Notes for use
Ordering and Numbering System
The catalogue number is preceded by “MW”. The first pair of digits is obtained by subtracting the year the work was created from the year when the artist was born. If the year of origin is unknown, a zero is assigned. A full stop separates this number from a sequential number representing each work created in the given year. The order corresponds to the chronological sequence, if this is known. In cases where it was not possible to trace the exact chronological sequence by conducting research into the estate, the work was categorised according to material, subject, or style. Works of art that were created as a group or represent variations of a superordinate work were grouped together under one number and were numbered in turn, separated by a full stop.
Media Representation of Artworks
The Maja Weyermann Catalogue Raisonné aims to provide high-quality photographs of all artworks for reference purposes, including primary and alternative views, as well as photographs from the past. Although every effort has been made to obtain high-quality photographs of each artwork, lower-quality photographs may also be used if they are the only ones available or if they are of particular importance to understanding the artwork in question.
Work titles rely either on inscriptions by the artist placed on the front or back of the work, or on information provided in exhibitions, publications and documents from the estate. The term “untitled” is used when there is no reference to a title, or the artist herself has named the work as such. The language used by the artist is retained. Courtesy translations to aid comprehension are placed in square brackets and written in Roman type.
The dating information was determined with as much accuracy as is currently possible. This is based either on inscriptions by the artist placed on the front or back of the artwork, or on information found in exhibitions, publications and documents from the estate. If there are several dates on the work, it can be assumed that the artist took more than one year to complete the work. In these cases, the earliest and latest dating is indicated. If the exact year of origin could not be reconstructed despite researching the above-mentioned sources, the dating is determined by material, subject or style wherever possible and marked as “c.”. Other works without any indication of the year of creation are marked as “undated”.
Material and Techniques
The information on material and technique is based on a visual inspection of the artwork. Whenever this has not been possible, documents from the estate and catalogues have been consulted.
Dimensions appear in inches, generally to the closest 1/8 inch, followed by the centimetre equivalents (height, width and depth). If more than one dimension is given or if it aids understanding, the dimensions are specified by a prefixed explanation. For example, if the size cannot be determined precisely, a “c.” is added as a prefix.
All inscriptions are by the artist, except where otherwise noted. The type and location of the inscription on a work of art are both described. All artist descriptions on the works – signature, date, title etc. – are cited verbatim. In cases where Weyermann uses non-Latin characters, this is indicated by a corresponding symbol. A line break is marked with a slash. If no signature or inscription exists on the artwork, “Without inscriptions” is indicated. When the presence or absence of a signature cannot be determined due to the current location or condition of the artwork, no indication is given.
The majority of the renderings, all created between 1999 and 2015, as well as a silkscreen from 1998, have been issued as an edition. Whenever separate or additional versions or editions of a motif have been produced, to be used for exhibitions, for example, these are indicated with all details in the same entry with the heading “Additional Versions” under an extended catalog number (e.g. MW 45.11. → MW 45.11.1). AP stands for Artist Proof.
Comments may be made to explain any important aspects of the artwork that are not listed in other fields.
Current Location and Provenance
The most comprehensive and accurate details of an artwork’s current ownership and provenance are given; these may include the date of acquisition, if known. Collection credits and provenance notations are provided as specified by the artwork’s current and past owners. Individual collectors who have asked to remain unnamed are listed as “Private collection”. Collectors who have not indicated a preferred credit are also listed as “Private collection”. Where it has been determined that artworks have been lost or destroyed, they are listed as such in place of ownership. Works for which no current location has been established at the end of the project’s research will be listed as “Location unknown” in place of ownership. For the sake of practicality, the artist produced each copy of the renderings’ editions as needed. The whereabouts of all existing copies of an edition are listed in each case, preceded by the edition number. Provenance is listed from the first known owner through to the current collection. Whereas Weyermann was generally the first owner of each artwork, the artist is not listed in the provenance. Artworks in Weyermann’s possession at the time of the artist’s death in 2016 are listed as “Maja Weyermann Archive” in the provenance. Galleries, while seldom owners of a work per se, are generally included in the provenance, with works currently on consignment marked as “consigned by the artist”.
Related Artworks, Exhibitions and Publications
Every known exhibition and publication, as well as works by the artist related to a particular artwork, are listed under their category and linked to that entry. Individual and group exhibitions in which the work was shown are listed, specifying the venue, title, and year. The bibliography for an artwork entry includes books, essays, newspaper and journal articles, exhibition catalogues, monographs, and other writings in which the work has been cited and/or illustrated. Bibliographic entries include writings both by and about Maja Weyermann.
Menu items in the global navigation bar
The navigational structure of the Maja Weyermann Catalogue Raisonné includes the following menu items:
The catalogue logo leads to the home page.
Catalogue lists all artworks available in the catalogue and provides the option of sorting and filtering based on the attributes of work type, year and decade of origin.
Advanced search offers various fields (Keyword, Title, Catalogue number, Type, Date range, Techniques and Material) for a detailed search of all the artworks listed in the Catalogue. The result provides the option of sorting and filtering based on the attributes of work type and year of creation.
Series of Works
In this section, an attempt is made to take a closer look at the phases of Maja Weyermann's artistic practice in the light of a text specially written or selected for the purpose. If no other author is named, the texts on the series of works have been written by the art historian Meta Marina Beeck.
The artist’s curriculum vitae has been compiled by Meta Marina Beeck with the help of documents from the estate and statements by contemporary witnesses.
Solo Shows, Group Shows
Provides a list indicating the venue, title and year of all known solo and group exhibitions up to the present day. Each exhibition contains a link to more detailed information, such as featured artworks and views of the exhibition.
Provides a list of selected publications up to the present day, including the author, title, medium, publisher and year. Each publication is linked to further information, such as the works discussed and, in some cases, the text itself.
Adjustments and additions are always welcome and can be sent to the Maja Weyermann Archive here.
The Quick Search feature, located on the right-hand side of the global navigation bar, runs a full-text query across the entire database and organises results according to types (Artworks, Series of Works, Exhibitions and Bibliographic Entries).
This leads to the German version of the Maja Weyermann Catalogue Raisonné. The German texts were edited by Christiane Weidemann.
The English texts were edited or translated from German by Nicola Morris, unless otherwise specified.