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Markus Schinwald

28 October 2011 to 12 February 2012

Markus Schinwald is one of the most internationally acclaimed artists of his generation. In 2011 – almost at the same time as the major solo exhibition in LENTOS Kunstmuseum – he is presented at the Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
The graduate from the Linz Art University creates fascinating, highly independent work that makes masterly use of all contemporary artistic media and formats. Sculpture and
the staging of spaces, film, photography, painting and reproduction techniques are used to trace out an artistic framework interest in manifold ways: the human body as a cultural construct between self-presentation and disciplining, convention, correction, neurotic ticks and unsuspected grace. Deformations of the psyche find disconcerting physical correspondences. Influences from art history and consumer culture, from critical theory, film history and contemporary TV, choreography, stage set and the world of cabaret come into view: sensual, humorous, intelligent unmistakable. Markus Schinwald's exhibitions are highly complex arrangements, their fascination arising from an irritating contradiction between emotionally and aesthetically charged attraction and a recalcitrant rejection of a one-dimensional offer of meaning. Lifeless objects are
animated, puppets lead a life of their own, spaces present unexpected discoveries.
Kinetic objects dynamize static installations, sometimes performative appearances are part of the overall concept. Schinwald's art operates at the center of the sense of time, telling of the charged field of living life: between coercion and play, subjection and liberation, failure and elegance.

Curator: Stella Rollig


Thursday 27 October 2011, 7 p.m.

Sunday 20 November 2011, from 10 a.m.
sundays at 11
Stella Rollig in conversation with Markus Schinwald

Performances Stage Matrix
Thursday 15 December 2011, 8 p.m.
Thursday 19 January 2012, 7 p.m.

Guided tours

each Sunday, 4 p.m.
1 hour, costs € 3,- exclusive admission  

Thursday 15 December, 7 p.m.
Guided tour with the curator Stella Rollig


The catalogue is published in cooperation with the Kunstverein Hannover: Markus Schinwald. Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2011, with essays by Roland Meyer, Ute Stuffer, Wolfgang Ullrich, and a preface by Stella Rollig and René Zechlin, in German and English (museum edition € 25,-).


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