100912: Startgalerie im MUSA Alija Piry – Andante

Startgalerie im MUSA Alija Piry – Andante 07.09. 2012 – 06.10.2012 Why pictures don't talk By Wolfgang Pichler This exhibition is just the right one for all those who have always wanted to have a talking picture that tells them what to think and feel when observing it. A small-format, white screen, which, thanks to projected speech bubbles, talks to the observer. Ironic, but not laughable, the usual situation is reversed: not the observer comments on the picture, but the picture comments - that’s to say, the person actually standing in front of the picture is not cited but rather the usual phrases and commentaries that are uttered on such occasions. The fact that these don't actually say anything about the object hanging on the wall in front of the observer becomes apparent through disengagement from the usual context and shows gently but relentlessly about what such "talks" are actually about - the people standing in front of the work. That the exhibition's many small pictures are all entirely abstract, but yet evoke strong associations, fits the bill. Happily, these don't exactly speak but leave the space needed to enjoy the art. One is reminded of Monet's Lillies or Cezanne's Mont Sante Victoire, even though there is nothing impressionistic about the pictures. But the barely A-4 format screens appear to draw the artistically tailored details from these paintings. In contrast, a cluster of papers on the wall splattered with coloured inks appears like a collection of playful, amoebae-like animals from a children's film; yet they contribute an elegant lightness, and one is really thankful for the consideration that one is not pushed into a corner by annoying commentaries regarding the meaning of these works. Sometimes there's a reason why pictures don't talk. Startgalerie im MUSA 1010 Vienna, Felderstrasse 6-8, next to the Town Hall Tel: +43 (0) 1 4000 8400 Email: musa@musa.at http://www.musa.at/startgalerie Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri: 11.00 – 18.00 hours, Thu: 11.00 to 20.00 hours, Sat: 11.00 – 16.00 hours

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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