Vasarely Go Home, 2011
6 marble structures with photos, ca. 148,5 x 110 x 36 cm each, 7 photos on the wall, ca. 30 x 45 cm each
Installation view Espacio Uno, Museo Reina Sofia
La Ciudad de Color, 2011
7 marble structures with photos
ca. 148,5 x 110 x 36 cm each
Installation view, ground floor corridor, Museo Reina Sofia
Andreas Fogarasi (*1977, Vienna) is through his installations, sculptures, videos and photographs concerned with the act of showing and of representation. He analyses how places, cities, political ideas, or historic events become images and questions the role of culture – art, architecture, and design – in this process. Underlying his works is his critical examination of the mechanisms with which political appropriation operates in the field of visual culture today: the process of culturalisation of the economy – be it through „creative“ models of working and remuneration, through culture being the motor behind urban reconstruction, or as a factor in the competition for attracting tourists, investors, and media attention.
Formally informed by Minimal Art and Conceptual Art, Fogarasi’s works are at the same time documentary and autonomous sculptures. The documentary element is consciously fractured and rests on a precise balance between information and openness. The sculptural aspect is strongly architectural, often referencing iconic landmarks, commercial presentations or temporary forms of architecture such as stands at fairs, stage constructions, or pavilions.
Andreas Fogarasi was awarded in 2007 with the Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennial for his exhibition in the Hungarian Pavilion. He participated in numerous international exhibitions and had solo shows amongst others at the Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich; Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo (2014); Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2012); Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (2011); Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2010); Ernst Museum, Budapest; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; MAK, Vienna (2008).