Bruno PEINADO "The Times They Are A Changing" @ MAM Vienna

With the exhibition "The Times They Are A Changing" Bruno PEINADO (*1970), one of the most recognized contemporary french artists, is returning to the context of the gallery after pausing from the conventional context of exhibiting. With "Times They Are A Changing" Peinados art work is comphrensivly shown for the second time in the spaces of Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna since 2011. The exhibition title associates with Bob Dylan, but it is certainly also paradicmatic.

PEINADOS latest works can be read as a carefully arranged composition. With great pleasure and a rather playful approach it challenges and questions established categories and conventions which tend to manifest borders and limitation. Characteristic for PEINADOs artwork the pieces make references to high culture and pop culture, the tension created through this interaction merges to a fusion between humorous lightness and seriousness, between the personal and the general.
If one opens the door of Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art these days, pale rose coloured walls will surprise when entering. A light colour which immediately reminds the visitor on childhood and amusement or a particular political stance, instead of ideas with are associated with a successful career of an artist.
The walls build the foundation of PEINADOS paintings which refer on Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. In the center of attention of those works lies the idea that the arranged can never be conventional or marginal. Here the reduced light coloured paintings become the extraordinary, in truth, the extraordinary beautiful. With this thought PEINADO connects the artwork with the aesthetical concept of Wabi-Sabi, again coming from the Japanese tradition. It says that the acceptance and contemplation of imperfection, so as it is applied in the Japanese potter art with the technique of Kintsugi, as broken pottery will not be destroyed but used to create a new and aesthetically much stronger piece. Also in the sculptural works of PEINADO this concept is continued and underlines the significance of the imperfection, which is deliberately put into a social political context in order to provide an alternative concept against the force of perfection and the pressure that comes along with it. They successfully argue against interchangeability and resits the trend of permanent renewability. The pale rose, the forms of the objects, the pastel shades of the drawings and pedestals also remind on Suprematismus, on color field painting, on the artist group BMPT or on the Californian Minimalists, on the Shirley Jaffe, Richard Tuttle, Günther Förg or Nathalie Du Pasquiers work.

The objects, which can be found on the pedestals in the basement of the gallery are created in cooperation with PEINADOS daughters Simone (eight years old) and Joséphine (eleven years old). Its aesthetic links with PEINADOS previous visual approach and exemplifies the central idea of "The Times They Are A Changing": to overcome viewing habits and to invite the visitor to playfully re-interpret and connect the multilayered aspects of the exhibition, in order to explore and open up to finally let the new arise.
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Exhibition view
"The Times They Are A Changing" 2017
click to enlargeBruno Peinado
Exhibition detail
"The Times They Are A Changing" 2017
click to enlargeBruno Peinado
Exhibition view
"The Times They Are A Changing" 2017
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