Posted in Beaux Arts, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings by Suzanne on June 7th, 2008 | BBC Wikipedia
The Day Doesn’t Promise… by Markus Muntean & Adi Rosenblum, 2003
Please excuse the very short notice, but if you run, you might still catch one of the most beautiful exhibitions currently on show in Berlin.
The couple’s work is truly unique and floats somewhere between Ferdinand Hodler‘s ornamental group portraits, Edward Hopper‘s interiors soaked with longing and sweet ennui and Édouard Manet‘s ingenious outdoor scenes populated by ageless archetypes deeply enjoying their collective loneliness (I’m probably not the only one seeing a link between Muntean & Rosenblum’s The Day Doesn’t Promise… and Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe).
The personnel in Muntean & Rosenblum’s paintings often seems to be standing around aimlessly like theatre students during an acting break waiting to be called up for a group scene. They become inanimate urban staffage adrift in a strangely dislocated rural landscape. The pathos and monumentality of their gestures stands in odd contrast to the simplicity and pragmatism of their surrounding.
Closing: Today, June 7, 2008