A journey into the realm of desires: the artist Elisabeth Hölzl has shaped a multi-layered total experience in Room No. 204. The installation set up in the room is based on the theme “Desire” and consists of a series of photos titled “Desiderio” above the bed. It continues on the bed spread, the headboard and in an impressive work on paper.
The artist avails herself of various media. In addition to works on paper, photos and sculptures she also produces installations and activities. On the “Desiderio” photo series she writes as follows:
‘Desiderio in this context means an extremely intense feeling, a burning desire”. (...)
The birds peck assiduously,/
muddling the word, the order./
They obliterate it until nothing remains./
An empty marble table top, the memory of an intense desire,/
which was satisfied in the moment it was devoured.’
In the room the red reading chair reflects the colour of the installation, while the wall behind the bed was designed in colours according to the wishes of the artist.
Hölzl’s work contrasts with a sketch by Robin Christian Andersen (1890 – 1969). Together with Egon Schiele and Anton Faistauer, in 1909 Andersen was one of the founders of the “Neukunstgruppe” (New art group). His early works occupy a position between the Sessessionist and moderate Expressionist art. His charcoal drawing “Female nude” was produced in 1920.