280708: Galerie im Taxispalais: Geta Bratescu, Ana Lupas

Galerie im Taxispalais: Geta Bratescu, Ana Lupas From the treasure chest of the 70s The Taxispalais is showing discoveries from the conceptual treasure chest of the 70s by exhibiting works created by the two Romanian artists Geta Bratescu and Ana Lupas, born 1926 and 1940 respectively. Wooden strips bandaged to a crooked pair, a drapery of felt, and two table lamps – art-crutches on stage. When Geta Bratescu was a child, her hometown was bombed, and her school was transformed into a base hospital. Her installation “No to Violence”, created in 1974, was reconstructed for this exhibit. The Romanian avant-garde had to interact in a small intellectual circle. Performances developed in a studio or outside. What remained are photos and videos. Two hands, talking to one another – seen by the artists as a “second portrait” in the video “Hands” (1977). In a photo series from 1975 Bratescu pulls one transparent plastic bag after another over her head, until her portrait disappears into nothing. She saw this as the essence of a body in space respectively its decomposition. Ana Lupas preserved the leftovers of an action, which began in 1964 and lasted for 10 years, as pewter monuments. The then 24-year old asked farmers to bind corn-ears in the form of minimalist sculptures. She covered the entire wall of the gallery’s main hall with a photo series documenting this action and juxtaposing it to the pewter relicts. The photo projection of a performance dating from 1970 is also remarkable: 100 village residents hang wet white bed sheets onto endless clotheslines – “Humid Installation”. 30 years later Lupas reconstructs the sheets out of paper and lets them bleed white with red paint. Relicts of archaic weddings, which claim the bloodstain as a proof of virginity? For the artist it is simply a symbol for the end of conceptual art. Galerie im Taxispalais 6020 Innsbruck, Maraia-Theresien-Strasse 45, until 24. 08.08 www.galerieimtaxispalais.at

Taxispalais Kunsthalle Tirol
6020 Innsbruck, Maria-Theresien-Str. 45
Tel: +43 512 508 3171
Email: taxispalais@tirol.gv.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di-So 11-18, Do 11-20 Uhr

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