Livingstone gallery, The Hague / Berlin
Raquel Maulwurf (b. 1975 Madrid; lives and works in Amsterdam)
While Maulwurf’s previous work dealt with the remnants and destruction of war, her new work captures our world’s chaos when hit by the forces of nature and ecological disasters; exploring the notion of whether nature is striking back at us for polluting its oceans, poisoning its air, burning down forests and turning the ground we walk on into radioactive wasteland.
Making something evocative and beautiful from horrific events, these images, both destructive and monumental, are manipulated in such a way that only the essence of the event remains. The drawings no longer show what we see, but that which we know, making current events tangible, posing the question of why mankind is so eager to destroy.
Drawing on museum board allows the artist to brutalize the surface with sharp objects; depicting violence through violence by scratching, the artist is materializing destruction in both subject and process.
For VOLTA NEW YORK Maulwurf developed a special concept as a continuance of her recent solo exhibition ‘The Carbon War Room’ at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague, showing large scale charcoal drawings in contrast to ‘smartphone’ size drawings.
The book presentation of the Gemeentemuseum The Hague catalog is part of this select international solo-presentation project at PULSE Miami, Drawing Now Paris and Art on Paper Brussels at Museum BOZAR.
Raquel Maulwurf has had major solo exhibitions with catalog at Gemeentemuseum The Hague and Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. International group museum exhibitions a.o. Museo del Sannio Rocca dei Rettori, Italy, Musée Château de Nyon, Switzerland, MAMAC Liège, Belgium, IKOB Museum, Belgium, MUDEL, Belgium, Lahti Art Museum, Finland, Fries Museum Leeuwarden, Museum de Fundatie Zwolle, Dordrechts Museum, Museum Arnhem, CODA Museum, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Gorcums Museum, Museum Belvédère, Singer Museum, Museum De Hallen Haarlem
Collections a.o. Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Prefectural Art Museum Nagasaki, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Museum Arnhem, Museum Voorlinden, Chabot Museum Rotterdam, Drents Museum, Museum van Bommel van Dam, Teylers Museum, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam.
The Progressive Art Collection, De Nederlandsche Bank, Ahold Art Foundation, AMC Art Collection, RAI Amsterdam, BNG Bank Collection, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Erasmus University
Collection Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond Learsy, De Heus-Zomer Collection, The Hugo Brown Family Collection, Pieter & Marieke Sanders Collection, Collection Reyn van der Lugt, Flatland Foundation, THE EKARD COLLECTION.