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Martin Liebscher
Artist's Name: Martin Liebscher
Preferred medium: photography
birth year: 1964
Nationality: DE
City: Berlin

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Martin Liebscher refers to his narcissistic group pictures as "Family Pictures". He is the only person around in the worlds he creates. With a sense of humour he raises questions regarding the relation between individual and group as well as identity. At the same time Liebscher's work points out the paradox that a person who is omnipresent is not really anywhere. Even though Liebscher is the "star" of his pictures he disappears in uniform anonymity. The works are produced by digitally processing scanned photographs that Liebscher takes of himself by the means of an automatic shutter release. The figures are not digitally manipulated. They are images of a real person in action. In his family pictures Liebscher always works on the basis of a specific architecture or social environment. And the titles of his works are simply the names of the sites he invades as omnipresent protagonist. In the works from the Bellevue theatre he enters the stage and plays different characters. He sits in every chair in the audience as if he were hundreds of people, or maybe just one and the same person caught in various situations: paying full attention to the play, suddenly in deep thoughts, chatting with the person sitting next to him etc. Every possible way of behaving in a theatre is being explored. This is also the case in the panoramic evening picture from the Gas Station designed by Arne Jacobsen. Besides the iconic Jacobsen buildings, Liebscher also presents family pictures from e.g. Kloster Eldena i in Germany, a popular motif of Caspar David Friedrich. In other pieces Liebscher makes use of more common sites such an executive room or a caravan site. (Galerie Asbaek)

important exhibitions from Martin Liebscher

Exhibition Location City Country Date
Sylt - im Spiegel zeitgenössischer Fotografie Willy-Brandt-Haus Berlin DE 06.07.2012
Martin Liebscher: »Liebscher Brothers - Classic Rock« Institut für moderne Kunst Nürnberg 90402 Nürnberg DE 13.10.2006
That's Me - Fotografische Selbst-Bilder MARTa Herford Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst Herford DE 08.03.2011
Von Kopf bis Fuß Menschenbilder im Fokus der Sammlung Würth Museum Würth Künzelsau DE 28.10.2012
Hotel Marienbad 002: Rauschende Gäste KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin DE 12.03.2008
Die Kunst zu sammeln Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf DE 21.04.2007
Martin Liebscher Loock Galerie Berlin DE 19.01.2007
Im Fokus! Zeitgenössische Fotografie und Videokunst aus der Sammlung Kunsthalle Bremen Bremen DE 06.06.2013
Hotel Marienbad 002: Rauschende Gäste Berlin DE 12.03.2008
Berlin-Tokyo / Tokyo-Berlin Mori Art Museum Tokyo JP 28.01.2006

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Galleries representing
Martin Liebscher:

Fine German Gallery, Frankfurt
Martin Asbæk Gallery
Voges + Partner Galerie

Collections representing
Martin Liebscher

Deutsche Bank Collection