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11 November 2016

'The Adventure of Reality' explores the impact of cultural (& technological) changes on the depiction of reality

From 20 November 2016 until 9 April 2017, the artistic depiction of reality will be explored at the exhibition 'The Adventure of Reality' (German title 'Das Abenteuer Wirllichkeit') at Forum Frohner in Krems, Lower Austria.

Curator Elisabeth Voggeneder collected works by 15 artists for showing how art changed during the last half century starting with the oeuvre of Adolf Frohner (1934 - 2007), the name giver of the Kunsthalle Krems exhibition space 'Forum Frohner'. Especially the sculptural art by Austrian sculptor, actionist (Viennese Actionism) and painter Adolf Frohner marks an initial moment in the exhibition's art history timeline: with found objects, trompe l'oeil (optical illusion) effects and the re-interpretation of everyday materials, the artist threw an ironic-critical eye on society.

fig.: 'Tribute to a virgin (Woman lying with shoes)' (original title 'Hommage an eine Jungfrau (Liegende mit Schuhen)') by Adolf Frohner, 1982. Adolf Frohner gemeinnützige Privatstiftung, Krems. Photo: (C) Peter Böttcher.

The journey through history from the 1960s up to nowadays impact of the digital era on virtual reality in art will show visitors that the heavily discussed 'reality' by artists is basically a mirrored depiction. The technology of photography changed already in the early 20th century the methods of painters, the establishment with museums and owners of recording and broadcasting technologies (TV) in the 60s challenged artists to develop outstanding film art, unique performances, actionism, while these circumstances (establishment) and technologies (photography, TV) were integrated by artists vice-versa for their critical messages about our world. Visitors will find out that art is synchronized with the changes in society and its means - even communication technologies. At the exhibition, especially the digital technologies will be on focus.

One of the 15 artists at 'The Adventure of Reality' is Alfredo Barsuglia who developed an installation especially for Forum Frohner where visitors can experience found objects, illusion and digital worlds playfully in a single art work.

Participating artists: Alfredo Barsuglia, Johannes Deutsch, Adolf Frohner, Elisabeth Homar, Flora N. Galowitz, Niki de Saint Phalle, Helmut Rainer, Werner Reiterer, Oswald Stimm, Günther Uecker, Wolf Vostell, Jacques Villeglé, Erwin Wurm, Michael Wegerer, Fabio Zolly.

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