Maria Eichhorn

Biography of Maria Eichhorn

In her projects, Maria Eichhorn (born 1962 in Bamberg, Germany) inquires into the concept of art wedging her work between the symbolic and the real, between the practice of art and actions geared at exploring the dynamic relationship between art, economics, public spaces, and institutional structures. Her work is conceptual and discreet, often containing instructions for actions or precise guidelines of implantation. As a theoretical artist she is not invested in the production of artifacts, as is most notable from her show Maria Eichhorn Aktiengesellschaft (AG) in 2002 at documenta 11. Here she used her allotted project budget to found a stock corporation which, due to its peculiar set-up, could not attain any capital, diametrically opposing and therefore exposing the system's usual structure and goal which is primarily—and simply—that of increasing profits. Instead, Eichhorn is most interested in gently exposing often-overlooked systems and setting up the conditions for something unexpected to emerge. Maria Eichhorn lives and works in Berlin and has exhibited at venues including the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the ICA in London, among others.

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