until Oct. 29, 2023
Kunsthaus Bregenz, Karl-Tizian-Platz, Bregenz
Michael Armitage - Pathos and the Twilight of the Idle
Michael Armitage is one of the most important painters of the present day. He gained recognition with large-scale paintings that depict figures in somnambulistic landscapes. In them, paint is applied in several layers, scraped off, and reworked anew. Armitage’s motifs are marked by history and current political events. The exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz is the first comprehensive presentation of the British-Kenyan painter’s work in Austria.
KUB is closely associated with the artist—Austria’s next Venice Biennale participant—as several of her main works are part of the Kunsthaus Bregenz collection. In the exhibition in Bregenz, Jermolaewa will show her highly topical installation Chernobyl Safari, from 2014/23, Famous Pigeons, from 2021, and her installation Dining Room, from 2017, which will be on view in Austria for the first time. Jermolaewa, who came to Austria as a Russian dissident in 1989, explores political history and present in her diverse work. Her political commentary is as astute as it is humorous.