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Matschinsky-Denninghoff was a sculptor couple who became known for their monumental abstract sculptures made of chrome-nickel steel tubes.

life and work

Berlin, 1987

Martin Matschinsky

Martin Matschinsky (born July 4, 1921 in Grötzingen ( Baden ), † January 24, 2020 in Berlin ) completed an apprenticeship as a photographer from 1938 to 1940. After participating in the Second World War and being a prisoner of war, he became an actor and co-founder of the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich from 1948 to 1950 . During an acting engagement at the Staatstheater Darmstadt , he met the then set designer Brigitte Meier-Denninghoff in 1952. It was through them that Martin Matschinsky turned to sculpture. In his last years Matschinsky expanded his creative activity to painting, which is assigned to the tradition of French Tachism and German Informel .

Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff

Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff (nee Meier-Denninghoff; born June 2, 1923 in Berlin ; † April 11, 2011 there ) attended the Munich and Berlin art academies . Together with six other artists, she founded the artist group ZEN 49 in Munich in 1949 and became the assistant to the sculptors Henry Moore and Antoine Pevsner . From 1952 to 1954 she worked as a set designer at the Darmstadt Theater . She took part in documenta II (1959) and documenta III (1964) in Kassel and the Venice Biennale . Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff became a member of the German Association of Artists .

Artist couple

The artist couple met in 1952 at Gustav Rudolf Sellner's experimental theater in Darmstadt . They married in 1955 and started working together in Munich. They achieved their artistic breakthrough in 1959 with the Prix ​​Bourdelle and their first participation in the documenta II in Kassel. In 1961 they moved into a studio in Paris . In the 1960s they developed their technique of welding steel tubes together into elegantly corrugated bundles. They used a form-giving falsework over which they placed thin steel tubes and welded them together.

From 1969 they worked in Berlin, where they later moved. From 1970 on, they only signed their joint works of art with Matschinsky-Denninghoff . From 1994 they lived and worked in Schönfeld near the Elbe during the summer months . There they built two four-sided courtyards into a summer residence and studio, which now houses a metal workshop and a painting studio. They gradually converted a large garden into a sculpture park.

Her best-known works include the four-part, eight-meter-high sculpture Berlin on the median of Berlin's Tauentzienstrasse between the Berlin landmarks Europa-Center and Kaufhaus des Westens . This sculpture they created on the occasion of the Berlin New Kunstverein (NBK) held exhibition Skulpturenboulevard that in the year 1987 -anniversary 750 years of Berlin was realized; it was soon seen as a symbol of the divided city. After the fall of the Wall , perception changed and the metal sculpture was interpreted as a symbol of reunification . After the sculpture boulevard project ended, the Deutsche Bank Collection acquired the sculpture; Due to renovation work on the underground tunnel running under Tauentzienstrasse, it had to be dismantled and temporarily stored in 2011.

In recent years, her metal sculptures have become more filigree and also smaller. The artist couple's estate is stored in the Berlinische Galerie . After her death, according to Matschinsky-Denninghoff's wish, the Schönfeld studio should become an artist domicile under the management of the Berlinische Galerie . The artist couple is compared to other artist groups such as Christo and Jeanne-Claude or Bernd and Hilla Becher .

Works (selection)


  • Exhibition catalog for documenta II (1959) in Kassel: II. Documenta '59. Art after 1945 . Volume 1: Painting, Museum Fridericianum; Volume 2: Sculpture, Orangery; Volume 3: Prints, Palais Bellevue; all volumes 760 pages. DuMont Schauberg, Cologne 1959.
    Harald Kimpel , Karin Stengel: Documenta 2 1959. Art after 1945. International exhibition. A photographic reconstruction. Edition Temmen, Bremen 1999, 176 pp., ISBN 978-3-86108-523-2 , illustrated book, conference publication.
  • Exhibition catalog for documenta III (1964) in Kassel : documenta III. International exhibition. Volume 1: Painting and Sculpture. Volume 2: Hand Drawings; Industrial design, graphics. Kassel, Cologne 1964.
  • Art in public space. Sculpture Boulevard. Dietrich Reimer Verlag, Berlin 1987, ISBN 3-496-01039-8 .
  • Georg W. Költzsch (Ed.): Matschinsky-Denninghoff - monograph and catalog raisonné of the sculptures. Wienand, Cologne 1992, ISBN 3-87909-297-4 .
  • Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff, Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff, Erich Schneider : Matschinsky-Denninghoff, "One and Two". Works 1948–1998. With contributions by Erich Schneider and other contributions by Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff. City collections Schweinfurt 1998, ISBN 3-927083-58-5 , exhibition catalog.
  • Jörn Merkert (eds.): Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff. Works from five decades in the collection of the Berlinische Galerie. With contributions by Christa Lichtenstern. Berlinische Galerie , Berlin 2001, ISBN 3-927873-69-1 .

Web links

Commons : Matschinsky-Denninghoff  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Dpa : Sculptor Martin Matschinsky died. In: Die Welt , January 29, 2020.
  2. a b c Matschinsky-Denninghoff exhibition 1996 in the Villa Wessel , article at the bottom of the page by Iserlohner Kreisanzeiger und Zeitung (IKZ), accessed on January 30, 2020.
  3. a b c d e f g Christina Tilmann: Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff. Steel love. In: Tagesspiegel , April 15, 2011, obituary.
  4. a b Sabine Vogel: Look at the unified monument of West Berlin! On the death of Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff. In: Berliner Morgenpost , April 14, 2011.
  5. a b c Martin and Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff. In: , with a photo portrait of the artist ( Memento from March 16, 2013 in the Internet Archive ).
  6. Members from 1903: Ordinary members of the German Association of Artists. In: Deutscher Künstlerbund , accessed on January 30, 2020.
  7. dpa : Sculptor Matschinsky-Denninghoff died. In: Zeit online , April 13, 2011.
  8. a b Michael Türschmann: Art walks. Walks in and around Berlin. ( Memento from February 1, 2013 in the web archive ). In: , June 23, 2005, pictures from the Schönfeld sculpture park.
  9. List of exhibitions: Sculpture Boulevard Kurfürstendamm Tauentzien: Art in Public Space Berlin 1987. In: Neue Berliner Kunstverein , accessed on January 30, 2020.
  10. Berlin is back. A symbol of the capital again in a familiar place. ( Memento of November 21, 2011 in the Internet Archive ). In: Deutsche Bank , ArtMag , November 2011.
  11. Photo: main building of the University Library. Works of art. Outside. In: University Library Tübingen , accessed on January 30, 2020.
  12. ^ Mondrian Graf Lüttichau : Former location in the district court of Heidelberg. In: Flickr , photographed June 23, 2009.
  13. SeeKunstweg (SK): landmark. In: , accessed on January 30, 2020.
    Leaflet: Locations on Lake Constance. Information on arrival. In: Bodensee-Wasserversorgung , 2016, (PDF; 376 kB), accessed on January 30, 2020.
  14. Database: Trinity [2 photos]. In: ( BiB ), accessed on January 30, 2020.
    Dreheit 1992–93. Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff. ( Memento from July 19, 2012 in the web archive ). In: ( BiB ), 2005.
  15. Database: Items [3 photos]. In: ( BiB ), accessed on January 30, 2020.
    Elements, 1997. Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff. ( Memento from July 20, 2012 in the web archive ). In: ( BiB ), 2005.