Günther Förg

Ohne Titel, 2001

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Günther Förg works in painting, sculpture and photography. His photographic work centres around modern architecture. Amongst the most famous are his series on Villa Wittgenstein in Vienna and Italian architecture of the 1930s. In those works as well as in the other media Förg concerns himself with art historical traditions and questions concepts of modernity.

The two-part work Förg realised for the Kunstverein consists of the photograph of a house in Turkey and a mirror of the same size as the print. As structuring as well as connecting element between inside and outside windows play a central role in modern architecture and Förgs photographs. What first appears to be a ground of transitions, e.g. the make-believe eye contact between a person standing at a window of the red house in the photograph and the viewer, reveals itself as projection when one recognises oneself in the mirroring glass of the frame and is thrown back upon the self – similar to the gaze in the mirror.

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