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Desiring the Real. Austria contemporary

Einladung: Desiring the Real. Austria contemporary. 2015

18.02.2015 - 22.03.2015

University Museum and Art Gallery, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong / Zhongguo

The University Museum and Art Gallery is thankful for this opportunity to display Desiring the Real, a contemporary art exhibition that has been jointly organised with the Federal Chancellery of Austria and is supported by the Austrian Consulate General in Hong Kong and Macao. This large and innovative exhibition presents works by some 25 Austrian artists who investigate, through images and installations, representations of ‘the real’, and the subjective perception of reality by individual onlookers....
An assemblage of individual views of daily life and the environment, this exhibition presents a variety of ‘portraits’ documenting the status quo at the precise moment that each image was created. Reality describes the conjectured state of things as they actually exist, rather than as they may appear or be imagined, and it refers to everything that is and has been, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. Reality is often contrasted with what is imaginary, delusional, or confined to the mind and dreams; with what is false, fictional or abstract. The desire to imitate ‘the real’ in artworks forms the core of this study as, traditionally, artists strive to epitomise reality truthfully. Beyond this tradition, in Desiring the Real, one medium, such as film or video art, can take on the artistic qualities of another art form, such as Chinese ink painting, as shown here in the fluid and expressive video installation Cluster (2010) by Rainer Gamsjäger. Through representations of the real, the perception of the receiving persons and their individual paradigms are critical to the understanding of the real and to the judgment of reality.



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