Martin Eder : The Spirit is Weak, but the Flesh is Willing

06 Oct 2021 – 11 Nov 2021


“The Spirit is Weak, but the Flesh is Willing“, a solo exhibition of new paintings by the Berlin-based artist Martin Eder will go on show at HENI Gallery, in Soho, opening on 6 October 2021 in collaboration and support of Newport Street Gallery.

Eder’s paintings examine beauty and ugliness, depicting kittens and wide-eyed puppies alongside uncompromising nudes and more sinister and surreal encounters.

The new series of paintings describe a descent into hell – as in Dante’s Inferno – into the deeper regions of the subconscious mind and its dreams. Martin Eder‘s work can be read as a coded irony, a melancholic intermediary stage in the cosmos of New Objectivity, sharp, cynical, anti-attitude, contemporary figurative painting and installation. He is concerned with the issues of metaphysics: the quest for the cognition of the underlying structure and the principles of reality.

The works are full of hidden meanings, secret messages, stories and unsolved mysteries. There is a sense of something uncanny lurking behind each and every corner. In the title of the show, which is a reversal of the well-known biblical quote, the artist says he is attempting to describe the post Pandemic state of mind in which find ourselves.

The catalogue includes a conversation with Martin Eder, Damien Hirst, and Tim Marlow.


Exhibition dates: 6 October – 11 November 2021
Address: HENI London,  1st Floor, 6-10 Lexington St, London, W1F 9AH
Opening hours: 11am – 6pm, daily
Entry is free

Image: Martin Eder, The Essence of Illusion, 2021
© Martin Eder. All rights reserved, 2021

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