reviews

  • Bertrand Lavier

    mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

    Bertrand Lavier’s first one-person exhibition in Austria presented the best installation to date in the Hercules Room of the Palais Lichtenstein. This central space of the baroque palace poses difficulties for the artist because of its marble and plaster decoration, and above all, the ceiling frescoes. These frescoes pull the viewer’s eyes uncontrollably to the ceiling, and the artist must take this propensity into account in constructing his work. Lavier’s success lies in his willingness to work with the space and not against it. He does not try to control the viewer’s gaze but, rather, offers

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