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Florian Pumhösl

Secession

Florian Pumhösl’s relationship to modernity has nothing to do with the widespread artistic historicism that playfully borrows modernist forms and ideas and uses them, “purified” of utopian and universalistic pretensions, for ironic or just entertaining purposes. Pumhösl’s work (much like that of Stan Douglas or Christopher Williams) is characterized by a historical perspective on modernity that is interested in its breaks, contradictions, and transformations. Part of this historically conscious praxis includes reconstructing exemplary modernist designs, and Pumhösl may be the artist who executes such reconstructions most literally and vividly.

Foremost among the objects of Pumhösl’s recent artistic research have been utopian and alternative approaches to design and architecture, with an emphasis on the social-revolutionary hopes vested in them, and their failures. He is particularly interested

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