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“alpenrepublik” is a term that is sometimes applied to austria, sometimes to denote a fictional state in the alps, a separatist construct. as the title for an exhibition at the kunstraum innsbruck and the artdepot, however, it describes a territory of art which accommodates idiosyncrasy, eccentricity, the archaic and the anarchic. these are fictional means of explaining a condition that, while defying common gravity, describes the floating state of being exposed. this is regardless of whether the artists actually hail from the territory of the alps, were born or are currently living there (bayern, allgäu, salzburg, tyrol, south tyrol, switzerland, trentino, bellunese) or whether they have just been occupying themselves with the alps as  a theme in their works like john bock did with the retrieved mountaineering shoe and the skeletal foot of the south tyrolean mountaineer günther messner, who went missing at the k2. it is precisely not the fascinating landscape, but the inner condition of the alpine inhabitants that is the topic of the exhibition. visions of a mountain world whose inhabitants are still closely connected to nature, religion, and the animal kingdom (elisabeth und elmar trenkwalder), even if this assumes grotesque features at times. fatedness in its widest sense, from raimund’s dialectic of the “king of the alps and misanthrope” (martin gostner) and the incarceration of the ego in the nature of the mountains (luca rento) to the demons of the alpine region during the time of national socialism (andré butzer, alexander wolf). last but not least, the humor of the alps, e.g. in the shape of the lola-installation (cowhides) by stefano cagol. so the focus lies on myths both old and new, self-invented ones too, which are connected to the alpine region like king ludwig ii of bayern (olivia berckemeyer, felix burger), andreas hofer in a grotesque series of drawings by thomas palme and the poetic references of sandra boeschenstein or alessandro dalpont. the grotesque element in the behavior of the mountain people, the inclusion of animals and the appearance of cadavers comes to light in the works of markus schinwald, hans weigand, and thomas helbig.

the various media – paintings, drawings, sculptures, pictures, videos, and room installations – make one thing apparent: alpine natural wit on the one hand, profundity and melancholy on the other. there is probably no better place for such an exhibition than innsbruck, the capital of the “alpenrepublik,” so to speak.

participating artists: markus bacher, olivia berckemeyer, john bock, sandra boeschenstein, felix burger, andre butzer, stefano cagol, alessandro dal pont, piotr dluzniewski, hansjörg dobliar, michael fliri, martin gostner, thomas helbig, thomas palme, lukas posch, luca rento, markus schinwald, elmar und elisabeth trenkwalder, alexandra vogt, marcus weber, hans weigand, alexander wolf;

 

>> flyer "alpenrepublik" (pdf, 616kb)

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2010, tierhäute verschiedener tiere, installation 2010, tierhäute verschiedener tiere, installation 2010, tierhäute verschiedener tiere, installation 2005, diverse materialien, installation 2005, diverse materialien, installation 2007, 190x405cm, öl auf leinwand 2012, holz, plotterdruck, installation 2012, holz, plotterdruck, installation 2012, holz, plotterdruck, installation 2012, 80x54cm, lambda print 2011, 180x150cm, acryl u. öl auf leinwand 2010, 80x100cm, mischtechnik auf leinwand 2010, loop, full-hd 2012, 65x50cm, graphit auf papier 2012, 120x90cm, mischtechnik auf holz
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