Biography

Muntean/Rosenblum consists of Markus Muntean (AT, 1962) and Adi Rosenblum (IL, 1962). 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.

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. Their work has been exhibited widely in international museums, institutions and galleries. Recent solo exhibitions were at MAC, Coruña (2018); MOCAK, Krakow (2018); Parkview Museum, Beijing (2017); Institut für zeitgenössische Kunst, Nürnberg (2014); Tate Britain, London (2004); and De Appel (2002). Group exhibitions they recently participated in were, among others, at Kunsthaus Graz (2018); Nam June Paik Art Centre, Gyeonggi-do (2018); The Parkview Museum, Singapore (2017); Oude Kerk, Amsterdam (2016); and MAXXI, Rome (2016). Their work is included in both private and public collections, such as MoMA, NYC; the Burger Collection; and the Rubell Family Collection.

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General

  • 1962 Markus Muntean born in Graz, Austria / Adi Rosenblum born in Haifa, Israel
  • 1992 Collaboration

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2018 MAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Coruña, Spain
  • 2017 Parkview Museum, Beijing, China
  • 2014 Institut für zeitgenössische Kunst, Nürnberg, Germany
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  • 2012 “The Management of Insignificance”, CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain
  • 2008 “Between what was and what might be”, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg/Vienna, Austria
  • 2006 “Make death listen”, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
  • 2004 “It Is Never Facts That Tell”, Tate Britain, Art Now, London, Great Britain
  • 2003 “There Is A Silence To Fill”, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
  • 2002 “To Die For”, De Appel, Amsterdam, Holland 2000 “Where else”, SECESSION, Vienna, Austria
  • 1999 Chicago Project Room, Chicago, USA
  • 1998 “Lonely Facts”, Kunsthalle Luckenwalde, Germany

Group Exhibitions (selection)

  • 2018 “Trauma, Distress, Ecstasy, Emptiness – Formulas of Pathos”, The Gallery of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic
  • 2017 “The Artist’s Voice”, The Parkview Museum, Singapore
  • 2016 “Once in a Lifetime”, Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, Holland
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  • 2015 “Dialog der Meisterwerke”, Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2013 Die Sammlung #4, 21er Haus, Vienna
  • 2012 “Beauty Contest”, MUSA, Vienna, Austria
  • 2011 “Körper Codes”,  Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
  • 2010 “No New Thing Under The Sun”, Royal Academy, London, Great Britain
  • 2009 “Being in the World: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection”, Cisneros fontanals art foundation, Miami, USA
  • 2008 “System Mensch. Werke aus der Sammlung des MdM Salzburg”, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
  • 2007 “Repeat All”, Matucana100, Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • 2006 “The wonderful fund collection“, Le Musée de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco
  • 2005 “Slices of Life”, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York, USA
  • 2004 26. São Paulo Biennale, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2000 “There is something you should know“, Die EVN Sammlung im Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
  • 1999 “Wild Life“, The Austrian Cultural Institute, London, Great Britain
  • 1998 “Sarajevo 2000″, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
  • 1995 “Lebendige Vergangenheit”, Palais Liechtenstein, Feldkirch, Austria