220811: Startgalerie im MUSA Maria Anwander & Ruben Aubrecht – Possible result of working together

Startgalerie im MUSA Maria Anwander & Ruben Aubrecht – Possible result of working together 22.07.11 until 01.09.11 Application as jester An almost empty gallery room, only a few notes mounted on the walls. In one corner, behind an empty partition screen, the words “I knew someone in the jury” are scribbled on the wall – similar to a bashful confession that no-one is supposed to hear or read. That this statement, as an independent piece of work, has the exact opposite effect and thereby – not without self-irony – questions the fairness of a jury as an institution is part of the show's bigger concept. To deal with the oftentimes questionable mechanisms of the art scene is a well-known tradition among critical artists, and it is exactly this that is done here with humor and with consequence. Anwander and Aubrecht renounce all forms of art objects and exclusively exhibit documents that cite their relationship to the art world. That a letter of rejection by the Magistrate Department 7 Culture –the department operating the MUSA in the Startgalerie – is among the works presented here, demonstrates the absurdity connected with the allocation of subsidies and the evaluation of art itself. With this exhibition, both artists position themselves among a large crowd of critical artists, ranging from Warhol to Dali and Beuys to Daniel Spörri. At all times these positions are seemingly targeted against the market and the mechanisms by which art is evaluated. But it is not unusual that exactly these positions are particularly often purchased as they offer a twofold benefit: not only does one document one’s own openness towards modern conceptual art, but one also affords the luxury to pay someone for being criticized. In a way this is a modern form of a jester, who was the only one allowed to criticize those in power and who paid for his criticism. Then as now, this has no consequences for those in power and it therefore only seems logical that the documents of refusal and failure have a market value of between 1600 and 3000 euros. By Wolfgang Pichler Startgalerie im MUSA 1010 Vienna, Felderstraße 6-8, next to the Town Hall Tel: +43 (0)1 4000 8400 email: artothek@musa.at http://www.musa.at/startgalerie Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri – 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Thu 11 a.m. – 20 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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