This spring, Magasin III will present a major exhibition of the Austrian artist Markus Schinwald. Based on interests ranging from psychology and literature to dance and the history of fashion, he explores the idea of the human body as a cultural construction. His art gives form to the psyche and its tensions: sculptures of splayed table legs, distorted 19th century portraits, marionettes, films without beginning or end and site-specific installations incorporating optical illusions. Schinwald’s Gesamtkunstwerk treads the fine line between repression and play, dysfunction and elegance, the terrifying and the seductive.
Markus Schinwald was born in 1973 in Salzburg, Austria, and lives and works in Vienna and New York. In fall 2014, Schinwald’s work was shown in solo exhibitions at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco, jointly organized with SFMOMA, and at the M – Museum Leuven in Belgium. He represented Austria in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. His recent shows include major solo exhibitions at CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (2013), Lentos Museum, Linz (2011), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2009) and Migros Museum, Zürich (2008).