Venice - National Participation

Austria 2019


11 May 201924 Nov 2019

Title: “Discordo Ergo Sum”
Commissioner: Federal Chancellery of Austria

Curator: Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein
Artist: Renate Bertlmann

Artist Renate Bertlmann participates to Austrian pavilion at Venice Art Biennale 2019, marking the first solo presentation of a female artist in the history of the pavilion. “Discordo Ergo Sum” (“I dissent, therefore I am”) is the title of Austrian artist Renate Bertlmann’s site-specific installation for the Austrian pavilion. In this rephrasing of the philosophical principle Cogito Ergo Sum (“I think, therefore I am”), the artist attempts to cancel out the supremacy of reason and to describe herself within her insurgent worldview. With a further modification of this principle, the phrase Amo Ergo Sum (“I love, therefore I am”), Renate Bertlmann ironically signs the pavilion’s architecture. This subversive treatment puts the principle of her artistic approach in a nutshell. An expression thereof is the installation of knife-roses in the courtyard, whose form and content allows us to sensuously experience the dichotomy of our existence.

  • Austrian Pavilion, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein / Renate Bertlmann Austrian Pavilion, Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein / Renate Bertlmann

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