In Moscow Xenia Hausner Tells ‘True Lies’

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has actually been having something of a women’s moment lately. The groundbreaking exhibit” Muses of Montparnasse”– a program of women musicians staying in Paris in the very early 20th century– had not yet finished when one more show of work by a lady musician opened up.

The program of works by the Austrian musician Xenia Hausner, called “True Lies,” gets on screen on the third floor or the American and also European structure of the gallery complex.

Hausner was presented by Pushkin Museum director Marina Loshak as “a large musician,” and also indeed virtually every little thing concerning her art is big: large canvases, large figures, large brush strokes, large shades, and also huge styles.

The youngster of the popular painter Rudolph Hausner, she researched phase layout in Vienna and London. In the late 1970s Hausner embarked on a renowned career developing sets for movie theater, film, and also opera in all the staged capitals of Europe. In the early 1990s she started to concentrate on paint.

She soon settled on among the features that define her work– their large size. “I just began paint,” she told The Moscow Times, “and the very first paintings were already impressive, however not that much [larger], and then they expanded a little bit. Now I believe I’ve found the scale that I such as to deal with.”

As well as she located her recommended subjects– females: “When I assess it, I assume ladies are more intricate. They need to understand much more, they are multitasking. They are possibly inconsistent or they’re more complex … [which] makes them extra interesting for art. This is how I justify it. Yet it was my spontaneous technique. My universe is women. And in this women world, I cast all the get rid of females– often males, too, yet more ladies.”

And also she developed her very own category of narration– staging scenes in her studio with designs, photographing them, and then putting the tale on canvases, sometimes utilizing multimedias. Her canvases seem to inform tales, yet the stories alter as she paints. “I do not understand completion of it … I have an obscure suggestion exactly how it’s going to function or what it must be, but I do not truly know exactly … There are moments when the paint adjustments my instructions or adjustments my initial concept.”

Hausner’s paints reveal tourists, fans, expatriations, people in trouble or in hard scenarios, a mix of cultures, as well as intense however unclear relationships amongst individuals. Her topics usually don’t speak amongst themselves, although there seems intense relationship. They are commonly standing or sitting and also encountering the visitor, sometimes staring straight out of the canvas with a look that is strong yet unreadable– or possibly ambiguous– or perhaps open to interpretation.

As an example, in a canvas called “Hot Wire,” the visitors appear to be taking a look at the scene from a television or a furniture piece with wires running through it. We are looking at a woman in a red dress, who is pushing a sofa and gazing back at us (or the tv? or something else?). If asking her a concern or talking to her, an additional female leans down to her as. The red-dress female shows up not to react. Is she captured up in a television show? Is the various other woman her mommy or sister or lover? Are they dealing with? Is the red-dress woman burnt out or angry or simply not interested? That understands? It’s whatever you think it is.

These are Hausner’s “real lies”– the fact is the story that each customer sees and designs, however that truth goes to its heart a lie: what we are seeing is not “genuine”– it was presented with designs in the artist’s workshop. But it matters not– what we see is our reality.

“Disobedience “by Xenia Hausner, 2019 Courtesy of Pushkin State Museum< div course= “post __ block article __ block– html article __ block– column”

readability=”55″> A stairs to various other worlds The program at the Pushkin Museum starts on top of the lengthy stairs to the 3rd floor. When you arrive, you are welcomed by a painting of two females called”Disobedience. “The first painting in the initial space is the artist resting at a table in front of a festive object, perhaps a cake or an existing. She is holding a gun to her head. In one more paint she stands naked, arms akimbo, behind her worktable spread with paints. Close by in one more repainting the musician seems to be embracing somebody in goodbye (“Winter Journey”), her solid painter’s arms as well as hands on the male’s frail back.

It is an effective begin to the program.

And then you walk amongst photos as well as massive canvases filled with brightly tinted, brilliant people: teams of females or ladies as well as males on couches in houses, on the road, on trains. In “Blind Date” a young blond man keeps an eye out from behind the back of a laughing young woman towards one more woman, that is older as well as has her black-gloved hand over her eyes. They show up European, but there is international manuscript on the wall surface– bus? poster? store?– behind them.

“St. Francis” by Xenia Hausner, 2014 Courtesy of Pushkin State Museum

There are schoolgirl good friends, blurred in delighted movement, and halls of expatriations: people of different ages and citizenships, men and women, leaving on trains in anxiety or sadness or alleviation, posturing in their brand-new residences (perhaps), conserved from a shipwreck (perhaps)or staying in a delivery cage as seen from above (definitely).

As you check out her works, the rationalist painter Ilya Repin comes to mind with his narrative canvas of “They Didn’t Expect Him,” or his massive paint with renegade viewpoints of officials in “Ceremonial Sitting of the State Council on 7 May 1901.” There is something a little reminiscent of Russian progressive painters in her portraits, and her use cultural pens like Coca Cola brings to mind Sots Art and also other late Soviet as well as early post-Soviet art. And her bright, brilliant combination as well as dazzling use shade? Abram Arkhipov would have welcomed her into the layer.

One of the visitors to the exhibition, that simply identified herself as “an art fan,” claimed she ‘d seen the program three times. “I maintain coming back since the images are so strong, I wish to look once again and also see if this time around I see something various. They are very odd, however extremely acquainted, too,” she said.

Hausner said she desired each person to come away with their own tales. “This is just what I want. You think of it, and you type of translate it with your very own life as well as with your opportunities, with your experiences,” she stated.

“I would also say: Look at the paint,” she proceeded. “I’m really easy. I simply like paint and I love to paint. So simply enjoy the painting.”

And that’s what the art lover did. “I just like them,” she said.

Fragment from “Wag the Dog” by Xenia Hausner, 2014 Michele A. Berdy/ MT

The show, held in teamwork with The Albertina Museum Vienna as well as with assistance of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and also Sport, runs through Jan. 16.

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