Hubert Scheibl

hubert scheibl
From monday to monday
june 22 - september 28, 2008

Rocca Sforzesca di Dozza, Bologna, Italy

The Foundation "Dozza città d'arte", in collaboration with Galleria Torbandena in Trieste presents a project-exhibition by Viennese artist Hubert Scheibl, curated by Marilena Pasquali. The Austrian artist, visiting the Foundation of the Rocca Sforzesca in Dozza, inspired by the suggestions evoked by this antique place resting on the contours of the hills around Imola, has conceived From Monday to Monday: not just a one-man exhibition, but a multifaceted project that encompasses painting, psycho-sculpture and pure creative urge. The coexistence of Scheibl's bizarre world with the peaceful rooms inside the Rocca is surely one of the project's most interesting features. It is precisely the sequence of the rooms of the picture gallery and of the lower "noble area" that has suggested to the artist the idea of an "itinerary by theme", in which his world (and his daily life) are revealed through his big canvasses, works on paper, but also sculptures, or better, small whimsical objects he has re-thought in a more human dimension and vision.

To say the truth, everything seems a lot less odd after spending a couple of hours in Hubert's studio in Vienna. Without going into too much detail, his atelier is what really represents him, what truly looks like him, even more than the best of pictures or biggest museum exhibition. It is the true essence of his creative world, so naturally odd and, at the same time, so well aware and functional. There are the paintings, of course, many of them, and splendid, some still wet (we must refrain from touching them!). But what strikes first are the objects, an uncountable quantity of the most unusual things, some you don't believe could even exist. They come from all over the world and seem to have a life of their own, looking as if they had arranged themselves to meet at no.58 of this beautiful street in Vienna. Some are clearly useful, others are not, but that's not the point: they are the flora and fauna of Hubert's world, just like music and cinema are the soul.

Having said that, it is easy to imagine that, when the artist, probably for the first time, decided to "get out" of the canvas, he could only do that through his beloved fetishes. Here come, in the rarefied atmosphere of the noble rooms of the Rocca, his tube colours, well-squeezed, one meter and a half high, sitting on a chair, caught in the middle of a session with doctor Freud; then a gigantic fibreglass egg, half open, the metaphor of his idea of sexuality; or a big transparent sphere where a whole room full of pictures is reflected, upside down; and about thirty wooden arms hanging from the ceiling, providing candlelight to the last "silver paintings"; and again a crocodile skeleton standing amid the paintings in the "cosmic room" (a delicate homage to Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey").

This is just a part of Hubert Scheibl's universe that the thirteen rooms of the Rocca in Dozza are willing to unravel. In recent years Scheibl's works have been shown in several museums and foundations all over the world: from São Paulo Art Biennial to Fundación La Caixa in Barcelona, from the Shanghai Modern Art Museum to the Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci in Prato, from Salzburg's Rupertinum to Vienna's MUMOK. The Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, that represents the artist in the world, the Toni Shafrazi Gallery in New York and the Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki are just a few of the important private spaces the artist has collaborated with during his career.

The Albertina Museum in Vienna will dedicate a one-man exhibition to the Austrian painter in autumn this year, at the same time as the exhibition at the Galerie Ropac in Paris. A book, realized between Vienna and Italy, including all the installations and works exhibited in Dozza, will accompany the event, with a foreword by Marilena Pasquali.