Künstler / Projekt
MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI
Ausstellungstitel
Täuschung und Leere

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Duration: 14. 03. - 03. 05. 2014

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Beschreibung - English
The world is everything that is the case, says the philosopher. And yet what is the case? That which we believe we recognize when we behold the image of an object, a scene, an architectural configuration? That which exploits our credence in our senses and our presumed certainty about what we are perceiving. Strategies Against Architectures(i.e. its German equivalent) was the title given by the band Einstürzende Neubauten to one of its albums. The exhibition Illusion and Emptiness does not work against architectures, rather it attempts to penetrate through architectures into existential depths. In the juxtaposition of works by Margherita Spiluttini and Thomas Draschan various modalities of breaking open the space-time continuum are implemented aesthetically.

In the front area of the gallery Margherita Spiluttini, one of the most significant international architecture photographers, shows spaces that no longer exist in the form documented, in which, as it were, the fury of disappearance has made itself at home: the workroom of the long-deceased architect Margarethe Schütte- Lihotzky, the bar designed by Hermann Czech for the Schwarzenberg Palace, or the bank on Mariahilferstrasse planned by Adolf Loos, which has long since been occupied by a discount clothing chain and in the future will also house the Vienna Generali Foundation. The precisely composed photos – devoid of human presence and nonetheless filled with life lived – tell in their cold splendor of the abyss into which time plunges as it transforms into eternity. One can watch Nothing at work as it nothings. In the second room Margherita Spiluttini presents illusionistic spacial conceptions, such as the painted dome of the Jesuit Church or the exoticisms of the Bergl Room in Melk Abbey. Trompe l'oeils effects and phantasmagorical alternate worlds, ornamental cornucopia and precise structural analysis: a dialectic of the all-too-human.

Using the film medium, Thomas Draschan attempts an approximation of the Church of the Holy Trinity by Fritz Wotruba, a structure composed of stacked blocks, standing like a forbidding bulwark in the landscape. The film is composed of individual photographic images, which were produced over an extended period of time, taking into account both the changing seasons and varying routes inside and outside the building. While time appears to be frozen in Spiluttini's work, having long since crept out of the picture, it begins to race in Draschan's, drawing in the beholder in its cyclomotoric furor. The visual aesthetic is designed to trip up the gaze, and it unfolds into a perforated narrative: that which is seen for only a fraction of a second, or not at all, seems to be more important than the recognizable. Draschan succeeds in producing a psychogeographic survey of an architectural masterpiece, which in divulging a mystery instantaneously creates a new enigma. Illusion and emptiness, truth and abundance. What is, in fact, the case?

