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Kris Martin - Festum II

Category: Artwork 20. July 2012

The Viennese Kunsthistorisches Museum shows in its second exhibition Festum II at the re-opened Theseus Temple a work by the Belgian artist Kris Martin. CastYourArt interviewed the artist at the temple.

His work is an unconventional floorbased installation. Thousands of tiny bronze discs, daylight bouncing off their polished surfaces, cover the temple’s floor. They remind us of the paper confetti that is traditionally thrown at weddings, parades or other moments of collective celebration – brief, ecstatic moments, after which it is then left to be trodden underfoot and slowly, poignantly disintegrate. The artwork’s ephemeral, constantly shifting appearance is contradicted by the solidity and permanence of its material. The artwork is titled “Festum”, after the Latin word for “festival”. Placing it within a classical temple, a building synonymous with religious and spiritual activities, with prayer, sacrifice, and votive offerings to the Gods, adds another layer of possible readings to the work. The exhibition was curated by Jasper Sharp the Commissioner of the Austrian pavilion at Venice Biennale 2013. CastYourArt interviewed Kris Martin at the Theseus temple in Vienna.

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