Bruno Gironcoli

Neue Galerie Graz

Bruno Gironcoli’s new sculpture looks a little like a spaceship out of the Star Wars films. The powerful, pointed prow and broad-beamed stern endow this gigantic piece with a dynamism that suggests imminent departure. One seems almost to hear the revving engines, yet the entire piece is perfectly still,immovable. Entitled Väterliches–Mütterliches: Eine fiktive Modellvorstellung (Paternal–maternal: An invented model, 1972–86), it consists of various strange-looking objects and forms, mounted on a massive curved, multilevel iron platform that is subdivided by a longitudinal axis. These objects are made of wood, plaster, and polyester resin, but all differences of material are neutralized by a homogeneous coat of semigloss copper-colored paint, which gives the work as a whole a distinctive yet rather anonymous character.

Gironcoli did not exhibit his work at all for years, and there exists

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