele), sometimes also in sculpture: here Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff, who usually only went by their last names, are the best-known two-person team. The artists became known for their steel tube bundles - in public spaces as well as in more delicate rod objects for interiors.
Matschinsky-Denninghoff's sculptures are an impressive example of the possibilities of informal sculpture. The artists call their works "dance-like, buoyant spatial figurations." Their work is influenced by the classic basic theme of sculpture: the dialogue between body and space. The artist duo Matschinsky-Denninghoff tried, to speak with Paul Klee, not to make nature visible, but the forces behind it. The artists themselves formulate their concern as follows: "We basically work like nature, by building and joining, but with the help of twentieth-century technology." 
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