Exhibition in the Great Hall
Opening: February 3, 2010, 7 p.m.
With works by Petra Trenkel, Lukas Volker, W&D Dehnbund, Karin EM. Seidler, Roland E. Kollcek, Billy v. Grammel, Andrea Gölzen, Babtiste Odi Kagá, Schafter&Störpler, a. o.
Artist Talk with Manfred Pernice
February 4, 2010, 7 p.m.
Guided Tour through the exhibiton
February 25, 2010 and March 25, 2010, 7 p.m.
Manfred Pernice is one of the most significant sculptors in the German-speaking world. For his first solo exhibition in an Austrian art institution he had developed a large-scale installation in the Great Hall of the Salzburg Kunstverein.
Manfred Pernice creates his sculptures with the most simple, commonly used materials such as cardboard or plywood. The pieces bear traces of their production and use, can be painted, or have photos and sketches stuck to them.
Randomness and Dadaist wit are just as present in Pernice’s works as invented pieces incorporating relics of daily life. In his distrust of prefabricated modular systems, the artist works against the straightness dominant today and develops anti-shapes, whose identity and function vary. The viewer was invited to constantly readjust his or her perspective of aesthetic modules.
“Participation” and “growth” were important motifs in the Salzburg exhibition. Manfred Pernice showed four presentations in one circular exhibition, dealing with, for instance, the history of the “Hotel Europa” in Salzburg and the hotel “Europäischer Hof” in Munich or the area around a dismantled fountain in Potsdam in former East Germany. Images from the Berlin artist, Petra Trenkel, who explores anonymous urban and suburban landscapes in her work, could be seen in the same section of the circular exhibit.
The theme participation was raised through the integration of work from Pernice’s former students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna – sculptures by Klaus Gölz and Benedict Traunfellner could be seen. In the exhibit “Tutti,” Manfred Pernice questioned the conditions and possibilities of exhibiting. The gesture of showing – combining different pieces by the artist and his colleagues, each with their own stories and meanings – created a complex field of references and cross-references, allowing “Tutti” to became an orchestral interplay of different voices.
Manfred Pernice, born in 1963 in Hildesheim, lives and works in Berlin. As a successor to Bruno Gironcoli, he had a professorship in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 2004-2009. Manfred Pernice was represented at the Manifesta 3 in Ljubliana, the 49th Biennale in Venice, the documenta XI, and the Skulputurprojekten Munich 2007. His most recent solo exhibition in the Neues Museum in Nuremberg in 2008, entitled “Que-Sah,” received a resounded response from the media.