upcoming exhibition:

20 years of jbg part 1 | Maxwell Dunlop, MASCH, Petra Rintelen, Martin Stommel

July 12th – September 7th, 2024, opening reception on July 12th, 6 – 8 p.m

MASCH, who was born in the Rhineland (Germany) in 1950 and studied painting at the UdK in Berlin in the 1970s, has successfully exhibited his works nationally and internationally for many years. He was also active as a musician and in this capacity also worked for the Bavaria Film Studios in Munich. He eventually incorporated his skills as a painter into his work for the film world. The film then won an Oscar in 2015 for his work as an art painter for the film “The Grand Budapest Hotel”.
In the works of MASCH, the figures and forms against abstract backgrounds are divided into polygons and relatively homogeneous surfaces. These fields are characterized and distinguished by both monochrome colors and uniform textures, and their contours follow an overarching geometry of shapes. This results in a seamless and nested arrangement, which means that the different shapes and forms are separated like tiles, as well as connected and interwoven. Without color gradients, the silhouettes appear to be embedded in one another. The figures, objects and backgrounds in MASCH’s works are in a magical flow and juxtaposition, in direct connection and reciprocity.
In this sense, MASCH’s two-dimensional formal language and semiotics are rooted in the tradition of simplification and reduction as in cubism for example. This is another reason why it would be a mistake to confuse his clarity and precision of expression with naivety. MASCH is free from such role models in his particular style, not least because of a noticeable, greater lightness and a confident, but also undogmatic expression. This sovereignty is noticeably developed and is the result of a thorough finding. In their clear formal language, MASCH’s figures combine an enigmatic simplicity similar to that of archaic geoglyphs with humor and a desire to tell stories straight from everyday life. Strange gestures and symbols are naturally coupled with human closeness and down-to-earthness. This makes MASCH’s works as accessible as they are multi-layered and, especially in this combination, extremely fascinating.
text: Matthias Bergemann


born in West Germany

1970 – 1973
Studied free painting at the UdK (formerly HdK) Berlin at the class of Prof. Karl Oppermann

Studied at the DFFB Berlin

Lecturer at the Institute of Art & Design in Malta

exhibitions (selections)

2024 janinebeangallery, Berlin
2023 Dodona Loge Berlin
2021 Fen, Kaoshiung (Taiwan)
2020 Rodin Art Space, Taipei
2019 Galerie Sievi
2019 Cheongju Craft Biennale, Korea
2019 Residential Gallery Hours, Berlin
2019 NEW YORK MEETS BERLIN, KunstWerk Berlin
2018 Group Show Galerie Anna25 „New York meets Berlin“
2017 Group Show ABSTRACT FEELINGS / Anaid Art Gallery, Berlin
2017 Group Show PRIESTSandPRAWNS /WBB Willner Brauerei Berlin
2017 Solo Show „NEXT GENERATION“ Anaid Art Gallery, Berlin
2016 Group Show PRIESTSandPRAWNS /WBB Willner Brauerei Berlin
2016 Gallery66, Coldspring, NYC, USA
2016 New York meets Berlin, Berlin
2016 „NEW GENERATION“ by Hagen/Eichner Collectors
2015 New York meets Berlin, Skylight Gallery NYC, USA
2014 New York meets Berlin, Skylight Gallery NYC, USA
2013 Lyrical Art Berlin, Artraum Berlin
2013 New York meets Berlin, Forum Factory Berlin
2013 Skylight Gallery , NYC, USA
2011 Fluxus+ Museum, Potsdam
2011 Skylight Gallery, NYC, USA
2008 Messe Feldkirch, Österreich
2005 Galerie „Hand in Hand“, München
2003 Galerie Lipp, München
2002 Bayerisches Filmzentrum, München
2000 Bavaria Filmstudios, München
1997 „Kunstfabrik“ München
1996 „Kunstfabrik“, München
1995 Galerie Detlef Schulte, München
1995 Galerie ARO, München
1994 Bavaria Filmstudios, München
1993 Süddeutscher Verlag, (Werkschau)
1992 Galerie Roucka, München-Schwabing
1991 Modern Art Gallery, München
1989 Modern Art Gallery, München
1988 Galerie Röske, Berlin
1985 Galerie Regner, Berlin
1983 Design & Art, Berlin
1982 Galerie Hagen, Berlin
1980 Gallery Artfuture, Berlin
1978 Artbox, Berlin
1977 Gallery Sign and Wonder, Berlin
1976 Gallery Artfuture, Berlin
1975 Gallery Sign and Wonder, Berlin
1974 Gallery Herdecke, Berlin
1973 Galerie Renner, Berlin

MASCH lives and works in Berlin

His work are in collections in Germany, the USA, England, Norway, Spain, Finland, Sweden, France, Italy, Switzerland, Romania and Asia/Taiwan.