021109: Belvedere: Viennese Showroom

Belvedere: Viennese Showroom “Improved Living” at the Belvedere “The unexpected, which you expected” – Art by the meter The exhibition promises to be a balancing act between art and design. “Art is useless and occupies space, which is separated from the space of functional objects”, Richard Artschwager says about dealing with art objects, which - as in his case - are hardly indistinguishable from furniture design. Therefore, the question of art must be considered in a context: at a furniture fair, the “showrooms” would only be seen as cool fair stands and the cloth collections would only be discussed in the context of fashion trends, while at an art exhibit such as this one, the “personal positions” of the artists are questioned. The curator, MUMOK director Edelbert Köb, currently still in office, gathered numerous of his favourite artists - all closely connected to Backhausen, a company renowned for its textile art tradition - to establish a contemporary line. Wittmann offered to cooperate with its furniture creations. Who would be able to continue the good old days of the Wiener Werkstätte? Not textile designers, but artists who have already become brands, are of interest for the design market. During the 1980’s, the game with decorations by neo-geo-representatives, such as Kogler and Rockenschaub, was already popular. Peter Kogler extends his existing textile collection with computer graphics, which was recently displayed as wallpaper at his solo show at the MUMOK. This space made up of topological convolutions becomes even more flowing in its textile transformation. By lighting a carpet with a pixel brain structure (Tai Ping) with the help of a naked light bulb he produced the association of light in a higher dimensional space. Gilbert Bretterbauer covered the space with a net of intertwining circles made of colourful satin-ribbons. Behind the net, the objects with their excessive patterns seem to interfere with one another in a psychedelic reality, across flowing borders. This is contrasted by Irene and Christine Hohenbüchler’s small table object with the words “emptiness…vacancy” sawed out, as well as by Florian Schmidt’s wooden wall. Florian Pumhösl transforms sophisticated weaving flaws into a design element and satirizes the aesthetics of a fair berth. An attitude of art rejection, which is only surpassed by the “service provider” personally: Gerwald Rockenschaub places Friedrich Kiesler’s sofa with its “candy covered conspiracy”-pattern in front of a strictly blue-gray-black cube pattern covered berth. The style of his cloths matches those of the Wiener Werkstätten tradition, and are suitable for every executive office floor. Esther Stocker commensurately designs all interior spaces of her abstract room with table and lamp elements. Her otherwise crude black beams are transformed by a delicate cloth design. Lisa Ruyter transformed a moody childhood memory – the cheering crowd at a concert – from a pop-like painting into a figurative ornament, which was realized in harmonious, warm earth tones as costly Jacquard looms. In any case - the viewpoint is decisive if this is an art show or applied art. Marcel Duchamp, the “inventor” of this balancing act, once demanded that the recipients should always be involved in the production of art and this time they can even take the applied art home, without any limit, “everyone to his own taste”, by the meter. By Renate Quehenberger Belvedere 1030 Vienna, Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, until 24.01.10 http://www.belvedere.at

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