AROTIN & SERGHEI – Metamorphosis
Gallery W&K – WIENERROITHER & KOHLBACHER
Palais Schönborn-Battyány, Vienna
special events during the exhibition
AROTIN & SERGHEI create a universe of color and light in constant metamorphosis.
Fundamental questionings of philosophy, quantum physics, metaphysics and sciences, in a span from the mythological origins up to the actual research of invisible particles at Cern-Collider, get transformed in their artworks into visual compositions, combining elements of drawing, painting and sound with new materials and techniques. One of their major artworks, “Infinite Screen“, is exploring the idea of The Infinite suggested beyond the visible surface of “Everything We See…” (Wittgenstein).
Originally commissioned by both La Biennale di Venezia and Klangforum Wien, “Infinite Screen” was first shown at Konzerthaus Wien – Grosser Saal (2013) and at La Biennale di Venezia (2015). The work-in-progress was then further developed for Ars Electronica Festivals (2014–2017), for the Media Collection “Deep Space 8K” (2015), for the exhibition “Kandinsky, Marc & Der Blaue Reiter” at Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2016), and for the 125 years anniversary of Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (2016), as a 1200m2 rotating installation on the museum’s main facade recalling the myth of the Babel Tower. Simultaneously, the auction house Artcurial exhibited a selection of “intermedial paintings” of the artists.
W & K – Wienerroither & Kohlbacher are presenting in their gallery in Vienna, at Frieze Masters London, and at the Tefaf Art Fairs in Maastricht and in New York especially the works of the Viennese classical avant-garde: Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka and German Expressionism. With the exhibition “AROTIN & SERGHEI – Metamorphosis” in the baroque halls of Vienna’s Schönborn-Batthyány Palace, W & K are showing now for the first time a “new avant-guarde” – as Ivan Fedele aptly stated at the opening of the Biennale di Venezia / Musica 2015. The solo exhibition shows a selection of drawings and “intermedial painting” of various work cycles by AROTIN & SERGHEI, as well as new monumental creations and – for the first time worldwide – digital unique pieces. A cycle of special events, talks and performances organized during the exhibition will complete the programme and will let viewers participate in the artistic process of metamorphosis.