Marius Martinussen

1978 · Norway

Artist biography

Marius Martinussen is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born in Norway, like other celebrated artists such as Aase Birkhaug, Kine Jensen, Heidi Bjørgan, Anders Kjær, and Sandra Chevrier & Martin Whatson. Marius Martinussen was born in 1978.

About Marius Martinussen's works

Marius Martinussen is a notable figure within the fields of Abstraction, Conceptual and Expressionism. Abstract art first started to emerge in the early 20th century, as a new and rather radical form of art. Artists were looking for a way of expressing the societal changes occurring at the time, and release their creative energy, thus distancing themselves from figurative art. With abstraction, the artists move away from any accurate representation of reality, and the visual qualities often put in focus in such non-representative works are colours, shapes and textures. Some of the most influential contemporary art movements born from Abstraction include Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, with key figures such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Jackson Pollock. With abstract art, a sense of self-renewing freedom is materialising through the artworks, in a new tradition of creativity.

Emerging as an art movement in the 1960s, Conceptualism has attracted a significant amount of controversy and debate, usually provoking strong reactions in its audience. Conceptual art by essence implies that the idea behind the actual artwork is more important than the finished product itself. The research and strategies conducted by the artist represent the most important part of the work, conceptual art thus strives to be an art of the mind, instead of appealing to the senses. Although it refers to art from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s, the origins of Conceptualism can be traced back to 1917, with Marcel Duchamp and his polemical artwork Fontaine, which tried to erase the boundaries between art and reality. Conceptual art is not as straightforward as other movements, as it uses an interdisciplinary approach, and the artworks can take the form of anything - from everyday objects to performances requiring audience participation.

Expressionism can often be considered more as an international tendency than a coherent art movement, which was particularly influential at the beginning of the 20th century. It covered various fields such as art, literature, music, theatre and architecture. Expressionist artists sought to express emotional experience, rather than physical reality. World renowned Expressionist paintings include Edvard Munch’s The Scream, Wassily Kandinsky’s Der Blaue Reiter, and Egon Schiele’s Sitting Woman with Legs Drawn Up. Expressionism is an intricate and vast term that has meant different things at different times. However, when we speak of Expressionist art, we tend to think about the artistic tendency which emerged as a reaction to Impressionism in France, or the movement which appeared in Germany and Austria in the early 20th century. The term is so elastic that it can be representative of artists ranging from Vincent van Gogh to Egon Schiele and Wassily Kandinsky.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Marius Martinussen's work is on display at galleri NB in Viborg, Denmark. Marius Martinussen most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at QB Gallery in Oslo with the exhibition Stripes and Strokes. The exhibition was open from 16 January 2020 until 07 February 2020.

Currently on Artland, five of Marius Martinussen's works are available to purchase.

Marius Martinussen in private collections

It is the collector Kunst på Arbeidsplassen, who is in possession of work by Marius Martinussen at Artland. Kunst på Arbeidsplassen also has works by other artists including Sarah Derat, Won Sou-Yeol, and Willy Spiller.

Further Biographical Context for Marius Martinussen

Born in 1978, Marius Martinussen was largely influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of developing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this time. The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the decade marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time prominent art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a strong hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working during this period, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

Marius Martinussen

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