Saturday, October 7, 2023, 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation
6., Mariahilfer Straße 1B/1
Frederick Kiesler (1890-1965) was an Austro-American architect, stage designer, artist, and theorist. His visionary ideas and interdisciplinary approaches influenced contemporaries as well as contemporary art.
In January 1945, the artist-architect Frederick Kiesler (1890 – 1965) and the photographer Percy Rainford (1901 – 1976) met the artist Marcel Duchamp (1887 – 1968) in Duchamp’s New York studio in order to take pictures of the space and produce portraits for a photo collage. Following Kiesler and Duchamp’s instructions, Rainford captured the atelier from a series of unusual camera angles. Kiesler then assembled these images to create a folding photographic triptych – Les Larves d’Imagie d’Henri Robert Marcel Duchamp – for the art magazine View (No. 1, March 1945), which was dedicated to Marcel Duchamp.
The original prints, which can now be found in the archive of the Frederick Kiesler Foundation, provide the starting point for Gregor Schmoll’s new work Puparium: Atelier/Studio. In the work, Schmoll moves between objective sobriety and eulogistic transfiguration as he paraphrases both the photographic documentation and the photographic documents themselves. He uses this playful re-enactment to deconstruct the assumption that photography captures “reality” with pictorial accuracy and expose the “mythmaking” that interprets the studio space as a mysterious place of artistic creation.
Guided tour through the exhibition with director Gerd Zillner
respectively at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Credit: Gregor Schmoll. Puparium: Atelier/Studio, Frederick Kiesler Foundation, Vienna 2023, Photo: Michael Nagl