Open Now: Muntean/ Rosenblum at The Albertina Museum

We are proud to present the news that Muntean/Rosenblum are opening an exhibition at The Albertina Museum in Vienna soon. Hauenschild Ritter – Muntean/Rosenblum Two Artist Collectives in Austria is the title of two solo exhibitions presented by The Albertina Museum in its historic spaces. The exhibition will be running from October 5, 2022 through January 15, 2023.

Partially conceived of as a retrospective, this exhibition features works by Muntean/Rosenblum from the Albertina collection, as well as important works from private collections and new large-scale paintings. In addition, a group of drawings based on Instagram feeds will be presented for the first time. The exhibition is curated by Elsy Lahner.⁠

Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum have worked as an artist-duo since 1992. In their work they juxtapose references to the histories of art and literature with imagery borrowed from present-day pop culture and social media. This is a sampling process that sets up a dialogue between real life and fiction in which high and low art references unfold simultaneously.⁠

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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.