Apeiron - Why Austrians now? - Expedition 2021 | Curated by Lina Albrikiene | Vilnius | Lithuania

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Austrian Group Show Curated by Lina Albrikiene at Radvila Place Museum of Art. Participating Artists: Iris Dittler, Beate Gatschelhofer, Lena Göbel, Michael Gumhold, Georg Haberler, Ernst Koslitsch, Elisabeth Molin, Ute Müller, Bernd Oppl, Linus Riepler, Anja Ronacher, Patrick Topitschnig, Andreas Trobollowitsch, Andreas Werner


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Radvila Palace Museum of Art Vilnius | Exhibition View: Andreas Werner, Ute Müller and Georg Haberler | Photo by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

Austrian Expedition at Radvila Palace Museum of Art | Vilnius Lithuania

The group exhibition - expedition APEIRON - Why Austrians Now? - Austrian Expedition 2021 explores the works of fourteen contemporary artists living in Austria, encapsulating complex experiences of absence and absurdity, and subtly conveying immersion in each of their inner journeys or even a hidden post-apocalyptic sense of empathy.

The Group Show takes place at the Radvila Palace Museum of Art | Lithunian National Museum and is curated by Lina Albrikiene.

HAMM: Look at the sea.
CLOV: It’s the same.
HAMM: Look at the ocean!
CLOV: Never seen anything like that!
HAMM: What? A sail? A fin? Smoke?
CLOV: The light is sunk.
HAMM: Ph! We all knew that.
CLOV: There was a bit left.
HAMM: The base.
CLOV: Yes.
HAMM: And now?
CLOV: All gone.
HAMM: No gulls?
CLOV: Gulls!
HAMM: And the horizon? Nothing on the horizon?CLOV: What in God’s name could there be on the horizon?HAMM: The waves, how are the waves?
CLOV: The waves? Lead.
HAMM: And the sun?
CLOV: Zero.
HAMM: But it should be sinking. Look again.
CLOV: Damn the sun.
HAMM: Is it night already then?
HAMM: Then what is it?
CLOV: Grey! Grey! GREY!
HAMM: Grey! Did I hear you say grey?
CLOV: Light black. From pole to pole. - Extract from the one act play the Endgame by Samuel Beckett

Participating Artists are: Iris Dittler, Beate Gatschelhofer, Lena Göbel, Michael Gumhold, Georg Haberler, Ernst Koslitsch, Elisabeth Molin, Ute Müller, Bernd Oppl, Linus Riepler, Anja Ronacher, Patrick Topitschnig, Andreas Trobollowitsch, Andreas Werner.

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Exhibition view now:  Bernd Oppl, Iris Dittler, Ernst Koslitsch | Image by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

About the exhibition :

Once, I took a voyage across the ocean and was seized by the sublimity of its supremacy. As Alain de Botton puts it: “the sublime as an encounter, pleasurable, intoxicating even, with human weakness in the face of the strength, age and size of the universe”.

"The sublime as an encounter, pleasurable, intoxicating even, with human weakness in the face of the strength, age and size of the universe” - Alain de Button

Sublime places and moments like the ocean, the setting sun, precipices, caverns, and mountains reveal that the universe is stronger than we are, that we are fragile and temporary.

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Installation View | Lena Göbel, Michael Gumhold and Ernst Koslitsch | Photo by LIna Albrikiene

As de Botton remarks, we have to accept boundaries on our desires and bow to natural forces greater than ourselves.

Voyaging, expeditions, traveling, journeying these are the acts through which we can confront the sublimity of nature and its superiority.

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Opening Performance by Iris Dittler | Radvila Palace Museum of Art | Vilnius | Photo by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

While sitting on the moon-shaped stone and gazing into the horizon, I journeyed emotionally, intellectually, and visually into unknown waters yet encountered artists who had their own histories of voyaging.

I discovered distinct philosophies, understandings, and attitudes, as well as subtle frailty and perceptible strength.

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Artwork by Linus Riepler, Installation at Radvila Palace Museum of Art | Vilnius | Photo by Gintarė Grigėnaitė
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Insight the Artwork | Linus Riepler | Image by Lina Albrikiene

While traveling through the landscapes of my own mind, I found them: Iris Dittler, Beate Gatschelhofer, Lena Göbel, Michael Gumhold, Georg Haberler, Ernst Koslitsch, Elisabeth Molin, Ute Müller, Bernd Oppl, Linus Riepler, Anja Ronacher, Patrick Topitschnig,Andreas Trobollowitsch, and Andreas Werner.

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Opening at Radvila Palace Museum of Art Vilnius with the Austrian artists and the speech of curator of the exhibition Lina Albrikiene | Photo by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

Every approaching wave drew me more deeply into the expedition of 2021.

