240214 : Startgalerie im MUSA: Eva Engelbert – In the field

Startgalerie im MUSA Eva Engelbert – In the field 04.02.2014 – 28.02.2014 Educational mandate By Wolfgang Pichler In general, this exhibition is dominated by rather unspectacular photos of sculptures in courtyards and fields in various community residences of the 1950s and 1960s. Since these are all small-format works the likeable impression of modesty is even stronger. Here, art is not a self-staging but tries to mediate between an increasingly apathetic audience and, the unjustly much too often ignored art in public space. It is gratifying, but at the same time alarming that the artist, born 1983, consequently points to the low form of cultural promotion and mediation – a task that is actually the responsibility of the public, more precisely, that of the City of Vienna. Alarming because one suddenly becomes aware of the fact that these works are not only ignored but that they don’t have a contemporary equivalent. High quality art objects are only positioned in public spaces for purposes of prestige, everything else is taken for granted. The main installation of the show, a construction of stairs bearing diverse plants, refers to the actual situation in a public building belonging to the City of Vienna: the plants are on loan from people working on the floors above the gallery. And it also seems as if the artist does not want to distance herself or spectacularly reformulate something, but rather present the beauty of these simple objects. Symbolically, one sculpture is located in the middle of the room: a concrete stele with the remains of a stolen fountain sculpture by Alois Heidel. Apart from the plinth, the work, entitled “Zugvogel” (Migrating Bird) is only made of the bird’s bronze feet that had been forcibly severed. The remaining second bird and the fragment on display are now part of the MUSA collection, thereby once again validating its important function as an archive – but also questioning whether or not it is sensible to protect art objects from too much accessibility and the risk of vandalism, by depriving it of its actual purpose of being a piece of art in a public space. 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 Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri: 11:00 - 18:00 hours; Thu 11:00 - 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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