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Markus Schinwald for the Austrians at the Venice Biennale

Posted in Beaux Arts, Exhibitions / Openings / Signings, Eyecandy, Historia & Memoria, Interviews, Medicine / Anatomy, Moving Images by Suzanne on June 5th, 2011 | BBC Wikipedia

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

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7 comments to " Markus Schinwald for the Austrians at the Venice Biennale "

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    klav says:

    Couldn't agree more with your first §. Stay TRVE!

    June 5th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    I think you might agree even more after this:



    June 6th, 2011 at 5:59 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    According to some eyewitnesses it shoots lasers at night!

    June 6th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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    klav says:

    LOL. How tasteful.

    Did you hear of that one Chechen millionaire who bought FC Neuchatel Xamax and threatened to kill all players after one defeat? Funny eastern folklore.

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

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    Suzanne says:

    WHAT?! Generally and as a concept, killing off offensively overpaid sportspeople is something I can see myself getting behind but that does sound a bit draconian. Still, I'm delighted by that man's beautiful mind.

    June 7th, 2011 at 11:37 pm

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