Peggy Meinfelder / 100 Westmark

Peggy Meinfelder
100 Westmark, Installation, dimensions flexible, 2004

peggy meinfelder
When there were two German states, each of them had its own currency: D-Mark and DDR-Mark. In the Eastern part, the hard currency of the capitalist neighbor was rare – and useful if you wanted to go shopping in one of the special shops who offered western articles [Intershop]. After the fall of the Wall in 1989, every inhabitant of East Germany was given 100 D-Mark as so called »welcome money«. For her installation 100 Westmark Peggy Meinfelder collected the things that the former GDR-residents bought with this money. Each of the articles is marked with the name and birthdate of the buyer, completed by short comments on their reasons for for making the purchase.

Peggy Meinfelder
Born in 1975 in Hildburghausen, German Democratic
Republic (GDR). Lives and works in Munich, Germany.
Education:
1993–1996 apprenticeship for stonecutting in
Bamberg 1996–98 journeyman’s years of service,
work as a restaurator of stone 1998–99 Study of
product design at the Academy of Arts, Stuttgart
1999–2001 Study of free arts at the Bauhaus-University,
Weimar 2001–04 Guest student at the Academy
of Arts, Munich, Department of Sculpture (Prof. Olaf
Metzel) 2004 Diploma at Bauhaus-University Weimar
Solo exhibition:
2009 Kompakter Ereignishorizont/ Kunstbunker/ Nürnberg
2007 Revision der Produktion/ Lothringer 13/ München
2006 My first 100 Westmark, Municipal Gallery of
Sonneberg, Germany
Selected group exhibitions:
2009 Monument to Transformation, City Gallery, Prague-Bucharest
››› Facbebook – between empathy and abstraction, Gallery Baer, Dresden-Berlin
Die ersten Jahre der Professionalität, BBK, Munich ›››
2008 850 Revisited, with ‘Expedition Medora’, ZKMax, Munich
Club 500, Kunsthaus, Erfurt 2007 Nostalgia, Haus Ungarn, Berlin
›››100 Jahre Ernst Dichter, Masc Foundation, Vienna
Final Couwntdown, Steinle Gallery, München ›››
KaDeOs, Johannesstr. 36-38, Kunsthaus Erfurt
2006 youth and music, Haus der Geschichte, Bonn ›››
Exhibition Marion-Ermer-Award 2006, New Museum
Residencies / Grants / Awards
2006 Marion-Ermer-Award
2008 Work Scholarship for Fine Arts of the Ministery of Education
of Thuringia State Project ››› Scholarship for Fine Arts of the
Bavarian State Capital Munich
2009 DAAD Scholarship Nordatlantik and USA

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