No Place, nowhere: 5 Years for Conceptual Art

Simon Wachsmuth

The construction and reconstruction of history are key themes in Simon Wachsmuth´s oeuvre. The artist´s starting point for his interest in the importance of legends for cultural identity and the inconsistencies in the writing of European history is Piero della Francesca´s “Legend of the True Cross“ fresco cycle. In his painting series entitled “Fehlstellen“ (Imperfections) Wachsmuth transfers the missing and destroyed parts of the frescoes onto canvas using black paint. A fictitious cartography emerges, to which he adds current newspaper cuttings covering Turkey´s accession to the EU and old photographs of Istanbul. By juxtaposing the Crusaders´ Conquest of Constantinople, portrayed in the frescoes, with the discussion on the EU´s external borders, Wachsmuth reveals the constant ideologisation and shifting of power relations between East and West.

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"Simon Wachsmuth"

August 2010

ISBN 978-3-86678-448-2

16,50 x 23,50 cm

104 Pages

39 colored and 6 b/w illustrations

Hardcover, bound

Languages: German, English


Beate Ermacora, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck

Daniela Hölzl and Walter Seitter Graphic

Harald Richter

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition Simon Wachsmuth. Aporia/Europa, 24 July to 12 September 2010, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck.