“A. B. a. P. / Antonio Banderas as Picasso” at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna

“A. B. a. P. / Antonio Banderas as Picasso” at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna

Galerie nachst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder in Vienna, Austria, is showing Heinrich Dunst’s exhibition “A. B. a. P. / Antonio Banderas as Picasso,” through August 31.

The artist uses a play of references with shapes and looks at elements that question the identity of the shape. These elements examine materiality and immateriality, of

industrially prefabricated shapes, and shapes of the art industry. “Dunst has broadened the scope to other concepts and matters, issues related to the media, the avant-garde, fashion, authorship, and the politics of shape,” the gallery says.

The release states that a horizontal row of enlarged black-and-white film frames, a fragment from the 1960 film “Arnulf Rainer,” by Peter Kubelka, is what dominates the first room of the installation. During that time, Kubelka had shocked the Viennese public with what was a “six-and-a-half minutes of apparent audiovisual anarchy,” the gallery says. Through these experimental films, he explored the four elements of cinematography: light, darkness, sound, and silence. It was at a screening of the film at Vienna’s Gartenbaukino in 2013 that Kubelka handed out strips of film frames to the audience.

As per the press release, industrial material meets reproduction in the second room. On the other hand, the third room deals with the artist’s play of references and questions surrounding identity and authorship that has already been prefigured in the LOGIN with a vertical upward arrow and takes it to the next level.

Dunst is featured as a model for the summer collection brochure of Muhlbauer, the hatmakers, with a large pink-colored ‘A’ accompanying the print.

An Austrian artist, Dunst’s (b. 1955) work is a combination of language, image, sculpture, and film and depicts their relationship as media-based interfaces. His work

has been exhibited at institutions like the National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic; Kunstlerhaus Graz, Austria; Ludwigforum Aachen, Germany; and Artothek, Cologne, Germany, among others. The artist lives and works in Vienna.

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