*1984 Merate, Italy
Dual citizenship Italian and German
Colombo graduated from Brera Academy in Milan, before studying Fine Arts in Madrid at the University Complutense of Fine Arts, and then completed a practical internship in Scenic Design at La Scala Theatre. In 2010, she moved to Germany and studied at the University of Applied Sciences – Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf.
Marta Colombo has exhibited internationally in museums and public institutions, such as Kasseler Kunstverein in Fridericianum, Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, Art Center Bethanien Berlin, Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels, Museum Giovanni Fattori Livorno, Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Haus der Kunst in Palermo, Museum Dortmunder U, Museum Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, Lehmbruck Museum Duisburg and the Museo Palazzo della Permanente in Milan.
Works by Marta Colombo are in several public and privat collections, such as the collection of Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, collection VIR Via Farini in Milan, collection of North Rhine–Westphalia (Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster) and collection Comacina (Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan).
My research-based practice – including drawings, silkscreens, sculptures, installations, and participatory formats – is inherently alive, due to its distinctive materiality and colour spectrums. My methods involve questioning materials, spatial structures, perceptual strategies, and the sensory response of viewers. I explore staging processes and spatial relationships of objects to their surroundings in analogue as well as digital spaces.
Influenced by my mother’s profession as a stage designer at La Scala in Milan, I understand an exhibition as a kind of stage, putting visitors into a specific atmosphere and making my concept tangible.
The conception and arrangement of my works help to create a particular mood and activate the sensory perception of the audience. For my series Scenographic Laboratory (conceived for Kunstverein Kassel) and Touch Me (NKR – Neuer Kunstraum Düsseldorf), I invited the visitors to interact with the elements in the space and to modify my compositions. This allowed them to become an active part of the exhibition and to physically grasp the themes of my work.
Marta Colombo, 2023