melissa mayergalbraith

02 jul – 17 sep 2021
15 mar – 23 apr 2022

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estampes, a selection of sheets from the graphic work of melissa mayergalbraith.

artist talk

the exhibition opened on 15 march 2022 on the occasion of the international day of printmaking. on 1 april, a talk with the artist took place, which was attended by many visitors despite the corona restrictions. after an introduction about the term "peintre-graveur" and about the techniques of etching using the examples of old masters such as dürer and rembrandt, melissa mayergalbraith impressively explained the specific characteristics of the formation of the image in intaglio printing in her graphic work. on the one hand, she emphasised the physical, almost violent confrontation with the material by scratching and etching the copper or zinc plate, and on the other hand, the by no means merely mechanical process of printing. unlike painting, in which colour is applied directly to the surface of the picture, in the process of etching, the picture is created by subtractively removing material from the printing plate and remains only dimly visible during the process of creation. only after printing does the complete result become visible - and always reveals unexpected effects.

in conversation with the audience, aspects of the content and form of the exhibited works were discussed. recurring motifs such as vanitas, existential angst and struggle are sometimes only recognisable after a closer look, and sometimes they can be interpreted in different ways. their occasion seems to be not only the reference to events and conditions of the present, but also lies partly in the artist's confrontation with individual works of the past. her intention, however, is neither documentary nor illustrative. actions and figures as well as the meaning and dynamics of the events are transformed into concise pictorial compositions of lines or plastic masses that flow into each other and merge or interpenetrate and overlap...


jun 2021

melissa mayergalbraith shows three paintings from her series 'knotenpunkt', whose figures retain their strongly anthropomorphic character and undergo a formal metamorphosis from the figurative to the abstract.


born in france, dual french and us citizenship. studied at the paris ecole nationale superieure des beaux arts, paris. bachelor of fine arts in painting. postgraduate studies in printmaking, intaglio and lithography.lives in munich germany since 1985. teaches at the akademie der bildenden künste münchen since 2009.


studio promotion by the free state of bavaria 2008–10kunstfond berlin, künstlerhaus lukas, ahrenshoop 2001sächsisches druckgrafiksymposion, leipzig 1995

public collections
staatliche graphische sammlung, munichbayerische staatsbibliothek, munichschäfer stiftung, schweinfurtsammlung walter bareis, toledo museum of art, ohio