The Vienna Secession Hall was built in 1897 for the exhibitions of the Vienna Secession, an art movement led by Gustav Klimt (who served as the first president) and others that called for a break-through from the conservatism. Although the Vienna Secession only lasted a few years (Gustav Klimt left the Secession in early 1900's), the Secession Hall still hosts the wall painting by Gustav Klimt, the Beethovenfries.
Nowadays, the Vienna Secession Hall also holds exhibitions for modern artists.
Yesterday I went to the Vienna Secession Hall with a bunch of my art group friends to admire the Beethovenfries and check out other exhibitions there. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed in the room dedicated to the Beethovenfries. Anyone interested may click on the link to see it.
Therefore, I only took photos of other exhibitions that interest me.
除了Beethovenfries外，分離派會館目前展出三個展覽，其中之一為Francis Upritchard的「In Die Höhle」，這項展覽的作品具有強烈的視覺效果與裝飾性，有點像家飾，也有點像雕塑。其中讓我第一眼就注意到的是這個雙蛇燈飾。
Currently, the Vienna Secession are exhibiting three exhibitions, one of which titles "In Die Höhle" by Francis Upritchard. Her works are very visual and decorative to me, somewhat furniture-ish and somewhat sculpture-ish. What caught my eyes at the very first sight is this light comprising two snakes.
I am certain that Ms. Upritchard has some deeper meaning to it, but the snakes could be read either way, good or evil. As suggested in Gustav Klimt's Beethovenfries, the daughters of the monster have snakes wrapping around their hair; however, in some religions, snakes are considered holy.
Being a "snake" (in Chinese Zodiac), I am more terrified than fascinated by the snakes though, given the sneakiness and deadliness that they could be.
Another light work of Ms. Upritchard in another room.
Even though it might sound odd or random, this lights actually reminds of the good-fortune light we Taiwanese would get at temples.
At the other side of the exhibition room, the yellow cowboy and cowgirl look over a handful of hats, hunting for the right one.
It somehow makes me wonder: Are we sometimes just hunting/looking/searching for something that is so minimal and meaningless? Or Is it true that life consists of all tiny little options and one choice might just lead to a different path than other (the alternative Universe theory)?
As to this cabinet, what caught my eyes first was the interlocking lines but then the statues there in kind of brought me to think how we are all trapped in some ways, in life, in reality, or in other conceptual ways.
At the ground level of the Secession, it showcases an exhibition named "The White Blanket" by Jiří Kovanda, a Czech artist. In plain sight, it looks like a room under construction or decoration. I literally walked in and thought "AH! NO EXHIBITION in this room." But once I walked around more, I was totally in love with this surreal exhibition which just sucks me in.
As implicated in the title of the exhibition, the room is all white with a little bit of this color or that, this item or that. The eye-level walls make it look like a labyrinth (or office cube?!) to me.
The whole thing screams "solitude" to me, a mental state of floating in the universe alone, a pure loneliness.
A red lamp, a yellow broom... rendered a taste of habitation but by no means, any intimacy to me.
A spread out mattress and blanket (and two pillows!?) surrounded by walls could be invitation or rejection, yet the blank and emptiness suggest more distance than coziness.
A lonely chair sitting in a big room with nothing else...
with a broken leg...
is like the existence of all mankind, alone and broken.
An only orchid...
... could be narcissism or could be a talent who never got the recognition deserved.
This whole room brought me back to my days back in L.A. I literally lived like this, a mattress, a couch, a table and a chair. Nothing else. All the loneliness, all the depressing feelings, all the anxiety just sprang into me. We are all waiting for someone to understand us, to recognize us, to embrace us as who we are...