Martin Kobe
German, born 1973
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Selected exhibitions
2016
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren,
Latvian National Museum of Art
2015
CREDITS,
Christian Ehrentraut
2013
Collection Platform 4: Emotion and Technology,
PinchukArtCentre

Part of the New Leipzig School movement, painter Martin Kobe explores urban existence, and the anxieties and exhilarations it induces, in kaleidoscopic cityscapes devoid of people. Born in East Germany, Kobe incorporates the complex dynamics of the former socialist regime into compositions that reference—and dismantle—utopian architecture. Kobe fragments and pieces back together elements of buildings, constructing topsy-turvy structural vortexes. Smooth gradients of glowing, acidic colors enhance a sense of fluctuation and introduce a futuristic, apocalyptic edge to his work. A passionate student of art and architectural history, Kobe integrates details inspired by the buildings and artworks of the Bauhaus school, the avant-garde group De Stijl, and Russian constructivism to further engage the layered histories of city life.

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