Lucerne

Gerwald Rockenschaub

Kunstmuseum Luzern

Gerwald Rockenschaub is still an “insider's tip,” and it comes as somewhat of a surprise that the Kunstmuseum mounted this first large-scale exhibition of his work. The show was a risky enterprise, because for three years now this 40-year-old Austrian has been presenting empty installations, thereby radically challenging the gallery space as an institution that provides meaning and ascribes value to art. Anyone who thinks of art as framed pictures on the wall or shaped objects in space was severely tested here.

The smallest room, following a standard practice of museums, had a cord that kept visitors away from the wall; there was, however, nothing hung on this wall. The side wall of the largest and longest room sported a gigantic translucent plastic curtain, approximately one hundred feet long. This artificial membrane physically blocked the two entries to the completely empty second room

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