Proof of Nothing / Beweis zu Nichts
Vanessa Joan Müller & Nicolaus Schafhausen (Eds.)
Marcel Odenbach (b. 1953) is widely known as a pioneering video artist, however, the connections between his video pieces and his works on paper call for equal recognition. Many of his past works reflect the lasting impact of National Socialism, past and present, while bestowing a universal perspective on what is considered a German concern. Reflections on the familiar and the foreign, elements of his own biography, and the interplay between subjective remembrance and collective memory are crucial themes in his work. Departing from his eponymous exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien, this publication examines new works that are contextualized within a broader conversation. Named after an early poem by Ingeborg Bachmann (1926–1973), the exhibition reflected the atmosphere of the postwar period that dominated Bachmann’s poetry. Odenbach’s works develops interconnected motifs, linking memorial remembrance of the atrocities committed during the Nazi period to individual memories. Essays by Jörg Heiser, Maria Muhle, Vanessa Joan Müller, and Nicolaus Schafhausen.
Hardcover / 6 ¼ x 9 in. / 200 pp / 36 b&w and 62 color
Retail Price: $32.00
KUNSTHALLE WIEN, VIENNA