Opening

of the special exhibition "Affektproband. Markus W├Ârg├Âtter"

Not purity, but mixture

The sub-life-size figures that populate the wood-panelled rooms of the Folk Art Museum appear dark and grotesque. They are strange figures made of plaster, textile and bronze that one encounters here. Some of them seem familiar, others terribly strange. They stand on feet and legs, sometimes two, sometimes three. The extremities catch the eye, giving the sculptures something immediately human. The arms, on the other hand, are sometimes completely missing, faces are only hinted at. Instead of them, bulging pads, textile bulges and wrinkled armour attract the eye. What is body, what is mask, costume?

The creator of the sculptures is the artist Markus W├Ârg├Âtter. He makes most of his sculptures by hand in his Vienna studio. He relates his “Affektprobanden” to the exhibition object Stube. Through the presence of the sculptures, the historical ambience mutates into a stage, unmasking the parlours as a staging of museum theatre alongside drawings and historical reference works.

Welcome
Karl C. Berger, Director of the Tyrolean Regional Museums

About the exhibition
Michael Span, curator of the exhibition

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