Bacchante

Kathleen Ryan

When I was a child the Theseustempel in Volkasgarten was for some reason an area one should not go to. This notion kind of stuck with it, so this was the first time I had a closer look.

It is a nice building though of course neo-classically a little bit strange, and I like the idea to oppose round and feminie shapes referring by name to Bacchus´ female companions to the martial and very masculine Theseus. Despite their being made of concrete the grapes appear very light (again, I would have really liked to touch them) and the Bacchante´s allover minimalism offers a powerful contrast to the ceiling´s playful  decoration and the building in general.

Still I have to admit that in my opinion the sculpture looks a little lost and the whole exhibition might be a bit too minimalistic. Neither did the four orange pipes convey their significance to me, apart from the fact that the space in all its white and greyish tones really needs a hint of colour and so does the spectator´s eye.
So, good idea, nice work, but not completely satisfying.


Julia Maurer



Venue:

Theseustempel im Volksgarten
1010 Wien



Caption:

Header: Kathleen Ryan, Bacchante (Photo Julia Maurer)
1: Kathleen Ryan: Bacchante (Detail), 2017, Beton, rostfreier Stahl, glasierte Terrakotta, Marmor; Mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Künstlerin und der Galerie Josh Lilley, London © Foto: KHM-Museumsverband
2: Kathleen Ryan: Bacchante, 2017, Beton, rostfreier Stahl, glasierte Terrakotta, Marmor; Mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Künstlerin und der Galerie Josh Lilley, London © Foto: KHM-Museumsverband
3: Kathleen Ryan: Bacchante (Detail), 2017, Beton, rostfreier Stahl, glasierte Terrakotta, Marmor; Mit freundlicher Genehmigung der Künstlerin und der Galerie Josh Lilley, London © Foto: KHM-Museumsverband