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Ohne Titel by Birgit Megerle

Ohne Titel by Birgit Megerle

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Edition Size: 100 + 20 A. P. + 1 P. P.

Sheet Size: 36 × 44 cm

Reference: ISSUE NO. 115 / SEPTEMBER 2019 "LITERATUR"


Condition: Pristine

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The musical film „Les Demoiselles de Rochefort“ (1967) is a frolicky tour de force by Jacques Demy, in which real-life siblings Catherine Deneuve and Françoise Dorléac star as twin sisters, accompanied by an all-star cast including Gene Kelly and Michel Piccoli. Demy’s romp is a kind of genre mash-up: part homage to the American musicals of yore, part self-reflexive Nouvelle Vague flick. The film’s co-star, Dorléac, along with the flamboyant pastel palette of the costumes and domestic scenery that Demy brings to life, serve as source material for a striking lithograph by the German artist Birgit Megerle: someone who has done much in her career to reimagine the language of portraiture, specifically of female subjects.In this three-color lithograph – her first ever work in this medium – Megerle focuses on a single image from the movie, in which Dorléac’s character turns away from an upright piano to face the camera. For all of the vibrancy and beauty of this ’60s film star, here Megerle, as she often does, steals something of her vitality, wresting it from a potential moment of simple identification or straightforward attraction. Dorléac remains firmly imbedded in the domain of the print, the world of two dimensions. Megerle’s lithograph manages nonetheless to preserve a glimmer, however distant, of the original scene, and in so doing, extracts the mere semblance of beauty from its source. The resulting distance is historical and psychological – elegantly measuring the space between our world and that of the actress.



The Artist

Birgit Megerle

Birgit Megerle is a german female artist born in Geisingen (DE) in 1975.
Birgit Megerle’s first verified exhibition was Akademie Isotrop at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart in Stuttgart in 1997, and the most recent exhibition was An Ego of her Own at Kaufmann Repetto in New York City, NY in 2021. Birgit Megerle is most frequently exhibited in Germany, but also had exhibitions in Austria, Italy and elsewhere. Megerle has at least 14 solo shows and 56 group shows over the last 24 years (for more information, see biography). Megerle has also been in no less than 12 art fairs and in two biennials. A notable show was Prague Biennale 2 at Karlin Hall in Prague in 2005. Other notable shows were at Kunst-Werke Berlin – KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin and ARTIUM – Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Birgit Megerle has been exhibited with André Butzer and Jonathan Meese.

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