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Vienna Diary 6: Tafelperchten

(Added 28 July 2008)

Since our studio visit with the Austrian artist collective kozek hörlonski we have been haunted by the aviary encrusted, lozenge-shaped tafelperchten. The mask display at the Österreichisches Museum für Volkskunde (Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art), fueled our curiosity with its panopoly of antlered elephants, grinning mustachio-ed impresarios and zebra-striped aligators. We invite stories (real or imagined) about tafelperchten, perchten and perchta at info@leisuregallery.ca

Thomas Hörl and Peter Kozek have collaborated since 2003.
Their ‘dynamic spatial sculptures’ use a variety of formats and techniques: installation, performance, objects, drawing, video and photography. Solo exhibitions and projects since 2003 include m to an end, Galerie Pro Arte, Hallein; fo-box, Delfina Skylight Gallery, London; snooze, art atom, Vienna; visibility I+II, Kunstraum Auto, Vienna.

The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art, founded in 1895 and housed since 1917 in the Schönborn Garden Palace in the Josefstadt district of Vienna, displays collections of the traditional folk culture of Austria and its neighbouring countries. The Museum display emphasizes the folk art collections of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. In so doing, the comprehensive imagery of rural culture of the alpine and prealpine realms. Folk-created objects, dating largely from the 17th to 19th centuries, speak of everyday life and everyday needs, of vernacular architecture. www.volkskundemuseum.at.

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