April 22, 2006 - National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest - Josef Dabernig. Films.
April 22, 2006

Josef Dabernig. Films.

Josef Dabernig. Films.
(featuring G.R.A.M. and Markus Scherer)
26 April – 1 September

Curator: Florin Tudor

National Museum of Contemporary Art, MNAC, Bucharest
Palace of the Parliament, wing E4
Entrance Calea 13 Septembrie
Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Tel: 004021 3189137

www.mnac.ro

info [​at​] mnac.ro

This film selection presented now in Bucharest contains works done by Josef Dabernig between 1996 (Wisla) and 2005 (Lancia Thema). The films can be read like a layered narrative of different contexts, not necessarily explaining them but working with the tension generated by their internal contradictions. The script is constructed similar to Dabernig’s minimalist architecture interventions and grid structures, using rational methods to organize camera movements, tempo, actions – but at the same time considering imperfections, absences or lapses. His characters are performing usual, familiar gestures in a repetitive yet fragmented, disrupted way.

Florin Tudor

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The work of Josef Dabernig sometimes seems to be a sort of personal archaeology of modernity. It displays an admiration for the utopian and rational, but also a certain pleasure at gaps, mismatches and failures in such ideally conceived structures. It is important that he sees modernity as marked by contradictions and as heterogeneous in spite of its claims for universality. Admiration for the rational forms and structures of modernity and a certain obsession with them are always combined with an ironic and distanced attitude.

Igor Zabel, 2003

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thanks to: Barbara Steiner and Stiftung Galerie für Zeitgenossische Kunst Leipzig für Experimentale e.V. and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne.

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sponsors: HP, BRD, Peroni / media partners: RE:PUBLIK, ARHITECTURA, IGLOO, 24FUN, RFI, AQUA

Currently on view at MNAC:
Photographic experiments from the collection of IVAM | 13 April – 21 May NowHere Europe, curator Bartolomeo Pietromarchi | 10 march – 1 May Eastern Alliance 3 / Teledivision Show. | 10 May 2 July PREVIEW, selection from the Montevideo / Time Based Arts collection | 24 February – 13 May

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National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest
general director: Mihai Oroveanu | artistic director: Ruxandra Balaci

Palace of the Parliament, wing E4
Entrance Calea 13 Septembrie
Open: Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Tel: 004021 3189137

www.mnac.ro

info@mnac.ro

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