Since 2014, the K52 Art Foundation has awarded a grant for artists over 45. Frank Maibier received the 2021 grant in recognition of his mature as well as exceptional work. The artist creates temporary and long-lasting installations, sculptures and image carriers – often from simple, supposedly low-grade materials – in which formal and constructive moments of representation manifest themselves just as much as his subtle reflections on or about literature and music. As a self-taught artist, Maibier has consistently developed and continued an oeuvre that captivates through sensitive and intelligent questioning and examination of spaces and materials. Beyond art market-oriented aesthetics, the artist often works in a space- and history-specific manner, offering the viewer unusual perceptions of perspective and visualizations of history, literature, or sound.
Frank Maibier was born in Werneuchen in 1959. After training as a car mechanic, Maibier devoted himself as an autodidact to music and sound projects since the mid-1980s and created his first works using paper. In 1999 he received the scholarship of the Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art, Casa Baldi, Olevano Romano, likewise in 2021 that of the K52 Art Foundation.
The catalog is published on the occasion of the exhibition “Frank Maibier schnittfall” in the gallery of the K52 Art Foundation in Berlin (24.11.-18.12.2021).
Authorship: Harald Kunde, Frank Maibier