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|mumok opens exhibition of works by Bruno Gironcoli |
Exhibition view Bruno Gironcoli. In der Arbeit schüchtern bleiben (Shy at Work), mumok, February 3 to May 27, 2018. In the centre: Bruno Gironcoli, Ohne Titel (Untitled), 1997, Bruno Gironcoli Werk Verwaltung, Wien © mumok, Photo: Stephan Wyckoff.
VIENNA.- Bruno Gironcoli (born 1936 in Villach; died 2010 in Vienna) is one of the most idiosyncratic artists of the twentieth century. He gained public recognition with the large-scale sculptures he began exhibiting in the mid-1980s, in which archetypes and trivial elements meld to form futuristic conglomerates. Yet his career started much earlier, in the 1960s, when Gironcoli, aware of international trends in art, developed his own radical and independent perspective. It is less well known that alongside his work in sculpture, Gironcoli also produced an extensive body of graphic works. Right from the beginning, these often large-format pieces, which became more and more painterly over the years, were not just mere sketches for sculptures. Working on paper, the Austrian artist instead took his own spatial ideas into dimensions that by far transcend any concrete work on physical materials. On paper, Gironcoli animates his own sculptural work: Divorced from real sizes and dimensions, as well as from the laws of physics and the limits of bodies, his schematic figures, animals, symbols, and apparatuses enter into hypothetical connections. They merge to form fantastic and surreal constellations and scenes. Gironcolis works on paper are literally surfaces of considerations (Gironcoli), in which sculptural options unfeasible in space are played out. Bruno Gironcoli: Shy at Work (February 3 to May 27, 2018) for the first time focus on the painter and draughtsman Gironcoli. On two exhibition levels, works on paper from the 1960s to the 1990s enter into dialogue with outstanding examples of the artists wire sculptures, polyester objects, installations, and monumental sculptures. This confrontation also opens up new perspectives on Gironcolis sculptural work.
The Painter and Draughtsman Gironcoli
When Gironcolis graphic and sculptural works are placed side by side it becomes evident that his concept of sculptureof thingness and materialitywas crucially developed on paper. It is on paper that the artist reflects on the properties of various states of matter and different materials as well as on the relations between equal and unequal bodies and of these to surrounding space. Ways of connecting, linking, and sequencing play a key role. Also conspicuous is the artists keen interest in the schematicin a form of expression that does not come from depth but is effective on the surface. This is manifested in a repeated repertoire of motifs that Gironcoli serially varies and often reuses after long interruptions, so as to format them anew. And it is shown in the formulaic encounters between different perspectives and means of expressionconstructive and expressive elements, spatial projections and atmospheric effects, accurate lines and undisciplined gestures.
Gironcolis works on paper become ever freer as his career progresses, thus seeming to move away from the sculptural work. In the 1980s in particular, strong colors like pink, violet, and turquoise break out of graphic parameters and develop a painterly autonomy. The excessive use of paintsmost notably metallic paintslends the largeformat pieces a sense of something distinctly physical. Yet sculpture and drawing remain closely interlinked in Gironcolis later work. In both disciplines he negotiates questions of piling and layering; in both he uses a deliberately mannerist formal and material idiom.
Gironcolis Repertoire of Forms and Themes
The themes that the artist recurrently addressed throughout his career seem to anticipate urgent issues of the twenty-first century: the relationship between nature and technology; individual and social coercion (in sexuality, political ideologies, or religion); a fetishistic approach to objects and commodities; seduction by surface, etc. This exhibition shows that Gironcolis work not only had a pioneering position in the context of Austrian and international art in the second half of the twentieth century, but also offers remarkable points of reference for todays social and artistic developments. This retrospective featuring around 150 works on paper presents the sculptor Gironcoli as an inventor of images who found remarkable visual solutions beyond the contested field of paintingas an artist who used templates, clichéd formulae, and repetitions to open up unprecedented possibilities in pictorial representation.
It is in this context that Gironcolis interest in kitsch and decoration as a frozen collective formal idiom should be understood, and also his use of dated religious and political symbols and not least his fascination for technical apparatuses and electricity. His figures and objects seem to be arrested in motion or stuck, strung into formulaic chains. It is only through repetition that movement enters into this fixed repertoire of figures and objects, which cannot escape their entanglement and yet, from picture to picture, can enter into different and new alliances. Again and again and in varying combinations we see crouching men, dogs, monkeys, skulls, ears of corn, lamp bulbs, the Madonna, swastikas, hearts, toilet bowls, shovels, and combs: fragments seized from everyday life and its emblematic shallows, scattered across Gironcolis stages of considerations like props.
The exhibition is accompanied by the hitherto most comprehensive publication on Gironcolis works on paper. In addition to an essay by the curator, it features texts by Peter Gorsen, Edith Futscher, Bettina Busse, Charlotte Matter, and Karin Steiner, as well as photographic takes on Gironcolis artistic practice by Margherita Spiluttini, Elfie Semotan, and Loys Egg.
Curated by Manuela Ammer
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