Untitled („Magic remains invisible...“)

Untitled (“Magic remains invisible…”) is painted in a unique technique that Muntean/Rosenblum developed over the last few years. It is a combination of oil and pastel chalks which allows them to create a maximum of luminosity. Like all their paintings it is based on appropriated material from the almost unlimited images provided by mass and social medias.

These normed and processed images are almost like forever young phantoms of ourselves. They are reducing our collective perception of what the image of a human being is like to only the young and perfect. They seem to function like armors and shields against transiency. By narrowing down their selection and depicting almost only young people, Muntean/Rosenblum try to intensify and mirror this specific context.

Untitled („Magic remains invisible...“), 2021 | Chalks oil acrylic canvas | 134 x 168 cm

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On the other hand, they are inspired by the singular power of figurative painting. It is a depiction of the sensual world and a highly abstract symphony of colors and brushstrokes at the same time. Muntean/Rosenblum’s aim is to scratch the perfect and smooth surface to get back to the memento mori and the fragility of our transient existence. As Paul Celan put it beautifully into words: “we try to reach through time – through it, not above it and beyond it”.

Untitled (,,Unimaginably distant...''), 2022 | Chalks on paper | 29,7 x 42 cm

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Untitled (,,The exalted sense..''), 2022 | Chalks on paper | 42 x 29,7 cm

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Untitled (,,The past blossoms...''), 2022 | Chalks on paper | 42 x 29,7 cm

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Untitled (,,True love...''), 2022 | Chalks on paper | 29,7 x 42 cm

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Untitled (,,The ordinariness...''), 2022 | Chalks on paper | 29,7 x 42 cm

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Untitled (,,The ability...''), 2022 | Chalks on paper | 29,7 x 42 cm

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Untitled (,,Our life adrift..''), 2022 | Chalks on paper | 42 x 29,7 cm

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Untitled (,,The unexpected sometimes..''), 2022 | 193 x 141 cm | Pastel chalks, oil on canvas

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About the artist duo

Muntean/Rosenblum live and work in Vienna, the city where they met while studying at the end of the 1980s. The artists have collaborated since 1992. Large-scale painting is one of the core aspects of their practice. However, they often expand their work by creating large installations with sculptural elements where performances are staged or films screened. In addition, they make drawings as well as collages with texts and photographs.

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ABOUT Muntean / Rosenblum

Markus Muntean was born in 1962 in Graz, Austria. Adi Rosenblum was born in 1962 in Haifa, Israel.
Muntean/Rosenblum live and work in Vienna, the city where they met while studying at the end of the 1980s. The artists have collaborated since 1992.

Large-scale painting is one of the core aspects of their practice. However, they often expand their work by creating large installations with sculptural elements where performances are staged or films screened. In addition, they make drawings as well as collages with texts and photographs.

In their work, Muntean/Rosenblum mix references to art history and present-day popular culture. They mostly depict groups of apparently lethargic or melancholic young people in idle situations, which are either ordinary and everyday or mysterious and ambiguous. The often-dreamy scenes take place in rooms, public spaces or landscapes as if part of a film, presenting unresolved situations in the making. The characters seem to adopt postures copied from fashion magazines, or from paintings originating from the renaissance to the nineteenth century. Their work is frequently accompanied by captions or texts not-directly relating to the depicted scene, adding another layer of complexity. The artists themselves described their work as ‘precise ambiguity’. By playing with visual codes from the past and the present, Muntean/Rosenblum scrutinise the power of images and how these constitute an overwhelming collective memory.

Work by Muntean/Rosenblum has been exhibited widely in international museums, institutions and galleries. Recent solo exhibitions were at Espacio Marte, Mexico City (2020); MAC, Coruña (2018); MOCAK, Krakow (2018); Group exhibitions they recently participated in were, among others, at Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2019); Kunsthaus Graz (2018); Nam June Paik Art Centre, Gyeonggi-do (2018); The Parkview Museum, Singapore (2017); and Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (2016). Their work is included in both private and public collections, such as the MoMA, New York NY; the Albertina, Vienna; 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; the KRC Collection, Voorschoten; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL, and Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection. In 2022 the artist duo will mount an exhibition at the Albertina Museum, in Vienna, Austria.

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