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Markus Krottendorfer

Das Ende Der Welt, Schlosspark Schwetzingen, DE [The End of the World, Schlosspark Schwetzingen, Germany], 2009

ALICE, CERN, CH/F, 2005

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

State Gallery Linz

born in 1976 in Vienna, lives in Vienna
www.mkrotten.at
 


Markus Krottendorfer, »Das Ende Der Welt, Schlosspark Schwetzingen, DE« [The End of the World, The Park of the castle at Schwetzingen, Germany], 2009

C-Print · 152 x 129 cm

Courtesy Charim Galerie Wien

© VBK Wien, 2010

 

Markus Krottendorfer, »ALICE, CERN, CH/F«, 2005

C-Print · 129 x 164 cm

Courtesy Charim Galerie Wien

© VBK Wien, 2010

 
Markus Krottendorfer works with the media of film and photography, which he often shows in exhibitions as installations. He examines social and economic structures of various world views by means of documentary. The relevance and actuality of their effect and their influence on political and cultural developments are decisive for him.

Thus his architectural shots evoke memories of systems, which revive the attitude to life of a certain time or epoch. Often his works reveal themselves to the viewer through a juxtaposition – as for example his pieces shown within the framework of the TRIENNALE LINZ . The »Perspektiv«, also called The End of the World, is situated in the Baroque palace garden in Schwetzingen, Germany. Visitors look through a semi-circular arcade, through a dark grotto, onto a sunlit mural depicting a distant idyllic river landscape.This idealised landscape is intended to express the longing for the ideal world of a happy nature.

The photograph ALICE, CERN, CH/F shows an oversized magnet in the particle accelerator in the CERN research centre near Geneva. This machine is intended to provide information on the energies of matter and to simulate the big bang. The real starting point of the photograph, however, is the painting, which has been mounted on a detector on the occasion of the 50th birthday of the research institution. Like the photograph The End of the World, the painting gives the impression of a gate to another reality.

(Rainer Iglar)

 

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