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Margo, 2015

Oil on canvas
24 × 19 9/10 in
61 × 50.5 cm
location
Düsseldorf
About the work
Exhibition history
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Courtesy Private collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Markus Schinwald
Austrian, b. 1973
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Focusing on themes of metamorphosis and dysfunction, Markus Schinwald creates mysterious and unsettling installations that appear minimalist yet consist of complex structures. Schinwald is interested in the manipulation of the human body and its surroundings, and his installations are rooted in austere, Biedermeier-era art, which was marked by restrictive politics and censorship. Labyrinthe, Schinwald’s work at the 2011 Venice Biennale, featured a confined space studded with 19th-century portraits—onto which Schinwald painted bandages, braces, straightjackets, and surgical masks—and table and chair legs conjoined to assume uncanny, anthropomorphic qualities. “I’m not trying to rob people of their personalities, but to give objects personalities, too,” Schinwald has said, referencing his lifelike assemblages created from wholly disparate parts.

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About the work
Exhibition history
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Courtesy Private collection © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015
Markus Schinwald
Austrian, b. 1973
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Focusing on themes of metamorphosis and dysfunction, Markus Schinwald creates mysterious and unsettling installations that appear minimalist yet consist of complex structures. Schinwald is interested in the manipulation of the human body and its surroundings, and his installations are rooted in austere, Biedermeier-era art, which was marked by restrictive politics and censorship. Labyrinthe, Schinwald’s work at the 2011 Venice Biennale, featured a confined space studded with 19th-century portraits—onto which Schinwald painted bandages, braces, straightjackets, and surgical masks—and table and chair legs conjoined to assume uncanny, anthropomorphic qualities. “I’m not trying to rob people of their personalities, but to give objects personalities, too,” Schinwald has said, referencing his lifelike assemblages created from wholly disparate parts.

Margo, 2015

Oil on canvas
24 × 19 9/10 in
61 × 50.5 cm
location
Düsseldorf
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