Martin Honert

  • Martin Honert

  • Honert Martin

    Mutprobe (Test of Courage), 1999

    Polyester, acrylic on wood, epoxy resin, metal
    450 × 190 × 140 cm
    Esther Schipper, Berlin

    Martin Honert was born in 1953 in Bottrop, in Germany. He lives and works between Düsseldorf and Dresden.

    Mutprobe (Test of Courage) is based on a scene in Erich Kästner's 1933 children's book Das Fliegende Klassenzimmer (The Flying Classroom).

    As Honert noted in 2012: "Anyone who knows Kästner’s story, whether from the book or the film, will recall the dramatic scene: to demonstrate his courage to his friends, little Uli jumps from a high scaffold holding an umbrella. Mutprobe (Test of Courage) captures the moment of this leap, as seen in Kurt Hoffmann’s 1954 film version. The work is a faithful imitation of a still of this scene, deliberately matched to the palette of old black-and-white film."

    Martin Honert, Mutprobe (Test of Courage), 1999. Courtesy the artist and Esther Schipper, Berlin
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