Muntean/Rosenblum Solo Exhibition at MOCAK
From 26th October 2018 to 24th March 2019, Krakow’s Museum of Contemporary Art is showcasing an insightful exhibition dedicated to Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum. At the heart of the exhibition, titled Walking Wounded, are their intriguing paintings that blend scenes from YouTube videos with literary quotes from poets such as Rilke and Eliot. This mix challenges visitors to consider the dynamic between day-to-day experiences and the nuanced world of literature, illuminating the ties between popular culture and traditional arts.
Amidst MOCAK’s contemporary space, Muntean and Rosenblum’s performative pieces seamlessly fit in. Actors, adorned with symbolic wounds, move amongst the artworks, amplifying the duo’s exploration of societal and emotional challenges. This integration of live performances with static art forms offers visitors a comprehensive insight into their artistic vision.
To enhance the exhibition experience, a bilingual Polish-English publication is available, providing deeper context and insights into the artworks. Given MOCAK’s dedication to modern art, the Muntean/Rosenblum exhibition stands as a must-visit for all contemporary art enthusiasts.
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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.