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Events 2002

Exhibition | Main Hall

Martin Walde

Discussion with the press: Wednesday, 12 June, 11 a.m.
Opening: 7 p.m.

Since 1990 Martin Walde has been working on a series of studies that analyse strange happenings in public spaces. The artist takes as his starting-point his own chance experiences, either in the Berlin underground, in a subway on the Alexanderplatz or on the Pont Marie in Paris. Martin Walde registers everyday events that can from time to time deviate slightly from the norm and later he processes them in drawings, texts, storyboards, photos and videos. The installation in the Salzburg Kunstverein compiles several studies from these series which Walde calls Losing Control or Enactments, whereby on the one hand attention is focused on the dreaded or actual loss of control and on the other on the theatrical quality of the events. A robot, equipped with video beamers and slide projectors, projects studies into the hall which mutually lap over and interfere with one another.

Martin Walde (born in 1957, resident in Vienna and Paris) is one of the most important Austrian artists of the middle generation. He has become known to a wider public at the latest since Documenta X. Walde invents objects that only become obvious by means of their varied uses. The construction and deconstruction of the popular narrative culture is a further emphasis of his preoccupation in the media of drawing, video, architecture and installation.

An educational project and workshop organised by ARTgenossen (from the 1st class upwards) is taking place in conjunction with this exhibition. To register, please call 0664 | 4722588 or send an e-mail to artgenossen@gmx.at. Photos and biography can be downloaded under > presseinfo >> Martin Walde

Martin Walde, The Big Perch / The Pigeon House, 2001 To Actuality, Bolzano

Martin Walde, The Big Perch / The Pigeon House, 2001 To Actuality, Bolzano
Photo: Andrew Phelps