View of the installation in the context of the
exhibition Yesterday, Today, Today. Photo: Sofie Thorsen
[Exhibition Spaces 1:3.5/Stair Detail 1:1/Broken Fragments 1:1]
Display with spatially
Ausstellungsräume 1:3,5 [Exhibition Spaces 1:3.5]
12 frames, 15 mm steel round bars
Stufendetail 1:1 [Stair Detail 1:1]
Frottage, hard pastel on paper, 100 x 150 cm
Scherben 1:1 [Broken Fragments 1:1]
8 frottages, hard pastel on paper, 48.5 x 72 cm each
First installation 2018, reinstallation of Ausstellungsräume 1:3,5 [Exhibition Spaces 1:3.5] in the attic 2019
Room: 2018 in the princesses’ room, south wing, 1st floor; from 2019 in the
SOFIE THORSEN’s interest in
contemporary developments in art and social policy and in their historical
foundations is reflected in her analysis of architecture and spatial concepts,
in which formal abstraction and reduction serve as catalysts for complex
conceptual and real-world references.
At Buchberg Castle, the
artist uses the Bogner collection’s archive room, which is usually equipped
with models and diverse documentary materials. The archive materials pertaining
to the collection were removed, the arrangement of the showcases altered, and
the windows, which usually protect the room’s contents from the light, opened.
Along with the light from outside, light now also falls in a metaphorical sense
on the function and significance of this room within the building as a whole.
Leant against the walls and one of the showcases, there are carefully rounded
and stacked frame shapes, the scale of which references the respective
exhibition space. Consequently, they represent in an abstract form the entire
exhibition context, thereby upholding the room’s usual function as a pars pro
toto but in an alternate guise. Ancient clay fragments of earthenware from the
castle grounds in the showcases, corresponding frottages in the showcase
drawers and the rubbing of a stair motif as the subject of a wall picture
establish a connection to the castle’s history as a living archive whose
fragmentary nature and vague presence are precisely what prove it to be a
process without definite contours.
(Text by Rainer Fuchs, in Yesterday,
Today, Today, booklet on the exhibition, Kunstraum Buchberg 2018)
First installed in the context of the exhibition Yesterday, Today, Today,
curated in cooperation with the mumok − Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig
Wien, Buchberger Sommer 2018 [Buchberg Summer 2018]. In 2019 the
installation of the Ausstellungsräume 1:3,5 [Exhibition Spaces 1:3.5] is
moved to the attic. The work Stufendetail 1:1 [Stair Detail 1:1] remains
in the collection and is temporarily exhibited in various rooms of the castle.
The medieval broken fragments of the work of the same name are returned to the
castle archive after the 2018 exhibtion.