Opening Soon: Muntean/Rosenblum | „The Always Never-Yet“
We are proud to present Muntean/Rosenblum at the gallery on the 30th of September!
Galerie Ron Mandos is set to debut „The Always Never-Yet“, an exhibition by Vienna-based artist duo Muntean/Rosenblum. Delving into the flow of time and everyday anticipations, their works utilize recognizable symbols to engage viewers in an exploration of emotion and the human condition.
Join us for the opening on Saturday, 30th September, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, where a live performance by dancers will enhance the viewing experience. Additionally, attendees can also view Gilleam Trapenberg’s Currents. Both exhibitions are available for viewing until the 29th of October.
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Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum’s collaboration creates meticulously composed scenes that often spotlight young individuals in introspective moments, urging viewers to delve into the intricacies of human existence. Through various mediums, including large-scale paintings, installations, and performances, they challenge traditional views on human expression, drawing from a rich variety of influences — ranging from classic paintings to modern-day street culture. Their work in ,,The Always Never-Yet” uniquely captures the essence of time’s flow, blending the eeriness of the familiar with the profound depths of daily anticipations.
In ,,The Always Never-Yet,” Muntean and Rosenblum artfully juxtapose the emotional gravity of classic paintings with the modern visual lexicon popularized by platforms like TikTok and Instagram. Spotlighting young individuals using recognizable hand gestures, from the peace sign to the heart, they bridge historical art with today’s digital expressiveness.
During the opening, a live performance by the featured dancers in the video will complement the artwork. Four dancers will engage with the exhibits, offering a unique blend of art and movement as they flow through the show, interacting with the artwork.
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.