Joy in play: the artist Matthias Schönweger has designed Room No. 301 as an invitation to the imagination. For him life and art have been two closely connected spheres since the very beginning, even indivisible in certain cases. His work embraces playful language works, actions, assemblage art, paintings and sketches.
His work for Hotel Greif comprises an installation distributed all around the room which entices the beholder to set off on a journey of discovery: he installed all items he found himself in several days of precision work.
The particular appeal unfolds in the transition from the second to the third dimension, from drawing to the assemblage. To a certain extent the distribution on the walls and ceiling suspends the force of gravity, leads us to question our habitual perception of the world and our ideas. The objects he has collected have been installed next to each other according to associations and invite the beholder to engage in the most diverse interpretations. In the room the “Gabbeh” carpet with its bright patterns underpins the playful atmosphere of the installation.
Incidentally, while setting up the works the artist had company: two cages. One was occupied by his parrot, the other was filled with “Thun Angels”, typical souvenirs from the Bolzano/Bozen area. A sign on the second cage read “Mit uns kann man’s ja thun” – a word play on the word “thun”, the name of the company which produces the angels, and “tun” in German, meaning “to do”. Are the angels complaining about the way they have been reduced to tat, or are they lamenting their being imprisoned in a cage? Who knows...
The work “Nach dem Bade” (After the bath) by Karl Mediz (1868 – 1945) is likewise colourful and playful. His work is strongly characterised by symbolism and the Art Nouveau style and comprises for the most part portraits and figure compositions.