Martin Honert (b. 1953)
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Martin Honert (b. 1953)

Riesen (Giants)

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Martin Honert (b. 1953)
Riesen (Giants)
Styrodur, polyurethane rubber, rubber, leather, textiles, hair and wool
124 x 47 5/8 x 68 1/8in. (315 x 121 x 173cm.)
Executed in 2007, this work is number two from an edition of three plus one artist's proof
Provenance
Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne.
Acquired from the above in 2007.
Literature
M. Holborn (ed.), Germania, London 2008 (installation view illustrated in colour, pp. 126 and 127).
Exhibited
Dresden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Galerie Neue Meister, Martin Honert, 2007 (another from the edition exhibited).
London, Saatchi Gallery, Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture, 2011 (installation view illustrated in colour, pp. 54 and 55).
Berlin, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Martin Honert: Kinderkreuzzug, 2012-2013 (another from the edition exhibited and illustrated, p. 126).
Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, Martin Honert, 2013 (another from the edition exhibited).
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Lot Essay

'Most of Martin Honert's works have their source in memories that bring the artist back to his childhoodthe way he treats images from his past is thoroughly original. It follows from a radical artistic questioning of the way in which the continuity of our memory can be achieved and secured' (B. Groys, quoted in, B. Groys (ed.), Martin Honert, exh. cat., New York, Matthew Marks Gallery, n. p.).

Towering over three metres in height, Riesen (Giants) by Dusseldorfbased artist Martin Honert is a larger-than-life sculpture of two meticulously rendered human figures, appearing to be preparing or in the midst of a long journey or trek. Wearing contemporary clothing such as hoodies, jeans and flannel shirts, the two men appear like any would be hikers, yet they remain curiously mysterious: their size and scale, reaching over twice the size of any adult male creates a sense of uncanny wonder. In a paradoxical gesture, Honert employs the steadfast and robust medium of three dimensional sculpture to portray an ephemeral subject matter - memory. Inviting the viewer to experience the wonder of childhood fairytale, Honert turns to his own youthful memories as inspiration for his sculptures. His attention to detail, from the soft folds of their clothing to the painstakingly applied hair follicles, conversely obscure rather than reveal the story behind his creations. Another from the edition of Riesen was exhibited this year in the artist's major retrospective at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin.

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