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Reinhold Bidner

In Transit, 2009

exhibition period:

June 03 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz

born in 1975 in Salzburg, lives in Vienna and Salzburg
www.servus.at/subcute
 


Reinhold Bidner, »In Transit«, 2009

Video, 5‘50‘‘

Sound: Richard Eigner

 
In front of the entrance to the Uffizi in Florence hangs a digital notice board that informs visitors waiting in line of the remaining time they have to wait. In the high season this can be up to four hours. Even so, the majority of the public, as soon as they get through the door, set about trying to cross off all the »highlights« as quickly as possible. Reinhold Bidner begins with the hypothesis that the average museum visitor spends six seconds in front of a given picture.

He takes on this phenomenon in his video In Transit. It begins with a picture on the wall, in front of which a man sits resting. Slowly the camera zooms in on the portrait, until its surroundings have disappeared – and it begins to move: the portrait of a girl by the classicist William-Adolphe Bouguereau changes into Rubens’ portrait of his daughter, the sick Bacchus of Caravaggio, his Medusa head, as well as numerous other portraits from art history – until we return to Bouguereau’s smiling girl, and the camera draws back, filming the – changed – surroundings. The final shot: a yawning woman. During this virtual museum tour the picture is covered by a veil of drops, which reflect the movements of equally tired and hectic visitors to the Louvre. Through this formal decision Bidner keeps the observer at a distance, but also draws in a second level – that of the viewers who are too overwhelmed to see anything.

(Nina Schedlmayer)

 

 

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