Martin Mlecko





Martin Mlecko was an investigative artist working in a range of media, continually seeking the inherent beauty in objects. His photographic oeuvre is a collection of series without itself being serial in structure. He is both traveller and observer, sometimes also seeker, whose creative products defy relegation into the clearly defined pigeon holes of the art industry. Among his art forms are large-format installations and small-scale documentation, both representational and abstract.

Mlecko´s photos are put on show not so much as observations of reality. They are more expressions of moods: they have their origins in personal experience, in the found objects in his close environment. The two series entitled Prelude and Je Ne Sais Quoi could alternatively be named Eros and Thanatos, which in psychoanalytical terms mean life energy and death: the beginning and the end. They are references to the beginning and the end of (analogue) photography. While the photographs in Prelude are the physical beginnings of a film, in Je Ne Sais Quoi they show only the cinematic essence – effacing the subject. Je Ne Sais Quoishows the impossibility of ultimately defining an aesthetic object in terms of language.

Private Libraries save individual secrets and identities. They are archives of personal developments and interests and always a statement of the intellectual state of their owner. Martin Mlecko searches for these libraries, book cases and bookshelves in the flats of differently orientated people. He photographs them on-the-spot from various angles and distances, turns to a certain detail at a later point in time and collages ultimately pictures from his memory, pointing out the uniqueness of each individual library. The series Evidenz (evidence) issues the textual and aesthetic interaction of stored and collected books. It is giving hints on the private library as a maybe slowly disappearing cultural possession, of its sometimes also unimposing beauty. Furthermore, it sometimes affiliates with its role as a collage of life itself.

Martin Mlecko was born in 1951 in Essen and passed away 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Born in Essen, Germany.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (in selection)
On the Lookout for Beauty, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden 2017
Photo Basel, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Switzerland 2016
Private, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery – Studio show, Berlin, Germany 2015
Die Sieben Weltmeere, Videoskulptur im öffentlichen Raum, Frankfurt, Germany 2014
still /LIFE,
Galerie Pinter & Milch, Berlin Gewalt und Leidenschaft AJL Art, Germany 2013
Les choses de la vie, Pavlov’s Dog, Berlin, Germany 2013
Photographie, w/ Lara Dhondt, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin, Germany 2011
BEAUTIES and beasts, Kunstraum Denkpause, Hamburg, Germany 2010
Hysteria, Premiere, c/o Berlin, Germany 2009
Das kleine Glück, found Galerie, Hamburg, Germany 2007
BEAUTIES and beasts, Galerie immanence (Goethe Institut), Paris, France 2007
Fetish No I, Galerie 1blick, Hallein, Germany 2007
Family Affair, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria 2006
Loge, proejct space on Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Germany 2006
Gewalt und Leidenschaft, Schauraum 1°, Berlin, Germany 2006
Familienbande, Schauraum 1°, Berlin, Germany 2005
Von der Hoffnung, part 3 of the Trilogy Liebe-Glaube-Hoffnung, Heilandskirche Potsdam and Schauraum 1°, Berlin, Germany 2006
Ich glaube, part 2 of the Trilogy Liebe-Glaube-Hoffnung, Schauraum 1°, Berlin, Germany 2006
Über die Liebe, part 1 of the trilogy Liebe-Glaube-Hoffnung, Familienlokal Euler-Eck, Berlin, Germany 2004
BEAUTIES and Beasts, Boutwell-Draper Gallery, Sydney, Australia 2001
Die Dinge des Lebens, Galerie Jule Kewenig c/o Rudolf Springer, Berlin, Germany 1997
Nomaden, public exhibition on the station platforms of central station, Cologne, Germany 1996
Positionen – Venedig, New York und Köln, Kunstraum Balanstraße, Munich, Germany 1995
Positionen – 14.Mai 1995, Raum für Kunst F & M, Cologne, Germany 1995
Cadavre Exqui, Cologne, Germany 1995
Pater Noster, a room transformation with lectures by Boris Groys, Constantin von Barloewen, Paolo Bianchi and others, Hansa-Hochhaus, Cologne, Germany 1994
The Venice-Piece, Raum für Kunst F & M, Cologne, Germany 1994
Hennaraum, Marktstraße 13, Munich, Germany 1992
Z – 1. Station, attempt for an autopoetic structure in art, in cooperation with Milo Frielinghaus, Cologne, Germany 1992
Labyrinthos, Galerie Art & Concept, Munich, Germany 1990
Martin Mlecko 1986 to 1989, Art & Concept Gallery, Munich, Germany 1989
Ich bin Berliner, Political Statement, Berlin, Germany 1986

