*1940 Vienna – lives in Vienna

The paintings by Martha Jungwirth (*1940) are powerful, explosive, exciting, sensory, emotional and sometimes silent and tender: Loose lines and compressed pastose, but also transparent marks and areas of oil paint on cardboard. In the 1960s, Jungwirth’s painting was more strongly related to reality. Everyday objects, landscapes and the self appeared in her works. In 1968, Jungwirth had her first large-scale exhibition, in which she presented her works together with five other painters in the legendary exhibition ‘Wirklichkeiten’ (Realities), curated by Otto Breicha in the Wiener Secession. Besides collaborating with this diverse group, Martha Jungwirth forged her own way in the Austrian art scene unperturbed by international trends and the art market.

In 1977 she was invited to the documenta in Kassel, she took part in exhibitions in smaller museums and, from time to time, the Essl Museum in Klosterneuburg bought and exhibited her works. However, despite the constant, emphatic quality of her paintings, a large scale exhibition in an important museum remained absent. When the well-known artist Albert Oehlen was asked in 2010 to curate an exhibition at the Essl Museum, he discovered Jungwirth’s works and immediately dedicated the entire exhibition room to her. Perhaps it is also thanks to Oehlen that in 2014 Jungwirth was finally appreciated by museums, with the Kunsthalle Krems putting on a retrospective of her work from the previous 50 years. Today, Jungwirth has finally been recognised as a great Austrian painter. In 2018, she received the prestigious Oskar Kokoschka Prize awarded by the Austrian state. For the Albertina museum in Vienna, this was an ideal opportunity to present Jungwirth’s works in a comprehensive exhibition.


Solo exhibtions (selection)

2018 Kunstmuseum Ravensburg | Albertina, Vienna | 2017 Stuart Shave, Modern Art, London | Martha Jungwirth, Galerie Haas AG, Zurich | 2016 Kalfayan Galleries, Athens | 2015 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin | 2014 Kunsthalle Krems | 2013 Galerie Ulysses, Vienna | 2011 Stadtmuseum Bruneck | 2008 Kunsthaus Mürz, Mürzzuschlag | 2004 Art-Galerie Schloss Gabelhofen, Fohnsdorf | 2001 Galerie Hohenlohe, Vienna | 2000 Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt | 1999 Museum Moderner Kunst – Stiftung Wörlen, Passau | Kulturhaus der Stadt Graz | 1998 Galerie Contact, Vienna | 1996 Galerie Contact, Vienna | 1994 Museum der Moderne – Rupertinum, Salzburg | 1991 Museum der Moderne – Rupertinum, Salzburg | 1986 Hellerfabrik, Vienna | 1982 Kunstverein für Kärnten, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt | 1980 Galerie Nothelfer, Berlin | Galerie Suzanne Fischer, Baden-Baden | 1976 Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Vienna | Burgenländische Landesgalerie Schloss Esterházy, Eisenstadt, Kulturhaus Graz and Märkisches Landesmuseum Witten | 1975 Galerie Contact, Vienna | 1974 Galerie Klang, Cologne | 1968 Galerie im Griechenbeisl, Vienna | 1967 Galerie im Griechenbeisl, Vienna | 1962 Galerie zum Roten Apfel, Vienna

Grants and Awards

2018 Oskar-Kokoschka-Award | 2012 Austrian Decoration of Honor for Science and Art | 1986 City of Vienna Prize for Graphic Art | 1982 Watercolour painting prize from the Austrian Federal ministry for Education, Arts and Culture | 1980 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship in Berlin | 1974 Biennale of Graphic Art prize, Florence | 1973 City of Vienna Prize | 1969 First prize for painting at the 20th youth-culture week in Innsbruck | 1966 Joan Miró Prize, Barcelona | 1964 Theodor Körner Prize | 1961 Otto Mauer Prize

Exhibitions with Martha Jungwirth

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