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Markus Schinwald for the Austrians at the Venice Biennale

by Suzanne on June 5th, 2011

By Markus Schinwald - click to enlarge

I must admit that before I saw the vision of hell that is Michael Stipe, Courtney Love and S4lem united at a Venice "art" event for the super-rich, super-bored and super-tasteless, my hopes for this 54th edition of the Venice Biennale were actually pretty high and this post looked very different when I started writing it and heck, I was even considering lifting my biennale boycott for the occasion.

Thérèse by Markus Schinwald, oil on canvas, 2007

Ah well, I still admire some of the bold choices this year's curator Bice Curiger (of Parkett and Kunsthaus Zürich fame) made and let's be fair, there are many great young artists exhibiting and for the first time, the Biennale actually feels almost... familiar.

What made me really happy is seeing that Markus Schinwald - lover of scoliosis and admirer of the Milwaukee Brace - is representing Austria in Venice.

Beatrice by Markus Schinwald, oil on canvas, 2007 - click to enlarge

Yes, you could argue that he's recently been doing very similar things at Yvon Lambert and has been showing the works on exhibit all over the place, most notably at the Migrosmuseum in Zürich, but still, BUT STILL, he has a great talent for the haunting (particularly in his film oeuvre), the uncomfortable, the uncanny, the unheimlich.

Here's an introduction to his Venice exhibition:

On show: Jun 4 - Nov 27, 2011

Address: The Venice Biennale, Austrian Pavilion, Giardini, 30124 Venezia, Italy, tel: +39-41.2728397

Austria's Biennale website

by suzanne_tumblr on April 9th, 2010

Irma by Markus Schinwald, oil on canvas, 2008 - more Schinwalds over here. 

by suzanne_tumblr on November 7th, 2009

Lavinia, Ivy and Delia by Markus Schinwald, oil on canvas

My irresponsibly synaesthetic brain just linked Stephen Appleby-Barr to Markus Schinwald whom I had ignored for way too long.

Oh, and guess who’s the first google image search hit for Markus Schinwald? Yes, meeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Markus Schinwald at Migros Museum, Zurich: Final Days

by Suzanne on May 15th, 2008

© Markus Schinwald

... and finally a finissage announcement for all my beloved Löwenbräu folks back home in good old Helvetia...

Young Salzburg-born Markus Schinwald's solo exhibition at Migros Museum Zurich closes this Sunday, May 18, 2008.

Sadly, I never had the time to check out this exhibition before I left for England, and to be honest, I still don't have the slightest clue which of Schinwald's oeuvres/installations are on show and whether it's worth seeing at all - but the flyer (c.f. image above) was one of my favourite flyers back in 2007 and that sure means something.

As a matter of fact, it even had the great honour to hang next to Kristian Burford's exhibition poster for MagroRocca - featuring a half-naked, half-dead woman with an orange plastic tourniquet slipping off her arm.. so.. errm.. yes.. anyway.. what I'm trying to say is that if you don't like the exhibition, feel free to sue Wurzeltodâ„¢ and/or at least steal a pile of those amazing flyers.

However, if you're likely to be intrigued by the disfiguration of historic paintings, by prosthetics in art, by the uncanniness of the human body as it forever floats between life and death, endothermia and waxiness, I think you'll enjoy the show.

Closes: Sunday, May 18, 2008, guided tour at 3 PM same day

Address: Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Limmatstrasse 270, 8005 Zurich, Switzerland, tel: +41 44 277 20 50 | Map

Press release | Catalogue by JRP Ringier

... and for no particular reason: Beautifully illustrated Cabinet article about the Zander Institute