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (in selection)
Perceptions, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Germany 2016
Scope Miami Beach, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Miami, USA 2015
Invisible Past-pictures of a disappearing time, w/ Sibylle Bergemann, Stefan Moses, Hannes Kilian, Leo Pompinon, Galerie Johanna Breede, Berlin, Germany 2010
Kunst Is The People’s Project, plan 10, Forum aktueller Architektur, Cologne, Germany 2010
Überleben, w/ graft architects Aut, Innsbruck, Austria 2010
Zeigen – a project by Karin Sander, Temporäre Kunsthalle, Berlin, Germany 2010
Inszenierte Fotografie, Fototage, Wiesbaden, Germany 2009
Stand by your man, Filmmuseum Wien, Vienna, Austria 2009
Visions in New York City, short films and videos, curated by Maurizio Pellegrin, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, US 2009
IN.SIGHT.OUT, Video Schau – Giardino del Guasto, Bologna, Italy 2008
ON THE EDGE OF LOVE, Souterrain, Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin, Germany 2008
Stilles Leben, found Galerie, Hamburg, Germany 2008
Gemischte Gefühle, found Galerie, Hamburg, Germany 2008
Was ist deutsch?, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, Germany 2006
Über die Liebe – Euler Eck, a Reminiszenz-Installation, Berliner Liste 05, Germany 2005
Heimweg, Galerie Zink & Gegner, Munich, Germany 2004
Heimweg, Galerie Martin Kudlek, Cologne, Germany 2004
Private, w/ Christian Boltanski, Gordon Matta-Clark, Pat Naldi & Wendy Kirkup and Thomas Ruff, KulturAllianzen, Cologne, Germany 2000
Les Adieux, w/Christian Boltanski, Imi Knoebel, Katharina Sieverding, Rosemarie Trockel a.o, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen, Germany 1999
Waiting, video installation, Forum aktuelle Architektur im Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne, Germany 1999
Die Dinge des Lebens, photo installation w/ Giulio Paolini, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frechen, Germany 1999
Papier, w/ Mercedes Barros, Frances Scholz, Charles Worthen a.o., Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne, Germany 1999
Königswalde – Berlin, 1, Berlin-Biennale, plattform, Berlin, Germany 1998

British Council, Forschungsreise mit dem National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK 2007
Arbeits – Stipendium culturesfrance, Paris, France 2007
Paris, Cite Internationale des Arts, Aufenthaltsstipendium, France 2006
7_seas Travel-log – eines der schönsten deutschen Bücher, Stiftung Buchkunst Frankfurt, Germany 2003
Stiftung Kunst und Kultur NRW, Germany 1991
Glück Auf, w/Wolfgang Schöddert, Barbara Krüger, Rosemarie Trockel, Tony Cragg, Olaf Metzel a.o., Zeche Rheinpreussen, Moers 1991
Oberhalb der Baumgrenze, w/Christian Boltanski, Tony Cragg, Walter Dahn, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Rosemarie Trockel a.o., Schloß Gut Granerhof, Germany 1990

Catalogue FIVE, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Germany 2015
Les choses de la vie (Die Dinge des Lebens),
 Corinna Weidner (Hrsg.), Kerber Verlag, Bielefeld, Germany 2013
Smooth trippin,
 Edel Verlag, Hamburg, Germany 2005
Closed circuit,
 Ein Leitfaden zur Geschichte und Theorie der Medienkunst, Seite 698f, Slavco Kacunco, Logos Verlag, 2004
 Corinna Weidner (Hrsg.), Nicolai-Verlag, Berlin, Germany 2003
Lexikon der Fotografen,
 Reinhold Misselbeck (Hrsg.), Prestel Verlag, Munich, Germany, 2002
Private Life, Corinna Weidner (Hrsg.), Prestel Verlag, München, 2002
travel_log, Corinna Weidner (Hrsg.), Mare Verlag, Hamburg, 2002
 Wolfgang Schöddert (Hrsg.). Mit Beiträgen von Boris Groys, Paolo Bianchi,
Constantin von Barloewen u.a., 1994
 Kay von Keitz (Hrsg.), 1994
Positionen, Wolfgang Schöddert (Hrsg.), 1993
Glück Auf, Mit Beiträgen von Giancinto Di Pietrantonio, Andrea Pagnes, Johannes Stüttgen u.a., 1991
Oberhalb der Baumgrenze,
 Mit Beiträgen von Friedhelm Mennekes, Bettina Pauly, Andrea Pagnes, 1990
Martin Mlecko Arbeiten 1986-1989,
 Anderland Verlag, Munich, Germany 1989