300511: Christine König Galerie Curated by - Dessislava Dimova: Anetta Mona Chi?a, Lucia Tká?ová - Material Culture

Christine König Galerie Curated by - Dessislava Dimova: Anetta Mona Chi?a, Lucia Tká?ová - Material Culture 13.05.11 to 18.06.11 Ambivalence or Clarity, Street or Gallery, Art or Politics ... In "Women, Art, and Power" (1988), the art historian Linda Nochlin showed how closely the development of feministic art history was linked with the "exciting days of the Women's Liberation Movement" in the early 1970's. A 20-part work of the two artists, Anetta Mona Chisa and Lucia Tkacova is correlated to this excitement and linkage. The Christine König Gallery shows the 20 small-format collages with black-and-white pictures taken from the history of the international women's movement in glass frames, which lean against the wall. The pictures show protests and demonstrations, women with slogans, banners and signboards: but the watchwords have been swapped around. The artists have retroactively ascribed the total ambivalence of the crusading women with red lettering on a pale background. Now they are carrying claims such as "Everything or Nothing", "Competition or Collaboration", "Mom or Dad" – sometimes several on one picture, sometimes only a single logo such as "Image or Text". On the one hand, this is amusing, but on the other also more than just the "suspense between high ideals and real life", as the curator, Dessislava Dimova, writes in the accompanying text. It's also an adaptation of Nochlin's outlined correlation between political engagement, artistic production and its reflection. And thereby a reference to the structural obstacles between the clarity postulate of politics and art's need for ambivalence. Flowerpots with clematis stand in ordered rows in the gallery's main room and carry a banderole with a reference to the remembrance of Lida Clemetisová. In the 1960's, the Czech opera singer fought to have her husband, Vladimir Clementis, reinstated. She herself was tortured, her husband - a prominent member of the Czechoslovakian Communist Party - did not survive Stalin's purge. The phonetic approximation with which the flower species seek to associate the name of a loved one and a crusader for justice is the cue for the tone of the contested consequential sound that we call cultural remembrance. Activism and art frequently come together in such deployment. By Jens Kastner Christine König Galerie 1040 Wien, Schleifmühlgasse 1a Tel: +43-1-585 74 74 Fax: +43-1-585 74 74-24 E-mail: office@christinekoeniggalerie.at http://www.christinekoeniggalerie.at Opening hours: Tue - Fri 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Christine König Galerie
1040 Wien, Schleifmühlgasse 1a
Tel: +43-1-585 74 74, Fax: +43-1-585 74 74-24
Email: office@christinekoeniggalerie.at
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