23.09.2021 - 09.01.2022:

Pepo Pichler. a glimpse
Pepo Pichler, born in Klagenfurt in 1948, is a traveler between different ways of life, cultures, and worlds, between two domiciles in the Carinthian Schmelzhofen Castle and urban San Francisco. This cosmopolitan attitude is also expressed in his now almost five-decade-long artistic work. Add to this a keen interest in history, ancient cultures, the archaic, in ethnology, myths, rites, and cults, in tales and legends, as well as a fascination for the mythical and for symbolism. But Pepo Pichler is also a collector of real objects, of antique as well as contemporary artifacts, products from industrial, mechanical production, technical equipment, design, and items of unusual materiality. He integrates things from reality, from contemporary everyday culture, into art, thus ensuring a means to approach reality. The passion to collect is followed by one to build, form, construct, invent and create. This is the basis on which a wide range of works evolves. The exhibition, which predominantly features current works, with the addition of selected older ones, presents a cross-section of the various methods and techniques found in the oeuvre – from graphic art to painting, collage, sculpture, object installation, and film through to assemblage and environment. The subject matters relate to fundamental questions of existence that are combined with aspects of the mythical-mystical and traces of the collective unconscious to form an individual mythology. Pepo Pichler’s work tells us something about our existence in a modern living environment, in an age of plenty and mass production, making us aware of the absurdity of our neoliberal consumer society’s values. At the same time, its underlines the unique nature of human beings and objects and shows us the beauty of our world that those inconspicuous things hold. A catalogue in German and English will be published to accompany the exhibition, with a preface by Christine Wetzlinger-Grundnig and texts by Mirjam Schmidt, Jerome Tarshis, Markus Waitschacher, Elisabeth Winkler, Josef Winkler, and Christine Wetzlinger-Grundnig.

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