Jed Martin – The map is more interesting than the territory

21. April - 18. June 2017
Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons dividing up the art market, Foto: Anita SchmidDamien Hirst and Jeff Koons dividing up the art market, Foto: Anita Schmid

“I would love to be an artist / To recreate the world / To be an anarchist / To live like a millionaire!”

Jed Martin, born in 1975, is one of the most important contemporary French artists. With digitally manipulated Michelin street maps, he has already presented distanced reflection on the state of the world in his early work. In 2010, he increasingly turned to figurative painting. In this hitherto most productive phase, he created the Series of Simple Professions with which he achieved his international breakthrough. Today they are sold for top prices at auctions. The best-known picture of the series—not least due to his tragic story—is Michel Houellebecq, Writer, a portrait of the author of The Map and the Territory made just a few months before his decapitation by an art thief in spring of 2018. The value of the picture, which is now in private ownership again, is estimated at around 12 million euros after Houellebecq’s death.

The Deutsche SchauSpielHaus and the Kunstverein in Hamburg present works by the artist and celebrate him in a major retrospective.

Cast: Lutz Bacher, Maya Deren, Iris Häussler, Christian Jankowski, Eva Kot'átková, Constantin Luser, Seb Patane & Black To Comm, Jochen Schmith, Stefan Vogel, Christopher Williams (Kunstverein) Sachiko Hara, Jan-Peter Kampwirth, Christoph Luser, Anne Müller, Bettina Stucky, Michael Weber (Schauspielhaus)

Idea and concept: Anita Schmid, Christoph Luser
Curated by: Bettina Steinbrügge, Anita Schmid and Christoph Luser
Stage design: Franz Dittrich
Costumes: Astrid Klein
Dramaturgy: Bastian Lomsché

The project is made possible by the participation of the Ministry of Culture of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Mara und Holger Cassens-Stiftung.