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Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz

Conspiracy of the Cephalopods

20.09.2019-19.01.2020


A project by BRUSEUM, in cooperation with steirischer herbst ’19

Curated by: Roman Grabner

Press tour: 20.09.2019, 11:30 am
Opening: 20.09.2019, 7 pm
Duration: 21.09.2019–19.01.2020

 

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About the exhibtion

Alexander Brener belongs to the generation of Russian performance artists who were active during the last years of the Soviet Union and engaged with public space. He gained international notoriety in 1997 when he painted a green dollar sign on Kasimir Malevich’s white painting Suprematism 1920–1927 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. This protest against the corruption and commercialization of the art market ended in a prison sentence, despite his assertion that the act was an artistic performance. Together with his Austrian partner Barbara Schurz he has continued to address power strategies and mechanisms of exclusion in society and the art market since the 1990s. They also produce drawings that extend their programmatic critique of capitalism, referencing both Outsider Art and the tradition of the Russian popular print, or lubok, which traditionally contained satirical, informative, patriotic messages as well as social critique. In addition, Brener and Schurz have long been publishing brilliant literary works and theoretically oriented illustrated books in a samizdatinspired format. For the exhibition Conspiracy of the Cephalopods they have drawn their own retrospective.

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Material


Curator Roman Grabner,
Curator Roman Grabner,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Roman-Grabner-Brener-Schurz.jpg (1.5 MB)

Subject

Material


Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Hoi pléistoi kakói (Most are bad)", 2019,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Hoi pléistoi kakói (Most are bad)", 2019,

Ink, Crayon and Water colour on Paper, 30 x 24 cm, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Brener-Schurz-Hoi-pleistoi-kakoi.jpg (3.77 MB)

Images of exhibits for download are available here Expand Box

Material


Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, from the book: "Kartinka", 2018,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, from the book: "Kartinka", 2018,

Ink on Watercolour paper, 24 x 30cm, private collection, Vienna


Brener-Schurz-Kartinka.jpg (1.03 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, from the book: "Kartinka", 2018,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, from the book: "Kartinka", 2018,

Ink on Watercolour paper, 24 x 30cm, private collection, Vienna


Brener-Schurz-Kartinka02.jpg (1.81 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Tremate", 2018,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Tremate", 2018,

Ink, Crayon and Watercolour on Watercolour paper, 38 x 56 cm, private collection


Brener-Schurz-Tremate.jpg (1.27 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, from the series Hiddenness: "White Shadow", 2018,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, from the series Hiddenness: "White Shadow", 2018,

10 works, Ink on Watercolour paper, 24 x 30 cm, Courtesy of the Artists


Brener-Schurz-White-Shadow.jpg (1.84 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz,  "Battles: Snowflakes", 2019,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Battles: Snowflakes", 2019,

Ink on Paper, 13 pieces, each 50 x 70 cm, private collection


Battles-Snowflakes.jpg (3.19 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Don Quichotte", 2007,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Don Quichotte", 2007,

Pencil, Ink and Watercolour on Paper, 20 pieces, each 24 x 30 cm


Don-Quichotte.jpg (4.75 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Eva-Penetrator", 2018,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Eva-Penetrator", 2018,

Ink and Acrylic Colour on Paper, 38,5 x 57 cm, private collection, Graz


Eva-Penetrator.jpg (2.83 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Fuck Off and Die Alone", 2013,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Fuck Off and Die Alone", 2013,

Ink on Paper, 158 pieces, Knoll Galerie Vienna


Fuck-Off-And-Die-Alone.jpg (3.42 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Oranta", 2019,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Oranta", 2019,

Pencil, Ink, Watercolour and Goldcolour on Paper, 30 x 24 cm, private collection


Oranta.jpg (3.59 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "The Last Picture Show", 2019,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "The Last Picture Show", 2019,

Ink on Paper, 50 x 65 cm, Courtesy of the artists


The-last-picture-show.jpg (2.8 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Tschirikli i Luludi", 2019,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Tschirikli i Luludi", 2019,

Pencil, Ink, Watercolour and Goldcolour on Paper, 41,1 x 31,2 cm, Courtesy of the artists


Tschirikli-i-Luludi.jpg (5.34 MB)

Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Unlucky Shape-Shifter", 2019,
Alexander Brener / Barbara Schurz, "Unlucky Shape-Shifter", 2019,

Ink and Watercolour on Papeer, 20 pieces, each 29,7 x 21 cm, private collection


Unlucky-Shape-Shifter.jpg (2.86 MB)

Installation views for download are available here Expand Box

Material


Opening, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Opening, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Eroeffnung-01.jpg (0.94 MB)

Opening, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Opening, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Eroeffnung-02.jpg (1.16 MB)

Opening, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Opening, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Eroeffnung-03.jpg (0.91 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-01.jpg (1.5 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-02.jpg (1.66 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-03.jpg (1.26 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-04.jpg (1.07 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-05.jpg (3.18 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-06.jpg (1.62 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-07.jpg (4.28 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-08.jpg (3.53 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-09.jpg (4.67 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-10.jpg (3.85 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-11.jpg (1.53 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-12.jpg (1.58 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-13.jpg (2.77 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-14.jpg (2.32 MB)

Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019, Foto:
Installation view, "Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz", 2019, Foto:

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


Brener-Schurz-Ansicht-15.jpg (2.33 MB)

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