Marcel Dzama, ‘Welcome to the Weimar republic’, 2013, Whitechapel Gallery

Marcel Dzama‘s work is characterized by an immediately recognizable visual language that draws from a diverse range of references and artistic influences, including Dada and Marcel Duchamp. While he has become known for his prolific drawings with their distinctive palette of muted colours, in recent years, the artist has expanded his practice to encompass sculpture, painting, film, and dioramas’. [Courtesy of David Zwirner Gallery.]

Welcome to the Weimar Republic is an edition made exclusively for the Whitechapel Gallery in homage to the work of Hannah Höch. Echoing Höch’s collages, Dzama’s playful scenes and drawings emerge from a dreamy surrealist backdrop, artfully combining contextual significance with a playful sense of the comic.

Born in Canada, 1974, Dzama now lives and works in Brooklyn, returning to Canada in 2013 with a solo show at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto. He has also had recent shows at David Zwirner Gallery London (2013), Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2012), the Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2012) and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in Montreal, Canada (2010). Group exhibitions have included Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf (2013), The National Gallery of Canada (2012), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012, 2009, 2008) and The National Arts Centre, Canada (2011). His work is held in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and The Tate Gallery, London.

Dzama is represented by Timothy Taylor Gallery in London and David Zwirner in the USA. Welcome to the Weimar Republic was produced at Marcel Sanchez studio, New York

Publisher: Whitechapel Gallery courtesy of David Zwirner

About Marcel Dzama

Often compared to outsider artist Henry Darger, Marcel Dzama’s small ink and watercolor drawings of hybrid characters, like humans with antlers or trees with hands, resemble story illustrations. Interspersed with a range of references including Surrealist film, Dadaism and Soviet-era agitprop, his work more often recalls folk and craft storytelling traditions, showing that simple narrative can be an intricate, compelling contemporary art-making strategy. Dzama also works in sculpture and video and has experimented with puppetry and costumes. His work has been used on the covers of a number of music albums for bands such as They Might Be Giants, Beck, and The Weakerthans; and his costume designs have been seen in music videos, including the video for the Bob Dylan’s When the Deal Goes Down.

Canadian, b. 1974, Winnipeg, Canada, based in Brooklyn, New York