It was a boundless discovery. Apeiron – the Greek term – came into my mind, which then led me to the spaceless timeless chaos of primordial nature.

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Installation View: Andreas Trobollowitsch Sound Installation and a painting by Lena Göbel | Image by Lina Albrikiene
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Beate Gatschelhofer | Image by Lina Albrikiene
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Bernd Oppl | Installation View | Photo by Lina Albrikiene
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Detail of the artwork | Bernd Oppl | Image by Lina Albrikiene

The artworks create an expedition across multiple fronts.

An expedition through absence, time, imagination, fictional landscapes, inner spaces, galaxies, unusual and unnerving sounds.

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Visit Vilnus and discover the current exhibition | Apeiron - Why Austrians now? | Radvila Palace Art Museum | Image by Lina Albrikiene

Visitors will encounter mythological and robot-like creatures, prehistoric animals alongside artificial birds. In the live performance, the artist is the only human left breathing among the artifacts, noisy hybrids, volcanic substances, ancient trophies, and magnetic fields.

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Ernst Koslitsch Series from Yellow Universe | Installation View | Image by Lina Albrikiene
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Detail of the artwork by Ernst Koslitsch | Photo by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

It is a contemporary Odyssey reflecting the modern condition – the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, which has limited usual travel and stimulated an inevitable plunge into imaginary voyages.

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Georg Haberlers painting and drawings on view at Radvila Palace Museum of Art Vilnius | Image by Lina Albrikiene
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Detail of the Artwork by Georg Haberler | Image by Gintarė Grigėnaitė
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Exhibition View with works by Patrick Topitschnig, Ute Müller and Anja Ronacher | Image by Lina Albrikiene

The travel experience and imagination will be guided by an essay – an audio recording – and a video created by the curator and presented as a prologue to the exhibition.

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Anja Ronacher | Contemporary conceptual photography | Image by Lina Albrikiene
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Artist Patrick Topitschnig | Aperion - Why Austrians now? | Image by Lina Albrikiene

This begins with the story of a 19th century sea-voyage to the Arctic. The renowned German painter Caspar David Friedrich was not on that boat, yet one of his most remarkable paintings, The Sea of Ice, depicts it foundering among the jagged ice floes.

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Opening: Ernst Koslitsch and Iris Dittler | Photo by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

The painting was created from his imagination, from the stories of the expedition team, and from watching the ice on the river Elbe.

The “truth” was formed in the artist’s absence, without him actually witnessing the event.

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Michael Gumhold | Untitled ( Rolling: Stones : Rolling | Photo by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

The narrative continues with the scene from the film Space Odyssey. 2001 in which the apes suddenly encounter an unknown structure created by humans which signifies existing society, here and now.

The exhibition begins and viewers start to experience the works of the participating artists.

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Apeiron - Why Austrians now? Expetition 2021 Curated and Image by Lina Albrikiene | Artists: Andreas Werner, Ute Müller and Georg Haberler

Viewers can attend in two different ways: physically and visionary.

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Ute Müller | Untitled artwork | Exhibition view | Vilnius | Documentation by Gintarė Grigėnaitė
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Andreas Werner | Installation View | Image by Lina Albrikiene

The diverse media including sound installation, video art, photography, installation, paintings, drawings, objects, and performance bring to life the wonders and universe sublimity that can be found within each one of us.

Additional Information:

The Radvila Palace Museum of Art

Address: Vilniaus gatvė 24, Vilnius, Lithuania

Opening hours:  Tue-Sat 11:00 - 18:00 Sun 12:00 - 17:00

Open: 11.11.2021 — 30.01.2022

Photo-Documentation by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

About the Curator Lina Albrikiene:

Lina Albrikiene is an Artist and Curator living in Vilnius | Lithuania. Munchies Art Club will soon be sharing her personal insights on the exhibition Why Austrians Now? Apeiron - Expedition 2021 and the ongoing exhibition  A Playground Guide to Getting Lost in the frame of the Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria for Contemporary Fine Arts 2021.

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Lina Albrikiene: Self-portrait of the Curator and Artist

Additionally we are working on an article about her artistic and curatorial works and her views in contemporary art.

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Video Screening | Artwork by Lina Albrikiene

Website Lina Albrikiene + Instagram of the Curator

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Linus Riepler, Georg Haberler and Elisabeth Molin | Photo by Gintarė Grigėnaitė
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Elisabeth Molin | Detail of her Video Artwork | Image by Lina Albrikiene

Coordinator Kristina Alsytė | Architect Aleksandras Kavaliauskas | Designer Anna Liska | Project is funded by: BMKÖES, Galerie Krinzinger, Klauberg Baltics | Partners: Vivistop Užupis, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Austria | Photo Documentation by Gintarė Grigėnaitė

Munchies Art Club says a big thank you to Lina for the great exhibition and sharing the show with us and our viewers!

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