150609: La Biennale di Venezia: 53 Venice Biennale – Austrian Pavilion

La Biennale di Venezia: 53 Venice Biennale – Austrian Pavilion Something’s fermenting The outer encroachments and ingredients are very subtle: the temporary new outbuilding by Franziska and Lois Weinberger on the left of the pavilion conceals – critically questioning the Giardini and the pavilion system – a slowly transforming compost heap in its interior. In the middle of the pavilion the view to the interior court is irritated by an artfully positioned white installation, part of the Dorit Margreiter installation “Pavilion”, placed there by the architect Gabu Heindl to centre the otherwise visually baseless tree through shifting the centre line towards the right. And the German word “TABU” attached to the outside façade of the space installation “TABOU TABOO” by Elke Krystufek in the interior pretends to be a different name for Austria. This time the Austrian Pavilion had two commissioners, Valie Export and Silvia Eiblmayer, who selected three – Austrian – positions. The Weinbergers added a selection of earlier works to their olfactory sensational and poetic new work “Laubreise” (foliage journey) – quasi the museum juxtaposed to the fermenting contemporary art. Dorit Margreiter shot a black-and-white film in the Josef Hoffmann building in the Giardini, constructed in 1934, and thereby delved into this architectural sculpture. The performance of two women in this multilayered film is a reference to the fact that this pavilion was once a utopian exhibition space for painting and sculptures. The “Pavilion” screening room, designed by Gabu Heindl, itself is a sculptural “Grey Room”: a passageway forming an open movie room, in which the camera movements are projected throughout the empty building. Elke Krystufek’s installation of drawings and sketches, as well as a video based on conversations held at art openings, deals with social taboos: the heterosexual female view of the male body, by which she consequently substitutes the to this day still dominant male view of the female body. Choosing three such renowned positions seemed to be a safe bet. But the concept didn’t quite work out. Collectively they are too compact and intensive, and compete against each other. Admittedly, one would not want to miss any of these three Biennial installations, but less would have been more. By Andrea Winklbauer La Biennale di Venezia 30122 Venezia, Giardini della Biennale, until 22.11.09 www.labiennale.org

Österreichischer Pavillon - La Biennale di Venezia
30122 Venezia, Giardini della Biennale
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