• Marcel Odenbach, Im Kreise drehen (Turning Circles), 2009, digital video, color, sound, 15 minutes 51 seconds.

    “Marcel Odenbach: Proof of Nothing”

    Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier
    Museumsplatz 1 & at Karlsplatz
    February 4–April 30, 2017

    Curated by Vanessa Joan Müller

    Though it is tempting to call Marcel Odenbach a pioneer, this designation might imply that his work is done. Born in 1953, he is not only a forefather of video art and a cofounder, with Ulrike Rosenbach and Klaus vom Bruch, of the 1970s producer group ATV, he is also—still—a protagonist of political art. For his generation in West Germany, addressing the political through art meant working through the complex process of dealing with the country’s Nazi past. More recently, Odenbach, who now lives in Ghana part-time, has begun to focus on colonialism in Africa. At the Kunsthalle Wien, he will show videos (including a new one about Fritz Cremer’s 1958 memorial at the Buchenwald concentration camp) alongside his equally complex works on paper. The exhibition promises to illuminate new facets of Odenbach’s investigations into the exploitation of history in contemporary ideological battles, which remains as pressing as ever in the era of Trump and populist right-wing movements looming all over Europe.