“Monsignore OTTO MAUER. Was Kunst überhaupt sei und was noch alles Kunst sei“
“Monsignore OTTO MAUER. Was Kunst überhaupt sei und was noch alles Kunst sei“
“Monsignore OTTO MAUER. Was Kunst überhaupt sei und was noch alles Kunst sei“
“Monsignore OTTO MAUER. Was Kunst überhaupt sei und was noch alles Kunst sei“

Isa Rosenberger
2017

Material
Zweikanalvideo 25 Min.

Collection
Dom Museum Wien

Inv.Nr.
OMA/4

Installation
Video
Modern and Contemporary art

On view

Query
Reproduction request
Loan request

Photo: Leni Deinhardstein, Lisa Rastl, Dom Museum Wien
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A film about Monsignore Otto Mauer



Art Cologne 1967: After a group of exponents of the avant-garde — artists, critics, and gallery owners — had gone on a pub crawl in the evening after the opening of the first international fair for contemporary art, one of them invited the night owls to come to Cologne Cathedral where he said the early morning Mass.

What sounds like a concept for an artistic performance is actually one of the frequently told anecdotes that made Monsignor Otto Mauer such a famous figure of the postwar art world. As cathedral preacher, chaplain, priest, head of a gallery, and art critic, Mauer embodied the connection between art and the Church. He decisively informed the years during and after World War II with his powerful sermons and endeavors to propagate advanced art.

Isa Rosenberger’s video work dedicated to the founder of the legendary “Galerie St. Stephan” and patron of such influential artists as Arnulf Rainer and Maria Lassnig unfolds this wide range of anything but consonant activities as its leitmotif. The two-channel video shows sequences of interviews with contemporary witnesses, photographs, posters, and, above all, works of the Otto Mauer Collection in the possession of the Dom Museum Wien, presenting them alternately next to each other. The interplay between words, materials, and pictorial rhythm ensures the “pivotal figure’s” tangibleness.

Rosenberger, who was awarded the Otto Mauer Prize in 2008, is primarily concerned with the issue of memory in her film works and installations. The individuals’ subjective views are confronted with additional media. The resultant web of varied perspectives and stories allows a different view of things and brings forth new narratives whose complexity makes for a lively impression.