kunst Meran|o arte



Runo Lagomarsino: Sea Grammar, 2015. Courtesy the artist, Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Mendes Wood DM, SĂŁo Paulo and Francesca Minini, Milano.
François-Xavier Gbré, Otto Huber. City Archives Meran, 2017. Courtesy the artist.
Sonia Leimer, Video still from Pink Lady, 2017. Courtesy the artist
Renato Leotta. Research Images. 2017. Courtesy the artist

Who is still Austrian?

FORST Beer is exported to Egypt in the Thirties.

Opening: April 28, 2017
Duration: April 29 – July 9, 2017
Curator: Luigi Fassi

Artists: NicolĂČ Degiorgis, Francois-Xavier GbrĂš, Runo Lagomarsino, Sonia Leimer, Renato Leotta.

On the occasion of commemoration of the 700th anniversary of giving the  Municipal Regulations to Merano, the show, curated by Luigi Fassi, introduces the operas of five artists who question themselves on the social and historical mutations that have interested the South Tyrolean town.

The title of the exhibition draws back to an article - Bin ich ein Österreicher? - on the war newspaper Tiroler Soldaten Zeitung on August 1916. The author is the writer Robert Musil, at the time second lieutenant of the Austrian army and responsible of the Newspaper.

 â€œAm I an Austrian if I have a right to citizenship in Vienna, Graz, Trieste or Trento?” “Futile question” they will reply, “you are undoubtedly an Austrian!” Yet the question is not unjustified at all, since, strangely, the concept of “Austria” has not been expressively fixed by law. Thus, the citizens of that State that should legally be defined as “Austria” do not recognize themselves as “Austrians.” Try to ask a citizen in Galicia, a shoemaker in Carniola, or a lawyer in Bohemia, a school teacher in Vienna, a priest in north Tyrol, and a judge in south Tyrol what they are. You will definitely receive as an answer: a Polish, a Slovak, a Carniolan, a Bohemian-German or a Czech, a southern-Austrian or anyhow an Austrian-German, a Tyrolean, an Italian. Nobody will ever answer your simple question with equal simplicity: “I am an Austrian!” (Sono austriaco? In La guerra parallela, Trento, Reverdito, 1987, p. 23).

The show develops right from Musil’s thoughts - a little over one century from their publication - in order to propose them again today, by entwining stories, questions, and interpretations tied to the social and historical mutations that have interested the town of Merano.