110711: Startgalerie im MUSA Stefan Malicky – Désillusion

Startgalerie im MUSA Stefan Malicky – Désillusion 17.06.11 – 14.07.11 Avant-garde romanticism Stefan Malicky’s restrained drawings strongly remind of 20th century classic avant-garde. Marcel Duchamp and André Breton come to one’s mind as well as Dadaism and Surrealism in general – mainly due to his use of literary quotes that are partly in French. It is exactly this era in which something Bohemian still existed (or at least how we envisage it) that this exhibition attempts to match. Yet also other representatives of what we commonly summarize as “Modernism” emerge in Malicky’s drawings. One of his aquarelle illustrations reminds strongly of Piet Mondrian’s stringently constructed compositions dating back to the 1930s: rectangular colour patterns on a grid of black lines and bars against a white background. Fine pencil drawings remind of Cy Twombly or Robert Rauschenberg – in short, he seems to have processed half of last century’s art history; one cannot help to imagine the artist as an intellectual and his works as a form of theory. A bookcase with an odd travel diary comprising computer printouts and handwritten notes - associating the artist with the old tradition of undertaking “study trips” - and a banana carton with a model of the gallery and the book “Illegitimate Art” by Luc Boltanski and Pierre Bourdieu, round out the image of an artist as a travelling thinker. To which extent this is considered a cliché or the consequent realisation of an ideal is up to the respective viewer. That idealization and romanticism, including its intrinsically related irony, resonates in Malicky’s oeuvre - despite all sobriety – does no harm, on the contrary – one would wish for more. By Wolfgang Pichler Startgalerie im MUSA 1010 Vienna, Felderstrasse 6-8, next to the town hall http://www.musa.at/ Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thu 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Startgalerie im MUSA
1010 Wien, Felderstraße 6-8, neben dem Rathaus
Tel: +43 1 4000 8400, Fax: +43 1 4000-99-8400
Email: musa@musa.at
Öffnungszeiten: Di, Mi, Fr 11-18, Do 11-20, Sa 11-16 h

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