Muntean and Rosenblum

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Muntean and Rosenblum (Markus Muntean; born 1962 in Graz, Austria and Adi Rosenblum; born 1962 in Haifa, Israel) are artists based in Vienna, London and Tel Aviv. They have been collaborating since 1992.[1][citation needed]


Adi Rosenblum and Markus Muntean met each other as students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. In 1992 they sublimated their subjective singularity into a double act, into a third person: Mutean/Rosenblum. In 1995 they founded Bricks & Kicks (1995 to 1998), one of the first Artist-Run galleries in Vienna.[2] They were professors for Contextual Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna from 1999 to 2005 and received the nationally prestigious City of Vienna Prize for Visual Arts in 2001.

The artist duo has shown work internationally; including solo exhibitions in renowned institutions such as De Appel Centre for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2002); Tate Britain, London (2004); the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), León, Spain (2006); Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany (2007); and Essl Museum – Contemporary Art, Klosterneuburg, Austria (2008). They participated in significant international group exhibitions such as “Fantasies and Curiosities” at the Miami Art Museum (2000); “Melodrama” at MARCO in Vigo (2003); “Rewind/Fast Forward,” Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria (2009); “The Triumph of Painting” and “New Blood,” both at Saatchi Gallery, London (2006 and 2005), and the 26th São Paulo Biennial (2004). In Berlin they gained wider recognition through their installation “Where else,” shown at the 2nd Berlin Biennial (2001), followed by their solo exhibitions at Arndt & Partner (2005 and 2008).[3][citation needed]


In the compositions of their drawings, the artist couple Markus Muntean and Adi Rosenblum use methods of sampling and resampling of subjects from art history and present-day popular culture. The starting point is an intensive confrontation with the pathos formulas of art history and the questioning of how emotions that find expression as a result are articulated and interpreted in different eras. Motifs that we know from Passion cycles are applied to the psychological dispositions of contemporary existence, sometimes as the expression of an apathy that appeals to the empathy of the beholder. Historically overwhelming pictorial subjects are transferred into the present day, while at the same time triggering a discussion of the media conditions in which pictures are produced today. As a result of the use of language and lettering, a further plane penetrates into the drawings of Muntean and Rosenblum and gives insights into the complexity of the challenges which a subtle medium such as drawing has to face up to today. In the process, Muntean and Rosenblum also take an interest in the aspect of the nomadic narrative. The text collages form, in their relationship with the scenic compositions, aphorisms which pointedly contradict phrases of popular culture, and, through their paradoxical link with figural representations, awaken a dual consciousness.[4]


Solo Exhibitions (selected)[edit]

2018 MAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Coruña, Spain
MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków, Poland
2017 Parkview Museum, Beijing, China
2014 Institut für zeitgenössische Kunst,[5] Nürnberg, Germany
2013 Philara Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst, Düsseldorf, Germany
2012 CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain
2008 Essl Museum,[6] Klosterneuburg/Vienna, Austria
2006 MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
Centre d´Art Santa Mònica CASM , Barcelona, Spain
Filmpräsentation at Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
Hall of Art, Budapest, Hungary
2005 Maureen Paley , London, Great Britain
Viennale 2005, Gartenbau Kino, Vienna, Austria
2004 Tate Britain, Art Now, London, Great Britain
Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia
2002 Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria
De Appel,[7] Amsterdam, Holland
2000 SECESSION,[8] Vienna, Austria
Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, Switzerland

Group Exhibitions (selected)[edit]

