53rd Venice Biennale

53rd Venice Biennale

Austrian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Elke Krystufek: Ernst Ludwig we´ll say was exactly like that, 2009
Dorit Margreiter: Pavilion, 2009, film still
Franziska & Lois Weinberger: NOUS Komplexität des Unbestimmten / Herbarium, 1994

May 3, 2009

Austrian Pavilion
53rd International Art Exhibition
La Biennale di Venezia
June 7 – November 22, 2009

Elke Krystufek
Dorit Margreiter
Franziska & Lois Weinberger

VALIE EXPORT and Silvia Eiblmayr


Austria is presenting three artistic positions: Elke Krystufek, Dorit Margreiter and Franziska & Lois Weinberger. All have developed new works for the Austrian pavilion. Each of these artistic positions deals with a specific theme, and while their art differs greatly, they all share a structural approach, which critically questions the orders determining social aspects of our lives, our culture and politics.

Elke Krystufek condenses several themes in her painting installation TABOU TABOO (2009): Polynesia, the mythical place as it was conceived and conveyed in Modern European art, and the issue of a specifically “female gaze”. The title TABOU TABOO is a reference to the film “Tabu” by F. W. Murnau and further to Sigmund Freud’s “Totem und Tabu”. Krystufek replaces the word “Austria” on the outside of the pavilion with the word “Tabu”, and thus attacks the identity of the building.

Dorit Margreiter‘s work Pavilion (2009) is a film dealing with the place of its production and its mis-en-scène: the pavilion constructed by Austrian architect Josef Hoffmann, opened 1934 in the Giardini of Venice. Margreiter explores the pavilion as an utopian space of art, forming an architectural sculpture in itself. Pavilion is a grainy black-and-white film with a surreal quality. Its staged rendition at the actual site mirrors the pavilion in its space and in time, it is a projection of itself onto itself.

Laubreise (2008/09) by Franziska & Lois Weinberger is an outside piece, an accessible architectural sctructure located between pavilion and canal which houses an object inside. Laubreise as well as other works by F. & L. Weinberger deal with the relationship between “nature” and “culture”; their work is about the subtle „peripheries of perception” of an “invisible nature / spiritual nature” (L. Weinberger). Inside the pavilion an installation gives insight into Weinberger’s work from 1976 until today.

VALIE EXPORT and Silvia Eiblmayr (eds.):
Elke Krystufek. Dorit Margreiter. Franziska & Lois Weinberger
Austrian Pavilion, 53. International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
Contributions by Hildegund Amanshauser, Xabier Arakistain, Roel Arkesteijn, Barbara Clausen, interview by Dieter Buchhart, introduction by V. EXPORT and S. Eiblmayr, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne 2009.

La Biennale di Venezia
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