SATURNALIA 2017

Festival, Sunday, December 17, 2017, from 6 p.m. • 19.12.2017–27.01.2018

Saturnalia 2017, outside view of the showroom, photo © Sandro Zanzinger 2017
Art & Cuisine
Paul Renner
 
Musical Introduction
Michael Mautner
 
Opening:
Henry Purcell (1659 - 1691): FANTAZIA - three parts upon a ground
Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741): CONCERTO IN DO for Piccolo recorder und Orchestra

Interpreters
Christine Gnigler: Piccolo recorder, flute
Joanna Lewis, Ann Harvey-Nagl: violins
Lena Fankhauser: Viola
Mara Achleitner: Violoncello
Christian Eichhorn: Theorbe
Michael Mautner: Cembalo and leading

Cooking by
Bernhard Böhler & Paul Renner

Maischalen from Carinthia
Bread from Gragger Bakery
100 -  years old cheese from
France, Great Britain and Vorarlberg

Orange Wine made by Gerald Allacher
 
"Balkan the hard way"
by Melos Band!
In the ground-floor showroom, small-format works by Paul Renner set the tone for the festival. Motifs such as flower blossoms, vegetables, or meat, seem like delicacies preserved like amber jewels through their treatment with kauri sap.
 
Marble sculptures by the sculptor Gerald Obersteiner and objects by Hofstetter Kurt create a transition to the selected tribal art objects.
 
In the gallery’s main hall, where the program’s individual exhibits can be found, Paul Renner shows new collages which touch on the organic processes of transformation and deterioration, including outright decay and composting.
 
The exhibition in the smaller hall is completely focused on Rudolf Polanszky’s work. At the center stands the series “dark mirror.” About it, the artist states: “The works in the “dark mirror” series are the structures produced from non-focused marginal elements showing the negative components of formerly positive steps. By observing a non-goal-oriented, unnoticed, and unfocussed structure, an unfamiliar dynamic and experience results from the new arrangements.
 
Through the observer, a focus is placed on that which had previously been unnoticed and negatively focused, and thus positively transformed. The paradox of the “dark” mirror is correlated with the negative/positive transformational structure on a second level, a kind of “gliding” symmetry of dark and light, mirror and light.”
Rudolf Polanszky, 2017
 
The exhibition is rounded off by the “Saturnalia” contributions of VALIE EXPORT, Hofstetter Kurt, Markus Mittringer, Otto Muehl, Rita Nowak, Dieter Roth, Franz West, and Heimo Zobernig.
 

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