10 September — 12 October 1999
Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum have worked together since 1992, using installation, performance, painting and photography as their means of expression. The installations or tableaux vivant, accompanied by painted images in the form of a storyboard, create a polyphonic structure in which every part influences the other. In the painted works the recurring theme, as a common formula of presentation, is one of young people immersed in an urban landscape, yet inside empty, suburban spaces, in which the protagonists seem to be lost, alone and confused. "A connection seems to exist between text and image, but the images are isolated, without any real narrative context" (Patricia Grzonga in 'Frieze', n. 47, July/August 1999). The tableaux vivant bring to mind the idea of toy worlds in which a body appears on the scene, or better still on the object, as an integral part of the environment where the performance takes place. The actors stand perfectly still so much so that they seem lifeless. "These tableaux are tangibile moments of standstill. In the normal course of a life in the city you have maybe one or two seconds each day in which you really 'think' - the rest of the time you are just rushing about. It is precisely this brief moment that we want to capture" (Claudia Slanar in "La Casa, Il Corpo, Il Cuore", Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien 1999). Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum live and work in Wien. This is their first solo show in Italy. Among the shows which stand out are the recent solo show 'Needless to say' at the Galerie Georg Kargl in Wien (1999), and the group shows 'Sarajevo 2000' at the Palais Liechtenstein in Wien, 'La Casa, il Corpo, il Cuore" at the Museum Moderner Kunst in Wien (1999) and the next 'Figuration: Outsider or trend?' at the Bickle-Stiftung in Bruchsal, Germany and at the Rupertinum Museum in Salzburg.