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NEW, UNFIGURED, AND INTERESTING

Arnulf Rainer

Following the successful “Rainer • Cosmos” exhibition, Prof. Helmut Friedel, Director of the Lenbachhaus München has again agreed to curate another show in the Arnulf Rainer Museum. The result is New, Unfigured, and Interesting – an exhibition cycle that again presents a completely new aspect of the artist, thanks to Prof. Friedel’s profound knowledge of Arnulf Rainer’s work.

Arnulf Rainer’s artistic universe is more comprehensive and richer than the selection of works in the “Rainer • Cosmos” was able to show. New, Unfigured, and Interesting now continues specific aspects of this approach in order to take a fresh look at what has already been presented, but also to shed light on completely unknown positions from Arnulf Rainer’s oeuvre. A major part of these works has never previously been shown in public, so a surprising wealth of work is now appearing in a museum for the first time.

With this new exhibition, Rainer reveals a vegetative world to us, full of blooms and marked by sensual images. This realm is populated on by snakes and other animals, overgrown with plants, in particular with orchids, and filled by book worlds into which Arnulf Rainer – as the looking and moved painter – advances with his pencils. He complements it and makes it his own. The circus, too, has always been a place of exoticism, of something special. It is a world whose name is reminiscent of ancient arenas, where gladiators and wild animals appeared and people practised weightlessness.

The title of the exhibition New, Unfigured, and Interesting is taken from one of the overpainted books.1 This book shows a world of birds that must have appeared strange to people of the 19th century. The exotic becomes a metaphor of longing and wandering artistic thoughts. Arnulf Rainer takes us into the universe of these dream books, whose construction is on the one hand based on exact scientific principles, but on the other hand shows specimens of nature that must have previously seemed unimaginable.

The theme of overpainting is introduced through the scientific books which the artist works into in a depth that the viewer only perceives through allusions, since only one double page of the work can be seen at a time. This is comparable with the overpaintings, which allow conclusions about possible earlier states of the picture only through the upper layer of painting.

In addition, there is a particular series of high-format and narrow paintings overpainted in black that has never previously been shown. In their rhythmic sequence, these black pictographs develop a musicality of their own. So a dialogue develops with the viewer, who is looking for the origin of the sequence of boards and their reworking by the “overpainter”, the answer to which is supplied by the picture itself.

1 Illustrations of Indian Ornithology Containing 50 Figures of New, Unfigured, and Interesting Species of Birds chiefly from the South of India, P.R. Hunt, American Mission Press, Madras, 1847.

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Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition opening "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Christian Wind
Exhibition opening "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Christian Wind
Exhibition opening "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Christian Wind
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Christian Wind
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition opening "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Christian Wind
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition opening "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Christian Wind
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Arnulf Rainer at the exhibition opening "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Christian Wind
Arnulf Rainer at the exhibition opening "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Christian Wind
Exhibition view "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Wolfgang Thaler
Exhibition opening "New, Unfigured, and Interesting"
(c) Arnulf Rainer Museum, Photo: Christian Wind
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