June 24th, 2012

Gerwald Rockenschaub at Secession

Artist: Gerwald Rockenschaub

Venue: Secession, Vienna

Exhibition Title: Gustav Klimt – Beethoven Frieze, Gerwald Rockenschaub – Plattform

Date: March 23, 2012 – January 13, 2013

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Images courtesy of Secession, Vienna. Photos by Wolfgang Thaler.

Press Release:

The Beethoven Frieze close up, as seen by conservators and artists

With the twin exhibition projects Close-up – Gustav Klimt ~ Gerwald Rockenschaub – Plattform, artist Gerwald Rockenschaub, the Federal Office for the Protection of Monuments, and the conservators at Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts reflect on a key work from the period of artistic renewal at the dawn of the 20th century. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Klimt’s birth, the Secession offers visitors a detailed look at the Beethoven Frieze, shedding both scientific and artistic light on this icon of cultural history.

Gerwald Rockenschaub, Plattform (2012)

The installation developed by Gerwald Rockenschaub for the room containing the Beethoven Frieze at the Secession allows visitors to perceive this work from unusual perspectives and new viewpoints. His sculptural intervention allows the frieze, that runs round the room at a height of between three and five meters, to be viewed at eye level for the first time. The two works, Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze and Rockenschaub’s Plattform, enter into dialog on equal terms. While the platform is functional, in its quality as an object it also asserts itself as an autonomous work. “Up to a certain point,” says the artist, “the platform is also supposed to appear in this setting as a work of art, not just as purely functional architecture.”

Plattform displays many features that are characteristic of Rockenschaub’s artistic idiom: standard commercial materials, symbolic minimalism, monochrome surfaces. “Color,” the artist says, “is pretty much the most minimal means of heightening object character. I dip into the paint bucket with few inhibitions, in a childish-childlike way.” With his platform at the Secession, he also continues a series of installations begun in the late 1980s that use podiums, benches, curtains, or partitions to guide visitors around the exhibition, altering modes of perception and recoding the social and architectural space. “It is always a respectful approach, he emphasizes, “never an ironic commentary.”

Biographical outline

Gerwald Rockenschaub (born 1952 in Linz) lives and works in Berlin.

Selected solo shows // 2012: Embrace Romance/Remodeled, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg; 2011: If I ever had the chance again, I’d probably do the same, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg; 2010: Gone is back again, House of Art Ceske Budejovice, Budweis; 2009: Promise vs. Reality, Villa Stuck, Munich.

Selected groups shows // 2012: Utopie Gesamtkunstwerk, Belvedere, 21er Haus, Vienna; 2011: Carte Blanche a John Armleder. All of the above, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 2010: Bilder über Bilder, MUMOK, Vienna; Amsterdam – Berlin, De Service Garage, Amsterdam; maximal pleasure, Souterrain, Berlin; 2009: Don’t Follow Me I’m Lost Too, Substitut, Berlin; Wiener Musterzimmer, Orangerie – Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna; Spacioux, Lambretto Art Project, Milan; 2007: Documenta 12, Kassel

Link: Gerwald Rockenschaub at Secession

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