Florian Pumhösl, Secession 2000  
Florian Pumhösl investigates the prerequisites and meaning of the vocabulary of modern art in his spatial installations. Previous projects included alternative designs and architectural plans that were deemed 'utopian' or the aesthetics of political exhibitions. The works that will be on view in the Secession deal with the transfer of modernist architecture into non-industrial or hardly industrialized states and delineate architectural and topographic changes. They throw a contemporary light on post-colonial regions and reveal some of the history of projects of modernization and emancipation geared towards these.

Florian Pumhösl, Covering the Room, Exhibition View, 1998, Salzburger Kunstverein
The works situated in the Main Hall of the Secession bring together elements from the vocabulary of representative and every-day modern buildings from so-called developing countries and reassemble them under the title Humanist and Ecological Republic to form a fictitious urban situation. In doing so, anonymous and identifiable architectural details are formed into an image whose arrangement helps delineate different urban areas.

Florian Pumhösl, Covering the Room, Exhibition View, 1998, Salzburger Kunstverein
Pumhösl's video recordings which are on view in the Graphic Cabinet, are devoted to the area of the Lac Mantasoa Reservoir in Madagascar, a region were a huge industrial complex was been planned in the middle of the 19th century. The complex, which was erected by the French immigrant Jean Laborde, was partially destroyed in the course of anti-European outbreaks. Madagascar was under French dominion only from 1895 onwards, and has been officially independent since 1960. Part of site was submerged in 1936/37 during the building of the dam and the remains were either converted or demolished. The picture that emerged from Madagascar show the present conditions around the reservoir and the landscape underneath the surface of the water.



20 pages, 21 colored illustrations, 8 b/w photos
authors: Florian Pumhösl, Mathias Poledna
Secession 2000, ISBN 3-901926-22-4


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Florian Pumhösl, Covering the Room, Exhibition View, 1998, Salzburger Kunstverein
Florian Pumhösl was born in 1971 in Vienna and still lives in the city.
Exhibitions include: 1998 Covering the Room, Kunstverein Salzburg; Modelle, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna; Sharawadgi, Felsenvilla, Baden; 1996 On or Off Earth, Kunstverein Graz; 1993 Bürgerforum, Forum Stadtpark Graz; KontextKunst, Steirischer Herbst Publications: since 1997 montage: Materialien Designtheorie (private printing).

For further information and photographic material please contact:
Katharina Schniebs
Secession, Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession
Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Vienna
Tel: +43-1-5875307-21, Fax: +43-1-5875307-34