250709: Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum: Robert Wilson – VOOM Portraits

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum: Robert Wilson – VOOM Portraits The magic of animated pictures If an all-rounder like Robert Wilson – director, choreographer, playwright, painter, curator, light designer, stage designer, and architect – starts working, there is a lot to be expected. The current series of VOOM video portraits offers impressive and intensive images and sound. The entire upper floor of the Neue Galerie is darkened, and you are welcomed by magically attuning sound effects. In most rooms only one “picture” is mounted, which strongly influences the overall effect. This mixture of tone and sounds – Wilson worked with the musicians Tom Waits, Lou Reed, and Marianne Faithfull - and the lighting of the picture boxes, turns the walk through the gallery into a ride in the ghost train. One is physically under tension and intently expecting something eerie looming around the corner. The portraits of celebrities are reminiscences and references to pictures from movies, art history, but also “autobiographical, sociografical and epochal”, as Peter Weibel writes in the accompanying text, but never clearly attributable to a single original, but always a mixture of various sources. Caroline of Monaco is transformed into her own mother in “To Catch a Thief” and at the same time the portrait reminds of John Singer Sargent’s “Portrait of Madame X” (1884), John Buscemi, standing in front of the butcher’s bench, mimes a scene from “The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover” by Peter Greenaway and at the same time reveals characteristics of Dracula. Johnny Depp poses as Rrose Sélavy in a drag queen costume and Brad Pitt stand in the rain in his underwear. Animals also become protagonists in Wilson’s portraits. The mirror hall impresses with a rhythmic series of colourful horn frog portraits - accompanied by Johann Sebastian Bach. By Nora Theiss Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum 8010 Graz, Sackstrasse 16, until 06.09.09 www.neuegalerie.at

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