The 2021 summer exhibition is dedicated to Anri Sala. Originally planned for 2020, the exhibition has been postponed for a year. It is taking place concurrently with the Bregenz Festival, which Kunsthaus Bregenz is collabo-rating with in staging the world premiere of the opera Wind by Alexander Moosbrugger in 2021, as well as hosting festival concerts.
Musical phenomena play a major role in Anri Sala’s work. His transformative, time-based works develop from a dense network of relations between sound, image, and architecture. A recurring medium in the exhibition is film. In contrast to conventional cinema, Sala does not employ a strict narrative or even actors, it is rather musical pieces that become the real protagonists in the works. The cine-matic results from the musical and not, as is customary, vice versa, enabling visitors to immerse themselves in a both visual and acoustic experience of the space.
Kunsthaus Bregenz in its atmospheric presence and dis-tinctive acoustics offers the perfect resonance body for Anri Sala’s art, which always incorporates the exhibition space. For the artist, it is not simply a case of reacting to a given space, but rather about creating the conditions for the various works to be able to relate to one another and the audience.
Recent and entirely new works will be on view in the exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz. A record player, floating freely in an abandoned space capsule, a subtle alternating between the architecture’s contours being sharp or blurred, a garden snail slowly moving along a viola bow, a vintage wallpaper-printing roller whose metal pattern is translated into spectral sounds. All of these are elements and imagery that Anri Sala will be employing in engendering creative shifts and to probe existing interpretive relations.
Anri Sala, If and Only If, 2018
Installation view Obergeschoss Kunsthaus Bregenz, 2021. Photo: Markus Tretter
© Anri Sala, Bildrecht Wien, 2021, Kunsthaus Bregenz