However we look at it, we either move bit by bit, or with giant steps, towards a cautious normality - and the galleries also start operating again. Of course, many people now have to deal with other, more essential and existential concerns than art. But it is especially art that can offer us a break for breath, a moment of relaxation or - I don't like that word, but I'll use it now - inspiration. The interrupted and therefore extended exhibition "Märzenbecher" in the Wolfrum Gallery fits this theme exceptionally well, since it is dedicated to spring, and thus, to a fresh departure.
The show brings together works by eight artists (Christian Droste, Cristina Fiorenza, Ronald Kodritsch, Franziska Maderthaner, Karin Pliem, Hans Werner Poschauko, Deborah Sengl and Peter Sengl) which - as the title clearly indicates - revolve around flowers. This is a theme not often treated in such an explicit way in contemporary art, but in its simplicity and diversity is really refreshing. Especially Cristina Fiorenza's painting-collages, which sometimes remind a bit of Jean Cocteau's style or of one or the other of Picasso's drawings, determine the tenor of the exhibition and give it a lightness of touch.
In the gallery’s graphischem Kabinett, as a kind of nuance to the painterly "Märzenbecher", Franz Simak selected photographic works by 13 artists, which also treat floral and botanical themes.
So perhaps spring finally breaks for us, too, not only meteorologically. Let's hope so anyway!
Header, 6: Ronald Kodritsch, “Punky Flowers”, Öl auf Leinwand, 2020
1, 4: Ausstellungsansichten “Märzenbecher”, Galerie Wolfrum, Wien 2020
2: Cristina Fiorenza, “A little Crooked a little Lopsided”, Mischtechnik auf Papier, 2020
3: Franziska Maderthaner, “Tulip Mania”, Öl und Mischtechnik auf Leinwand, 2020
5: Cristina Fiorenza, von links: “As cool as a Cucumber”, “A Palmtree over a Flower”, “Flower on the Jazz Singers Table”, alle Mischtechnik auf Papier, 2020