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Galerie
MARGHERITA SPILLUTINI<br />exhibition view <em>Illusion and Emptyness,</em> 2014<br />Christine Koenig Galerie MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI, 2014<br /><em>Generali Foundation, Wien, AT, Architekten Jabronegg & Pàlffy</em>, 2010<br />390 x 545 cm MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Arbeitszimmer von Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Wien, AT</em>, 2000<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />80 x 100 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Hallenbad im Südbahnhotel Semmering, AT, Architekten Emil Hoppe, Otto Schönthal</em>, 1991<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />48 x 57 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Ehemalige temporäre Kunsthalle Karlsplatz, Wien, AT, Architekt Adolf Krischanitz</em>, 1992<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />40 x 50 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Bank Austria Kundenzentrum, Wien, AT, Architekt Hermann Czech</em>, 1997<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />48 x 57 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Brasserie Engländer im ehemaligen Hutgeschäft Habig, Wien, A, Möbel von Franz West, Peter Kogler</em>, 1997<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />80 x 100 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Gasometer Wien, AT, Architekt Franz Kapaun</em>, 1997<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />80 x 100 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILLUTINI<br />exhibition view <em>Illusion and Emptyness,</em> 2014<br />Christine Koenig Galerie MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Österreich Pavillon bei der Frankfurter Buchmesse, D, Architekt Adolf Krischanitz</em>, 1995<br />C-print<br />40 x 60 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTIN<br /><em>Südbahnhof Wien, AT, Architekt Heinrich Hrdlicka</em>, 1994<br />C-print<br />40 x 60 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI  <br /><em>Eigenes Haus Karl Schwanzer, Wien, AT, Architekt Karl Schwanzer</em>, 1995<br /> C-print on Alu-Dibond <br />40 x 60 cm<br /> framed <br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI  <br /><em>Globushaus Höchstädtplatz, Wien, AT, ArchitektInnen Wilhelm Schütte, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Fritz Weber, Karl Ede</em>, 1991 <br />b/w-baryt-print on Alu-Dibond<br />60 x 50 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI <br /><em>Südbahnhof Wien, AT, Architekt Heinrich Hrdlicka</em>, 1991 <br />b/w-baryt-print on Alu-Dibond <br />60 x 50 cm <br />framed <br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILLUTINI<br />exhibition view <em>Illusion and Emptyness,</em> 2014<br />Christine Koenig Galerie MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Divisible by Two, Installation, St. Pölten, AT, John Whiteman</em>, 1988<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />50 x 40 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Divisible by Two, Installation, St. Pölten, AT, John Whiteman</em>, 1988<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />50 x 40 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI <br /><em>Museum des 20. Jahrhunders (20er Haus), Nr. 2, Wien, A, Architekt Karl Schwanzer</em>, 2007<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond <br />50 x 60 cm <br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5 + 2 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Anglo-Österreichische Bank (später Zentralsparkasse, Bank Austria), Wien, AT, Architekt Adolf Loos</em>, 1981<br />b/w-Baryt-print<br />20 x 30 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Anglo-Österreichische Bank (später Zentralsparkasse, Bank Austria), Wien, AT, Architekt Adolf Loos</em>, 1981<br /> b/w-Baryt-print<br />20 x 30 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Café Schwarzenberg, Wien, AT</em>, 1979<br />b/w-baryt-print<br />20 x 30 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Café Schwarzenberg, Wien, AT</em>, 1979<br />b/w-baryt-print<br /> 20 x 30 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI  <br /><em>Südbahnhof Wien, AT, Architekt Heinrich Hrdlicka</em>, 1991 <br />b/w-baryt-print on Alu-Dibond <br />50 x 60 cm <br />framed <br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILLUTINI<br />exhibition views<em> Illusion and Emptyness, </em>2014<br />Christine Koenig Galerie MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI, 2014<br /><em>Generali Foundation, Wien, AT, Architekten Jabronegg & Pàlffy</em>, 2010<br />390 x 545 cm MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Bar im Palais Schwarzenberg, Wien, AT, Architekt Hermann Czech</em>, 1990<br />b/w-Baryt-print on Alu-Dibond<br />40 x 60 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Literarisches Quartier Alte Schmiede, Wien, AT, Architekt Franz E. Kneissl</em>, 1995<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br /> 60 x 80 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI  <br /><em>Foyer des Südbahnhotel Semmering, AT, Architekten Emil Hoppe, Otto Schönthal</em>, 1991 <br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br /> 80 x 100 cm<br /> framed <br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTIN<br /><em>Gartenbaukino Wien, AT, Architekt Robert Kotas</em>, 1991<br />b/w-baryt-print on Alu-Dibond<br />60 x 80 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI <br /> <em>Messepalast Wien vor Umbau zum Museumsquartier, AT</em>, 1996<br /> C-print on Alu-Dibond <br />48 x 57 cm <br />framed<br /> Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILLUTINI<br />exhibition view <em>Illusion and Emptyness,</em> 2014<br />Christine Koenig Galerie MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Jesuitenkirche, Wien, AT, Architekt Andrea Pozzo,</em> 2003<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond <br />115 x 150 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Michaelerkuppel, Wien, AT, Architekt Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach</em>, 2004<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond <br />95 x 120 cm<br /> framed <br />Ed. 1/5 + 1 a.p.MARGHERITA SPILLUTINI<br />exhibition view <em>Illusion and Emptyness,</em> 2014<br />Christine Koenig Galerie <em>MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI Gartenpavillon Stift Melk, AT, Fresko von Johann Wenzel Bergl, Nr 2.</em>, 2008<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />80 x 100 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Gartenpavillon Stift Melk, AT, Fresko von Johann Wenzel Bergl, Nr 3.</em>, 2008<br /> C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />80 x 100 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5<em>MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI  Gartenpavillon Stift Melk, AT, Fresko von Johann Wenzel Bergl, Nr 4.</em>, 2008<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />80 x 100 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5<em>MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI Gartenpavillon Stift Melk, AT, Fresko von Johann Wenzel Bergl, Nr 1.</em>, 2008<br />C-print on Alu-Dibond<br />80 x 100 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5MARGHERITA SPILUTTIN<br /><em>Gartenpavillon Stift Melk, AT, Fresko von Johann Wenzel Bergl, Detail 2.</em>, 2008<br />C-print<br />40 x 30 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5MARGHERITA SPILUTTINI<br /><em>Gartenpavillon Stift Melk, AT, Fresko von Johann Wenzel Bergl, Detail 1.</em>, 2008<br />C-print<br />40 x 30 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5MARGHERITA SPILUTTIN<br /><em>Gartenpavillon Stift Melk, AT, Fresko von Johann Wenzel Bergl, Detail 3.</em>, 2008<br />C-print<br />40 x 30 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5MARGHERITA SPILUTTIN<br /><em>Gartenpavillon Stift Melk, AT, Fresko von Johann Wenzel Bergl, Detail 4.</em>, 2008<br />C-print<br />40 x 30 cm<br />framed<br />Ed. 2/5MARGHERITA SPILLUTINI<br />exhibition view <em>Illusion and Emptyness,</em> 2014<br />Christine Koenig Galerie 

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