310510: Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum Bertram Hasenauer - Sulur, Paintings and Drawings

Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum 15.05.10 - 18.07.10 Bertram Hasenauer - Sulur, Paintings and Drawings Appear and disappear La vérité a un visage d'homme. [Albert Camus]. In the Greek mythology, Promotheus, the Creator God formed androgynous humans out of clay and Goddess Athena breathed wisdom and knowledge into them. Betram Hasenauer’s portraits appear like figures transferred from the ancient world to today, ageless and disconnected from time. They insinuate something that is not (no longer) visible. Their skin radiates eternal adolescence, their faces are flawless, and they unfold against a neutral background, as if peeled out of time. They have no memory and their glance is not directed towards anything in particular. Especially the eyes present the spatial as well as timely ambivalence of the paintings; their facelessness embodies both the beginning and the end. No matter if their glance is directed ahead, towards the viewer, or away from him, towards the back, it always seems to gaze into space. Reality oscillates between past and future. The figures remain in a (self) reflective poise, open eyed, but simultaneously withdrawn. Their faces are characterized by mysteriousness, underlined by captions respectively commentaries. Still hanging on to what may be. “The world is constituted in such a way that things appear and disappear. … Not reality constitutes the opposite of appearance, but its disappearance”, John Dewey stated in an essay in 1927 (Reality and Appearance). By holding on to the moment its disappearance is already included. You somehow slip away. The expression of meditative indifference in the faces creates a distance, which evades all usurpation. Man is a “figure of distance” (Heidegger, Vom Wesen des Grundes). Who are those depicted on the paintings? What do they refer to? What is the idea behind a portrait? The Greek work idea means “appearance” and derivates from ideio – to see, recognize. For Plato, ideas are archetypes and concrete appearances. They do not change; they are immortal and identical with themselves. Bertram Hasenauer mistrusts a rigid terminology as well as the attempt to capture time or appearances on canvas. He is not interested in the depiction of reality or in forming pure ideas (abstraction). Art has its own reality and is reality in itself. It has its own effect, its mysteriousness. If one is tempted to solve its mystery, it dissolves. Hasenauer’s figures gaze at us and pull away from our glance. We do not read their face. The paintings store and reflect the perceptions of the viewer and at the same time throw the viewer back towards his own perceptions. By Elvira Gross Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum 5010 Salzburg, Wiener Philharmonikergasse 9 Tel: 0662/8042-2541 Fax: 0662/8042-2542?http://www.rupertinum.at Opening hours: Tue - Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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