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Room for artistic interventions

Room for artistic interventions im the Museum of Fine Arts

  • Heaven’s inferno dress

    Carola Willbrand, 2017

    Heaven’s inferno dress

    Carola Willbrand lives and works near Cologne; since 1981 projects, exhibitions, performances, artist books using materials of daily life: wallpaper, carpet, worn clothes. The thread ties all my materials together. The metaphor ‘thread’ is the image for life.

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Chronology of the artistic interventions - curated by Michael Braunsteiner:

  • untitledFranz Graf

    The goal of his work was to trace the “silence of older worlds” that open up the experience of “deep concentration and silent meditation” of the medieval monks in their writing room. He creates an ongoing dialogue between the objects found during his exploratory expeditions to the depot as well as in the nooks and crannies of Admont Benedictine Abbey and the painted writings on the wall and the ravens he brought along – as placeholders on the wall.   

  • NatureIngeborg Strobl

     A cooperation with a class from Admont secondary school (wall drawings based on baroque paintings). The Holy Ghost assumes the form of a pigeon and floats over various images of animals, which can be interpreted and perceived differently. The pigeon as a symbol of peace – the animal as the embodiment of a message as well as a part of creation.

  • … forth and back and …Markus Wilfling, 1 Video + Skulptur, Kamera: Krisztina Kerekes

    The conceptual background points to the current activities of Admont Abbey in the realm of contemporary art in dialogue with the historical exhibits from earlier periods, harking back to the Middle Ages and the baroque period, when the monastery experienced its cultural peak. A video piece “transports” segments of the art depot that are normally not displayed to the centre of the museum.

  • Taxidermy – moveNorbert Trummer

    Drawings and animations. Taxidermy displays from the natural history collections of the monastery observed in close detail in the process of drawing.

  • Course of thingsThomas Baumann und Martin Kaltner

    Video installation. Discarded objects were extracted from the regular disposal systems and subject to interrogation with regard to their value against the backdrop of the art and natural history museum collection of Admont Abbey. The “Course of things” (conveyor belt video) was explained at a theoretical level as a principle immanent to the world and the universe.    

  • Ephemeral and eternalStefan Emmelmann

    Perceptual images on the topic of word, writing, library with special relation to the annual topic of “Attention Library”.

  • The shadow of the sunWilhelm Scherübl

    A room for experiencing and reflecting upon processes and structures of the natural – deriving from a selection of his artistic explorations in and with nature: a black-white pattern on the walls, dry plant material in cloth bags, ENNS as a cool-lit writing, historical books, video loops – water, energy, light, matter, time, wind, movement. The process of becoming and decaying as complex forms of continual renewal. The installation makes multiple references to Admont Abbey and to its environs, to the natural history collection and to the library as a repository of knowledge.

  • Study of toadstools (2003)Werner Reiterer

    Interactive sculpture as part of “Play Admont”. A toadstool filled with ping-pong balls that are thrown into the air when the visitor appears and demands a response: either pick up or leave right there.  

  • Admont’s MadonnaKarl Leitgeb

    Multimedia intervention on the topic of absence/non-presence of “Admont Madonna”. A recent low-grade artistic statue of Madonna and an old tape recorder as an attribute with an endless tape running through it: on the one hand depicting a continually changing sculpture, and on the other a sound storage medium for the acoustic effort to create stillness – silence! A video documented this work that is open to interpretations on multiple levels.

  • Golden DeliciousHannelore Demel-Lerchster

    Portraits carved out of apples. The different apple-heads refer to the collection of wax fruits in the Museum of Natural History. The numerous apple heads freely hanging on filaments aged during the course of the exhibition. That signified to what extent the loss of “the juice of life” in the passage of time produces massive changes in the outer appearance. Size, form, colour, and smell must bow to the exigencies of the aging process: Gap between youth and old age, between smooth and wrinkly, between life and death.    

  • The Placebo Macclesfield PsalterEmil Siemeister

    A backlit frieze in the room promises an extraordinary sense experience in a state of wide-awakeness. The raw material for these special transformations derives from the “Macclesfield Psalter” (illuminated manuscript, 14th century, from the collection of Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge). In 2016, this installation was shown in the same dimensions as the room in Admont to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, displayed on a 1:1 scale, transfer of room and art.

  • GaladinerGötz Bury

    The trashy-pompous dining room is comprised of parts/objects that were created using recycled items, old silverware, kitchen and home devices, discarded drums of old washing machines and kitchen sink metal sheets. Topics, such as recycling, fast living, discarding as reflex response and redefinition are critically addressed with a touch of humour. Unambiguous references to the liturgical devices in the treasure chamber point to a specific set of collections of Admont Abbey. Its ethos “Live well with nothing” percolates through the entire room and shows the dedicated performance of Götz Bury as a chef.

  • Heaven’s inferno dressCarola Willbrand

    Carola Willbrand lives and works near Cologne; since 1981 projects, exhibitions, performances, artist books using materials of daily life: wallpaper, carpet, worn clothes. The thread ties all my materials together. The metaphor ‘thread’ is the image for life.

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