Gerald Rockenschaub

mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

MUMOK is a hermetic, nearly windowless building that is anything but open and airy. It takes a master like Gerwald Rockenschaub to give this bunker a sense of weightlessness and openness—and that despite the show’s notoriously difficult format, the retrospective. Turned off, perhaps, by the prospect of yet another anxious heaping up of work, Rockenschaub rose above the usual demand for overflowing halls with a self-assured display of nearly empty space. With the precision of a marksman (and just twelve works), he hit the bull’s-eye.

“4296 m3” is a cryptic title with a simple explanation: It refers to the cubic dimensions of the exhibition rooms and, therefore, to the significance Rockenschaub granted the exhibition as an artwork in its own right. With an intervention at once laconic and keen, he cut the space into two exhibition areas: A wall divided a white cube from a black box. A square

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