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By César Aira

An Episode within the lifetime of a panorama Painter is the tale of a second within the lifetime of the German artist Johan Moritz Rugendas (1802-1858). drastically well-liked as a grasp panorama painter, he was once instructed via Alexander von Humboldt to commute West from Europe to checklist the stunning landscapes of Chile, Argentina, and Mexico. Rugendas did in truth turn into the most effective of the nineteenth-century ecu painters to enterprise into Latin the US. although this isn't a biography of Rugendas. This paintings of fiction weaves a virtually surreal heritage round the mystery target at the back of Rugendas' journeys to the United States: to go to Argentina as a way to in achieving in paintings the "physiognomic totality" of von Humboldt's clinical imaginative and prescient of the entire. Rugendas is confident that in basic terms within the mysterious vastness of the monstrous plains will he locate real thought. a short and dramatic stopover at to Mendosa provides him the opportunity to meet his dream. From there he travels directly out onto the pampas, praying for that most unlikely second, which might come in simple terms at an enormous pricean virtually monstrously exorbitant cost that may finally problem his drawing and strength him to create a brand new means of constructing artwork. a wierd episode that he couldn't steer clear of soaking up savagely into his personal physique interrupts the journey and irreversibly and explosively marks him for all times.

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Andererseits darf man nicht vergessen, daß ein Land wie Niederösterreich über Jahrzehnte von dem Kunstbetrieb der großen Museen, Galerien und dem internationalen Geschehen ausgeschlossen war. Man war ja "im land" und "in der Stadt war alles anders " . Der Brunnen am Dorfplatz, der Kopf des Bürgermeisters vor der Volksschule, das Kriegerdenkmal. Das sind die traditionellen Topoi der Kunst Erwin Wurm, "Hinter den Wänden", im öffentlichen Raum. Geht etwas darüber hinaus? läßt sich Gasthof "Zur Post ", Langenlois, 1988 damit etwas anderes anfangen?

Die Architektur ist nicht so, wie 52 sie eigentlich sein sollte und deswegen macht die Kunst sie annehmbarer. Ich glaube, daß der Picasso vor dem HancookBuilding nichts mit einer Zusammenarbeit von Architekt und Künstler zu tun hat. Ich nehme an, daß einer das Gebäude baute, und ein anderer kaufte die Skulptur davor. Und dort sind dann zwei Dinge zusammengekommen. Es ist schon seltsam. "(4) Je mehr sich Bildhauerei von der direkten Einbindung in die Architektur löste, desto mehr nahm sie selbst architektonischen Charakter an.

Diese Bedeutungen müssen verstanden werden, sollen jedoch unter den heutigen Aspekten neu interpretiert werden können. B. die Entscheidung der Jury für eine schlichte Steinplastik für die Landeshauptstadt St. Pölten zum Anlaß des Papstbesuches in Österreich richtig; es hätte kein Wappen, keine Heiligenfigur, keine kirchliche Interpretation das leisten können, was der Künstler mit einer Marmor-Textil-Skulptur geschafft hat. Auch in anderen Konfigurationen konnten wir eine spannungsreiche Beziehung zwischen dem Raum und dem Werk herstellen.

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