previews

  • Andro Wekua, Get Out of my Room, 2006, installation view at Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Germany.

    Andro Wekua

    Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
    Museumsplatz 1 & at Karlsplatz
    February 18–June 5

    Curated by Angela Stief and Cathérine Hug

    Watch any 1960s pulp film, Sam Fuller noir, or Kenneth Anger short, and you’ll draw closer to Andro Wekua’s world. Georgian born, the Berlin- and Zurich-based artist loves nothing more than a tousle-haired, ennui-stricken cinema goddess, preferably one concealing a black eye behind huge glamour glasses. The exhibition in Vienna will be linked by a fairy tale to two coinciding shows (at the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel and the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, Italy) and will feature photocollages and installations of Wekua’s Bellmeresque mannequins cast in psychosexual B-movie-influenced tableaux. But there will also be actual films, including the artist’s first, as well as three small publications to round out this run of nightclub-illuminated dreamscapes lurid enough to give Michael Mann nightmares.