2017 "Imaginary Asia", Nam June Paik Art Center, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
2016 "Intriguantes Incertitudes", Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Étienne, France
"Once in a Lifetime", Oude Kerk,[9] Amsterdam, Holland
"Collection 6", MOCAK,[10] Kraków, Poland
"L'arte differente", MAXXI,[11][12] Rom, Italy
2015 "Drawing Now", Albertina,[13] Vienna, Austria
"Dialog der Meisterwerke", Städel Museum,[14] Frankfurt, Germany
2013 Stiftung Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst,[15] Leipzig, Germany
2012 "Die Sammlung, 21er Haus,[16] Vienna, Austria
"Una Mirada Multiple. Selecciones de la Colección Ella Fontanals-Cisneros",[17] Museo de Bellas Artes, Havana Biennial , Havana, Cuba
2011 "ALBERTINA CONTEMPORARY - Gerhard Richter - Kiki Smith“, Albertina, Vienna, Austria
"Körper Codes",[18] Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
2010 "Lust und Laster. Die sieben Todsünden von Dürer bis Nauman",[19] Museum of Fine Arts Bern in Kooperation mit Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, Switzerland
"No New Thing Under The Sun",[20] Royal Academy, London, Great Britain
2009 "Being in the World: Selections from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection",[21] Cisneros fontanals art foundation, Miami, USA
"Globalizados/Globalized", Huesca's Periferias Festival, MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
2008 "System Mensch. Werke aus der Sammlung des MdM Salzburg", Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
"Freundliche Feinde / Friendly Enemies", Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
2007 "",[22] Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany
2006 "ARS 06",[23] Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
"The Triumph of Painting V", Saatchi Gallery, London, Great Britain
"Painting Codes",[24] Galleria Comunale d´Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone, Italy
2005 "Homeland is just around the corner. Contemporary Austrian Photography",[25] MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Vigo, Spain
"Urban Visuals", Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland
2004 "26. São Paulo Biennale", São Paulo, Brazil
"New Blood",[26] Saatchi Gallery, London, Great Britain
"Busan Biennale 2004",[27] Busan, Korea
"Seven Sins",[28] MUSEION, Museum für Moderne und Zeitgenössische Kunst, Bozen, Italy
2003 "Young Israeli Art", Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
"Taktiken des Ego", Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
2002 "Contemporary Art Projects", Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
"Figur/Gegenfigur", Rupertinum Salzburg, Austria
"Das Neue",[29] Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria
2001 "2. berlin biennale",[30] Berlin, Germany
"Guarene Arte 2001", Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy
2000 "Fantasies and Curosities", Miami Art Museum, Miami, USA

Works in Public Collections[edit]

  • MoMA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • Zabludowicz Collection, London, New York
  • Susan and Michael Hort, New York
  • Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami
  • Rubell Family Collection, Miami
  • Dicke Collection, Ohio
  • The Progressive Art Collection, Ohio
  • Burger Collection, Hong Kong
  • Belvedere 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
  • Albertina, Vienna, Austria
  • EVN Collection, Austria
  • Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna (MAK), Vienna, Austria
  • MUMOK, Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig Vienna, Vienna
  • Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
  • Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Austria
  • Neue Galeri, Graz, Austria
  • Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien|Sammlung BA-CA, Vienna
  • Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
  • Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • DekaBank Collection, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Advaney Collection, The Hague, Netherlands
  • MOCAK,[31] Museum of Contemporary Art Krakau, Poland
  • Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitčo, Portugal
  • MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemoráneo de Castilla y Léon, Léon, Spain
  • ARCO Foundation, Madrid, Spain
  • Coleccion Inelcom Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain
  • VAC - Colección Valencia Arte Contemporánea, Valencia, Spain
  • Swiss Re Collection, Zurich, Switzerland

Bibliography (selected)[edit]

  • Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Elsy Lahner, Albertina Wien (Hgs.): Drawing Now, Hirmer Verlag, Wien/München 2015, ISBN 978-3-7774-2408-8
  • Karl-Josef Pazzini (Hg.): Bildung vor Bildern: Kunst - Pädagogik - Psychoanalyse (Theorie Bilden), transcript 2015, ISBN 3837632776
  • Fernando Huici, Gestión Cultural y Comunicación, S.L (Hgs.): Muntean/Rosenblum, The Management of Insignificance, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga 2013, ISBN 978-84-939376-8-3
  • Essl Museum (Hg.), Muntean/Rosenblum: Between What Was and What Might Be, Essl Museum 2008, ISBN 978-3-902001-46-7
  • Arndt & Partner Berlin/Zurich (Hg.): Muntean/Rosenblum, Kerber Verlag, 2008, ISBN 978-3-86678-167-2
  • Ulf Meyer (Hg.): Double Act. Künstlerpaare, Prestel Verlag, München/Berlin/London/New York 2007, ISBN 978-3791338477
  • JRP Editions (Hg.): Markus Muntean /Adi Rosenblum – Make Death Listen, JRP Ringier Kunstverlag 2006, ISBN 978-3-905701-99-9
  • De Appel, Adam Szymczyk (Hgs.): Muntean/Rosenblum – To Die For, De Appel Centre for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2002, ISBN 9789073501577
  • Uta Grosenick, Burkhard Riemschneider (Hgs.): Art now, Taschen Verlag 2002, p. 316–319, ISBN 3-8228-1444-X
  • Thomas Trummer (Hg.): Das Neue, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien 2002
  • Lóránd Hegyi (Hg.): Aspekte/Positionen: 50 Jahre Kunst in Mitteleuropa 1949–99, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien 1999, ISBN 3900776849
  • Secession (Hg.): Muntean/Rosenblum, Secession, Wien 2001, ISBN 3-901926-20-8
  • Peter Weiermair, Andreas Hapkemeyer (Hgs.): Figuration, Ursula-Blickle-Stiftung 1999, p. 66–69, 96, 107, ISBN 3-905597-09-8


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