Conversation with artist Martin Guttmann as part of MAK ART SALON #01: Clegg & Guttmann. Biedermeier reanimated

© Wolfgang Kraus, MAK

Geymüllerschlössel’s architecture and interior design invite visitors to experience and explore the richly diverse Biedermeier period firsthand. True to the MAK’s programmatic approach of allowing various eras of applied arts, visual arts and architecture to intermingle with one another, the new “MAK ART SALON” exhibition series at Geymüllerschlössel launches an exciting dialogue with contemporary artists about space, time and history. Built as a summer villa, the building is an example of a checkered past that has been forged over generations and is now being illuminated by the current issues of our time.

The new exhibition series kicks off with “Biedermeier reanimated,” an intervention by the artist duo Clegg & Guttmann. Conceived specifically for Geymüllerschlössel, the project uses the structure’s facade and interior as a backdrop for a group of poignant tableaux composed of Biedermeier-era furnishings, objects, instruments and materials. Specially lit and accompanied by music and spoken text, the scenic displays are activated in a theatrical tour of the rooms at Geymüllerschlössel, with the aim of bringing the summer villa on the outskirts of Vienna to life.

The artists are interviewed by Bärbel Vischer, curator of the exhibition and custodian of the MAK Contemporary Art Collection.

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