Marcus Geiger and Peter Kogler

BAWAG Contemporary

Both Marcus Geiger and Peter Kogler have made their mark through their approach to surfaces—whether by valuing them (Kogler, “Le Grand Récit,” Documenta 10, 1997) or devaluing them (Geiger, “100 Years of Secession,” Vienna Secession, 1998). Their joint exhibition “HALLO BAWAG” was a sensation, evoking sharp cries of excitement and happy sighs, like those of Sarah Jessica Parker at the sight of the latest Manolos. Indeed, the ethos of Sex and the City is not far removed: The Bawag Foundation is sited in the most fashionable part of Vienna, surrounded by trendy restaurants and designer boutiques. Geiger had styled the foyer of the foundation as a flagship store window with mannequins dressed in terry-cloth suits and matching footwear, in front of a curtain of toiletpaper strips; a pile of neon tubes provides the finishing touch. Austria’s premier fashion photographer, Elfie Semotan, had been

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