Curated  by   Javier  RAMIREX


     July 5th, 2014  - July 31st,  2014

Auke MULDER - Else-Berit RENNESUND -  Javier  RAMIREX
Andrea  de  RANIERI - Danilio  Andres SEPULVEDA - Mona Birte  WICHSTAD


Neumagener Straße 27

Haus 7
13088 Berlin

Marzia Frozen is pleased to announce an  international  group exhibition of a new generation of artists working today. This will be a group exhibition at MARZIA FROZEN in Berlin, and will feature a selection of  paintings, sculptures, photographs,  performances and videos.   

In the arts, vanitas is a type of symbolic work of art especially associated with still  life  painting  in Flanders and the  Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, though also common in other places and periods. The Latin  word means  “vanity”  and loosely translated corresponds to the meaninglessness of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits.  Ecclesiastes 1:2; 12:8 from the  Bible  is  often quoted in conjunction with this term. The Vulgate (Latin translation of the Bible) renders the verse as Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas.The verse is translated as Vanity of vanities; all is vanity by the King  James  Version of the Bible.   Vanity is used here in its older (especially pre-14th century) sense of "futility".Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless is the rendering by The  New International Version of the Bible.

Vanitas themes were common in medieval funerary  art , with most surviving examples in sculpture. By the 15th century these could be extremely morbid and explicit, reflecting an increased obsession with death and decay also seen in the Ars moriendi, Danse Macabre  and the overlapping motif of the Memento Mori . From the Renaissance such motifs gradually became more indirect, and as the still-life genre became popular, found a home there. Paintings executed in the vanitas style were meant to remind viewers of the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death. They also provided a moral justification for many paintings of attractive objects.
Common vanitas symbols include  skulls,  which are a reminder of the certainty of death; rotten fruit, which symbolizes decay; bubbles, which symbolize the brevity of life and suddenness of death; smoke, watches, and hourglasses, which symbolize the brevity of life; and musical instruments, which symbolize brevity and the ephemeral nature of life. Fruit, flowers and butterflies can be interpreted in the same way, and a peeled lemon, as well as accompanying seafood was, like life, attractive to look at, but bitter to taste. There is debate among art historians as to how much, and how seriously, the vanitas theme is implied in still-life paintings without explicit imagery such as a skull. As in much moralistic  genre  painting,  the enjoyment evoked by the sensuous depiction of the subject is in a certain conflict with the moralistic message.


Skyhigh, 2014
Acrylic  on  canvas
90 x 90 cm

Randi  LOKKE
Acrylic  on  canvas
50 x 40 cm

Acrylic on  canvas
100  x  80  cm